I love L’Occitane. But once I read the ingredient lists, it becomes clear to me that I like the idea of L’Occitania: a romantic part of France, Provence, that I haven’t visited (yet), where a strange language was spoken, it makes me dream of exotic fragrances. But it’s just an idea, crystallized in products that are made of the same ingredients, synthetic fragrances, and colors used by everybody else including Korean and French, and American skincare companies.
Artists put together the colors and pictures that make me want to buy a $8.50 soap (3.5oz) or spend $34 in 2.5 oz of water, glycerin, cetearyl alcohol, etc. If I am this easily convinced, what can I expect from a non-biochemist? And yet, fragrance and colors are such good weapons!
Lustrous Hair Mask – SOS Shine
Water – Cetearyl Alcohol – Glycerin – Distearoylethyl Dimonium Chloride – Cetyl Esters – C15-19 Alkane – Coco-Caprylate/ Caprate – Glyceryl Stearate Se – Cedrus Atlantica Bark Oil – Rosemary Leaf Oil – Lemon Peel Oil – Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil – Bergamot Fruit Oil – Sunflower Seed Oil – Lemon Peel Extract – Sugar Cane Extract – Hydroxypropyl Starch Phosphate – Cetrimonium Chloride – Cetearyl Glucoside – Ethylhexylglycerin – Hydroxypropyl Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride – Mica – Lactic Acid – Tocopherol – Sodium Hydroxide – Malic Acid – Citric Acid – Fragrance – Linalool – Limonene – Geraniol – Citronellol – Ci 77891/Titanium Dioxide – Ci 19140/ Yellow 5 – Ci 77491/Iron Oxides – Ci 14700/Red 4
And will this mask soothe your skin?
Water – Glycerin – Cetearyl Alcohol – Dicaprylyl Ether – Cetyl Alcohol – Shea Butter – Octyldodecyl Myristate – Cetyl Palmitate – Dimethicone – Myristyl Alcohol – Corn Starch Modified – Black Currant Fruit Powder – Black Currant Fruit Extract – Sunflower Seed Oil – Bisabolol – Cetearyl Glucoside – Myristyl Glucoside – Carbomer – Ethylhexylglycerin – Xanthan Gum – Sodium Hydroxide – Citric Acid – Tocopherol – Denatonium Benzoate – Phenoxyethanol – Chlorphenesin – Sodium Benzoate – Potassium Sorbate – Parfum/Fragrance – Ci 17200/Red 33 – Ci 19140/Yellow 5 – Ci 42090/Blue 1
What would I do? I look at the pictures, listen to this amazing song and then I use ELS to give shine to my hair and nutrition to my scalp. I am too lazy to go and buy lemon verbena essential oil, but a few drops would make the ELS smell like magic and still do a great job.
For a soothing mask? Same ELS with a couple of drops of bisabolol. Or go straight for Nourishing skin serum.
Feel free to add a couple of drops of your favorite essential oil or fragrance, as long as you are not allergic to them!
DISCLAIMER: These claims have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, cure, treat or prevent any disease.