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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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The wonders of Shea Butter

The wonders of Shea Butter

By Lizzy Smith on November 11, 2016

For me it's not the clocks going back or the darker evenings that signal the approach of winter - it's my hands!! They seem to become instantly dry and chapped by the changes in the weather and I have to go into full blown care and protect mode otherwise they really do become painful and unsightly. I find that I have to moisturise my hands several times a day, particularly before and after going outside and always...

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Olive Oil - one of nature's wonder

Olive Oil - one of nature's wonder

By Lizzy Smith on June 10, 2016

Olives are one of natures wonders and Olive oil and olive leaf extract are used in many of our French soaps, body and bath products. Olive oil is closer in chemical structure to the skin's natural oil than any other naturally occurring oil and is the perfect moisturiser, especially for dry skin. It has regenerative properties and keeps skin soft and supple. Olive oil is the key ingredient in the world famous Savon de Marseille cubes...

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Porquerolles..... a little piece of heaven

Porquerolles..... a little piece of heaven

By Lizzy Smith on October 20, 2015

Shhhhh don't tell anyone about this heavenly place. A tiny island just off the Cote d'Azur, where no cars are allowed so we got on our bikes to reach the hotel and the beaches but other people get on their yachts..... Heavenly beaches, fabulous mountain biking and walking through wild forests and along cliff top paths, gentle breezes heady with the scent of lavender, garrigue, wild thyme, mimosa and honeysuckle. Beaches with golden sand and crystal...

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How come Donkey's are good for Itchy skin? Am I being an Ass?

How come Donkey's are good for Itchy skin? Am I being an Ass?

By Sandra Wiggins on May 01, 2015

My skin drives me mad it is white doesn't tan, has unevenly distributed freckles, constantly gets bitten by anything that flies or crawls. Added to this is the fact that loads of things that I put on it to 'help', makes my eczema even worse and covered in an even more unsightly rash. Guess what? I then scratch my skin even more and on and on we go. I now live in a  world of...

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Looking after Sensitive Skin with Savon de Marseille

Looking after Sensitive Skin with Savon de Marseille

By Lizzy Smith on April 25, 2015

We know what it's like having sensitive skin - my husband and son are both sensitive lads and Sandra has always suffered from dry flaky skin, often irritated by perfumes or chemicals. This was one of the driving forces for us setting up Frenchsoaps; from our regular trips to France for family holidays we are well versed with the benefits of natural Olive Savon de Marseille and the amazing effect on sensitive and problem skin....

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Flowers fit for the Queen

Flowers fit for the Queen

By Lizzy Smith on June 10, 2014

  The D Day memorial celebrations have captured the world's attention and the stories of bravery, courage and sheer audacity on a massive scale have left us wondering in awe. As part of these tributes you may have heard how France have honoured the Queen by renaming the famous Flower Market in Paris after her; Marche aux Fleurs - Reine Elizabeth II.  We at Frenchsoaps think that this is so wonderful it has inspired us to...

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A Postcard from Provence

A Postcard from Provence

By Lizzy Smith on May 14, 2014

We've just come back from a trip to Provence where we went to see the savonneries that make our fragrant products. It was great to meet the real people behind our products and it was inspiring and heartening to see that all our products are lovingly and carefully made in businesses that are family run. We think this makes a difference - these people care about the people who work for them, they care about...

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Back from Provence: another Summer becomes a fragrant memory

By Lizzy Smith on February 14, 2014

    Just back from the South of France? I know how you feel. The scent of lavender, the sound of the Cicadas, the dry heat and relentless sun warming your soul seems like it was part of another life *....sigh!* I’ve been going to the Luberon now on holiday for the last 15 years and every year up until last, I use to always travel back with a handful of beautiful soaps picked up...

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Back to school and the return of Autumn

By Lizzy Smith on February 14, 2014

    September marks the end of the Summer. The kids go back to School, your other half leaves the house with more regularity (no more ‘working remotely’) and slowly but surely a semblance of normality returns to our home. I like to tidy up, get rid of any clutter that has accumulated in the house as a result of Summer activities and holidays, then put away my cherished and essential Summer items (flip-flops, Provencal...

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