I stepped briefly into a L’Occitane shop at lunch time the other day because Immortelle de Corse has finally reached Australian shores. My interest was piqued by Kevin’s review on NST last year.
Actually I have nothing to add to his review so this post is really just to bring it to people’s attention again if you have so far missed it. Immortelle de Corse features immortelle (helichrysum; curry plant), burnt sugar and black tea. I found it a seamless balance of those three things, with a dry, slightly powdery element uniting them all. Towards the end I noticed a floral element peeping out.
Until now I have never found a L’Occitane fragrance that has not fallen apart after on my skin after 20 minutes. I love the verbena foaming bath, and so do my kids. We are on our third large bottle. But after a short and pleasant opening, the verbena fragrance becomes thin, sour and weedy on me. And I have had similar experiences with other L’O fragrances I have tried.
But Immortelle hangs together beautifully, and it lasts and lasts. One spritz gripped my skin all afternoon, and I was worried when I got back to work that my colleagues would be wondering where on earth I had been. It was about an hour before Immortelle’s initial intensity began to subside.
Immortelle de Corse is not my kind of thing but if it is yours, you might want to give it a go if you have a chance. If you already have, do comment. Kevin smelled it on a Friday and by Monday had his own bottle.