How to make a fuseau de lavandeElsa Lenthal of FuseauxdeLavande.com has inspired me to make many lavender wands over the years – this tradition of encasing the flowers of the sunny lavender fields of Provence appeals on many levels. Imagine my excitement when this year she agreed to come to our house in Lacoste and give a workshop to show us all her tips and tricks. Fuseaux have been made in Provence since the 18th Century – a simple technique using ribbon to encase the flowers of freshly picked lavender for years to come.Elsa sells her fuseaux in...

Lavender Fuseaux: A Dying Art in ProvenceA fuseau is shaped like a baby’s rattle, although some might describe it as a wand or spindle. These beautifully scented objects are 100% natural, as just the fresh plants are used, no artificial additives. The purpose of the fuseau has always been to scent clothes or linens. The fuseaux can only be made by hand and are adorned with bright coloured ribbons. Provencal dowry chests in the 18-century often contained fuseaux, which were used to separate and perfume, the clothes and linens. Lavender is the gift of choice...

Elsa Lenthal – Keeping a Tradition AliveElsa Lenthal is currently enjoying the best of life in France, with roots in Provence and aspirations in Paris. For five years, Elsa studied film and cinema production at school, in the capital city. She now works in Paris most of the year as an Assistant Director in the film industry.In the summer, she returns to her parents’ home in les Alpilles near Les Baux de Provence to spend the warmer months with her friends and family.  Elsa is a true ‘French Canadian’, her father is French, and her...

C’est sur les plateaux arides et caillouteux des Alpes provençales que pousse la lavande sauvage…Il y a environ 2000 ans, les romains séduits par sa couleur éclatante et son sublime parfum , commencent à l’utiliser pour laver le linge et lui donnent son nom issu du latin « Lavare » qui signifie laver, purifier. Ils l’utilisent également dès cette époque dans les armoires pour parfumer et se rendent compte rapidement qu’elle a comme propriété de proteger le linge des mitesPlus tard, au moyen âge, on reconnaît à la plante des vertus médicinales. Excellent antiseptique, les fleurs de...