By The Nation
The firm was founded in 1990 by two friends from Marseille who were keen on decoration and design and turned their talents to the city’s famous natural soap, sold in cubes. The soap is made exclusively from vegetable oil and contains no artificial colouring or additives.
Compagnie de Provence began offering a liquid version of the soap made the traditional way in a cauldron using olive oil, sweet almond oil and grapeseed oil from local producers.
The scents are created in Grasse, which bills itself as “the fragrance capital of the world”.
The brand uses as many natural ingredients as possible and 90 per cent of its products contain 95 per cent ingredients of natural origin, contained in simple, 500ml lacquered-glass pump bottles that preserve quality and are reusable and recyclable.
Compagnie de Provence products include dermatologist-tested hand cream, body cream, scented candles and aroma diffusers.
Another Story carries three collections.
The Extra Pur Collection has travel-size Hand Cream with vegetable oils and honey oil, Liquid Marseille Soap, and lightly scented Body Cream in five scents – Sweet Almond, Wild Rose, Fresh Verbena, Cotton Flower and Olive Wood.
The Terra Collection of liquid soaps and hand creams come in seven fragrances emblematic of Provence – Green Olive, Lavender Field, Fig Leaf, Lemon Verbena, Linden Flower, Candied Orange and Rosewood. The hand cream is formulated with olive oil and free of paraben. And Linen Water can be sprayed directly over household linen or used on garments to make ironing easier, including delicate fabrics.
The Black and White Collection features an infusion of fragrant tea in soft and light Hand Cream with shea butter, olive oil and Vitamin E that’s non-greasy and quickly absorbed.