Discovered while staying at the lovely Hotel Pastis in Saint Tropez, the equally charming Côté Bastide bath products added unexpected repose to an already relaxing holiday. The Côté Bastide collection includes an assortment of fragrances, candles, soaps and home furnishings, all sold at one of the three serene shops in Paris or the south of France.
While many companies take to the modern ideal for a clean aesthetic, Côté Bastide's commitment to their Provençal roots is a refreshing reminder that winsome packing can still project a sense of simplicity.
We had the fortunate opportunity to peruse the Paris outpost, but feel we may have missed out on a true experience after hearing Pastis co-founder Pauline recount their adventure to the lovely old village of Lourmarin on their search to outfit the hotel. "Naturally when we arrived it was closed for lunch. When it did open, two lovely ladies wearing stylish floaty linen dresses drove up in a battered old Citroën 2CV (French for deux chevaux vapeur, literally meaning two steam horses). They opened the doors and we entered the shop, the most amazing scent filled the air. Lemon-lime, orange blossom and fig trees—it was magical."
We recommend visiting one of the shops, but for those not in France, Côté Bastide products sell from Lille Boutique and various online shops.
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