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URBAN GUIDE

Looking for good ideas and places? With exhibitions, festivals, concerts, shops, capsule collections, restaurants, bars and more, our Urban Guide pages tell you what's on and what's just opened. A great way to discover all the richness and diversity of the Provence culture, shopping, food and drink, from. Local creators also have their say in these pages.

March 2024

Beauty and fashion.

Provence at heart

Provence attracts visitors with its breathtaking scenery, rich culture, history, and traditions. At the heart of creativity, inspiring people both here and further afield, who choose it, celebrate it, and sublimate it each day.

By Mathilde Hingray
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L’Olivier de Leos

Nature at its best 

Domaine de Leos, near L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, is home to a magnificent olive grove, managed with the utmost respect for the environment. Its olive trees have produced exceptional olive oil – Huile H de Leos – for over 60 years. Owner Patrick Bruel wanted to develop a skincare line based on the virtues of olive trees. He subsequently met (ex-Dior and L’Occitane) Solène Gayet, born and raised in the south-west and adopted by the south-east. She joined him in this adventure. Working together, they developed their brand based on a formula of Made in Provence natural ingredients, which includes shampoos, shower gels, balms, serums, scrubs, lotions, and other everyday essentials.

lolivierdeleos.com

Le Baume intégral

Céline Escand

Say goodbye to products piling up in your bathroom! Born in the Drôme, Céline Escand spent her childhood in the Cévennes. She created her first shea butter-based salves for herself and her friends in a “home laboratory” in Dakar. She invented an all-in-one balm with a wide range of uses, including as a day cream, make-up remover, after-sun, aftershave, and hand care... 99% natural Le Baume Intégral intensely moisturises the skin, soothes, repairs imperfections, and combats skin ageing. Suitable for all skin types and complexions, it comes in four seasonal formulas.

 

Mas Saint Bernard, 4 route de Maillane

Saint-Rémy-de-Provence 

celineescand.com

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Le Prius

Art of living

Le Prius, a brand created in 2015 by Jeanette Borgstrom, a Stockholm-based business lawyer, and Cyril Gombert, a biologist and French expert in sustainable development from Marseille, breaks the codes of the cosmetics industry. Embracing minimalist, modern design, it retains natural Provençal natural ingredients as its base. Soaps, candles, shower gels, body lotions... the best of Provence for everyday use!

106 avenue de la Fourragère, Marseille 12e

leprius.com

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Doriane bijoux

Fine artisan.

Doriane launched her eponymous brand in 2000. She grew up in the world of fashion and artisanal savoir-faire in Paris alongside her jewellery designer father. She was awarded the Prix de l’Innovation and Artisan d’Art certification in 2019, thanks to her Made in Côte d’Azur creations, handcrafted from high-quality raw materials. Her jewellery, with its timeless rock DNA, is available in her boutiques in Marseille, Sainte-Maxime, Bandol, Sanary and Cannes.

55 rue Paradis, Marseille 6e - doriane-bijoux.com

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Le Domaine Skincare

Made in Provence 930

American actor Brad Pitt met the Perrin family, winegrowers since 1909, in 2012. These lovers of Provence share a common interest in preserving the land and its ecosystem. Working together, they founded Le Domaine, a range of nature-friendly, vegan and gender-neutral anti-ageing skincare products – serum, cream, fluid cream, and cleansing emulsion – that slows the skin’s ageing process. The products benefit from a combination of two exclusive patented active ingredients, GSM10 and ProGR3, the result of research by two scientists: Nicolas Lévy, head of the genetics department at La Timone, and Pierre-Louis Teissedre, professor at the Institute of Vine Sciences at Bordeaux University. 

le-domaine.com

La Nouvelle
Being a woman

Alix de Moussac, a Parisian, and Aurélie Grandemenge, from Lyon, are a dynamic duo offering women a range of lingerie combining comfort and style. The brainchild of Alix, a ready-to-wear stylist and ex-Paco Rabanne, the brand aims to “give every woman the opportunity to learn to love her body, whatever her morphology”. With retro designs that are chic, refined and assertive, lingerie becomes a fashion accessory. We love the gold, silver, or coloured lurex straps! And the plus? Some of the brand’s collections are for children and teenagers, and La Nouvelle is committed to an environmentally responsible approach.

13 rue Decazes, Marseille 7e

lingerielanouvelle.com

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