Saturday, May 31, 2014

Transatlantic Exchanges: Part IV


         Sometimes, no matter how delightful a product may be and how much you really, really want it to perch in your bathroom, it is simply not going to happen.

         After filling her bags with her French loot, it became eminently clear that one of our favorite  indulgences was simply not going to make it into any of Andrea's return luggage.

         Every bathroom, our powder room and even the kitchen has a big pump bottle of Savon Liquide de Marseille from FreeSens, a maitre savonnier de tradition (a traditional soap maker). There is nothing glamorous about the basic, plastic bottle, but I love the simple utilitarian look of it. When a bottle sits upon a windowsill with the sun streaming through, the liquids glitter like precious gems.

          I have poured some into smaller, prettier containers for the powder room however.

Green Tea is lovely.
         The problem with the soap is that the contents are one litre which makes for a major amount of heavy liquid. We could have poured it into smaller, more manageable receptacles, but we decided not to get involved in liquid conversions.
Aloe-Vera sans soap.
          For the moment, I have Fleur de Lavande in my bathroom, My-Reason-For-Living-In-France has Fleurs de Provence in his, the powder room features Fleur d 'Oranger, and in the kitchen we have soap-free Aloe -Vera for sensitive skin.

         The soaps are made with all natural ingredients using traditional craft methods. They are examples of small, affordable luxuries that promise pleasure with every pump.


LPC said...

These sound lovely.

Eleanorjane said...

They do sound nice. I like the French and Italian toiletries available at TKMaxx. Soap is far more interesting if it comes in a foreign language...

mette said...

Cheerful bottles : ).

Is it ok to ask how Charlotte is doing per now, is she at home?

Karena Albert said...

Lovely soaps add just another special touch to the everyday!

The Arts by Karena

Judy said...

How I wish I lived in Paris! And this is one of those reasons ... Eleanorjane is right, toiletries just seem better if in a foreign language, especially French!

Tish Jett said...

Thank you for asking, thank you for being so kind. Charlotte's lab results just came in. She has what the French call "peri-arthrite" which I don't really understand, but all the symptoms from her listlessness and constant low-grade temperature confirm the diagnosis.

I tried to find an English language explanation and came up with Dyplay's disease, subacromial bursitis, subdeltoid bursitis and rheumatoid arthritis.

Now our wonderful, wonderful veterinarian will tell us how to treat the disease. She is finishing off her antibiotics from the intervention last week and also taking cortisone.

She seems much happier and healthier and her temperature is normal.

peggybraswell said...

the soaps sound wonderful + so glad to hear about Charlotte + vet can keep that under control.

mette said...

Thank you Tish for briefing the latest about Charlotte.
So happy to hear that she is feeling better, and that an explanation for her illness was found.
Better yet, that it can be treated : )!

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