L'Occitane Bouquet de Vanille body cream and lip balm
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‘Nilla Notes: L’Occitane Bouquet de Vanille & Yves Rocher Nuit Vanille

L'Occitane Bouquet de Vanille & Yves Rocher Nuit Vanille
L’Occitane Bouquet de Vanille & Yves Rocher Nuit Vanille.

Today’s post is for fellow lovers of vanilla, while the fresher weather after April rains lingers in my area… in my case, vanille is among the few gourmand scents that I love almost in any way, shape or form, so today I bring vanilla-scented reviews from L’Occitane and Yves Rocher.

L’Occitane Bouquet de Vanille Ultra Soft Cream and Lip Balm.
L'Occitane Bouquet de Vanille body cream and lip balm
L’Occitane Bouquet de Vanille body cream and lip balm.

I’d used L’Occitane’s lipbalms and shea butter body products before, and though they are pricey, I end up going back for more after a while… anyway, I like this lip balm’s consistency, halfway between balm and gloss; which is odd, because as a rule, I’m not much of a gloss fan.

In spite of this, I find this balm comforting to wear and to apply, not sticky or unpleasant, and I like the touch of shine it adds to lipsticks. The scent isn’t very prominent (and a good thing, because it doesn’t smell of pure vanilla, but more like floral with a touch of vanilla, and floral isn’t something I’m terribly fond of in lip products… more on this below), and the conditioning effect lasts and lasts, so that I don’t feel the need to reapply more than once or twice a day.

And since I got this as a set, with the balm came the L’Occitane Bouquet de Vanille Ultra Soft Cream. I looove this body moisturizer, and I think I’d like it more if the scent lasted a bit longer... anyway, this body cream has a light, almost whipped texture: it absorbs quickly and does its job of leaving the skin nice and bouncy and soft, with no stickiness.

In fact, this is possibly one of the body moisturizers I’ve gone through the quickest (because I’m lazy and slack on body cream application most of the time, so it takes me forever and a day to finish a moisturizer). I do need to note for the more hardcore vanilla lovers (hmm, that makes sense?) that this doesn’t smell very vanilla-y, it is more like a floral-tiaré-vanilla scent, in that order. Fine by me, since I do prefer vanillas that are a bit more complicated, mixed with different notes.

See analysis in CosDNA: Ultra Soft Cream and Lip Balm.

Would I buy the L’Occitane Bouquet de Vanille set again? Probably, though I’d most likely wait till sales season to nab the body cream, since as I mentioned before, I think it’s kind of steep for what it is at full retail price, no matter how much I like using it. Even so, I think both the lipbalm and the cream deserve the full 5 points.

Yves Rocher Nuit Vanille eau de toilette and shower oil

After a good long time of resisting going into an YR shop, I slipped… I do love their scents and bath/body stuff, so I got the Nuit Vanille set of EDT and shower oil.

Now, this shower oil is interesting: when I chose this, I thought it was exactly that, a body oil for applying right after showering, so that I could step out with skin nice and supple, but without risking hypothermia (I used this product in the winter, when I simply don’t have the courage to apply cream after the shower, no matter how much my skin cries out for it).

In fact, this is kind of halfway between an oil and a gel cleanser, so it makes a slight foam in contact with water. It’s not an oil for nourishing the skin, it’s more like a shower gel that doesn’t dry it out. The vanilla and caramel scent is just lovely, so it’s a shame that it doesn’t linger past the shower.

So, if the goal is to step out of the shower nice and fragrant, you’ll need to reach for the Nuit Vanille eau de toilette. According to the package, this is a vanilla scent with citrus notes, but I can’t find the citrus anywhere: as I noted before, this to me smells like vanilla and smoky caramel, and some wood notes, which tones down the sweetness and makes it more grown-up.

Also, even though this sounds more like a winter type of fragrance (which it is), I think this is just as wearable for spring and warmer days, mainly because it’s quite light, and doesn’t have much sillage or longevity to speak of: it’s pretty much gone after an hour or so, much like a post-shower mist, and that’s how I ended up using this EDT.

See analysis in CosDNA: eau de toilette and shower oil.

Would I buy again the Yves Rocher Nuit Vanille eau de toilette and shower oil? Probably not, but not because I didn’t like it, but because I’m not much for going back to scents I’ve used before, and this one, though I like it a lot, I don’t find it particularly memorable.

Nevertheless, if I find again this shower oil and EDT in another scent, I’m pretty sure I’d go for it, among other things because I don’t think you can beat the quality for the price in this case. In the end, I think that the this set deserves 4.5 points.

Bonus track
WKD fully fashioned seamed stockings
Fully fashioned seamed stockings from What Katie Did.

I hardly ever post fashion and style content (and IDK why, because I live for that), but I recently rediscovered my deep love-hate relationship with seamed stockings, and I just had to tell someone… ladies, don’t be fashion victims like me, but if vintage and retro anything is your drug (that’s me, and what’s worse, I’ll fall for the same thing again), I must note the following:

  • On the up side, these are no-holds barred Sexy, no question about it. If they’re the kind that have to be held up with garters, complete & utter destruction is guaranteed 😏. Do not attempt, though, if you don’t have a garter belt w/ at least 6 straps – 8 is ideal (more on this below).
  • However – and this is a major con – this is to be worn only if it’s a slow day and you’re fine w/ having to straighten your seams oh, every 5 minutes or so; maybe 15 if you’re wearing an 8-strap garter belt.

Also, old-school, fully fashioned stockings, while authentic, are a right pain, because you have to be constantly smoothing them on your legs, or else they will wrinkle… no wonder they’ve gone extinct for all intents and purposes. Unless you want to be feeling up your own legs all day long (which sounds like it could be fun, but gets old pretty fast, not to mention the weird covert stares from whoever happens to wander by), don’t.

PS: again, be sensible and don’t do as I do, but if you’re stubborn about your love of pretty like me, or are merely curious, the ones shown in the image are fully-fashioned seamed stockings from retro reproduction lingerie maker What Katie Did.

1 point: No! Never again, not even if you gave it to me, or even paid me to wear it.
2 points: I didn’t finish the container and it’s very unlikely I’d buy this again. It might work for you, but it does nothing for me.
3 points: Meh. I’ll use up my jar/tube, but I don’t think I’d buy again. It might work for you, but it doesn’t do much for me.
4 points: I like it. It’s nice and does its job. I might buy this again, if I find nothing I like better.
5 points: I love it! It does its job very well, I find it a pleasure to use, and it’s earned its place in my beauty routine.

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