Event | L'Occitaine en Provence Aqua Réotier Launch

A couple of weeks ago, an e-invitation from one of my favourite brands, found its way to my inbox - it was to do with the launch of the newest skin-care range from L'Occitaine, Aqua Réotier and the dress code for the 'do was yoga wear.

I panicked a little as I really do not own anything that is anywhere near to being classified as gym attire except for the pair of H&M leggings I ended up wearing. Nonetheless, I made my way to Sanya Spa within the Hilltop Gardens Residence in Naxxar to see what the event was all about.

The Event

As soon as I reached the venue, I took my time to take in the tranquil surroundings while I walked towards the spa to meet the other bloggers and influencers who were attending. After exchanging friendly greetings with the organizers and L'Occitaine brand manager, I was offered a refreshing glass of cucumber-infused water which I must say was a very welcome refresher.

Bloggers & influencers in attendance
L to R: Dorianne, Natalya, Marie-Claire, Taryn, moi, Jade

The event started with the Sanya Spa staff offering us a glass of Kombucha - a fermented sweetened black tea drink that is intended to benefit our digestive system. The tea is fermented by a symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeasts which includes 'saccharomyces' (yeasts that break down sugar) and bacterial components which oxidise yeast produced alcohols to acids. I found it to have a very different yet intriguing taste to what I am used to - I thought it smells of hot sauce(!) and to be honest, it did have a tingling after-taste, yet I couldn't stop drinking it!

Next, we moved to our mini yoga session with Yaz from Yogibeans. I had done Pilates in the past but never yoga so I was curious to see what it involves. I could feel my body relaxing through the poses Yaz was instructing us to do with her soothing and calming voice. It was what my body and mind were craving to relax actually and I'm so glad I got to participate in the class.

Video by Marie Claire Fashion Blog

Subsequently, it was time for the range launch from L'Occitaine en Provence. Tamara Burr was invited to give us a live demonstration of the Aqua Réotier skin care routine and along the way she also gave us really helpful hints as to how to take better care of our skin (more on this further down).

After the demonstration, we got to participate in a flat-lay competition which Marie-Claire and Taryn won and we also got to taste some heavenly vegan delights and macarons.

Flat-lay created by yours truly

About the Aqua Réotier range

L'Occitaine en Provence Aqua Réotier product range
photo from uk.loccitaine.com

L'Occitaine's Aqua Réotier range is tailored to promote moisture and hydration to the skin and consists of 5 products:
- Water Gel Cleanser
- Moisture Prep Essence
- Fresh Moisturizing Mist
- Ultra Thirst Quenching Gel
- Ultra Thirst Quenching Cream
all of which contain water from the Réotier Spring in Provence, the brand's 'hometown'. The water from this spring is 10 times richer in calcium than other thermal springs in France. This high level of calcium is key for the skin to maintain its natural barrier function and to retain moisture and hydration. Along with Hyaluronic Acid and Glycerin, the water from the Réotier Spring ensures your skin gets adequate hydration all day long.

Réotier Spring in Provence
photo from uk.loccitaine.com

The regime is fairly simple - cleanse, prep, intense hydration and refresh. Tamara recommends double cleansing if you're wearing full makeup to ensure the skin is really clean. Thus, start with a makeup remover to remove all traces of makeup. Next, wet hands and pour a little of the gel cleanser and work into a light lather, massaging the emulsion in upwards circular motions avoiding the eyes. next comes the essence to prep the skin (this acts as a toner) followed by the cream or gel depending on your skin type and then finish off with the face mist which can be re-applied as often as you'd like throughout the day as it is a refreshing thermal water.

I got the Water Gel Cleanser and Ultra Thirst Quenching Cream in my gift pack which I am already using and I can already see a big difference in the parts where my skin tends to be dehydrated - my skin already looks plumper and hydrated!

#BeThirstyFor Campaign

Together with their new skin-care range, L'Occitaine have launched the #BeThirstyFor campaign which aims to push individuals to pursue something they have always wanted to do.

Thank you L'Occitaine for having me, I look forward to having more hydrated skin with Aqua Réotier!

The event was organised by Infiltrend in collaboration with L'Occitaine en Provence.

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