In early October, I was invited to check out the grand re-opening of the L’Occitane store in Yorkville (102 Bloor Street West, Toronto). The new store brings the south of France to us Canadians in the form of fragrance, body care and skin care, complete with  a new greenhouse treatment area for mini-facials, a hand massage bar and also a barber’s corner – straight blade shave anyone?

Upon entering the store, I was blown away with the space. Not too big, not small, it was easy to move around, every product line had its space, and most importantly, the entire venue smelled divine.

I couldn’t have had a better introduction to the space. I was greeted with treats, given a personal tour of each of the products and their benefits, and then, a hand massage. Le Sigh.

The great thing about L’Occitane is that there is something for everyone. From simple clean scents to something a little stronger; something for those who want to fight the signs of aging to something for those who just want great skin for right now; for mothers, for babies, and also, for men.

A couple of things that caught my eye …

This serum. You’re never too young to start caring for your skin or to worry about the future. So. You know. This serum.

A man should always smell good. And nature-y. Or like woodsy. Even if they spend all day inside tapping away at a computer or a remote control and not chopping actual wood.  The soaps even look manly … this would make the perfect gift for several males on my holiday shopping list.

With three children, two of whom get dirty just looking outside at grass and another one who make her own custom made dirt into a diaper … the scent, size and convenient pump dispenser of this body wash is a dream come true …

There is something about this throwback packaging that I am drawn to. And I like how I can use this and so can baby. A little something to pamper maman,  and a little something to pamper bebe. Yes please.

I highly recommend visiting the L’Occitane boutique if you happen to be in the area as its worth the experience. You’ll find something for you, I’m sure, and also, something for several others in your life. With the holiday season right around the corner – yes, I said it, the holidays are almost here – it would be a great way to cross many off your list!

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