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Savonnerie des Diligences

Savonnerie des Diligences - LE COUREUR DES BOIS - Balsam Fir Soap




This balsam fir soap is a favourite of the male population. It is astringent and is very suitable for oily skin. It is perfect as an outdoor soap in addition to being an excellent mood tonic. It is said to chase away dark thoughts. Moreover, its essential oil is distilled here in the Eastern Townships! A true happiness on the bar!

A 100% natural soap with olive oil

Size: 100g

Note from the soap maker : The balsam fir oil has anti-inflammatory properties. It is a soap that smells manly. Beware, it is gentle enough for her, but designed for him!

Ingredients: Oils (olive, organic coconut, beeswax), water, sodium hydroxide, balsam fir essential oil, green pigment (chromium oxide).

Handmade in Quebec

The coureur des bois. Follow the scent of this legend...

Ulysse Boismenu was a seasoned merchant, a coureur des bois who knew the Quebec forest by heart: from the mountains to the rivers, through valleys and clearings. Settled in the St. Lawrence Valley, the "Bas-pays", he made about thirty canoe trips a year in the "Haut-pays", the wild forest. Dancing with the wolves and forest dwellers, he celebrated every bird call, observed the tracks of animals in the snow, and, above all, honoured the majesty of the trees, especially the fir trees. It is said that he distilled his own fir essential oil, chewed his spruce gum, drank the hydrolat, and even mixed it with a malted beer, which he then sold to the Iroquois.

One day, after he had drunk a little too much spruce beer, he courted Chief Paco's daughter Eyota, the most beautiful Iroquois in the village. The lovers fled into the forest and consumed their passion. Ulysse, a coureur des bois rather than a womanizer, soon left for the Lower Country to continue his business, leaving Chief Paco's daughter behind. During the whole rainy season, the beautiful Eyota cried, as much with rage as with sorrow. As a result of this too short union, a daughter was born, named Huyana, meaning "rain that falls". Chief Paco, not losing his anger, had ordered the death of Ulysses, but no one ever found him.

Years passed and Huyana had grown up. One day, recklessly, she moved away from the camp. After a night of despair, during which her mother imagined she would be devoured by wolves, little Huyana returned to the village, her eyes shining with a strange glow. She told her mother that she had been cradled all night by a handsome, long-bearded coureur des bois who smelled of fir trees.

Author: Marie-Eve Lejour
Reviewer: Venise Landry
Translator: Christopher Carrie