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Nov 5, 2011

L'Occitane Heritage boutique on East 86th st, plus Holiday gift sets

New York's upper east side is now home to a gigantic L'Occitane heritage boutique.  So large, in fact, that the back houses a Citroën 2CV car, much like the one that L'Occitane's founder, Olivier Baussan, used to drive when he first started making soaps for the brand in 1976.  
L'Occitane founder Olivier Baussan

The entire boutique is a celebration of L'Occitane's heritage, with Provencal décor and vintage, reclaimed furniture from old L'Occitane boutiques.  Each area of the store features mini spa-like benefits with hair care consultation areas, skin care areas, and hand massage stations.    

Artwork throughout the store reflects the brand's connection with nature, and commitment to bringing customers high-quality products made with essential oils.  They're also extremely committed to using Fair Trade Shea Butter from Africa in their hand creams, which creates jobs and a sense of empowerment for the women in West Africa who harvest the pure Shea Butter.  

The brand's new store is festively decorated just in time for the holidays, so stop in to 180 East 86th st (between Lexington and 3rd ave) to check out their luxurious holiday gift sets.  There are too many amazing gift sets to mention here, but some that I'm particularly fond of are:

Hand Cream Bouquet ($50)

Savons De Provence ($24)

Hugs & Kisses duo ($19)
A Man's Ritual Cade gift set ($68)

Shea Embrace gift set ($72)

Bouquet of Peonies ($72)

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