Even though the scent of L’Occitane Pivoine Flora Beauty Cream ($36) reminds me of my ninang (the Tagalog word for godmother), I’m gonna assume the folks at L’Occitane weren’t shooting for eau de high maintenance Filipino godmother divas when they developed it.
I love the scent, which smells more to me like a mix of old school Oil of Olay (the one that came in the pink bottle), floral soaps and roses than the peonies it contains. I can picture something similar sitting on the dressing table of a young woman in the ’50s, or see it sitting on a shelf today in the home of an older woman who still remembers being that girl. While I think it suits girls of all ages, those who prefer scents on the mature side may like it more than, say, the fruity bubblegum body sprays that sparkle in most drugstores.
The thick, rich cream feels sticky at first, and while it may not be as moisturizing as Pacifica’s Body Butters, which I love, it’s moisturizing enough for me. It absorbs quickly and leaves my skin feeling soft without a greasy residue. L’Occitane gave it several oils and plant extracts, in addition to peony, and many are listed up near the top of the ingredient list.
The last time I saw my ninang was on a visit to the Philippines about 10 years ago, and when I hugged her goodbye I remember a scent just like Pivoine Flora Beauty Cream. She’s always been one of my beauty heroes — the kind of woman who would put on a full face of makeup, do her hair and don a full outfit (with matching shoes, purse and accessories) just to walk down to the corner store. Now that’s dedication.
PRICE: $36 for a 7-oz. jar
AVAILABILITY: Available now at L’Occitane stores and also online
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B+
Do you hair that?
Tabs sure has been needy since I got home yesterday. He’s been alternating between my lap and my right shoulder all day long, which means I’m utterly covered in cat hair.
I should probably enjoy the affection while it lasts because it’s only a matter of time before Edward Scissorpaws comes out to play.
In other news, how was the rest of your Monday? Anything new to report?
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,