I was given a gift voucher for Mothers Day so promptly headed off to L’Occitane in Cavendish to spend it. I have a real love for this brand as I was fortunate enough to fly off to Corsica a few years back to experience first-hand the making of L’Occitane’s Immortelle Divine anti-ageing products; from walking through fields of Immortelle flowers and seeing how each product is produced in the factory, to experiencing the incredible early morning light as we hot air ballooned across endless stretches of lavender; a truly memorable experience, shared with a handful of journalists from all over the world and definitely one of the many highlights of working for a magazine!

“In Provence, there is a unique moment in time, when the light embraces the sky and blesses the earth with a fleeting interval of grace. This is the Golden Hour,” and where the inspiration for Terre de Lumière comes from. L’Occitane has stepped out of their previous chapters of concentrating on a single ingredient by focusing on the emotions at the heart of Provence. L’Occitane’s first Gourmand Aromatic fragrance Terre de Lumiere EDP was created by three women perfumers: Calice Becker, Shyamala Maisondieu and Nadège Le Garlantezec, who share their love of Provence by using notes within the fragrance to capture their childhood memories.

The combination of almond, honey and lavender in both the body milk and fragrance are warming on the skin, heavenly light and fresh. The body milk sinks in easily leaving a slight shimmer on my skin and feels tres luxurious indeed! I bought the travel size Terre de Lumiere L’Occitane en Provence for Women EDP fragrance to complement the Beautifying Body Milk and as I’m travelling up country later in the month, thought them the perfect size to pop into my travel bag.

Top notes of honey and almonds combined with heart notes of lavender are warm and enveloping notes settling down into sensual balsamic and musky base notes; I absolutely love the lingering notes, subtle and perfect for winter days!

The bottle design is like a shape of a pebble with a tinge of golden, an ode to Provence light. L’Occitane founder OivierBaussan said, “Flairs of light inspired the elegant shape of the bottle. A pebble, coloured by the tinted golden hour skies, is represented in the cap.” How lovely is that!

Terre de Lumière L’Occitane en Provence for Women EDP

Travel size R990 for 50ml and R1450 for 90ml

Terre de Lumiere Beautifying Body Milk

Travel size R140 for 50ml and R425 for 250ml

Happy Wednesday peeps and keep warm – it is nippy noodles in the Cape!


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Not only is AFRICAN EXTRACTS a brand endorsed by BEAUTY WITHOUT CRUELTY, but super effective, amazingly affordable, contains zero plastic microbeads or parabens, is organic and suitable for vegetarians and majority vegan too; here’s why I keep returning to this SA brand:
Key ingredient to all AFRICAN EXTRACT products is Bio-active Rooibos, indigenous to SA and full of antioxidants and mineral goodness. These products carry a gentle whiff of Rooibos mixed with delish cocoa butter and sweet almond scent; (I’m feeling melancholy this morning, with hydrangeas on my desk and the smell of rooibos, both reminders of time spent with my granny where milky sweet rooibos tea was consumed in copious amounts!

I’ve been using AFRICAN EXTRACTS Rooibos Exfoliating Body Scrub, Ultra Moisturising Shea Butter Body Moisturiser and 3-in-1 Facial Wipes Classic Care:


Now that shower time is shortened to a bucketful, time is of the essence, so one wants to hop in, scrub to feel clean and good to go. AFRICAN EXTRACTS Rooibos Exfoliating Body Scrub makes my skin feel tingly and amazing, thanks to perfect size apricot kernel granules and Rooibos leaves to buff and polish skin.



I apply AFRICAN EXTRACTS Ultra Moisturising Shea Butter Body Moisturiser immediately to damp skin ensuring it sinks in quickly. It contains cocoa seed butter, Shea butter, Sweet Almond oil and Rooibos to nourish and moisture winter skin. LOVE!



As I travel on public transport I like to keep wipes on me at all times and these AFRICAN EXTRACTS 3-in-1 Facial Wipes have ingredients like Vitamin E , Pro Vitamin B5 and of course Rooibos, which make them really moisturising, are non-greasy and seriously great for removing makeup and waterproof mascara.

R49,95 for a pack of 25

A quick synopsis:




*contains no microbeads PS: for a fascinating read on microbead nasties, head over to Richard Goller’s awesome blog : read here

*contains no parabens

*suitable for vegetarians (and majority for vegans too – just look for the “V” on products on website here )

* price point I mean seriaaasly, good prices for every day essentials!

Have you tried out this brand, your thoughts?

Happy day and weekend