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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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