L’Occitane Verbena Products and Praise for the Lemon

One of the wonderful details from our recent stay at the Huntington Hotel was the L’Occitane Verbena toiletries. I have never been tempted by those other hotel toiletries with their strangely flat and tiny soaps and smelly shampoos… but these were different and irresistible. The packaging was nice, the size was right for a one night stay and the best part was the scent. Clean and citrusy without being lemon Pledge-y. After our return from San Francisco, I took the body lotion to work and now I transport myself back to our relaxing stay whenever the stress starts to hit. I don’t even apply the lotion each time… I just uncap the bottle and smell.

I’m a big fan of lemon. Lemon slices make water less boring and diet colas less toxic (seemingly). Lemon frosting on lemon cakes, yes please. Lemon bars. Iced Lemonade cookies from Mothers? Sure. There used to be a cookie called Lemon Coolers that had a real kick to them – they were lemon flavored cookies with powdered sugar on the outside. Unfortunately Nabisco or Sunshine or whomever sold them… has deemed the tasty cookie unworthy of reviving.

Lemon trees are very pretty (don’t get me started with the Peter Paul & Mary song) and a glass bowl full of lemons turns any old kitchen countertop into a designer showcase.

Verbena on the other hand is a mystery. I’d never even heard of Verbena until the movie Practical Magic. Verbena Botanicals was the name of Sally’s (Sandra Bullock’s character) amazing bath and beauty products shop. I’m sure I’ve gushed over the interiors of that film already. I’m not even sure that verbena by itself is anything to get excited about. However people seem to swoon at the mere mention of lemon verbena. Apparently it was Scarlet O’Hara’s mother’s favorite plant!

You can buy L’Occitane verbena products online or at your nearest brick and mortar shop. For us Sacramentans – there’s one in Arden Fair.

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