THINK: Nourishing products that condition dry, hardworking hands
WHAT THEY ARE: Premium products based on cherished heritage recipes to comfort dry hands. For ten years, the nurturing recipe behind the bestselling Gardener’s Hand Healer hand cream from Les Couvent des Minimes has soothed hands and helped replenish skin around the world. Now, in celebration of the cream’s tenth anniversary and in the tradition of the convent, Le Couvent des Minimes offers a trio of soothing products to help chapped, cracked skin. Featuring the top-selling Gardener’s Hand Healer and two new offerings, the collection includes items made with love from soothing botanicals and restorative plants, offering a natural, gentle way to nurture skin. From creams and lotions to cleansing foams, each product helps soothe skin for soft, smooth hands.
HERITAGE: In monasteries, a brother known as the Gardinarius sacrificed his hands to tend and care for the gardens. This tradition of loving care for plants continued at the convent of the Minims in Mane through the arrival of the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary. The sisters continued to cultivate the fertile land, harvesting sustenance for residents and missionaries returning from tropical climates. Le Couvent des Minimes inherited this tradition of loving care and pays tribute to the original gardeners by incorporating botanicals and nourishing ingredients in their skincare recipes. The products feature an ancient engraving representing the traditional gardening tools as a nod to their hands-on heritage.
The offerings include:
- Gardener’s Hand Healer (75 mL, $19): A top seller in France, this rich, emollient cream protects against cracks and dry skin by acting like an invisible glove, locking in moisture and protecting skin. Made from an original recipe that combines 20% Shea Butter and seven beneficial plants to aid dry hands, the formula also features soothing Chamomile and Marshmallow, uplifting, Calendula and Lemon Balm, and bright Verbena for softer, smoother feeling skin.
- Smooth Moisturizing Lotion (NEW, 300 mL, $14): Nourishing Shea Butter and refreshing Litsea combine in this lightweight, hydrating lotion. Created from an original recipe, the lotion absorbs quickly, delivering hydration and protecting hands from drying out after washing. Lightly scented with notes of fresh Verbena, the lotion leaves hands soft and smooth.
- Ultra Cleansing Foam (NEW, 300 mL, $12): Gently cleanse skin with this mild foaming gel. Its original recipe blends purifying citrus with refreshing Litsea in a natural cleansing base, helping it to gently purify without drying skin. Enriched with degreasing agents, the mild formula leaves you feeling clean and fresh.
WHERE TO FIND THEM: Available on usa.lecouventdesminimes.com and select products at ULTA Beauty
ABOUT LE COUVENT DES MINIMES: 400 years ago, a convent was built in the village of Mane in the South of France to shelter the botanist monks of the Minims, who used their considerable knowledge of plants to tend a garden of curative herbs and flowers. Centuries later, the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary continued the original convention of cultivating beneficial ingredients to help strengthen and restore those in need through food recipes. This emphasis on nourishing and reparative care through nature inspired Le Couvent des Minimes’ own simple yet powerful natural care recipes, the basis of a collection of efficacious formulas that draw on the heritage and traditions of the convent of Mane. The rich, plant-based range is formulated with the highest quality botanicals, offering natural skincare solutions in lush fragrances and beautiful textures. From the monastic heritage of the brand to the garden ingredients it incorporates, Le Couvent des Minimes offers simplicity and authenticity for the modern age.