Before getting my hands on the L’Occitane Violette & Rose de Mai Eau de Toilette, I didn’t even know that L’Occitane en Provence had a fragrance range. In my mind, L’Occitane is a brand I go to when I’ve somehow managed to deplete my hand lotions stash – which FYI is quite difficult as I have a hand lotion obsession – but their newest limited edition fragrance definitely opens up my perception of them as a brand ESPECIALLY as it actually smells a lot different than I thought it would.
The L’Occitane Violette & Rose de Mai Eau de Toilette – £52 via L’Occitane – has been exclusively created by perfumer Violaine Collas to celebrate L’Occitane’s 40th anniversary and is part of the L’Occitane La Collection de Grasse – a natural extract fragrance collection inspired & names after the world perfume capital located in the south of France”.
Despite its very girly appearance and packaging, I would describe the L’Occitane Violette & Rose de Mai perfume as quite a classic fragrance. Yes, it is quite on the sweet side as it is a floral based fragrance with Bergamot, Rhubarb, Blackcurrant and Orange as its top notes with May Rose Absolute and Violet leaves acting as its heart notes but I don’t feel that the rose & citrus elements are overpoweringly sweet which is great as I am not the biggest fan of rose fragrances in general. The L’Occitane Violette & Rose de Mai does have sandalwood & musk as base notes but you don’t experience these woody scents until the perfume has been on your skin for a period of time giving this L’Occitane fragrance a little spicy edge.
Even though the L’Occitane Violette & Rose de Mai perfume is an eau de toilette fragrance, it is EXTREMELY long-wearing and would make a great addition to anyone perfume collection . . . provided you actually like sweet fragrances of course.