L'Occitan fragrance notes

  • Head

    • black pepper, lavender
  • Heart

    • nutmeg, cinnamon
  • Base

    • tonka bean

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Latest Reviews of L'Occitan

Having only tried this & Eaux de Beaux from this house, this is definitely my favorite. And I love Eau de Beaux. I only have about 1/2 an ounce, so I cherish every wearing, but I could bath in this stuff daily!

The cinnamon is not prominent at all, so for those who are cinnamon averse, you may not be able to sense it. (At least on my skin chemistry)

The pepper is prominent, but in no way do I, or other around me, get 'the sneezies'. It is very polite indeed.

A creamy, spicy, & woody lavender type fragrance, that may be slightly linear, but in no way gets tiresome(for me, or those around me).

I don't get any sweetness, even though tonka is listed in the base. Thank goodness, and the absence of vanilla is quite welcome. Any sweetness from adding vanilla would've ruined this for me.

My nose tells me pine, even though I don't smell it. I guess you could say it has a piney aura to it?

My wife said, "It smells like you're trying to attract someone". I took it as a compliment, whether passive aggressive or not...

9/10 - Would rank higher if the transitions were more clearly separated from Top-->Mid-->Base
19th January 2022
Requested and received for Christmas, on the basis that this is a versatile year-round scent that can readily fill in the gap when I can't make a decision on what to wear.

After a few goes, the bottle has opened up and now smells how I recall it from many testings in L'occitane outlets - that is, lavender-heavy, supported by spices for a warm feel and somewhat classical edge. Not too much going on, but there doesn't need to be. When I first started visiting their shops, L'occitane had this, Cade, Baux, and Vetyver as their regular men's line, and it struck me at that time that everyone should own at least one of these, for a different experience to the regular designers but much better value. This range has now halved, which is a shame, but L'occitan the scent remains a high quality lavender and useful mainstay. Recommended.
13th January 2022

This one's for me! Lavander barbershop, good performance, just so old school but still "nichey", readily available and affordable, with little ambrox, norlimbanol or IsoE in sight! Haleluia!
But wait.... Lots of black pepper and I mean a massive plonk, after awhile it's all I smell and sadly it won't do. Damn.. close but no cigar, oh well.
22nd June 2021
I can't believe there's no herb in this. It smells like a liquor, like absinthe or chartreuse. Beautiful.
31st January 2020
This is the one that started me on my search for a peppery-focused scent. I came across L'Occitan at the L'Occitane store in the Detroit DTW airport. Gave it a spray and thought, "Hmm. That's nice." Later realized after research that it is the pepper that I'm drawn to. The pepper in this one comes through very nicely and is mixed with other notes to present a very pleasant scent. Only drawbacks are just okay longevity and sillage. If you can get it on the cheap and carry around a refresher, go for it.
12th September 2019
Dreadful stuff.
Starts of thankfully non descript and slightly fresh but morphs into an 80s cheap feminine perfume. Cloying, gets up my nose. Wash off job.
Some people may call this fougere barber shop, I call it a Road Traffic Accident of modern art.

Fragrance: 4/10
Projection: 7/10
Longevity: 7/10
21st May 2019
I was gifted the shower gel version of this and loved it, so bought the EDT. The EDT has a sharper More bitter opening but it mellows down eventually. Alit if lavender fragrances are just that i.e. just lavender that can come across as a bit like air freshener, but the burnt woods and pepper in this give it a depth and make it a more subtle, complex and wearable accord.

I find it works well in Spring and Autumn when heavy winter fragrances are too much, and summer scents lack depth. All in all it's a clean and classy office-safe scent that's versatile enough to use without too much thought.
27th January 2019
Less is more sometimes, and L'Occitan Eau de Toilette by L'Occitane en Provence (2005) is a perfect example of this. Anyone who has ever walked past their shops found in upscale shopping malls and high streets will tell of the botanical allure wafting from the front door, which pulls you right in to have a peek. Part of that huge bouquet of "welcome" is this scent: a simple lavender, pepper, and spice fougère which smells very 19th century considering it's release date, and does little else to dress up these three key points besides render them onto an appropriate fougère base. The lavender is relaxing while the pepper is a piquant eye-opener, making the wearer do some mental gymnastics between calm and alert, creating a stillness and poise that epitomizes the gentlemanly demeanor this scent seeks to create. The overall vibe of L'Occitane itself is an old-world hand-crafted simplicity, as the company itself was founded in 1976 by Olivier Baussan as a distiller of lavender and eventually soapmaker. The name for L'Occitane refers to the women of Occitania, an region during the Middle Ages spanning southern France, north-eastern Spain and northern Italy; the Occitan dialect is still spoken as a second language in some areas of this region in modern times, and Baussan sought to tap into this historical allure. Modern L'Occitane operates much like an apothecary-themed cosmetic shop, giving competition to the likes of Aveda, The Body Shop, Bath and Body Works, Lush, Kiehl's, The Art of Shaving, and others.

