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Family-owned company carefully crafts Bastide creams

Three Generations of French Beauty and Savoir-Faire

Forty kilometers away from our Aix boutique, nestled in Carnoux-en-Provence, sits a family-owned gem of scientists and product formulators that have dedicated their craft to the love of Provence an...

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Frederic and Shirin with children at home in Aix

The Journey of Côté Bastide, 25 Years in the Making

In Provence, a “Bastide” is defined as a country house where loved ones gather – a home surrounded by fragrant gardens and sun-drenched terraces. “Côté” means near-by, related-to, or around. In 199...

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Bastide Miel de Lavande Candle

The Art of Candle Making

Bastide's candlemaker is a man of few words, but many talents. With his wife and business partner (we clearly are obsessed with family businesses), Guilhem oversees a team of fifteen experts de bou...

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Shirin's Homemade Elderberry Jam

Shirin's Picks - 5 Gifts from Nature to Share

Natural gifts with health benefits to lift spirits and cure common ailments, chosen by Bastide’s co-founder Shirin von Wulffen

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Landscape in Aix-en-Provence

Fall in Love with Provence

We recently sought out our friend, chef, and favorite travel guide, Stan, for his perspective on Provence through a native’s eyes. Raised on traditions passed down from generation to generation, St...

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Bastide Provence Soaps artisanally made with olive oil

Artisanal Provence Soap, Made by a Master Savonnier

Soaps have always been intimately linked to the history and culture of Provence. Perhaps because of its simplicity and its purity or because of its ability to create sensorial, experiential pleasur...

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Olive oil is known as liquid gold in Provence

Liquid Gold: The Beautiful Benefits of Provence Olive Oil

Here in Provence as well as at Bastide, there are a number of things that we hold sacred: family, nature and the absolute joy of simplicity. From the closet to the kitchen, we rely only on the esse...

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