Balade en Provence is an organic, zero-waste cosmetics company from Provence in the south of France making sensorial beauty bars for hair, face & body. Their philosophy is to promote ‘bienveillance’ a French term that can best be defined as ‘a desire to do good.’ Balade en Provence are proud to state that just in 2019, they prevented the production of more than 500,000 plastic bottles!
Balade en Provence was founded in the village of Opio, their name means ‘a walk in Provence’. Their beauty bars are inspired by the artistry, fragrances and flora of the region. When the first skincare line was started four years ago, they realised that most shampoos, shower gels, and other liquid care products contain over 80% of water, chemical preservatives, and plastic packaging.
“The thought of trucks, boats, and planes burning energy to transport plastic-packaged, water-based products with ingredients that were potentially harmful to customers did not sit well with us, so we decided to do something about it”. Balade en Provence.
“We believe that all actions, big and small, have an impact. Therefore, we strive to do what is ‘good’ when developing our products, interacting with customers, working in our community and managing environmental waste. Our hope is that our actions inspire others to spread bienveillance as well.”
Most liquid personal care products contain more than 80% water, chemical preservatives, and plastic packaging. Balade en Provence are on a mission to replace your liquid products with solid products that are rich, natural, and ecological alternatives to these liquid products. Balade en Provence want you to #MoveToSolid!
Balade en Provence products are artisan and contain ethically sourced, rich natural ingredients such as French green clay, rosehip oil, grape seed oil, and coconut oil. They are also certified organic, vegan, and packaged in zero-waste, 100% compost-able boxes.
Beauty and grooming bars are made with care and patience in the most natural way possible. The Balade en Provence artisans create a blend of the highest quality natural oils and rich organic ingredients, such as grapeseed oil, coconut oil, rapeseed oil, shea butter, and French clay to make the bars.
The bars are then left to ‘rest’ for 30 days on wooden shelves, to allow time for the oils to blend and mature. They do NOT heat them, which is why the saponification process is called the ‘cold process.’ This process also allows the ingredients in the bars to retain their natural properties.
In 2019 Balade en Provence Invigorating Solid Shampoo for Men won the French Cosmetics Award for ‘Best Natural Product!’
Certified organic: All products are certified organic with BIO Earth Durable which is dedicated to ecological and organically sourced products. The Bio Earth Durable Label certifies:
Absence of pesticides
Respect for the environment and health
Use of organic ingredients
Vegan: All products are approved by the Vegan Society. The Vegan Society label certifies that:
The manufacturing and development of products did not involve the use of any animal product, by-product or derivative
No testing on animals
Zero Waste: Balade en Provence bars are all packed in 100% compost-able and recyclable packaging.
Vegetable ink only is used on certified compost-able carton, printed in France
Products are primarily sourced, produced and packaged locally
Any excess ingredients are retained and used for other products
Balade en Provence is exclusively distributed now in New Zealand by Crew Distributors