The Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide for Men

The holidays are right around the corner and now is the perfect time to start thinking about gifts. Shopping for the man in your life can oftentimes be tricky so we've compiled the Ultimate Gift Guide for the men in your life. 

It's finally the most wonderful time of the year! The holidays are a wonderful time to catch up with family and appreciate all the blessings in your life, but gift shopping can also become an extra stress to an already busy season, especially when it comes to finding the perfect gift for the man who never hints at what he wants. 

Here's the deal...

We want to make shopping for the guys a little easier on you this year. Treat the men in your life to a little extra luxury this season with our No. 63 Men's Collection. We've got unique and thoughtful gifts for you to choose from so without further adieu--The Ultimate Gift Guide for Men.   

1. Spoil Him with No. 63 Men's Lotion

 

Spoil him with  body lotion that not only smells great, but quenches his skin's thirst. This ultra moisturizing lotion is formulated with glycerinshea oil and aloe vera. Complete the gift with our two-in-one lathering hair and body wash for a gentle cleanse that will leave him smelling great, which is also a gift for you.


 

 

 

2. Treat Him to a Luxurious Shave 

As winter makes its presence known, dry skin becomes more of a problem. Treat him with high quality shaving tools that not only give him a clean shave, but also hydrate his face with Shea Butter. Shea Butter is nourishing, soothing, and healing while protecting the skin from the elements.

How can you actually use this?

Choose from the nourishing Shave Cream, Aftershave Balm, and Shave Soap, which will give him a soft and clean shave.  His skin will be so smooth that you'll have no problem stealing a few kisses under the mistletoe. 

 

 

 

 

3. If He's Keeping the Beard, Give Him a Little Extra Shine

 

For the men who wear their beards loud and proud, we have Beard Oil that will make them soft, shiny, smooth, and that much easier to keep growing. Organic Sunflower Oil, Liquid Shea Butter, Sweet Almond Oil and Vitamin E hydrate to lock in moisture.

That's not all...

Our Beard Oil  also smells amazing. Aromatic, warm and spicy in nature, our Men's No.63 is a classic expression of masculine fragrance with a peppery, citrus top note rounded by woody cedarwood, juicy plum and violet leaves that finish into an ambery base of leather and tobacco. Another gift that will double as a delight for you!

 

That's a wrap!

Luxury and quality for all the men in your life. Speaking of wrapping, check out our Pinterest for beautiful gift wrapping ideas.

 

 Click HERE to shop our entire gift guide for men. Happy Shopping!

5 Simple Beard Care Tips Every Man Should Know

It's been one week of No Shave November and it's time to start caring for you beard!

Happy No Shave November! You're a week in and we know it can sometimes be difficult to keep up on that beard care and maintenance so we've crafted together a blog post that will give you the best beard care products and tips.
And when the time comes to finally shave, we've got you covered there too. 

 

Here are five simple beard care tips every man should know...

1. Wash Your Beard 

Even though you don't have to shave, your beard is still going to require some care and grooming. In order to keep your beard looking good, wash it. And by that, we mean with shampoo and conditioner several times a week. This will help alleviate some of the itchiness you might otherwise experience. When you've finished washing, pat dry your beard down with a towel. Try not to get too crazy with the drying or it may result in split ends and frizz (yes, beards get those too). 

2. Apply Beard Oil

Here at Pré de Provence, we have some stellar beard care products. Your best friend this month will be our No. 63 Men's Beard Oil.
 Beard oil is crucial to beard care and maintenance because it softens the beard and makes it look smooth and shiny. Our beard oil is enriched with Organic Sunflower Oil, Shea Butter, Sweet Almond Oil, and Vitamin E to ensure hydration and locked in moisture.


That's not all...

When it actually comes time to shave your beard at the end of the month you are going to want to get a shave that is clean, close, and free of irritation.

Here's how to achieve the perfect shave...

3. Allow Prep Time to Shower and Hydrate

When preparing to hunker down and shave your glorious beard off, many men don't realize that there is a lot of prepping that goes into a good shave.
 We can't stress this enough: do not shave immediately after waking up.
Your skin needs time to re-hydrate after waking up first thing in the morning so before inching towards the razor, take twenty minutes to get ready. Drink a glass of water and take a shower and wash your face (but avoid turning the dial to scalding hot or your skin will dry out). The shower will even help soften your skin and make the shave easier.  

