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L’Occitane Introduces Limited Edition Sun Verbena

Even though my favorite L’Occitane products are their Amande ones, the Verbena ones are perennial bestsellers so it’s fitting that they just introduced some new, limited edition, verbena-infused products for summer. What makes the launches particularly notable is that they were all designed with sun-exposed skin in mind and all are made with organic verbena extract from Corsica. Out of the five products, two come with SPF 15 sun protection: Protective Body Lotion SPF 15 ($24) and Protective Gloss SPF 15 ($12). The other three newbies are all fragrances or mists: Sun Verbena Eau de Toilette ($48), Milky Fragrance Mist ($48), and Fresh Face Mist ($11).

It’s too bad they couldn’t formulate the two mists with sun protection, it would have definitely been an added perk to know that you’re adding protection while hydrating skin, but I imagine that anyone partial to the refreshing floral-citrus scent will want the mists nevertheless. Similarly, SPF 15 isn’t usually strong enough for me when it comes to body lotion during the summer, but I wouldn’t mind using it in the Fall and it’s great that the gloss has sun protection because lips are often left unprotected and they’re actually a common place for skin cancer to develop (be careful!). For those that are familiar with the classic L’Occitane Verbena scent expect a lot of the same key notes, but an overall lighter/less intense scent. If anyone who works at L’Occitane reads this, please make a verbena diffuser next summer!


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