April 23, 2014

L’Occitane en Provence Divine Lotion Review

This was provided to me by a brand for review but all opinions expressed are my own

L'Occitane en Provence Divine Lotion

L’Occitane en Provence Divine Lotion is skin softening toner that I’ve been using several months now. I really enjoy the L’Occitane en Provence Divine Skincare Collection but actually use the lotion more than anything else from the collection.

Skin softening lotions (essences) or as we label them here in the US “toners” are getting some recognition lately. I suspect by Spring 2015 you’ll see a little bit of a trend for them. Essence is a common part of Asian skincare and one of the first steps in skincare application. Skin softening lotions like L’Occitane en Provence Divine Lotion is just one product in a long line of others that a typical Asian woman or man would use in their daily regime. Typically skincare regimes in Asia are made up of 5 to 8 daily products. Imagine that? I’ve adapted my own nighty skincare after this regime myself as I spend a lot of time around Japanese and Korean skincare and makeup. It seems overkill yes but actually my drier skin quite loves it.

Let’s take a look ad this Divine Lotion!

L’Occitane en Provence Divine Lotion isn’t really a traditional toner. You aren’t getting out a cotton ball and swiping this one. This is a thicker textured toner yet a thinner consistency than your average moisturizer. It’s a watery gel-like consistency which you apply to the palms of your hands and press gently onto your skin. I think skincare users in the US mistakenly apply prodcts like this with a cotton ball but for the best results you’ll want to press it onto your skin using the palms of your hands.

Supposedly this formula contains anti-aging properties from immportelle flowers which have 7 plant derived ingredients to give this lotion not only a moisturizing finish but also to lend suppleness to skin. It has a unique herbal scent that’s very pleasant but sensitive users might find it a bit much.

L'Occitane en Provence Divine Lotion swatches

Typically after cleansing I mist my face and allow it to dry down naturally. I follow up with my Philosophy Miracle Worker Pads and after I press this Divine Lotion gently into my face and allow it to set before following up with my other skincare products. This acts as a prep of sorts for my serums and moisturizer. It softens my skin and gives it a “cushy” finish. If you suffer from drier areas or flaky areas after cleansing this is a nice way to gently set the pavement for your moisturizer as it acts to tone, soften, and hydrate allowing your serum(s) and moisturizer to absorb easily into skin. It’s very rare I don’t use an essence or lotion like this prior to other products. It’s just a very ideal way to prep my skin for other products!

I don’t think Divine Lotion has been life changing. My skin isn’t brighter or healthier looking since using it. It is however, an ideal product for prepping my skin!

If Divine Lotion is too expensive a product you can check into MANY of my Korean and Japanese versions for other affordable essence and skin softening lotions like this that are considerably cheaper. Skin Food makes some amazing ones!

Do you use an essence or lotion prior to other skincare?

Which one?

Do share!

Available now at usa.loccitane.com

This was provided to me by a brand for review but all opinions expressed are my own

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  • Anna Fantasia

    Looks amazing! Couldn’t find the price in your review. Is it the one that is $115 on the website? Could you recommend some less expensive products that are similar to this ($60 or so price range)… Just about died when I saw the price ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you Muse and hugs!

  • Hiroko

    You’re officially honorary Asian lol. I’ve been using SKII Facial essence for ages. I know its expensive(even my sister’s employee discount at major department store), but without it my skin looks dull, and foundation just doesn’t go smoothly. I’ll try L’Occitane since it’s more affordable. Thanks for your review ^_^

    • Isabella Muse

      LOL thanks ๐Ÿ˜€ hehehe! Same here! My skin is very dull and I feel like essence is a necessary step in my skincare to keep my skin hydrated, and the more hydrated I am the less my dullness comes out to play ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Deb

    Once again, Muse to the rescue! I got a small sample bottle of this a few weeks ago and wasn’t sure what it was. The writing on the bottle was so small I could barely make out the name and there were no instructions. I used it as a serum under my night time moisturizer and hoped for the best. I really just wanted to see if I had any reaction to it before I spent any time investigating exactly what it was intended to do. The bottle didn’t last long enough to determine any anti-aging benefits, but I can 100% say this stuff kept my skin hydrated through the night. It was a pleasure to apply, it just glided on and didn’t leave any tacky feel. Just very soft and smooth skin. And my moisturizer applied better. Thank you, thank you Muse for this review. You’ve saved me time looking up the intended use of this product because I had already decided to order it. I think for us dry skinned girls this is an added bonus. Not necessary but definitely helpful in a skin are routine. And thanks for pointing out the less expensive options! I’ve never used toners but this product changed my mind and made me realize I’ve been missing out on something nice for dry, dehydrated skin. You’re the best!

    • Isabella Muse

      Hey Deb! YAY! so glad you tried this out and loved it. I could not agree more, essence seems like a hassle and another extra steps to add to an already long line of products at the end of the night but us dry skin girls a necessary evil that is well worth the time to use ๐Ÿ˜€ There are TONS of options that are cheaper ๐Ÿ™‚ Hopefully you take some time out to discover them! Glad you enjoyed this ๐Ÿ˜€ awww shucks you’re the best ๐Ÿ˜€