Staff thinks I'm making a crack about the danged garbage strike holding Toronto hostage right now, and maybe I am. You see, instead of hitting all my happy citrus buttons, my newest shower-gel obsession smells simply, delightfully, freshly clean.
Lightly fragranced with marine notes and ylang ylang, Bella Pella Le Grand Bleu Shower Gel ($15.95 CAN) makes me think of sun-drenched morning sky, pale sand dunes, white-washed fences, cool water lapping at the shore, and bright white sheets fluttering lazily on the drying line (sweet of Ryan to take care of the laundry for me, yes?). The corresponding body lotion ($15.95) sinks in quickly and leaves the barest trace of scent, so skin smells just-out-of-the-shower clean, not fragranced.
A QuÃ©bec-based boutique line of handmade bath and body care as well as home scents and candles, Bella Pella is made with natural ingredients, including pure essential oils. The company makes a doggy line of shampoos/conditioner, too, formulated to deodorize and condition your four-legged friend's coat.
Also in the Le Grand Bleu family is a bath bomb ($4.95) with sea-salts in the mix. Surf's up at my next bathtime.
Bella Pella is available at Bella Pella boutiques in MontrÃ©al and via bellapella.com. Image courtesy of Bella Pella.