Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, the famed French gastronome, once wrote “Dis-moi ce que tu manges, je te dirai qui tu es” (“Tell me what you eat, and I’ll tell you what you are”). At Le Pain Quotidien, we couldn’t agree more! We believe that beauty is the reflection of inner wellbeing, which is why we focus on simple recipes made from wholesome ingredients that are organic whenever possible. This same philosophy extends to our retail shelves, which we stock with our favourite organic pantry products, from extra virgin olive oil and honey to teas and jams.

You may already be familiar with how delicious they are, but did you know that certain items in our pantry (and probably yours, too!) provide unique beauty benefits? Below are some of our absolute favourites and why you should consider adding them to your beauty routine. By choosing products with simple, recognisable ingredients, not only do you avoid chemicals, but our organic pantry products will also prevent exposure to harmful pesticides.

Wildflower Honey

Wildflower Honey
This honey is made from the flowers of resinous plants such as lavender, thyme, rosemary and juniper. Soothing and a natural humectant, honey can be used as a facial mask to calm distressed skin, lock in moisture and brighten your complexion. Simply spread 3 teaspoons of honey directly onto the skin and let sit for 20 minutes. Also a known antibacterial agent, honey is beneficial for acne-prone skin and can be used as a daily cleanser. Just rinse with warm water. We suggest using our Acacia honey for this treatment – it’s a bit more fluid, which makes it easier to apply with as a cleanser.

Jasmine Green Tea

Jasmine Green Tea
Our Jasmine Green Tea combines the beautiful and calming aroma of jasmine flowers with the potent qualities of green tea. Pan-fired leaves are left overnight with freshly-picked night-blooming jasmine blossoms to infuse the tea with their flavour and aroma. Green tea is packed with antioxidants, which protect skin from the damaging effects of free radicals and promote more youthful looking skin. In addition to sipping tea for its skin-improving benefits, you can also use Jasmine Green Tea topically as an anti-inflammatory treatment. To prepare, steep a sachet of tea in of a cup of water, let it cool in the refrigerator and apply to the skin with a cotton ball. You’ll enjoy the gorgeous scent of the jasmine!

Olive Oil

Les Moulins Mahjoub Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Hailing from the Mahjoub family farm in the Tebourba region of Tunisa, our organic cold pressed olive oil is made using traditional methods which creates a superior product. While extra virgin olive oil is better known as a culinary ingredient, its high levels of mono-unsaturated fatty acids and vitamins E and A make it an excellent natural hair conditioner. Because olive oil has the exceptional ability to penetrate the hair shaft, it will leave your hair nourished and moisturised. Try using our Extra Virgin Olive Oil as a pre-shower moisturising treatment by applying 3-4 tbsp to dry, unwashed hair and wrapping in plastic for 15 minutes. Follow with a rinse and condition, and enjoy softer, healthier hair!

Coffee

Villa Rica Café Maison Ground Coffee
Our organic coffee, which is shade-grown in the tropical highlands of Peru, will not only keep you buzzing, but will also awaken a tired complexion. Create an exfoliating and rejuvenating mask by mixing 45 g coffee grounds with 3 tablespoons of yogurt and 1 tablespoon of LPQ organic honey. The caffeine in the coffee grounds will reduce inflammation and redness, while the honey and yogurt will add moisture to your skin.

All of these products are available at your local Le Pain Quotidien.

Do you have any natural beauty treatments you use regularly? Did you try one of ours? Share with us by commenting below!