When working on our first skincare products four years ago, we were surprised that even our richest and most concentrated hand creams contained over 60% water. We quickly discovered that most shampoos and shower gels contain over 80% of water, often much more. Trucks, boats, planes carrying water based products packed in plastic bottles, this did not make sense to us. Plus, since bacteria strive in water, this forces laboratories to add chemicals in the formulas. We decided to change the way we think about beauty. Our products are the result of personal frustration over the wastage of energy, unnecessary pollution, chemical formulations, and a determination to make a positive impact not only to our skin, to our mind, but also our planet. We make premium Solid skincare bars that are nasty free, truly natural, good for our bodies, packaged in 100% compostable cartons (using vegetable ink) , and that consume less energy to make. We do not sell water or plastic, we provide 100% goodness!
The name “BALADE EN PROVENCE” means a “walk in Provence”. We are so lucky to live here, we want our products to take you to Opio, our village, to Grasse and its fragrance houses, to the fields of Provence, enjoying the peacefulness and natural beauty of the region.
All our solid skincare products are handmade using the Cold process. Our bars take a long time to make, we do not heat the oils (so they preserve all their properties), and then we let our bars rest for 30 days on wooden shelves. This slow process is needed for the oils to blend together and make such nourishing bars. This is not your usual soap bar... We source almost everything locally in France (obviously, our Shea butter had to travel a bit, but this is one of the rare exceptions). The finishing touch, which consists in packing our bars into individual cartons is completed in a center for people with disabilities located near us.
We harvest the best of nature and do not use ingredients that we believe can be harmful to our health or the environment. Our products are nasty free, and contain: No Sulphates (Sodium lauryl sulfate, Ammonium lauryl sulfate, or other funny names some brands use). No Parabens (we do not need conservatives), No phenoxyethanol (why would we), No endocrine disruptor (BHA, Butylparaben, Propylparaben and salts, Ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate, Triclosan, Benzophenone-1, Benzophenone-3, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cyclotetrasiloxane, Cyclomethicone, BHT), No allergens (Methylisothiazolinone-MIT, Methylchloroisothiazolinone-MCIT, P-Phenylenediamine…)
Our bars are super sensorial. We use fragrances and oils to create the most amazing scents. We are told that even our un-fragranced bars smell delightful, and this only comes from the quality of the oils we use.
At the heart of the Balade en Provence products is our high quality Shea Butter. Shea Butter is a one of a kind ingredient, with soothing, moisturising and skin protecting benefits. This ingredient is not sourced in France (yes, we need your help in doing so, ah ah), but we source it super ethically.
All our products are certified Vegan by The Vegan Society & certified Organic by BIO Earth Durable. The Vegan Society logo certifies that the manufacture and development of our products did not involve the use of any animal product, by-product or derivative. It also attests that we did not conduct any testing on animals. Our solid bars are also certified organic by BIO Earth Durable, a French certification, one of the few certification that does not charge us commissions when we sell, and really cares about the ingredients we use.