I always love it when I find out that a company I already love is doing something more than just making a good product. L’Occitane is a place I was turned on to years ago, via a Christmas gift from some friends. I’d never heard of the store or the company, much less, knew how to pronounce it, but they gave me the most awesome set of lotions, candles, and what has become my favorite bar of soap which is filled with crushed verbena leaves.
Not only does this company make exceptional skin care and fragrance products, they are doing things to help humanity as well. We recently celebrated International Women’s Day (on March 8), and in honor of that, L’Occitane has a special product, the Women’s Day Soap. This awesome bar of soap is so simple, but wonderful. Its high concentration of Shea butter (52%) leaves your hands feeling smooth and soft, as opposed to just clean (and dried out, as many soaps do), and has a very light fragrance. The bars are engraved with a motif that translates to “education”. I’ve used it on my hands, in the shower, and even to wash my face. It’s great soap.
But that’s not what’s so great about it. These special bars of soap are manufactured in Burkina Faso, a landlocked country in West Africa (don’t worry, I had to look it up, too), in a factory run entirely by women, the proceeds of which support their economic emancipation. 100% of the proceeds from these bars of soap go to building literacy centers for women in Burkina Faso.
Consider grabbing a couple of these for yourself (they look great in a guest bathroom – where you put your ‘fancy’ soap), or as a gift for your mom, your sister, your best friend… anyone who likes good soap and will appreciate helping out women in another part of the world. They are available for $8.00 at www.usa.loccitane.com.
Rachel is also a MOMS club member. She is thankful for the blessing of staying home to raise her three crazy, wonderful kids. In addition to scrapbooking, she likes knitting, gardening, reading, blogging and otherwise avoiding the housework she should be doing. You can read about her adventures and disasters at rachel’s ramblings.