Bonne Mere, C’Est Bonne!
That Cleopatra bathed in pools of milk and honey to keep her skin soft and fragrant is just one of the famed Egyptian royal’s many beauty secrets to make its way into modernity. The delicately scented ingredients’ have found themselves in myriad soaps and salves since, and will have their latest coup this week with the launch of L’Occitane’s Bonne Mere line. An extension of the Provence-born brand’s popular Bonne Mere soaps—the fine-milled chunky square bars that boast a sustainable plant oil base—new body and hand washes with adorable retro French labels are now yours for the lathering. Honey is tinged with notes of almond and orange blossom as well as linden for a soft aroma, while Milk features additional essences of cotton flower for a similarly subtle effect. Both fragrances are also available in multipurpose cream form, which can be applied to hands, body, and face for a superhydrated, Queen of the Nile-like complexion.
From $20, available August 2012 at www.usa.loccitane.com.