Hi guys!! Today I have a different type of post for you. I have a review of a hand care product, a Verbena leaf soap and this product was also an inspiration for my mani that you will see later on in the post.
L’Occitane Slovenia decided to do a little challenge for us Slovenian bloggers. They asked us to make a post about their iconic Verbena products (or Lavender products) and write about why we like them. To be honest I have never tried any of those products. But in the back of my mind I new I had a soap from this line and I said I’ll give it a go. I got it as a present for Christmas or my birthday, I can’t remember anymore and I put it away, because it was a soap. And until now I have only used liquid soaps for washing my hands. And I immediately knew what polish will be used to make a manicure that will go with this soap. So, do you already know what I used? No peeking :D.
And so I did the mani, took the photos of it and of the soap and then I started testing the soap.
First of I would like to clear something. There is a lot of confusion in Slovenian language between the citruses and the Verbena, because Verbena in Slovenian is Citronka. And since this word is similar to citrus a lot of people think that Verbena is a lemon. But that is not the case. They are two completely different plants, they only smell similar.
And now to tell you more about L’Occitane’s Verbena. As written on their site: Among all the aromatic herbs that grow along the paths of Provence, there is one whose lemony freshness revives the body and mind. Its name is Verbena. When baskets are piled high with freshly harvested green Verbena leaves, its distinctive fragrance fills the air around the markets of Provence. And this description makes me want to teleport myself on to those fields and open all my senses and just enjoy the freshness and aroma of the lemony scent that Verbena has.
But let’s go back to reality and to my review of this soap. As they say at L’Occitane, crushed Verbena leaves gently exfoliate as you wash or shower. All-vegetal, non-detergent cleansing base won’t dry your skin. It is rich and creamy, with a light citrus scent. As I pointed out earlier I am not a regular user of hard soaps, but my mum uses them and when I’m at her place I use them too. So, the one soap that my mum has leaves this strange film on your hands when you wash them. But this Verbena soap doesn’t do that. It leaves your hands well moisturised and clean. And they smell so good afterwards. That smell, oh I love it!!! And now this soap made me rethink my hand washing routine. I think I am going to start using this kind of soaps and not the liquid ones anymore. So yes, I am glad this challenge happened.
And you can see hand creams in the photos, which I use frequently and they were reviewed in the L’Occitane & Pierre Hermé Hand Creams post.
And now on to my manicure. So, which polish did you think I used? Well my first thoughts were with this one, Cirque Colors – Mint Chip. I know that the shade is not the same as the soap’s, but it’s got these same chips in it. So yes, for me it’s perfect for this mani.
But first I applied two coats of Essie – Sand Tropez on my ring finger so it would be ready for the nail art when I’m done with my four other nails. And as mentioned before I did all other four nails with two coats of Mint Chip. And on my thumb I free handed the veins of the leaf with Mundo De Unas – Spring Green stamping polish. I wish I had done it with acrylic paint though.
And for the stripes on my ring finger I used straight nail vinyls and Essie – Blossom Dandy, Essie – Ruffles & Feathers, Essie – Vibrant Vibes and Essie – No Place Like Chrome. This nail was made to recreate the Verbena 40th Anniversary LE packaging which you can check on their site here.
I think the fresh scent of Verbena adds lightness in the summer and this lightness is much sought after by me this year, since the summer is so hot. So, have you tried any of the products from this collection yourself? If so, which ones and can you recommend any for me? I will definitely try them, but just don’t know which ones yet.
And this is all from me today. Thank you for reading, I hope you enjoyed it and see you in the next post. xoxo