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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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Wall mounted rotating soap holder

Wall mounted rotating soap holder

By Lizzy Smith on January 19, 2016

Well James Martin has certainly caused a stir with his wall mounted French soap in his new Home Comforts series on BBC 1 15.45 on a Tuesday (Repeated on BBC2 on Saturday at 12.00) See Here for more details. He has the classic French rotating soap on his wall above his kitchen sink with the Lemon Soap and we have had lots of enquiries ever since!  Its a classic and enduring design: simple, neat and...

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Aromatic, stress relieving, antiseptic, sleep inducing, miracle working Lavender!

Aromatic, stress relieving, antiseptic, sleep inducing, miracle working Lavender!

By Lizzy Smith on November 23, 2015

Lavender from Provence; a timeless modern classic that we know you absolutely love. Lavender is having a huge renaissance at the moment and rightly so.  With it's signature aromatic and crisp scent combined with so many beneficial properties for both mind and body it really is a miracle plant. It has relaxing and calming properties well known for reducing anxiety and aiding peaceful sleep  - try our pillow sprays, home perfumes and candles around your...

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Durance - who are they then?

Durance - who are they then?

By Lizzy Smith on November 17, 2015

See our Durance range - click here We've stocked Durance home scenting, body and bath products for a few years now and we are always impressed with their quality and provenance. For many people Durance products sum up Provence; pretty bottles, fragrant clean scents, dreamy and romantic styling. Here's a bit of background on this gem of a company:  Durance is a family run company founded and based in Grignan, Provence. They take their inspiration...

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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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Fresh crisp linen

Fresh crisp linen

By Lizzy Smith on April 27, 2015

  Don't you just love the smell of fresh crisp linen and washing line dried sheets? But we know that's not always possible when you live in a flat or don't have a garden or it never seems to stop raining (or even worse - it only rains when you put the washing out!). We use our scented linen bags, scented drawer sachets and pillow or room mists to bring that fresh and clean feeling into...

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Lavender Harvest

Lavender Harvest

By Lizzy Smith on June 24, 2014

We get very excited around about this time of the year as we eagerly await the Lavender harvest in Provence. Drive around the Luberon to see the best of the Lavender fields, visit the Abbey de Senanque near Gourd or gently meander around the area ending in Sault. Wonderful. Lavender is having a renaissance as we realise the broad range of natural benefits of this wonderful aromatic plant. Lavender scents these days are fresh, vibrant...

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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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