Ah, L’Occitane en Provence – that wonderful French body, hair, and skincare brand that epitomises natural goodness and deserved indulgence. I have loved this brand and its products since the very moment a friend introduced it to me by means of a birthday gift. Little did I know that this product (and particularly their Shea Butter Hand cream) would become “must haves” in my bathroom. I just wish more people would discover and explore their wonderful products, particularly men, as they have phenomenal naturally and environmentally friendly and responsible products that will do wonders for your skin and hair, as well as your confidence. What is great though is that ManBox –  has teamed up with L’Occitane to bring us the L’Occitane shave pack – just in time for Father’s Day. 

Now I know what you are thinking – toiletries again – but trust me, these toiletries are a gift worth giving and will certainly be appreciated. I was sent one of these boxes a few weeks back and take thoroughly tested them out – and here is what I have to say. but first, let’s discuss ManBox a little.

So, here’s the lowdown on the L’Occitane shave pack.

I am hardly ever without a few day’s beard growth. It has been this way for years and years and will continue for the foreseeable future. But I am meticulous when it comes to keeping my facial hair groomed, neat and tiny. I have tried and tested hundreds of products and keep coming back to my favourites over and over again. From previous posts you will remember that I have advocated heavily for the consistent use of the L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream and the Almond Shower Oil. Loving these products means that I will happily trial any of the L’Occitane products, and I am always pleasantly surprised at the sheer magnificence of their product ranges. As proof, an image below of my hand creams and how low I am running.

L’Occitane After Shave Balm

Like my favourite product from L’Occitane, the After Shave Balm contains Shea Butter which ensures the skin is soothed, enriched and protected. Following the shave, the application of the balm should ease any irritation, and provide the skin with rejuvenation, especially if it was a close shave. I have multidirectional growing hair on my neck, so shaving in that area always causes some sort of irritation of razor burn, and I must say that the L’Occitane After Shave Balm did a great job in soothing the skin in a very short space of time. The texture is rich and smooth but penetrates the skin quickly and doesn’t leave a heavy residue, so you don’t have to worry about it ruining your shirt. It is pleasant smelling, but some may have concerns that it will fight with your chosen fragrance – if you wear a fragrance that has an oud or spice based note, then it won’t matter at all.

ManBox price: 30ml – R 195.00

L’Occitane Shaving Gel 

Shaving gels are my friend! I have to use very rich shaving gels because of the coarseness of my facial hair – not using an appropriate shaving cream means that the razor will either pull the hairs out or I will get a serious razor burn – which is something I want to avoid at all costs. So, what is a shower gel supposed to do? Well, you want it to lather well, provide a more controlled application (especially is you are wanting to do some precision shaving), provide the required barrier that allows the razor to glide over the face cutting the hair without scraping the skin, and you want it to smell nice. The L’Occitane Shaving Gel does this and a lot more. As I said above, I have multidirectional hair growth, so it is very important for me to be able to use a shaving gel that protects and soothes the skin. I found the product to be easy to handle, the gel does not shoot out at a breakneck speed (so it is easy to control the amount that you need), and a small amount goes a long way. The application is nice – it has a soft texture on the skin, and foams to a decent amount without you ending up looking like Father Christmas. To top it off, its smells really good too – very woody and earth – perfect for the dad that wants to smell like a rugged man when he shaves.

ManBox price: 30ml – R 55.00 – GREAT VALUE!

L’Homme Cologne Cédrat Shower Gel 

I am wary of two-in-ones. what’s good for the skin is not necessarily good for the scalp and hair – so I default to never using these. But, for this test, I happily popped open the travel size bottle (perfect size because I used it when I was actually travelling), poured out an olive sized amount and lathered it up in the shower. As a good Capetonian I turned the shower off, then lathered up, then washed it off – all under 1 minute of water use even though I was in Johannesburg – I urge everyone to implement water saving practices. doing this also allows you to explore the products a bit more because you are not washing it off immediately.

The first thing that you will discover with the shower gel is the fresh scent – a zesty and aquatic scent of L’Homme Cologne Cédrat – a blend of vibrant citrus notes, set over an intriguing base of woody spices. As with all the other products, a little goes a long way – although if you have thick hair, you may need to use a little more than most. The cream is rich and smooth but does the job of cleaning both the both and hair, leaving behind the signature fresh scent of the Cédrat range. As with the shaving balm, using this product may cause a little friction with whatever fragrance you want to apply – but it’s nice to know that the Cédrat range has a cologne for purchase too.

ManBox price: 75ml – R 110.00

In short, the L’Occitane Shave Pack is one product selection that Dad (and you) will simply love. Each product does some much more than its basic use – they are luxurious, indulgent, and will probably be used sparingly to extend the life of the product.