Saturday, April 9, 2011

Spa Girl loves Provence

For one amazing year I studied in the south of France in the charming, historic town of Lacoste. Provence is known world-wide for its natural treasures, clear blue skies and protected valleys which are ideal for growing everything from grapes to many varieties of flowers and herbs.

Lascoste is a medieval village with cobblestone streets; the oldest building, the Maison Forte dates to the 9th century. The town overlooks the near-by village of Bonnieux and is situated between the Plateau de Vaucluse and the Luberon mountains. Perched atop of this picturesque town are the ruins of the castle of its most notorious resident, the Marquis de Sade, who in the 18th century lived in the castle overlooking the village. In the 1990s, the ruins of the castle, along with an attached quarry, were bought by fashion designer Pierre Cardin, and since 1994 musical and theatrical works have been performed there. The town is also well known for its art school.

One day while biking in the country with friends we came across fields and fields of lavender growing right up to meet the road on each side of us. Those divine aromatic stems of purple lavender gently blowing in the wind and framed against an amazing blue sky was a unforgettable site and I thought this must be heaven!

This past weekend just outside Seattle, while taking in another unforgettable site, fields and fields of glorious spring daffodils, I encountered the Washington-based company European Soaps who are the exclusive distributors of PRE de PROVENCE, a French line of soaps, bath & shower gels, oils, creams, fragrance and hair care products. Interested in Aromachology and Aromatherapy the company's products are made with quality ingredients including Shea butter.

I picked up a tube of 20% Organic Shea Butter Dry Skin Hand Cream and it is one of the best hand creams I have ever tried and will forever be in my purse! Shea butter, rich in vitamin F, comes from the Karité tree which flourishes in central Africa. One of nature’s most effective moisturizers, Shea butter, full of natural elastins is super rich, gentle, and provides deep healing and protection for the skin, hair, cuticles and lips. And just a small amount of this hand cream goes along way, melts nicely into the skin and leaves your hands feeling like velvet.

I have used Shea butter in many of my own hand-made spa products and I am delighted to find this amazing hand cream which comes in Natural, Verbena and of course Lavender.

For more information check out their website:

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