EXTRA - free soap

C'etrange  natural  soap
The signature C'etrange natural soap - free with every purchase in December and January 2015 

Produced here at La Vudèle by Claudia and Jim many of our guests and visitors have already tried this line of all natural cosmetics, never tested on animals, only on and by Jim ;-)

Listed below please find the complete list of ingredients according to INCI laws (complete declaration of ingredients in Latin). We added the English translation to make it easier for our customers to read and understand the labels. Because we want you to know what is in our products: 100% pure, 100% natural

 C'etrange web shop
ingredients INCI: aqua - pure spring water+, olea Europaea - olive oil+, helianthus annus - sunflower oil*, cocos nucifera - coconut oil+, cera alba - beeswax+ and essential oils  depending on the scent composition

* Divine Lavender with the mesmerizing scent of Provence
* English Rose the queen of flowers
* Terre de Provence with the fresh scent of Provence, rosemary and cypress
* Pure Nature
with extra olive oil, without essential oils
* certified by AB Agriculture Biologique, France's national logo for organic products since 1985. Organic products carrying the logo must contain more than 95 percent organic components, and be produced or processed within the EU
° certified by ECOCERT, certification body for sustainability
+ natural ingredient

* exclusively handmade
* 100% natural ingredients
* perfect for allergy sufferers
* free of chemicals and additives
* free of artificial coloring
* tested by friendly people


We are also offering our fantastic English Rose face balm at 30% off in December and January, plus of course a free bar of soap! Visit www.cetrange.com and receive this fantastic product, enriched by extra shea butter, for € 13.30 instead of € 19.

Wonderfully moisturizing skin balm for dry and mature skin, with the nourishing properties of shea butter, avocado oil, with the precious properties of rose oil
* skin type: normal, dry & mature
* benefit: moisturizing, nourishing

This face balm is ideal as a night cream but in the colder months and for dry skin also works well as a day cream. Customers with psoriasis and dermatitis have all exclaimed the almost immediate improvement of their long-lasting skin conditions which makes us not only very proud of the positive results of the natural ingredients chosen for these products but also extremely happy for these people!

Since 2001 C'etrange creates exclusively handcrafted, all-natural products based on the positive benefits of aromatherapy. All products are made by hand using only the purest ingredients: the most natural plant oils and the purest essential oils. All products are perfect for vegetarians and lovers of all things natural.

* Since 2004 all C'etrange products are certified as cruelty-free by the Deutsche Tierschutzbund e.V.
* Member of Veg'Asso and OneVoice

moments of sheer purity . . Schöne Dinge für die Sinne . . un instant de bonheur . .

moments of sheer purity . . Schöne Dinge für die Sinne . . un instant de bonheur . .

moments of sheer purity . . Schöne Dinge für die Sinne . . un instant de bonheur . .



ACTIVITIES - no olive picking this year

What a joy and gastronomical pleasure it is to taste one's own hand-picked, organic olive oil! We pick in December ... but not this year...

Early December is usually the time we get cracking: supplied with small baskets and bags we descend onto our olive grove of about 200 trees, located between La Vudèle and Quinson, and we pick this delicious fruit for a good 10 days. We pick by hand. We pick slowly. We stop for a hearty lunch in the warming winter sun. We enjoy sharing this time with friends like Lynn, our American friend in Quinson/Grenoble/Berlin who usually makes a special trek to Provence every year to participate in the harvesting and grace us with her fantastic singing; various friends who happen to be around; guests of our B&B who want to experience this special time.

Not so this year.

With a very short winter and a very long spring including weeks of rain fall the quality of the olives this year was so devastating that it was not worth it to pick the few which were left on the tree to turn them into mediocre quality oil which will not keep very long.

Here some images of past olive harvests:

20009 Alexander & family and Chan came up from Aix...

... and we enjoyed a lovely lunch in the sun
special olive picking baskets for easy picking
Elmer came down from the Netherlands last year...

... and Katja with Alice from Hamburg

2012 with Linda & Josh from New York at the mill...
our harvest last year!
... and after a little more than an hour with our own olive oil!

sharing a delicious dinner with Elmer

some olives we cure in brine for the summer

2013 with Lynn and Marie-Louise from the Netherlands

Hopefully next year we will be back on track! If you want to partake in this experience look on our web site for details and dates

Happy walking in Quinson!

RECIPES - a vegan Christmas

Winter offers a cornucopia full of delicious fruits and vegetables, and accentuated by legumes, nuts, grains and essential oils we can make use of these fantastic ingredients. Why not incorporate that into a vegetarian holiday dinner?

As we promote a vegetarian and almost vegan lifestyle here at La Vudèle we would like to give you some ideas for the holiday table. When busy cooking for our guests at our table d'hôtes we tend to forget to take photos of our creations... Fortunately our guest Solli from Sweden/Paris took some during her stay in June and posted the recipes on her blog; these dishes work really well for a fancy dinner with friends and family and are all animal cruelty-free.

The starter: a warming flageolet bean soup with freshly sprouted alfalfa
 warming flageolet bean soup

The main course: slow-cooked risotto with freshly cracked linseeds
 risotto with

The dessert (to be dressed up with sparkle and glitter, of course!): lavender custard with cranberries

For more ideas, inspirational photos and actual recipes visit Andrew Olsen http://www.oneingredientchef.com/vegan-thanksgiving-recipes/

Winter greens abound, with Swiss chard popping up everywhere in our vegetable garden, next to the compost or simply in the middle of the lawn (where previously we had had our veggie patch; just keeps growing!). Try a Swiss chard pesto over pasta - absolutely gorgeous!

Enjoy your home-cooked meals
and thank you for thinking of the animals that did not
have to suffer and were not killed for this meal!

Jim & Claudia