There's lavender, and then there's lavender, handpicked on the hillsides of southern France. Most of today's products come from lavandin, a hybrid that can't compare with the real thing, says L'Occitane owner Olivier Baussan. This month he's introducing a Lavender Harvest Collection: 12 products made with blossoms so scarce that when the batch runs out, that's it. 888/623-2880 to order.
--Kathleen Beckett