"While there are still clothes to wash, we can do without men!" sang the Provençal washerwomen by the riverside. These women were called lavandieres, because lavender derives its name from the latin lavare, meaning to wash. Lavender was a favorite ingredient in bath water and was used for washing clothes. Large Provençal wardrobes house piles of beautifully pressed and folded linens exuding the floral and woody undertones of lavender and no one can remember when it wasn't this way.