Some time last year, I told you about a new range of skincare from French brand, L’Occitane who we tend to associate more with bath and body products. (And don’t those smell delicious and feel so lovely? 😛 ) The range was Angelica and it is a range of skincare products targeted at hydration.
I’d tried the Angelica Face Toner, as some of you might recall. I used to even use it as a quick face mask, and I went through 2 bottles of them. It was quite lovely and I sort of liked that fresh green scent. I also tried the Angelica Hydration Cream but it lacked that certain je ne sais quoi.
This year, the range was expanded further to include a couple of new items, notably the Exfoliating Gel and Instant Hydrating Mask. There was also an inclusion of a Hydration Face Mist, which was limited edition. I know, limited edition – I did raise my eyebrows when I was told. Maybe they are testing the market 😉
Anyway, the Hydration Face Mist (RM71/100ml) is as the name implies, a face mist that hydrates skin.
It comes in an aerosol can and sprays out a fine mist, scented with that green fresh scent found in the Angelica range of products. I personally felt that while lovely and cool, it was pretty much the same as any other face mist in the market. My skin did feel hydrated, but it also felt temporary, as any other face mist feels. Again, while it is a very nice product it perhaps wasn’t as special as some might make it out to be. Sorry L’Occitane!
Another new product is the Exfoliating Gel (RM107/75ml) which is a fine physical face scrub. I mean it to be fine – both in texture and in performance Texture wise, it isn’t abrasive on skin and is just “scrubby” enough to leave skin feeling clean, and flake free. You don’t need very much either, so it can last you quite a while.
The final new introduction to the range is the Angelica Instant Hydration Mask (RM122/75ml) which is a gel type mask to offer your skin almost instant hydration. The product is a translucent gel that you apply on your skin and leave on, before cleaning off. The product doesn’t require you to wash off, but if you do not like the slightly sticky after feel, you may still prefer to wash it off before going on to the rest of your skincare.
Otherwise, you can do what I do with the Dior One Essential mask, which is soak cotton pads in toner (Angelica Face Toner if you like) and wipe it off your skin. It will take you longer, but whatever residue on your skin can continue its job to hydrate skin. Skin does feel cooled and hydrated and because it feels so gentle, I feel like I can use this as often as I like. Because I don’t like wasting product, I leave it on quite a while and at the end of the time, it usually feels just a bit tacky on my skin.
This is just a quick overview on the new items in the Angelica skincare range. I’m open to requests if you’d prefer something a little more in-depth for the Exfoliating Gel or the Instant Hydration Mask. I’d personally skip the face mist 😛
Have you tried anything from the L’Occitane Angelica skincare range? Does anyone else like the Face Toner too?
Of the items I have tried, I think the Face Toner and the Exfoliating Gel are the 2 items from the Angelica range that I would look into.
L’Occitane Angelica Exfoliating Gel Price: RM107/75ml; Instant Hydrating Mask Price: RM122/75ml; Hydration Face Mist (Limited Edition) Price: RM75/100ml Availability: L’Occitane stores