4. Invest in Good Shave Soap 

A good shaving soap or cream is rich and creamy and will not dry out your face. It will lubricate and moisturize your face and create an extra layer that shields skin from the blade, making it glide easier. We offer both Shave Soap and Shave Cream, both enriched with Shea Oil and hydrating to your skin.

What's the real story?

If you want to see a real review of our shave soap, watch this YouTube video and see first hand how great our shave soap and cream is. 

 

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5. Get Acquainted with a Shaving Brush

In order to achieve a clean and smooth shave, a shaving brush is necessary. Brushes help evenly spread the shaving cream across each hair, raising them up and making it easier to shave off. They also help remove dead skin while exfoliating your skin and eliminating the chance of razor bumps.Finally, as opposed to using your hands, a shaving brush will ensure a creamy, rich lather that will lubricate both beard and skin, creating a close and clean shave. 

There you have it-- five important tips for beard care and maintenance as well as how to shave a beard off when the time comes. Be sure to check out all the products we offer for men for proper skincare.

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The Scent that Became an Office Obsession

When you work for Pré de Provence, you get to personally sample countless soaps. Here's the soap that became an employee favorite. 

Here at the Pré de Provence office, we are lucky enough to be able to sample many of the luxurious, French soaps available in the bathroom. After many different scents and options, there is one soap that has become an office favorite that we absolutely must share with you. Introducing Peach, Fig Blossom, & Rose liquid soap, which has a sunny, fruity, and floral scent and a soft touch. 

It starts with love, as do all things made in Italy. A love of beauty, artistry, and quality found throughout the local markets. A curated assortmnet of moderns fragrances inspired by journeys through those markets that celebrate flavors, aroma, and life. Not only is this soap fragrant and soft, but it is also enriched with the skin-caring ingredients of shea butter, glycerin, Italian olive oil, and cocunut oil. Via Mercato soap gently foams to remove dirt and grime leaving skin feeling loved and hydrated. Perfect for countertop and next to sinks. The very definition of Via Mercato boasts a standard of beauty and quality: 

Via: Traveling through (a place) en route to a destination.

Mercato: Italian word for market. 

Via Mercato offers countless soaps including bar soaps as well. To shop the entire Via Mercato collection, click here

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5 Ways to Relax During the Week (Without Netflix)

Sometimes the work week can feel so mundane that we get into a monotonous pattern; go to work or class, make dinner, watch TV, go to bed. Repeat. We want to help get you (and ourselves) out of that routine.

We understand the exhaustion and hectic schedule that comes with working full time or being a full time student. Week nights can tend to feel like there isn't much time to relax in between the commute home, making dinner, preparing for tomorrow, and getting enough sleep. Within that window of time, most of us tend to gravitate towards Netflix because it's a good way to unwind and it's easy. However, if you're feeling a lack of motivation and productivity in your week nights, we recommend putting Netflix on hold...at least for a few nights out of the week.

We've come up with five ways to relax without watching Netflix. 

1. Take a Hot Bath 

Taking a long, relaxing bath, especially in the winter, is the perfect cure to any Monday (or Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday) blues. Go all out with candles, a magazine, your favorite playlist, a glass of wine, and soothing, fragrant bath salts. 

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2. Settle into a Good Book with Some Tea

At one point or another, we have all said we are meaning to read more. So why not put that into action. Settle down with a cup of green tea full of antioxidants and relax your mind and body. It doesn't have to be a novel that is overwhelming to finish. There's short stories, poetry, self help books, autobiographies of your favorite icons, etc.--anything that you want to learn more about.

Book recommendations: Emma by Jane Austen, Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert, Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote, Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur, The Gospel According to Cocoa Chanel by Karen Karbo, Bossypants by Tina Fey

3. Call an Old Friend

When was the last time you actually sat down to have a phone call that lasted more than five minutes? In the age of texting, catching up on the phone has become less and less popular, but it can be very rewarding. When we don't have time during the week to socialize as much as we do on the weekends, it is important to still connect with others. Picking up the phone and calling a friend is a great way to do this as you'll get to hear stories and more in depth details of their life.

4. Journal

The worst thing about TV is that it wastes a lot of time. Spending time with a journal and self reflecting can be healthy and beneficial to you in the future. Keeping a journal is one of the best things you can do for yourself as it is a log of your life and how you felt at certain times and stages. One day, you'll want to look back and remember the specifics. It also allows you to clear your mind and get your thoughts out on paper, helping you in the present as well.

