A little while ago, I received a package full of body washes to try out by the brand Le Petit Marseillais, which has just launched in North America. Known as the #1 selling body wash in France, these body washes are inspired by the nature and culture of the south of France.
Le Petit Marseillais—pronounced luh pe-TEE mar-say-ay—are a brand that started out in 1981 selling a small line of honeysuckle scented cleansing bars in a single pharmacy in the city of Orange. Now sold in 21 countries worldwide, the brand has come a long way from that single cleansing bar and has expanded to a whole line of products that ranges from body washes and liquid soaps to haircare and body creams (to name a few).
Body washes can be a hard thing to review, as when it comes down to it they all pretty much do the same thing. However, I always have three final thoughts:
1. Does it smell good?
2. Does it lather up well?
3. Is it non-irritating?
Luckily, Le Petit Marseillais checks off all three boxes. All five of these pH balanced body washes lather up well, rinse off easily and leave my skin feeling soft and clean. However, it is the scents of these that are the real winner and what the brand really seems to pride themselves on. The body washes all have these sweet, but clean fragrances that are formulated perfectly.
The body washes in the range include:
Le Petit Marseillais Orange Blossom Extra Gentle Shower Crème Body Wash* Created to be a nostalgic scent for anyone who has spent childhood summers in Provence, the aromatic scent of white orange blossom is the perfect balance of sweet and floral. Though I have never spent a summer in Provence, it does remind me of summertime and it also reminds me a bit of an orange Tootsie Pop, which I love.
Le Petit Marseillais White Peach & Nectarine Extra Gentle Shower Gel Body Wash* This one is inspired by the white peaches and nectarines that are harvested in southern France and smells juicy and delicious—almost good enough to eat. This is also the only body wash out of the five that is a gel and not a creme and though it lathers up fine, I find the shower cremes do lather up a bit better.
Le Petit Marseillais Vanilla Milk Extra Gentle Shower Crème Body Wash* Vanilla is one of my favourite scents and this one smells sweet without being sickly. Obtained from sun-dried vanilla pods, this body wash has this beautiful and rich fragrance that is an absolute treat to use in the shower. It also contains ylang ylang, which helps balance out the sweetness of the vanilla.
Le Petit Marseillais Lavender Honey Extra Gentle Shower Crème Body Wash* The lavender honey used in this is harvested from the Alps de Haute Provence and I love the aromatic and relaxing scent of this. It is such a therapeutic scent, so I specifically like using this when I run a bath or right before I go to bed to help me unwind and ensure a good night’s sleep.
Le Petit Marseillais Cotton Milk & Poppy Extra Gentle Shower Crème Body Wash* This was the scent that intrigued me the most, as I had no idea what to expect. Poppies bloom from May to September in the Mediterranean sun and the poppy flowers used in this body wash are organically grown and handpicked. It is paired with cotton milk, which leaves your skin feeling silky smooth and it just has this wonderfully sweet scent that is quite vibrant and addicting.
The Le Petit Marseillais Body Washes retail for around $7.99 and can be found at most of your local grocery stores and drugstores. I have really been enjoying using these so far and I hope Le Petit Marseillais brings more of their products over to North America in the future!
Have you tried these body washes before? What are your thoughts?