Tuesday, 14 June 2011

L'Occitane Pivoine Flora EDP and palette - girly beauty with a twist

I must confess that when I first saw the marketing campaign for Pivoine Flora I didn't think the scent would be for me. It's very pink, very girly, and very sweet. The campaign art is themed around ballerinas, represented in gauzy, washy watercolour. This is not usually my sort of thing - I prefer packaging designs that are sleek or edgy, fragrances that have a kick or a quirk to them. However I could absolutely see the romantic, elegant appeal of Pivoine Flora, and the scent itself (which is carried through the whole collection - even the cosmetics are lightly perfumed) surprised me with its complexity and depth.

Pivoine Flora EDT has been part of L'Occitane's range for some time, but the line has been extended with a new EDP and a limited-edition makeup collection. We've mentioned a few items from the Pivoine Flora line already, and generally our impression is of a well-put-together, high-quality range that speaks highly of l'Occitane's capabilities in the colour cosmetics area, into which they seem to be branching out.

Here's the Pivoine Flora eyeshadow palette (£22) - probably the star of the cosmetic line-up. It features 4 soft pink and plum shades in a magnetic textured cardboard casing. Each ballerina corresponds to one of the shades, which is rather nice.

There's also a pull-out mirror in the lid of the compact, which can be used independently (and has its own Pivoine Flora logo on the back).

The colours are lightly pigmented and soft, shimmery and in the case of the palest pink, slightly glittery.

The EDP comes in a cerise-pink tinted round bottle that reminds me slightly of the apple-shaped Nina Ricci "Nina" bottle. The cap and sprayer are shiny, silver-toned, embossed metal - very pleasing to uncap and use.

I'd class Pivoine Flora as a fresh floral - of course, the Peony flower which inspires the line is present, as are rose, and a deep dusty violet. There's a hint of musk and cedarwood in the base note that give this fragrance the kick it needs to lift it out of "generic pretty floral" territory. There's also a definite bite of citrus in the top-note too - I was pleasantly surprised at this when I first sprayed it, and it kept me sniffing my wrist in anticipation of what would develop next.

At £39.00 for 50ml EDP, Pivoine Flora is very reasonably priced for an eau de parfum. If you prefer less of a commitment, there's also an adorable 10ml travel-size roll-on of the EDT available at a more accessible £14.00.

Disclosure - PR samples

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