5. Meditate/Do Yoga

Yoga is a great way to unwind as it helps both body and mind. It can be as simple as doing a few stretches and meditations before bed to get you into a relaxed and tired state for sleep. It can also be beneficial if you routinely practice and allow your body to strengthen itself.    

We hope these ideas have inspired you to find ways to relax during the week. 

The Cult Favorite Soap

For centuries, the luxury of French-milled soaps has remained the gold standard of excellence. Not all French soaps are created equal. Every time you begin to lather a French made soap, you enter a time and place where quality and craftsmanship have stood still. Let us introduce you to our Cult Favorite Soaps. 

Traditional French soap is triple-milled to produce a completely uniform and smooth soap, without impurities, thus lasting longer. Every bar of Pre de provence soap is not only carefully made today by dedicated soap makers in Provence following their proud traditions, but quad-milled to be smoother and have a richer lather to create our luxurious feel. Using all pure, natural ingredients enriched with shea butter, you can feel the difference of our unique quad milling-process. Aromatic fragrances transport you to a moment of calmness, vitality, dreaming, or well- being.

Our soaps are made with pure essential oils, with no animal testing and are free of parabens, ethyl alcohol, phenoxyethanol, and DEA. 

With an array of never-ending scents handcrafted and made with great care in Provence, it's no wonder that our hand-milled soaps have become so well known and loved. A few favorites include Patchouli (woody, earthy, musky), Sandalwood (creamy, soft, smooth), Sea Salt (airy, marine), Laurel (citrus), Rosemary Mint (fresh, herbaceous), and Lavender (comforting, classic). 

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 For a full round up of our classic soaps including scents in Citrus, Fruity, Gourmand, Aromatic, and Floral visit our signature hand cut soaps here

5 Ways to Experience Affordable Luxury

Luxury doesn't have to mean exorbitant. We want you to experience luxury without the financial setbacks.  

 

At Pre de Provence, we are promoters of the finer things in life, however, we understand that the finer things in life are often not in the budget. We believe that  natural beauty should be an everyday, affordable luxury that doesn't have to break the bank.  You deserve to be pampered on a daily basis so we've come up with five ways you can experience affordable luxury. 

1. Spa Day from Home

Take a Sunday and focus the entire day on self care and relaxation. Sleep in, wake to natural sunlight, stay away from your phone, and put some lemon in your water to help you stay energized and hydrated. Start the day with a refreshing shower with our Eaux Fraiches Shower Gel for a soft cleanse while the uplifting spa scents fill your bathroom. For a delicate, soft cleanse, try our Rose De Mai Shower Gel, leaving skin soft to the touch. 

Then move on to moisturizing. We recommend pairing the Rose De Mai Shower Gel with Rose De Mai Body Lotion. If you want to switch it up, try our Lavender body lotion.

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Once you have moisturized and feel soft to the touch, settle into a good book, make a delicious lunch, and enjoy the rest of your relaxing day. 

2. Luxurious Bubble Bath 

If it's been a long, stressful day and you need something to make it feel less like a weekday, fill the tub and soak your worries away. For the full effect, compliment your bath with French wine, macaroons, flowers, hand crafted bar soap, scented candles, and bath salts. For an extra touch of luxury and comfort, add our Microfibre Luxury Bath Pillow, which is the perfect size for any bathtub. 

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3. Stay in Bed

Sometimes it is okay to do nothing for an entire day. Allow yourself a day to rest and relax before your busy schedule starts again. Bring your breakfast to your bed, read magazines, watch your favorite, old movies (our go to actress is Audrey Hepburn), write in your journal, drink your coffee or tea, listen to a few albums--whatever it is you love doing. While doing all these soothing activities, enjoy the luxury of fragrant bed sheets with our Lavender Blossoms and Lavender Linen Water with Sprayer. Simply place or spray the fragrance on whatever garments you wish to delicately give a sweet, calming scent.  

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4. Handcut Soaps Created in Provence

Luxury can be as simple as consistently using a product that is high quality and made with care. A Pre de Provence favorite is our Signature French Milled Soaps. With endless scents (rose petal, rosemary mint, jasmine, sandalwood, wildflower--just to name a few) and all natural ingredients enriched with Shea Butter, our handcrafted soaps from Provence add a little luxury to any day. Click here to shop all of our scents.  

