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Almond Delightful Shape

By Charlotte on September 5, 2011 6:39 AM

After spending ALL summer in skirts, shorts and dresses, I've been dreading pulling out the skinny jeans that are my go-to garment for fall. Sure, they look great with flats, booties or stilettos (another good reason to buy more shoes), but thigh-hugging denim is not always my friend.

almond delightful shape 261.jpgTo prepare for my inevitable D-Day, I fleetingly thought about eating less or exercising more. But it was so much easier to try L'Occitane's Almond Delightful Shape, the new gel-cream that firms, tones and trims your thighs.



What the Experts Say

Almond Delightful Shape harnesses the power of the almond bud to stimulate microcirculation, decrease water retention and smooth away cellulite. Proven to take up to 1.3 inches off the thighs in just four weeks, the formulation includes natural caffeine, carrot essential oil and a patented complex of almond proteins, silicium and essential oils of immortelle, peppermint and palmarosa.


For best results, use daily and apply with a circular motion. After two weeks, skin becomes smoother and firmer. After four weeks, the appearance of cellulite is significantly reduced.



What I Tested

I tried the 6.7-ounce tube of this surprising toning treatment.



What I like

The fat-fighting serum offers instant gratification. It delivers an almond-fresh scent plus a slight, tingly sensation that signals action. Rubbing it on leaves my skin soft, not greasy, and the gel-cream absorbs quickly so I can get dressed moments later.


After incorporating Almond Delightful Shape into my morning ritual for four weeks, I'm seeing improvement. That doesn't mean I've bid adieu to cellulite (after all, we're not talking liposuction) but I'm noticing less dimpling; more tight and toned skin.


I didn't measure my thighs before beginning this experiment so I'm not sure about inches trimmed. But I am pleased to report that my skinny jeans aren't too close for comfort. Whew!  


I'm also happy I've used only about one-third of the natural-based firmer thus far. With the potential for three months treatment out of one tube, I call that an economical solution.



On the Shelf

Available at usa.loccitane.com and L'Occitane boutiques






Almond Delightful Shape was provided courtesy of L'Occitane en Provence, a brand devoted to using natural active ingredients from the lands of Provence or Mediterranean.


For more news and trends from the south of France, check out Fantastic Provence with L'Occitane.  This new online magazine covers the best food, homes, hotels and spas, culture and fashion, crafts, natural attractions, and events of the area.


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