Monday, 23 June 2008
My Gift From Luberon
This lovely lavender soap direct from Luberon. Not this one of rich citizens, but of a French-Inspired shop on Queen St. in Toronto. (2240 A Queen St. E.) As you may already know, I have a thing for soaps; two hands required luscious soap. Big blocks of olive oil based soap have been crafted for one thousand years in the South of France. Since 1688 French law has declared that only soaps that are produced by following certain ancient methods, and containing only the purest ingredients, shall bear the famous mark “Savon de Marseille.”It takes the Maitre de Savon (soapmaster) two weeks to make Marseille Soap. The delicate mixture of olive and vegetable oils, alkaline ash from sea plants and Mediterranean Sea salted water are heated for ten days in antique cauldrons. Marseille Soap is totally biodegradable, requires little packaging and its manufacture is environmentally friendly. Authentic Marseille Soap is stamped with its weight in grams - a practice left over from years ago which allowed households to compare prices and plan their inventories. I love the ritual of bathing. I swoon over pampering body treatments. It's absolute bliss. This is my gift (to me) from Luberon. And I'm worth it. ($12).