Inexpensive Beauty Find: Monsavon au lait

Posted by Lipglossiping On September - 29 - 2010

Soap.  In all it’s soapy glory.

When my parents make their annual French pilgrimage, Monsavon au lait (made since 1925) is one of the items on the (long) list of shopping requests that I send with them.

Inexpensive (well under 2 Euros a bar) and easy to get hold of over there, Monsavon au lait is simply one of the few soaps that doesn’t dry out my skin.  It’s not flash and it’s not glamourous… but it’s a bathroom essential for me with a comforting, soft scent that lingers on my skin.

[stextbox id="custom" caption="Ingredients" ccolor="ffffff" bcolor="b0c4de" bgcolor="e6e6fa" cbgcolor="778899"]Sodium Tallowate (so not suitable for vegans) – Sodium Cocoate – Sodium Palm Kernelate – Aqua – Glycerin – Parfum – Coconut Acid – Sine Adipe Lac – Sodium Chloeide – Titanium Dioxide – Linalool – Lanolin – Coumarin – etrasofium EDTA – Citronellol – Tetrasodium Etironate.  Equivalent of 1% milk.[/stextbox]

Do you have any favourite soap bars?


14 Responses to “Inexpensive Beauty Find: Monsavon au lait”

  1. rhamnousia says:

    Hell to the yes.

    You know how I love my soaps. Pears is my current favourite and I am also loving the Dead Sea soaps.

    I want to buy more but I need to finish my current stash first.

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  2. Julia Arenas says:

    Mmmm, comfort clean :D

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  3. swatchgirl says:

    As I’ve got older soap just really doesn’t agree with my skin. I happily rocked the Dove bars when I was a wee one at boarding school, but since my late teens my skin just can’t handle it.

    The absolutely worst are Lush soaps. My god, they’re like the Sahara in a bar!

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  4. Sandra L says:

    Hi!

    Now that’s a subject I like, soap! I personally like Ach Brito soaps (same factory that produces the renowned Claus Porto, same quality but cheap, ). They smell like heaven. They also have a tar soap that I love (foam feels and looks like chantilli, honestly).
    Nuxe also makes a nice soap, great for sensitive and dry skin called Savon Surgras Extra-Doux.

    By the way I love your blog

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  5. Jan says:

    Imperial leather reminds me of my childhood, currently like any soap really, L’Occitane is one of my favourite brands – can’t bear ones with bits in for “exfoliation” and agree with Swatch Girl about lush. French drug store brands always seem particularly good. Thanks for the post.

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  6. Wordbird says:

    Oooh yes – and mine is a French supermarket job as well – Mont st Michel Ambre soap – it’s nice and spicy and I just love it. I tend to buy soap as a souvenir when I’m on holiday – I”m enjoying the Italian version of Marseilles soap I bought this year, and I still have some goodies I bought in the Fragonard factory shop when I was in the South of France last summer. Their massive apricot bar was fantastic and I’m looking forward to the fig one I’ve got stashed.

    And then there’s Roger and Gallet – love their soaps for scent – carnation and sandalwood are my favourites.

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  7. Nicole says:

    I’ve got such sensitive, dry skin I have to be so careful about what soaps I use. Most specialty & “natural” soaps that people try to say are so good (like Lush) dry me out and give me rashes ; ; No good. I also tend to stay away from bar soap as they’re never moisturizing enough and I’m too darn lazy to use creams. I’ve been using the shea butter ribbons body wash from Olay and I love that stuff! Super moisturizing and smells yummy :)

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  8. Lorraine says:

    Awwww… thanks for the flashback to the past ! I had forgotten about this brand, now I can clearly recall the ad :)
    Thanks so much ! Going back home for a fortnight next month, might just bring a few back with me :)

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  9. baby in a corner says:

    I used the Savon de Marseilles before because it was recommended in a laura mercier beauty book. It was quite good.

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  10. CeeBee says:

    I use Dove every day.
    For a treat I like Kappus Red Poppy soap (or any of the flowery ones they do, Pink Rose, White Magnolia, Blue Iris, Yellow Mimosa and Purple Lilac are all yummy, though I don’t like the Lily Of The Valley one.)
    And there is another one my mother loves – I can’t think of what it is called but I think it’s Dutch, green bar, name starts with “V” and it smells absolutely heavenly…

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  11. redtiger21 says:

    Mmmmm, I do love a good old bar of soap! I love Camay, not even sure if you can still buy it, but the smell reminds me of my childhood!

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  12. MrsK says:

    Is this available in the US? I read about the bodywash too and it sounds quite interesting!

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  13. MrsK says:

    I found two places where you can buy Monsavon in the US: http://www.guesso.com/mosadetoaula.html and http://basicfrenchonline.com/htm/product_info.php?products_id=954

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