L'Occitan Eau de Toilette directly links back to the house's early days as a lavender peddler in France, and opens with a very clean round French lavender like found in Pour Un Homme de Caron (1934) or Canoe by Dana (1936), just without any of the vanilla to pillow it out. Instead, the aforementioned black pepper takes L'Occitan Eau de Toilette in a direction much like a traditional men's toilet water, of the ilk that someone like ED Pinaud, or Houbigant would produce, adding in some nutmeg and cinnamon in the middle phase. The spices in the middle are subtle, and meant to give an earthy anchor to the lavender/pepper top instead of rounding it, so they play very quietly under the top notes, "browining" everything into a clearly masculine train of thought without being cloying or heavy as spice can often be. The base of tonka, musk, cedar, sandalwood, and oakmoss follows last, and makes for a "fern-like" fougère accord through-and-through, simple, efficient, and enjoyable. L'Occitan Eau de Toilette will not appeal to people who dislike prominent lavender, and the black pepper is pretty dry, giving this some similarity to Penhaligon's Blenheim Bouquet (1902) but with a one-for-one note swap between the pine of Blenheim and the lavender of L'Occitane, plus a heavier woods edge that makes L'Occitan sit closer to something like Diptyque Tam Dao (2003) at times. I'd say this is a great morning eye-opener and should be used with the accompanying body wash, but what you do with it is up to you in the end. Longevity is in the eight hour range, and sillage is respectable thanks to that assertive pepper note, so no performance issues here.

L'Occitane en Provence makes some great reasonable products for a guy looking for something a little more homespun than a major designer label, but not wanting the full obscure artisinal perfumer experience, without the awkward kitsch of niche boutiques like Lush, the uppity condescension of ultra-luxe brands like Creed or even the "steampunk chic" wet shaving establishments like The Art of Shaving, with their gilded handles that cleverly hide the fact that they use some permutation of a standard Gillette blade. There's no such thing as an "honest brand" really, but the purity of purpose and plain-spoken chemist-style presentation of L'Occitan Eau de Toilette in it's amber glass pill bottle just seems right. The smell is plain, simple, elegant lavender fougère that won't cost you a kidney to buy, and performs leagues beyond what the designers offer in the same category, giving it a niche quality without the niche price. A few other ones like Eau des Bavx (2006), and Eau de Cade (2014) also strike of this niche quality, staying fairly within the classic masculine perfumery realm, with better-than-usual ingredients, but L'Occitane Eau de Toilette just stands as the best, most versatile, and classic flagship/entrypoint for the house to my nose, and worth a sniff to anyone that really loves these old lavender beasts still roaming the wilds. All historical backdrops aside, the house did a really nice job here, and made this super easy to wear. L'Occitan Eau de Toilette is the signature scent for the guy that finds beauty in a good plain cheese pizza, simple folk tune, or cup of black coffee.
17th September 2018
Really nice, basic fragrance from L'Occitane. With Eau de L'Occitan pour Homme, you will get a straightforward spicy bright scent, thanks to the healthy dose of black pepper in the head and nutmeg in the heart, mixed with cinnamon. Lavender acts as a deft "background" against which the spicy onslaught stands, adding its own spicy qualities to the melange.

The overall effect is a classy scent that feels natural and polished. Lasts for an impressively long time, staying linear and predictable. Highly recommended!
4th May 2018
A very straightforward masculine smelling lavender mixed with pepper, and a little woods and then very light smooth dry-down.

Continues to be one of my favorites in my collection and stands up to the Creed's as far as quality of natural ingredients and the lack of any artificial or headache inducing aroma-chemicals....

Has a very nice, "almost" Creed like dry-down that is very smooth and maybe more tonka bean/vanilla than ambergris but a similar soft and clean smell.

Don't go near it if you don't like lavender...and if you don't know, as always try before you buy, as people have all kinds of different associations with lavendar.

By far the most wearable of the L'occitane line for me.

25th February 2018
A peppery fragrance that feels fresh. I actually enjoy the shower gel more than the EDT, but If I don't over spray on the EDT, it is also highly enjoyable. As mentioned by others, I get pepper, not burnt woods. Eau des Baux and 4 Voleurs are my favorite in the L'Occitane men's line, but L'Occitane is also a nice daytime fragrance.
5th June 2017
A beautiful, masculine lavender, paired with soft woods and shaped by black pepper. Straight forward, beginning to end, this fragrance is gorgeous. Most people will think "old school" or "barbershop" when it comes to lavender. L'Occitan IMO, is a more modern interpretation of lavender, layering it over a soft woods and shaping it's lilting softness with a touch of sharper black pepper. The lavender is very authentic and natural smelling, and there's very little of the sweetened barbershop element. With the deft use of woods and pepper, L'Occitan also avoids the avant-garde lavender direction of a JPG LeMale formulation. One could say it's a perfectly executed twist on an identifiable theme. Clean, light, masculine and appealing to most people. Excellent performance and great value for a fragrance of this quality. An easy Thumbs Up.
27th May 2017