The L’Occitane Immortelle 28 Day Divine Renewal Program ($130; loccitaneusa.com) is a four week skin treatment that works with the skin’s natural renewal cycle to help regenerate tired skin and add some glow back. The program features L’occitane’s Immortelle Essential Oil with a blend of botanical ingredients and works as a four week process to exfoliate, hydrate, balance and renew. The Divine Renewal 28 Day Program is to be used before your usual nighttime skincare routine, just like you would with a facial oil.
The packaging is neat, convenient to use and travel with. Each week has 7 doses of oil packaged in a capsule that is easy to break off and use. L’Occitane recommends warming the oil in between your palms, taking a moment to breathe the scent in a few times, which is relaxing and then to apply it as you would with any facial oil, over face and neck.
Week 1 is exfoliation that helps gently buff away dry flaky bits, leaving skin soft and smooth. I found the oil dosage for week 1 to smell a tad differently than others. The scent was stronger, and the oil itself was dense and quite greasy. It did a fantastic job of exfoliation and although I have dry skin, I did not need a moisturizer over it. The texture is a tad thick and the oil takes a while to completely absorb, especially since 1ml is a lot for this consistency, but I used it up anyways and loved the almost instant results seen the next day.
Week 2 is Hydration & Nutrition. I found the texture of the oil similar to Week 1, but the scent was different, very similar to L’Occitane’s Divine Oil. Week 2 takes care of any dryness around the mouth and chin and balances the other parts of the face. Again, much like Week 1, I skipped moisturizer and my skin did not feel dry or stripped the next day.
Week 3 is Balance and the oil consistency is much, much lighter and faster absorbing. I loved the consistency, but it does need a good moisturizer over it to keep skin balanced and plump, especially if you have dry skin. I was well into winter while testing Week 3 and I followed the oil with L’Occitane’s Shea Butter Light Moisture Cream and some days with something more richer. Week 3 is just like using a regular facial oil, without the greasiness.
Week 4 is when my skin looked its best. Week 4 too is of a lighter consistency and a good moisturizer is needed to maintain hydration, but the oil blend here adds a lovely glow to the skin. Finishing off with Week 4 is great since skin already is exfoliated, balanced and nourished and this one adds a beautiful glow and softness as the final step.
Overall, I loved L’Occiatne’s 28 day renewal program and loved the moisture and subtle radiance boost my skin got. I do still have a few scars and blemishes here and there since I had to stop testing a few other nighttime skincare bits while testing this out. But that apart, it is lovely. Week 3 and Week 4 absolutely require a moisturizer to go with the oils, but if you have very oily skin, you might get away without one. Some days I did find one dose a little too much for my face and neck, so I had to apply some, wait for a bit and reapply, but that just depends on how well hydrated your skin is that time of the day. I have quite sensitive skin and had no bad reactions or breakouts all along and after the 28 day testing phase! If you have tried and loved the Divine Oil, this is one you’d absolutely enjoy as a luxurious treat for your skin.