Time passes quickly, as its November 2015 already! Have you took care your skin to beat skin ageing? The clutches of skin ageing is a dreaded but unavoidable progression of life for every woman. L’OCCITANE believes that you don’t have to look your age. Turning back the hands of time can be done in more ways than one – some resort to aesthetic surgery. Others prefer a less invasive but nonetheless uncomfortable method of filler injections or laser peels.
However, as the role of natural beauty becomes more prevalent, a diligent skincare routine consisting of safe, natural ingredients such as plant extracts and essential oils have become more of a necessity instead of a one-time indulgence. Coupled with innovative technology, L’OCCITANE is able to harness the power of natural ingredients to an extent where visible results can be seen, all the while ensuring the products’ affinity and safety for skin.
The L’OCCITANE Divine anti-ageing face care collection was created in 2009 with this very concept in mind. At the very heart of the Divine collection lies a secret, a golden elixir so precious yet so natural: Immortelle. With its signature bright yellow hue, this legendary flower is also known as Helichrysum in Latin, which aptly means ‘golden sun’. Immortelle is known for its ‘eternal life’ as the flowers never fade or wilt, even after they are picked. The striking Immortelle flowers can be found growing in full glory in the Balagne region, which is also known as ‘the garden of Corsica’.
Superior Immortelle, Harvest From Corsica
Immortelle thrives in the maquis (fragrant scrubland) in Corsica, where the conditions are exceptionally sunny. Ever since the remarkable anti-ageing properties of Immortelle were discovered, the picking of wild Immortelle has become increasingly common. This actually helps to ‘clean up’ the maquis, indirectly helping to prevent fires. However, the volume harvested doesn’t allow for a sustainable supply of Immortelle.
In order to guarantee the highest quality and traceability of these golden blooms, L’OCCITANE has invested in the very first large-scale, sustainable and organic Immortelle plantation programme in Corsica. In 2004, a 50-hectare plantation was set up, involving six growers/distillers in the Balagne region and eastern Corsica.
Yasmin Hani, TV Host, Actor
When the flowers that grow there reach their optimal stage of maturity, they are hand-harvested by sickle to ensure the flowers retain their most precious qualities. Even the process of weeding is carried out by sheep instead of machinery. The land is cultivated as naturally as possible, and the conditions in which the Immortelle flowers grow are similar to those in the wild.
From this perfectly-protected cultivation, L’OCCITANE distils a rare Immortelle essential oil. 1 ton of Immortelle flowers only produce 2 litres of essential oil. (Comparatively, 1 ton of Lavender can yield 8 litres of essential oil.) The superior Immortelle essential oil contains high concentrations of active molecules that deliver all their benefits to the skin, infusing it with a new energy. The experts at L’OCCITANE Laboratories have since discovered the key that holds all the Immortelle’s exceptional healing secrets: a particular molecule called neryl acetate.
Ever since L’OCCITANE discovered the remarkable anti-aging properties of immortelle, other beauty brands have introduced immortelle essential oil as well into their formulas. For eg: "immortelle bleues”. However, this is simply the name given to another wild species (also known as sea lavender) because it looks like immortelle, only it's blue. Blue everlasting flower does not offer the same benefits as the yellow immortelle flower: it just has astringent and antioxidant properties.
This year, L’OCCITANE introduced 2 more products in their Divine anti-ageing face care collection.
First, the Divine Renewal Program (28 vials, RM 588)
The Divine Renewal Program program treated skin problems and promise a Divine Skin in just 4 weeks. To enhance the skin’s natural regeneration ability, L’OCCITANE has developed a program designed to work in harmony with the skin’s natural rhythms. For the first time, superior Immortelle essential oil is combined with a blend of active ingredients from the Corsican maquis to renew the complexion.
The 28 Day Divine Renewal Program formulas are held in easy-to-use single doses, one for every evening. The ultra-natural oil texture melts into the skin, allowing active ingredients to sink in and work their magic.
Application: To be applied alone every night (when conditions are most conducive to cell renewal and skin is at rest & most receptive to skincare products) after cleansing step for 28 days. For better absorption, warm the oil in the palm of your hands and apply to face, neck & décolleté. Avoid eye contour areas.
The Divine Renewal Program has 4 formulas for 4 benefits throughout 4 weeks.
Week 1: Gentle Exfoliation
- Helps the skin to rid itself of pore-clogging dead cells.
- Pistacia lentiscus essential oil encourages skin’s natural shedding process without irritating or aggravating it.
You could feel that your skin looks luminous and Skin’s surface feels more even after week 1.
