I have loved France for as long as I can remember. It started with Madeline, the tenacious redhead and brainchild of Ludwig Bemelmans who lived in ‘an old house in Paris that was covered with vines.’ I started French class in high school and spent all my free time hanging around the French classroom listening to audiotapes and looking through photos of French landscapes. When I was fifteen I signed up for the Sister Cities program and was paired with a family in Caen, in France’s rainy Normandy region. I still remember the tiny shower with a handheld hose (a foreign concept to me) and a yellow bottle of Le Petit Marseillais™ in Vanilla Milk. That smell always brings me back! Later in college I was a French major and made it my mission to help make all the French exchange students feel welcome. I became close friends with a business student named Laure from Marseille. She invited me to her family home in St. Victoret, a small town in the Provence Region in the South of France. I will never forget those lovely days drinking fresh orange juice in the morning, 2 hour lunches of crevettes, pasta, ham and ripe tomatoes from the garden and the smell of fresh lavender growing in the yard. Laure’s family, of course used Le Petit Marseillais™ in their showers – it’s the #1 body wash in France. It’s! I would always bring it back in my checked suitcases making my bags overweight, but I just loved the fragrances. The orange blossom body wash remindsme of the French countryside with a delicate formula that never left my skin feeling dry. And now I’m so excited to see the original product line from France in the US! Available nationwide, you can visit www.lepetitmarseillais.us to find a retailer near you and use #SoFrenchAndSoClean to share your favorite body wash scent!
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This post was sponsored by Le Petit Marseillais™. All opinions my own.