 5. Luxury for Men 

Finally, let's not forget that men deserve to be pampered too. A classic way for men to experience luxury is through a good shave. To many, shaving is an art. It's a way to get ready for the day and feel some relaxation and comfort in the process. Pre de Provence understands this and that's why we've composed an entire collection dedicated to that care and luxury that men need. 

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Luxury doesn't have to be a far off, rare occurrence. With the right mindset and proper tools, everyday luxury can become an integral part of any routine! To view our entire collection of everyday luxuries, click here

The Power of Lavender

Explore the soothing effects of lavender oil and fragrances handcrafted in Provence, France. 

Lavender is a lovely, soft way to add fragrance and soothing effects to any home. It's likely you have heard about the calming effects of essential oils, but maybe aren't sure if they are for you. Lavender oil is a wonderful way to dip your toes into the world of essential oils.

Lavender soothes with its herbaceous, calming fragrance directly from the fields of Provence. Lavender essential oil has been noted to play a role in better sleep, stress and anxiety relief, proper hair care, strong immune systems, and overall relaxation. Lavender oil can be used topically or aromatically to create a sense of well-being. If you're curious to try essential oil, we recommend giving our lavender essential oil a chance. Click here to view

  

If you're not sure about essential oils, but love the scent and aroma of lavender, we also offer ample lavender products for every need. Delicately fragrance your home with dried lavender blossoms from our Maison French Lavender Blossoms Bulk Pack. These are perfect for making a home feel more intimate and relaxing--an oasis for relaxation and clarity. Get the fresh scent of lavender on your linens by simply filling a steam iron or lightly misting sheets and pillows every time you wish to experience the soft, calming fragrance of Provencal lavender. To shop these items, click here and here.  

 

 

 

Spend the night in and rejuvenate your senses and sooth your muscles with a restorative bath of aromatic Mediterranean sea salts with our Lavender bath salts.  Pure essential lavender oil has been added to enhance your perfect bath and relax your mind. To add to the ambiance, light one of our Lavender Candles to experience the calming lavender fragrance with our soy blend wax candle that burns for up to 50 hours. Finish the night off with Lavender body lotion that is enriched with shea butter and vitamin E.
 
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We hope these products and ideas will inspire you to embrace lavender and lead a more relaxing life. To shop the entire Lavender Collection, click here

October 03, 2017 by Jacey Baumler

Winter Skin Survival Guide

Keep your skin feeling soft and moisturized all winter long with our Shea Butter Collection.

 

Winter is coming. Don't let dry skin sneak up on you. Do yourself a favor and come prepared with our Shea Butter Collection. Shea butter is a unique gift from nature that is ultra rich, yet gentle, providing deep healing, moisturizing, and protection of skin, hair, cuticles, and lips. Your winter survival guide starts right here, broken down simply just for you. 

Shea Butter Hand Cream

It's no secret that dry hands are popular during colder seasons. To combat this side effect of winter, treat your hard working hands with our rich, skin caring 20% Shea Butter hand creams. You can choose from lavender, original, and verbena. Don't want to choose? Take them all with our Midnight Garden Hand Cream Trio

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100% Pure Shea Butter 

If dry skin is something you often struggle with and winter just adds fuel to the fire, we recommend our 100% Pure Shea Butter for nourishing, soothing, and healing. Apply it wherever--face, feet, hair--anywhere that needs attention.

  

Body Butter and Bar Soap

Get rejuvenated this winter with body butter that you can apply wherever, especially problem areas like elbows and knees. Get instant dry skin relief. Try it in lavender or unscented. If you want just a little Shea Butter added to your daily life, try our 20% Shea Handcut Soap in lavender and original

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For the Men 

Don't forget the men in your life who may need a little extra something to get them through this winter. We offer Shea Butter beard oils infused with organic sunflower oil, liquid shea butter, sweet almond oil, and vitamin E. Keep that beard soft and shiny during No Shave November.We also offer quad-milled moisturizing Sage Cube Soap.    

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There you have it. All the essentials you need for this coming winter season. To browse the entire Shea Butter collection, click here

October 03, 2017 by Jacey Baumler

Keep Your Skin Healthy with Argan Oil

There's a good chance you have heard about a miracle oil called Argan Oil. If you're not sure what to think about it, have no fear because we are here to break it down for you and let you know why you'll love our Argan oil soaps, mists, body butters, creams, and more! 

