While most guests are understandably intrigued by touring the olive groves and tasting the different oils and tapenades, Rebecca Taras, a Barge Lady Cruise Correspondent who spent a week in the Canal du Midi onboard the Esperance, brought a slightly different perspective to her time at L’Oulibo.
“As a licensed esthetician and seasoned beauty editor, I am obsessed with potions and lotions of all kinds, ” Rebecca laughs. “So when I heard that we would visit L’Oulibo, I couldn’t wait to explore the onsite boutique’s selection of beauty and health products made with olive oil.”
As Rebecca learned during her visit to L’Oulibo, olive oil was discovered over 5,000 years ago and used by the Egyptians, Greeks, Phoenicians, and Romans as an indispensable component in their personal care routines. Today, premium olive oil is a popular and all-natural ingredient for emollients and cosmetics, so it’s not surprising that the French have adopted its use in items such as handmade soaps, facial moisturizers, and restorative hair care products.
“Consider adding something made with huile d’olive from L’Oulibo to your beauty routine,” Rebecca advises. Of course, you could always just book a Canal du Midi cruise so you too can discover the “green diamonds” in the heart of olive country!
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