I’m sure that I’m the only one excited about this…
Millions of years ago, when dinosaurs roamed the earth, I moved to Los Angeles. It was three years before I started my first company, and I was thirsty for all bath and body products that promoted self care in the best way. My search took me to L’Occitane, and I was immediately hooked. One of the things I feel in love with was their incense. I was raised in a home that always had a stick of incense burning, so I was used to the idea. All of the incense at L’Occitane were lovely. But none were like the scent in Honey.
I loved that scent so much that I used to try and buy up all of the inventory at my local store, including the stuff they’d have open for display. When my local store ran out, I started to travel longer distances to get my hands on the incense. I combed places online… including ebay… to store as much of it as I could. Instinctively I knew that the company would eventually pull the product (they were going through branding changes and a lot of regular products were no longer being produced). I was right. About two years after I fell in love with that incense, it completely disappeared.
It took me about a year to burn through my stash, and since then I’ve never seen it. I moved on to other companies and even learned to make my own incense. But I never forgot that rich heady smell of L’Occitane Honey. And up until recently, I never thought I’d smell anything like it ever again.
Last week, I was at Kathmandu Boutique to replenish my incense supply. It’s a lovely little space with tons of goodies from across the globe. I often go there to get my incense and unearth a ‘one of a kind’ treasure or two. I was on the hunt for a decent Jasmine and asked for help. The owner showed me three varieties, all about $2 each. I bought all three to test. When I tell you that one of them is a DEAD RINGER for my beloved Honey incense…!!!!!
Satya ‘Natural Jasmine’ is a rich, sweet heady scent that reminds me so much of that honey fragrance. It’s soothing and perfect to burn in the evenings when everything settles down. It’s also so much cheaper than the L’Occitane variety. This incense is $2 for 15 sticks, versus L’Occitane’s $20 for the same amount. Plus you can buy them in bulk (yes, I’ve already been online).
I’ll never know why L’Occitane discontinued that incense. It was literally my favorite thing from the brand. Here’s hoping I get to enjoy this dupe for many many years to come.