The story behind the Le Couvent Des Minimes brand is just amazing. It’s named after a convent located in Mane, the south of France, where the tradition of mixing natural skincare recipes began in 1862. To perpetuate the long tradition of simplicity, care and generosity the brand was created in 2004 and it’s part of L’Occitane group. I first discovered it a month ago and I had the chance to test out three products of their latest Eau Des Matines collection.
Their new Eau Des Matines collection has an extremely refreshing and vibrant scent, which makes products perfect for the upcoming spring days. Out of 5 products, I’ve been offered to review 3 of them. The first one, probably »the central one«, is a botanical cologne of the morning (the morning probably translates as Matines) (28,50€ for 100ml). It is a uni-sex citrusy-herbal blend of refreshing orange and lemon with tonifying basil and cedar. While this is a cologne, I wasn’t expecting any extreme longevity (though it lasts around 3-4 hours on my skin). The sillage is not that strong, which I actually prefer (I was a bit scared it would be stronger, since colognes tend to have it stronger). The second product is the awakening morning dew (9,90€ for 200ml), which comes in a similar scent. It’s super fresh and invigorating, it’s perfect for morning showers, since it will wake you up instantly. Last, but not least – the morning hand cream (6,10€ for 25ml) in a complementary scent. A combo of citrusy and herbal extracts, Shea butter, coconut oil and beeswax makes it moisturizing, nourishing, yet light. The packaging is quite small, which makes it perfect for carrying in your handbag. Overall, Eau Des Matines scent will not be everyone’s cup of tea, however you may love it if you prefer products scented with fresh combo of citruses and herbals to wake you up in the morning or keep you going during the day.