I wanted to bring back a segment I used to have here on MWS, where I tell you about new things that are launching or are available out there. I sometimes get around to using them long enough to share a view, but that often happens months down the road. Some of you I know, aren’t that interested in what I or anyone thinks, you just want to know what’s new, especially in the world of skincare.
So, I’m bringing this back, with the introduction of a new tier of premium, luxury skincare in French brand, L’Occitane.
The new L’Occitane Harmonie Divine range comprises at the moment, of just 2 products – the Serum Harmonie Divine and the Harmonie Divine Cream. It is also priced at a premium, and isn’t quite targeted at just anyone.
L’Occitane Harmonie Divine marries the iconic immortelle flower used in L’Occitane skincare products, and the Jania Rubens Algae, from the sea. This, I was told, is the first time that L’Occitane is using an ingredient from the sea in their skincare.
For the Harmonie Divine range, L’Occitane uses the Immortelle Millesimee flowers, which are limited in quantity. These flowers produce an essential oil that is known for its anti-inflammatory and healing properties, as well as stimulating the growth of new skin tissue. To this, is added the Jania Rubens algae, a seaweed that continually regenerates itself.
From this therefore, you can tell that the L’Occitane Harmonie Divine range is targeted at skin regeneration i.e. anti-aging. It is supposed to boost skin firmness and radiance, improve skin texture and facial contours.
L’Occitane Harmonie Divine Serum – RM880 | US$220 for 30ml
The key product in the range (as in most skincare ranges) is the serum. The Harmonie Divine Serum contains over 5000 micr0-drops of Immotelle Millesimee pearls blended with myrtle, camelina, evening primrose and borage oils, suspended in a water-gel enriched with Jania Rubens algae. Pump it out onto the palm of your hand, and apply it to your skin.
The texture feels incredibly light, and it sinks right into the skin without too much effort. It does not feel oily at all, and while I hate to say this, you notice an almost immediate smoothening of the skin on the back of your hand. It’s crazy!
L’Occitane Harmonie Divine Cream – RM830 | US$198 for 50ml
Follow up then with the Harmonie Divine cream, a slightly heavy textured moisturiser with a cream-to-oil texture. When applied on skin, the warmth of the skin causes the cream to melt a little, and it absorbs quickly into skin. It feels comfortable, and is supposed to boost skin radiance and suppleness.
I wanted to show you the inside of the jar of cream, because I love the clever design, that comes with a hinged cover.
A spatula is included for make it easy to pick up product, and both the cream and the serum actually come in a refillable packaging. Refills are sold separately, although I don’t think they are here in Malaysia.
Remember I said this isn’t for everyone? It isn’t.
The price tag alone, is prohibitive for many, who may not be so keen to spend that much money on a tube of serum or tub of cream. This then, is really targeted at the person who isn’t afraid of indulging in skincare, and who already uses L’Occitane’s Divine range. This one is the step up from that range.
This is also really targeted at someone who needs a lift to their skin, whether in terms of radiance or facial contours. This isn’t for the 20-something, who is still chockfull of springy collagen. The texture of the cream is a little heavy, and really better suits someone in their late 30’s and upwards.
I don’t deny that I found it hard to process, because my brain’s processing mechanism got stuck at the price LOL :P It’s very expensive, and it really is for a very niche market. Is it much better than what L’Occitane now has? I honestly cannot say. But I’ll say this – it isn’t how expensive your skincare is, it’s how you use it ;)
Does this super luxury range of skincare intrigue you?
If you’re interested to try something from the Harmonie Divine range, I’d do the serum. Few creams can actually justify the price ;)