September 1 2014

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The Art Of Paper Folding And Soap Making, Together At Last


We didn’t know how much we could love a liquid soap until we discovered Compagnie de Provence’s Extra Pur Marseille collection a few years back. The large oblong plastic bottles with block lettering and innovative fragrances, like Fig and Cherry Blossom, make you want to wash your hands as many times a day as possible (luckily, the brand also makes hand creams in complementary scents to counteract any resulting dryness). Turns out, its bar soaps are pretty spectacular, too, especially the new crop that’s set to launch this month. Made with natural palm and coconut oils—an artisanal Marseille tradition that dates back to the seventeenth century—the line’s eight classic aromas are each being repackaged in honor of its 20th anniversary with a tiny instruction card so you can turn the bright-colored wrapping into fun origami shapes. Geometric swans, boats, fish, and hats are what you have to look forward to when you (carefully) open the packaging—along with the luxurious lather that comes from the soaps themselves, of course.

Photo: Courtesy of Compagnie de Provence

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