I mentioned when I reviewed the two fragrances in the new Pierre Hermé collection at L'Occitane, Jasmin Immortelle Neroli and Pamplemousse Rhubarbe, that shortly after smelling them I ordered a set of the hand creams. The trio comes with an additional fragrance, Miel Mandarine, that they didn't produce in an Eau de Toilette form. Here are some very quick thoughts; if you've never used L'Occitane's hand creams and you want some background on the formula, see my review of the Passionate Jasmine, Subtle Violet and Fleur d’Or & Acacia hand creams.
This was the scent I was most curious about since they are not selling it in a personal fragrance, and also, orange + honey? That sounds fantastic. Unfortunately it is not my favorite L'Occitane hand cream ever. The scent is reasonably long lasting but very, very sheer— if you find most L'Occitane creams too heavily scented, this might be the one for you. It doesn't have nearly enough oomph for my tastes (I wanted more orange, and more honey, and I still say they should have added a biscuit-y / macaron note to one of the scents in the collection). I will have no trouble using it up — it does smell nice enough — but I can't see ever worrying over it once it's gone. And that's just as well, since this collection is limited edition anyway.
Jasmin Immortelle Neroli
I notice the jasmine and neroli more, and the immortelle less, than I did in the Eau de Toilette: this is a bright and cheerful citrus floral, and it's reasonably well-scented — I found it preferable to the Passionate Jasmine they did a few years ago. It's pleasant, and I'll probably go through this a little faster than the Miel Mandarine, but I'm not going to lose any sleep over it after it's gone either.
Easily my favorite from the trio, and very true to the Eau de Toilette: a slap of grapefruit in the start, then a warmish blend of spices brightened by the rhubarb. I like this one enough that I will try to get another tube before it disappears, and I'm also now seriously considering investing in the body lotion ($27) and shower gel ($20). The one drawback is the lasting power, which is not quite as good as the Jasmin Immortelle Neroli.
If you're tried any great hand creams lately, do comment!
The L'Occitane + Pierre Hermé hand creams are are $12 each for 30 ml. The trio set shown above, in tin gift box, is $29. A Hugs & Kisses set (hand cream + lip balm) is $20, and a Voyage set (hand cream + lip balm + soap) is $25 (neither of those sets is available in Miel Mandarine, though).