So last week I had announced the start of this new series on the blog which is all about exploring beauty brands which are strongly connected to a geographical area. You can read all about the details of this series in my intro post HERE. I had promised to kick start this series with french products and so today we are going to explore the brand PRE de PROVENCE. All their products are made in the Provence region of France with some of their products made in centuries old traditional ways by local artisans. They have a huge selection of bath and body products and today I’m going to share with you my thoughts on a handful of them!
My plans were to photograph these items on lush green grass but unfortunately fall has decided to turn everything brown a little too early!
1. Rose de Mai beauty oil
I dunno about you but I love beauty oils and therefore was very excited to try this out! This oil is from their Rose de Mai collection which is all scented with the perfume extracted from special roses that bloom in May in Provence..fancy eh? I love the smell ! Trust me it has a slightly complex scent and does not smell like your granny’s rose perfume.
The primary ingredients in this beauty oil are Jojoba seed oil, Borage seed oil and grape seed oil with the fragrance being the rose de mai perfume. As per the description on the box, this oil can be used on the skin, hair and nails as well. I used this oil alone as a body moisturizer and also tried it on my nails and loved the results, which isn’t surprising since the first ingredient listed is jojoba oil which has fantastic moisturizing properties!It is not greasy and absorbs very quickly leaving a nice faint rose scent behind 🙂
2. 20% Shea butter hand cream
If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you’ll know that I love my L’occitane shea butter hand cream to bits. I am thrilled to report that this hand cream is as awesome as my L’occitane one! I am not too surprised..after all they are both made in Provence and contain 20% shea butter!
The combination of Shea butter and glycerin makes this a very moisturising hand cream. It has a nice light texture and also absorbs really quickly with no greasy after feel. I usually use hand creams just before bedtime and I find the soothing lavender scent just perfect for sleepy time ! However, I would probably pick out another scent to use during daytime since the lavender can become a bit over powering to use during the day.
3.Argan Body Butter
Body butters become my best friends during the cold and dry winter months! This one too is going to be a keeper for the coming winter.
Although this is called Argan Body butter, it is mostly the shea butter in the cream that does all the work. Argan oil is present but being the 9th ingredient on the list I think its safe to assume that shea butter (2nd ingredient after water) is the star of this product too. Here is the ingredient list if you are interested:
Aqua (Water), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter Extract, Cetearyl Alcohol, Isopropyl Palmitate, Ceteareth-20, Cyclopentasiloxane, Glyceryl Stearate, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Dimethicone, Cyclopentasiloxane, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Carbomer, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Sodium Hydroxide, Glycerin, Tocopherol, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Cyclomethicone, Olea Europaea (Olive) leaf Extract, Prunus Amygoalus Dulcis (Almond) Shell Extract, Citric Acid, Limonene, Linalool, Citral, Geraniol.
The orange peel oil in this body butter gives it a lovely subtle scent! Like most body butters, this one too has a thick consistency but is easy to spread and absorbs quickly too. As mentioned earlier, I see myself relying on this guy during the colder months ahead!
4. Shea Butter enriched soaps
These soaps are out of this world! They smell amazing. How I wish I could share the smell of these with you guys through a blog post! I was sent a big bar of soap in the scent called Linden which I like to keep sniffing whenever I walk past it! I was also sent a set of 7 small soaps, each a different scent. I can’t get over how amazing these smell! I am currently using a soap in the rose scent from the set of 7 and every time, after a bath my bathroom smells of fresh roses!
These soaps lather well and are non drying as well which is a huge plus. Traditional luxury french soaps are triple milled to produce a smooth bar of soap. PRE de PROVENCE states that their soaps are quad milled to get an even smoother and luxurious bar of soap. Their soaps are made by artisans in Provence who follow traditional methods. That probably explains why these soaps feel like little gems of luxury during bath time!
Overall, I am thrilled to have discovered this brand which has so many exciting bath and body products to offer! Most of their products are available on amazon for reasonable prices. Hope you all enjoyed this post and stay tuned for more around the world via beauty posts!
Until next time…ciao!!
*PR sample. Opinions expressed here are my own. (no affiliate links)