A few weeks ago I attended a small beauty event at the L’Occitane store in Cheltenham. The event was promoted by the Mail on Sunday and was set to last for two hours although this wasn’t the case as things were winding down towards an hour and a half. But this isn’t a negative comment; the timing, I found, was quite perfect. For the cost of the ticket (£10), attendees were offered a glass of bubbly (or elderflower cordial for us drivers), chocolates and numerous demonstrations on the products.
I think they advertised this as a ‘pamper’ evening which unfortunately it wasn’t quite. However, this was still enjoyable and it was nice to discuss skincare problems freely without the usual bustle of consumers dwelling in-store at the same time. The majority of items had a 15% discount on and all purchases would receive a complimentary (obviously it wasn’t exactly ‘complimentary’ because of the ticket price) goody bag, with contents worth over £50. This latter part was my main incentive to go.
A fortnight prior to this, I visited this store to redeem my Facebook coupons to receive free tubes of handcream (the 30ml travel size) so I didn’t need any more of those just yet. During the introduction, my eyes lit up at the announcement of the gift sets. Although there were not applicable for the discount, they still offered a large saving. My purchase was decided in an instant! I’m quite a stickler for pretty packaging and the way this store bags your purchases with spraying fragrance onto tissue paper and depositing this in your purchase bag makes you feel a little special. They even did this with the aforementioned handcream haul.
The box of wonderfullness
Even the inside is packaged with care
Back row: Shower gel and EDT
Front row: Body cream and hand cream
This set is all in my favourite fragrance of theirs, Cherry Blossom. I am no scent-master so I will not go into describing the fragrance in such a way that it’s perfectly clear what it’s like. I refer to it as light, pretty and perfect for spring. The whole set was on offer for £39 which considering the 100ml EDT alone is that price, then it’s saved several pounds.
The goody bag!
The contents of the goody bag were a mixture of products for your face, shower items, and skin/hand care. I’m not sure of the exact cost but the three items at the back tend to be around £7.50 each. Grab the calculator. I still have products from my first collection bought from QVC to use up, but I think I’ll keep these as stand-by items or for travelling.
In summary, I really enjoyed the evening. I’m not the most sociable of people in groups and there were a couple of ‘rowdy’ ladies but I got the impression that if it escalated much further, the store Manager would have set things right. I can’t praise the items enough; the hand creams are glorious and because of the small amount needed, one travel (I still find this odd, because to me it’s full size. Imagine my surprise when I saw the ‘normal’ size tube) hand cream will last several months. I would like to say I will attend the next one but in all honesty, if it’s this side of Christmas, I simply won’t have the need because I will still have products to use! It was worth the money both to get there (home is an hour from Cheltenham), ticket price and time spent. Then of course, there are myriad people that are yet to be introduced to this brand and purchases could be made for this reason.