J'aime mes paniers de légumes (lejardinpotager.ch) [fr]

[en] I get a veggie basket of local products every week.

Chaque jeudi je reçois un panier de légumes bios de la région. C’est grâce à la coopérative Le Jardin Potager. Je suis fan.

3rd and last basket of veggies for the summer

Tout à démarré en août de l’an dernier. C’est la faute à Pierre Crevoisier, qui demandait si qui que ce soit était intéressé à reprendre les paniers de coopérateurs en vacances. J’ai sauté sur l’occasion et le test était concluant. Ce printemps, je suis devenue coopératrice à mon tour.

Le “petit” panier me coûte 19.80 CHF par semaine. Pas énorme:

  • c’est bio et local (vous avez vu le prix du bio à la Migros?)
  • ça couvre mes besoins de légumes pour la semaine, plus ou moins (parfois j’ai trop et je donne, parfois il me manque ceci ou cela et j’achète)

Il y a des points de distribution un peu partout. Le mien est juste de l’autre côté de la route.

J’aime le fait qu’on ne choisit pas le contenu de son panier. Je passe mon temps à choisir ce que j’achète, comment je le cuisine, ce que je mange — j’aime bien pouvoir déléguer une partie de ces décisions. Le contenu du panier de la semaine suivante est annoncé sur le site. Il y a une liste des légumes avec fiches description et recettes (histoire de savoir quoi faire avec les panais, les radis noirs, les scorsonères, l’aïl d’ours, les orties et autres topinambours). J’ai découvert des tas de nouveaux légumes.

Si vous avez envie de tester, profitez de l’été et des coopérateurs en vacances pour reprendre un, deux, trois ou quatre paniers. J’ai la liste et je vous forwarde l’e-mail sur demande!

La seule chose qui manque? Un groupe facebook, ou au moins une page. Un groupe serait mieux, parce qu’on pourrait y échanger recettes et tuyaux pour les légumes du panier de semaine en semaine. Je connais deux autres coopérateurs, pas tout à fait assez pour démarrer un groupe, mais si on est plus, je lance l’affaire!

20.09.2013: le groupe est lancé!

Lush in Lausanne [en]

[fr] Le magasin Lush de Lausanne est ouvert, à la place de la Palud. Rendez-vous-y sans plus attendre si vous habitez dans le coin!

Lush Shop Lausanne Lush finally made it to Lausanne! In case you didn’t know already, Lush makes me happy and I’m glad I don’t have to go all the way to Geneva anymore to get my fix of ethical-fun-organic cosmetics.

The new shop opened on Saturday, and the nice Scottish guy I spoke to in the shop today told me it was absolute madness, with customers queuing all through the shop to get to the cash desk. I was (un)fortunately away this week-end, so I had to wait until today to set foot in my new favourite shop. The place they found for the shop is just right, in my opinion. Place de la Palud is pretty much dead central (well, Lausanne city centre is pretty spread out, so many places are “centre”, which is quite nice, actually).

The shop is much less cramped than the Geneva one. They have good air conditioning, which means the typical “Lush shop smell” (all the fragrances blended together, yum!) which some find overwhelming isn’t very strong. They have the fresh face masks which to my knowledge are not available in Geneva, so I bought one to try — it’s in the fridge now. The Scottish guy (I didn’t ask his name; he’s in charge (?) of the Bern shop but is going to be over here every now and again to help the new shop get started) told me they were discontinuing the Ginger fragrance, which I like a lot, so I bought a vaporiser (oh my). I also found a few ballistics which I hadn’t tried: Dream On, Still Life and Romance in a Stone. Ballistics are usually tennis-ball sized bath fizzies. They’re much better than any others you can find at Body Shop or perfume stores.

The thing I really like about Lush, as a brand, is how refreshing the article descriptions and the Lush Times are. The style is direct, no-jargon, witty (and sometimes even a bit naughty). For each product, they’ll tell you what’s in it and why, how to use it and when. In the Lush Times (a good place to start if you feel lost in all those smells and colours, just go to your nearest Lush store and grab a copy), you’ll see photographs of real people using the products. Customer letters and quotes are sprinkled throughout the publication. Lush employees also appear as human beings, cited by name here and there when anecdotes are mentioned. All this makes it feel very “bloggy” to me (see what I mean?), even though their websites (ahem) could really use some help (and not just technical).

Never been to Lush? If you are unfortunate enough not to live in beautiful Lausanne, go to the site and click on your country’s flag if you see it (otherwise, click on the flag of the country closest to yours — it’s worth the trip). You can order online (the shipping fees in Switzerland are very reasonable, 8.- CHF per shipment) too if you wish. Lush products are great to use on yourself, but they make really nice gifts too (though some of the guys might not appreciate glittery stuff like the Fairy Jasmine ballistic), and they have vouchers if you’re not certain what to choose. Be sure to read through the product descriptions and allow yourself to be tempted.

Note: I’ve linked to the UK site even if it hangs and you’re not going to use it to order stuff for Switzerland because (a) this post is in English (b) the descriptions are so much better in English than on the French version of the Swiss site. I find Lush loses a lot of its charm during translation, sadly.