I own far fewer bath and body products than you might expect, especially in relation to my surplus of perfumes and lipsticks. Just two weeks ago, in fact, I realized that I was down to one partially used bottle of shower gel (not counting my secret stash of LUSH Rose Jam, of course) and half a bottle of unscented body lotion. Spring is always a good time to try new body products, so I recently introduced two items from Le Couvent des Minimes into my morning regimen.
Le Couvent des Minimes is named for a historic convent in the French town of Mane, and its formulas and fragrances are supposedly inspired by the convent's gardens of curative herbs and flowers. The line's Silky Shower Cream belongs to its Botanical Cologne of the Cloister collection, a set of products that conjures up "the delicious fragrance of the flowers in the Convent's Cloister warmed by the midday sun." The label includes a subtitle of "Rose & Berries," but this shower cream turns out to be quite unlike the aforementioned LUSH Rose Jam or anything from Bath & Body Works. Its scent is a cheerful mix of soapy rose with geranium, pink pepper, citrus and ginger. It's clean but sophisticated, and surprisingly unisex. I like using this shower cream on days when I'll be wearing a light rose or lily perfume, since its fragrance does linger on the skin and pairs well with spring-y florals.
On days when I plan on wearing a citrus or herbal perfume, or mornings when I'm feeling sluggish, I've started reaching for Le Couvent des Minimes Refreshing Body Moisturizer. Its scent is the brand's Botanical Cologne of the Morning, a blend that evokes the "particular time of the day when nature comes back to life and reveals all its splendour." Basically, this scent feels like an Eau de Cologne with notes of lemon and bitter orange peel, herbal accents of basil and juniper, and a hint of cedar. It clings to the skin for several hours, making it an easy alternative to perfume on rushed mornings or very hot days.
Le Couvent des Minimes is a L’Occitane company, and the connection is evident in this brand's vintage-style label designs and the high quality of its formulas. Both of these products do include essential oils and shea butter in addition to synthetic ingredients, and they are effective and very pleasing to the senses. Who knows — I may try more products soon, at the risk of expanding my toiletries collection!
Le Couvent des Minimes Silky Shower Cream is $12 for 200 ml; the Refreshing Body Moisturizer is $14 for 200 ml.