Week 2: Hydration & Nutrition
- Helps to strengthen new cells.
- A blend of four plant oils, combined with Cistus essential oil, nourish and moisturise the skin.
You could feel that your skin feels intensely nourished and moisturised after week 2.
Week 3: Balance
- Contributes to skin’s wellbeing and prepares it for the final step.
- Myrtle and Rosemary essential oils act in harmony to rebalance skin and promote its wellbeing.
Skin seems to be strengthened and the overall aspect of skin seems improved after week 3.
Week 4: Renewal
- Gives radiance and plumpness to skin.
- Carrot, Cypress and Immortelle essential oils work tirelessly to prevent signs of ageing.
Skin seems smoother and regenerated after this week.
My thoughts after completing L’OCCITANE Divine Renewal Program:
The skincare oil trend is blowing out and we’ve seen all mainstream brands launched similar products on the market. L’OCCITANE Divine Renewal Program comes in a whole treatment program which has fixed my skin problems such as sagging, wrinkles, uneven skin tones and dullness. I love its vial packaging which made travel easy and is simple to use. I just need to bring enough vials to my trip. My skin was improving even under the extreme weather – hot and exposed to strong UV in Boracay. What’s more, the appealingly earthy scent has made it a pleasant to use. My skin feel relax and nourish every time using it. I’m hooked with this all-in-one skin care treatment program because my skin is firmer, brighter, and glowing like never before!
Chris Tong 童冰玉, International Artiste
I once thought oil is only suitable for dry skin but L’OCCITANE Divine Renewal Program is in fact suitable for all skin types, including oily skin like me. No wonder Chris Tong 童冰玉, International Artiste; and Yasmin Hani, TV Host, Actor, Emcee love it too.
It is recommended to use L’OCCITANE Divine Renewal Program once every few months to get the best result and younger looking skin.
The second product is Divine Cream Mask (65ml, RM 469)
Rich and melting, the new texture of Divine Cream Mask can be used two ways: daily as a cream, or twice a week as a mask. Either way, envelop and infuse your skin with ingredients specially-chosen to give it the deepest, most intensive nourishing care. Three naturally-derived ingredients come together to replenish even very dry, mature skin for a moment of pure comfort.
The Divine Applicator comes together with the Divine Cream Mask. The golden Divine Applicator fits snugly in your hand, allowing perfect handling for a wonderful salon-worthy treatment in the comfort of your own home. Inspired by the Immortelle flower, the applicator is coated in 24-carat gold for ultimate luxury and comfort.
The Divine Applicator has two sides: a smooth side for smoothing movements and pressure points, and a nubbed side, with 7 ‘petals’ to massage the face, neck and décolleté.
A true L’OCCITANE Divine fan will not pass up the chance to pamper herself with the full range of luxurious essentials:
1. Divine Lotion (200ml, RM225)
Soften skin after cleansing with this rich lotion that immediately delivers supreme comfort, leaving skin feeling supple and fresh.
How-to: Apply directly to skin with hands or using a cotton pad.
2. Divine Eyes (15ml, RM295)
The silky gel-cream texture nourishes and firms the delicate skin around the eye contour, also helps reduce puffiness and dark circles, visibly enhance the skin tone around eye areas for youthful looking eyes.
How-to: Warm product on fingertips and pat around eye area with light, smoothing movements.
3. Divine Youth Oil (30ml, RM488)
This oil sinks in immediately without leaving any greasy feeling. Fight visible signs of ageing for firmer skin that looks plumped & radiance from within.
How-to: Warm a few drops in palms to apply to face, neck and décolleté. Use in the evening before serum and moisturiser.
4. Divine Extract (30ml, RM495)
A team of high performance ingredients work in tandem to maintain skin’s firmness, youthful appearance while regenerating cells.
How-to: Warm two pumps in your hands and breathe in the scent. Apply outwards from center of the face.
5. Divine Cream (50ml, RM488)
Enhance skin’s youthfulness with a complex of 7 natural active ingredients to fight against all signs of ageing – nutrition, elasticity, firmness, smoothing, uniformity, luminosity, density & facial contours. Let the cream melt into the skin for a sense of supreme comfort.
How-to: Smooth cream over face and neck. Use upward pinching movements to stimulate microcirculation. To finish, press skin with palms and relax.
For more information on L’OCCITANE Divine anti-ageing face care collection, visit;
L’OCCITANE Website - http://my.loccitane.com/
L’OCCITANE Facebook Page - https://www.facebook.com/loccitane.my/
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