There are few brands with such a delightful story as Le Couvent Des Minimes. If you’re sitting comfortably, I’ll tell you a little tale… In the 17th century a convent was built near the village of Mane (in the South of France) and named after its first inhabitants, The Minim Brothers; these botanist monks built terraced gardens and cultivated the lands all around the convent. They grew and studied several beneficial plant species and used their expertise to provide food and remedies to the surrounding community. During the French Revolution, the monks were forced to abandon the convent and it remained vacant for almost a century until 1862, when a local Canon decided to restore the Convent and transform it into a hospice for the sick, elderly, and poor.
The nuns of the convent devoted themselves to cultivate the fertile lands of the terraced gardens, where they planted fruits, trees and vines. However, by 1999 the Missionary Sisters were too old and too few to continue looking after the Convent – so it was sold and restored to its former glory as a hotel and spa. However, the beautiful produce and botanical gardens were still rich and flourishing, leading to the development of a truly unique brand. The same plants used by the original monks and nuns have inspired the current collection of beauty care products and can be found in Le Couvent Des Minimes recipes today. Le Couvent Des Minimes even donate 1% of their annual sales to missionary work all around the world – so you can look and feel beautiful while knowing you’re also doing good for others!
You would expect products that look, feel and smell so luxurious to come with a high price point – but they’re actually incredibly affordable and start at only £3.00. Today I’m giving away a huge bundle of these fabulous products worth £70.00; the prize includes a Cologne, Limited Edition Hand Cream Trio, Smile Lip Balm, Morning Refreshing Body Moisturiser, Gardeners Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser and Hikers Foot Healer. I’m super confident that you’ll love this brand as much as me – especially as it comes from the same people as L’Occitane. If you want to be in with a chance of winning, just enter the competition via the widget below. Good luck!