La Compagnie de Provence or LCDP is a luxury line of bath and body products originating from Marseille, France. You didn’t think the name sounded French to be pretentious did you? 😛
I was sent the samples of the liquid soap, body lotion and hand cream in Fig of Provence to try out. Figs aren’t my favourite fruit, I’m sad to say, but the scent (if any) isn’t strong. In fact, I hardly detected any scent.
The Marseille liquid soap (Savon de Marseille sounds so much more romantic!) is LCDP’s original product. Apparently its still made the traditional way – in a cauldron. Can you just see a hag with a wart on the end of her hooked nose cackling as she stirs the soap in the cauldron? Sorry its probably just me then – the word “cauldron” conjures up that image every time.
I found the liquid soap a little strange. Its very very liquid – almost like water. And it doesn’t bubble up much, and because its so liquid, I spilled a lot of it in the shower. What a waste! It did make my skin feel a little tight after my shower though. Not quite RM103/500ml nice which is a pity.
So, I followed on with the body milk – Lait Corporel Extra Pur Figue. Very nice and very light, sinking right into my skin with no greasiness or stickiness or ickiness. Skin felt smooth and lovely. I’m currently sleeping on satin sheets so ooh yeah… luxury! 😉 At RM157/500ml its pretty luxurious too!
Next day, while at the office, I whipped out the Creme pour le Mains – Cream for the Hands or Hand Cream. You know, its amazing how much French I’ve learnt by just reading labels – these days, I can tell when something is for the eyes (pour le yeux) skin (corporel) face (pour le visage) lips (levres) etc etc by just reading the label but this isn’t quite a French lesson oui?
The hand cream, I really like. Its super light and absorbs super quickly, leaving my hands feeling satiny smooth and soft. There’s only 1 fly in the ointment – it smelt off. I don’t know if its my sample or if that’s how it smells, but it smelt a tiny bit rancid. Bummer! I hope that’s not the actual smell because it retails at RM70/100ml! Come to think of it, that isn’t much more expensive than other hand creams I use. I’ll be looking at the other scents in this range in time.
Pros: Hand Cream and Body lotion feels soft and silky on the skin and does not leave a greasy residue
Cons: Liquid soap feels a little drying, Pricey
There are different scents available – Fragrance free, Olive Lavender, Fig of Provence, Wild Rose, Cherry Blossom, Verbena, Orange and Grapefruit. I’ll take a sniff at the Grapefruit and Lavender one next time I stop by a counter. Those 2 sound promising and are my fave scents for bath and body products!
For Christmas, LCDP has a Fig of Provence Christmas set at RM109 (worth RM178) where you get the following:-
- 30ml Body Lotion
- 30ml Hand Cream
- 30ml Liquid Soap
- 1.7fl Ducky soap
- 3.4 fl hand cream
Its a great way to try out something new and see if you like it before springing for the full size. To be honest though, for the huge sizes the full size products come in, I’m starting to think LCDP isn’t all that pricey after all, when compared to other brands in the similar category!
Look out for La Compagnie de Provence at Parkson Pavilion, Escentials Tang and Escentials Urban Retreat Starhill Gallery.
Have you tried anything from this line? Or have you at least heard of it? I hadn’t but now I want to go look at the hand creams in other scents!