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Scent: hints of a time past and future possibilities

By Lizzy Smith on July 27, 2017

It's a fact. I LOVE fragrance; the smell of flowers, the first hit of spring cut grass, the heady wafts of Jasmine on holiday and the smoke from the wood burning stove. For me scent can act like a time machine and a sudden waft of perfume can take me back to a time past; grandparents to me were cigar smoke and Oil of Ulay. Rive Gauche is like speed dial to the 70's with...

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Traditional Savon de Marseille - what is it and how do I know it's the genuine article?

Traditional Savon de Marseille - what is it and how do I know it's the genuine article?

By Lizzy Smith on July 12, 2017

This blog has been inspired by a recent customer query on how to tell if you are buying authentic Savon de Marseille. The customer emailed us asking for some proof of authenticity so he could be reassured with his purchases. He was prompted to make these enquiries after buying "Savon de Marseille" from Amazon which unfortunately turned out to be fake.  The term "Savon de Marseille" does not have a protected designation (like Champagne does) and it can...

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What has Lavender ever done for us?

What has Lavender ever done for us?

By Lizzy Smith on June 21, 2017

Lavender is one of the quintessential fragrances of Provence and I have always loved the crisp and aromatic scent, even when it was out of fashion. But hey, now Lavender is BIG news. The scent is just so versatile - its not too flowery, not too bland, appeals to both sexes and is great as a perfume to spritz on your body or around your home. It's the most comforting scent in the world for...

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Liquid Soap: to bubble or not to bubble?

Liquid Soap: to bubble or not to bubble?

By Lizzy Smith on April 26, 2017

Bubble, bubble toil and trouble...... have you ever wondered how your liquid soap bubbles? It is due to the addition of Sodium Laureth Sulphate (SLS). This ingredient is a surficant; it makes bubbles and foam. For most people this is fine. It is an ingredient that is added in very small quantities and makes lovely bubbles in your bath or gives you a wonderful foam when you use your shower gel. However, for some people...

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Home perfumes make you feel good!

Home perfumes make you feel good!

By Lizzy Smith on April 11, 2017

Home perfume sprays are the easy way to transform your home. These pretty little bottles can add your personal touch to every room. They can dispel the wet smell of dog with the sweet smell of Jasmine and a spritz of Lavender can create an atmosphere of peace and tranquillity amongst the chaos of every day life. This may sound dramatic but once you realise how good these are you will wonder how you survived without them!...

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French laundry

French laundry

By Lizzy Smith on April 11, 2017

A laundry and linen collection, perfect for sensitive skin and delicate clothes and with beautiful natural fragrances for your linen, drawers and cupboards. Bring some fresh clean Provence style into your home. Take a leaf out of the French housekeeping and use natural Marseille soap for laundry washing, especially hand washing. These natural blocks and bars are amazing at removing grease and stains and have the added benefit of being kind to your skin as...

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The Rose Garden

The Rose Garden

By Lizzy Smith on April 11, 2017

In this crazy and modern world where we are bombarded with complex and eclectic scents you sometimes forget how beautiful the scent of Rose really is. It is the simplicity and purity of the Rose that makes it timeless and through Frenchsoaps we have fallen back in love with this gorgeous fragrance.  Rose essential oils are also great for delicate skin and have skin softening and regenerating properties.  Our range of Rose products for body,...

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Sprays and scents for your bedroom, wardrobes and linens

Sprays and scents for your bedroom, wardrobes and linens

By Lizzy Smith on April 11, 2017

Pillow sprays and scented sachets make great gifts but more importantly they are REALLY USEFUL! Pillow perfumes create a relaxing and calming bedroom and aid restful sleep and in our house became an essential part of my son's night time routine when he was little! He loved the soothing scent on his pillow at night. I love to leave them on the bedside table when I have guests to stay - such a treat! The little...

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Savon de Marseille cubes - the real deal

Savon de Marseille cubes - the real deal

By Lizzy Smith on April 11, 2017

These soaps are the real deal, genuine Marseille soaps, famous across the world. An iconic soap. Made with 72% vegetal oils - Olive oil,  sustainable Palm oil and Coconut oil, in a traditional way using a copper cauldron in Marseille. pH neutral, no additives, simply made. Naturally biodegradable, very kind to skin, used the world over for dry and sensitive skin. The Lavender and Violet cubes have added flower pieces and essences from Provence in...

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The new kid on the block - Panier des Sens

The new kid on the block - Panier des Sens

By Lizzy Smith on March 05, 2017

We are thrilled to introduce our new range of body care and perfumed products from Panier des Sens. A producer and manufacturer in Provence who have managed to combine the wonder of nature, the scents of the region and the prettiest of looks all in one go. Their newly designed ranges showcase their expertise gained over the last 15 years of producing in Provence. I have been aware of Panier des Sens for a number of years,...

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