Used for centuries as a beauty ritual by women in Morocco, this ultra-moisturizing beauty miracle provides healthy radiance everywhere it is applied from hair to skin. Everyday skin is exposed to free radical stressors that rob skin of needed nutrients to help keep skin rejuvenated. These can stem from things as simple as pollution, sunlight, poor diet, and even stress. Unfortunately, these aren't always things we can control. But don't fret; there's a solution! Antioxidants help protect your skin from free radicals. Argan Oil is abundant in antioxidants needed to help neutralize these effects. Argan Oil also helps to soften and moisturize skin for a radiant glow. 

When you use our Argan and Shea Butter Lavender Soap you will be greeted with double the hydrating, nourishing, and protective benefits while cleansing. Our quad-milled, hand-cut soap comes equipped with both of nature's super moisturizing ingredients to give you the ultimate skin indulgence, which will leave you feeling relaxed and serene. For a closer look, click here

Looking for a specific face wash? Try our nourishing Argan cleansing oil. Not only will it gently cleanse your skin, but it also moisturizes it at the same time. This lathering oil contains the natural soothing benefits of argan oil for skin to feel instantly hydrated. It even doubles as a shaving lotion that will leave your skin feeling silky soft. Click here for a better look. 

Now that the first day of fall has arrived, your dry hands may need a little love and attention. Treat yourself all season long with Argan Lavender hand cream that is combined with Shea Butter and Vitamin E to leave your hands hydrated and healthy. Click here for more information.

 

The Argan Oil used in our products even supports a Moroccan charitable organization named Marocavie. Marocavie helps to protect the Argan Forest, improve the socio-economic development of women, plus supports the education of their children. Supporting a good cause and treating your skin to the care it deserves? Can't get better than that!

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October 03, 2017 by Jacey Baumler

A French Girl's Secret Guide to Skincare

Six beauty secrets a true Parisienne will always recommend. Keep your skin looking young and healthy with these insider tips and tricks.

#1. They understand the importance of skin moisture

Keep your skin healthy and soft using 20% Shea Butter Hand Cream. It can be used all over on the face and body; nose, hair, lips, toes - anywhere that needs moisturizing. Properly hydrated skin keep you looking years younger, and who doesn't want that!

#2. They know drinking water is key

Doctors recommend drinking 8 ounces of water a day. Drinking plenty of H2O keeps your body and skin hydrated and youthful. Having trouble drinking your water? Try adding fruit, natural flavors or even ACV if you're brave enough for additional weight-losing properties. 

#3. They know the secret of using dry oil mists

Keep your skin silky-smooth by gently misting a Dry Oil Body Mist on your legs, arms, hands or anywhere that needs extra moisture. Find a dry oil mist that contains vitamin e and argan oil for extra nourishment.

#4. They never leave the house without applying perfume

For a lot of women, their perfume is a part of their identity and they wouldn't dream of leaving the house without it. Apply perfume on your pulse points (wrists or behind the ears) so that your body's natural heat warms it up and develops it's own notes and character. 

#5. They put value on natural over synthetic scents

To maintain healthy and beautiful skin, the French know it's important to take care with what you use. When it comes to soaps or perfumes, naturally derived scents from actual flowers, herbs or spices not only make bathing or pampering all the more luxurious, but healing and nourishing to your body (like this line of authentic french soaps).

#6. They nourish their skin with antioxidants and vitamin e

Every day skin is exposed to free radical stressors (i.e. pollution, sunlight, poor diet and stress) that rob skin of needed nutrients to help keep skin rejuvenated. Antioxidants help protect your skin from free radicals. Argan Oil is abundant in antioxidants needed to help neutralize these effects. This skin care line not only smells wonderful, but is abundant in Argan Oil.

 

SHOP THE LOOK:

20% Shea Butter Hand Cream - original

20% Shea Butter Cream - Original

Shea Butter Hand Cream - Verbena

20% Shea Butter Cream - Verbena

Shea Butter Hand cream - Lavender

20% Shea Butter Cream - Lavender

Argan Hand Cream

Pure Argan Hand Cream

Sweet Orange Dry Body Mist

Argan Sweet Orange Dry Oil

Argan Lavender Dry Oil

Lavender Argan Dry Oil

Milk Soap Bar

Milk Soap Bar

Provence Soap Bar

Provence Soap Bar

Lavender Soap Bar

Lavender Soap Bar

 

 

September 27, 2017 by Annemarie Kelley