Life, Lather & Luxuries

Father’s Day Adventures

June 13th, 2013 | Comments Off | permalink

3407110063_a42cc1566a_z[1] Give your dad an experience he’ll always remember by treating him to a special adventure this Father’s Day (Sunday 16 June). From zooming through the clouds on a flying lesson to reaching the leafy heights of a mighty oak on a tree climbing course, we’ve got it covered. That’s not all – we’ve also selected Crabtree & Evelyn grooming gifts to match each activity…

Climb a tree

You don’t have to be 8 years old to enjoy conquering a mighty oak. At the Basildon Park in Reading, The Great Big Tree Climbing Company will literally be showing visitors the ropes and teaching them how to reach new heights in the treetops on Sunday 16 June. Plus, there’s a zip wire to help you make your way back down to earth. After all that exhilaration a strong cup of tea will probably be in order, so treat dad to a Gentleman’s Afternoon Tea at Basildon Park.

For more info visit: www.nationaltrust.org

Gift it with: Our Gardener’s Hand Care Sampler is the perfect gift for an active and nature-loving dad. Plus, if he’s been climbing trees, his mitts may need some extra TLC.

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Take a Tutti Frutti Boat Ride at Kew Gardens
Gourmet jelly mongers Bompas & Parr have transformed Kew Garden’s Palm House Lake into a fruity spectacle as part of the IncreEdibles summer festival. Treat your Pops to the Tutti Frutti Boating Experience –it goes through a secret banana grotto, which has a fruit based weather system that enhances taste perception. The final destination is Pineapple Island, which houses fruit-inspired art installations to make you think differently about the food you eat. The event runs until September, so it’s a brilliant family activity for Father’s Day and beyond.

For more info visit: www.kew.org

Gift it with… Continue the fruit theme with our Men’s West Indian Lime Traveller Gift Set. Using the zesty fragrance in the morning is an invigorating wake-up call.

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Ride next to the waves

Is your dad a keen cyclist? If so, challenge him to the Pier to Pier Cycle Launch Event on Sunday 16 June, which opens the new cycle route between Southport and Wigan. It’s a 21-mile ride, and the route can be started at 10am from either pier. To celebrate the launch there’s a family fun day at Burscough Wharf from 11am, as well as a prize draw for the riders, and a raffle with plenty of prizes. If you’re further afield than Lancashire, you could always take the family on a bike-riding jaunt and enjoy a picnic together.
For more info visit: www.visitlancashire.com

Gift it with… After all that cycling, your dad can freshen up with our Sienna Hair and Body Wash, which blends leather, citrus and spice with a hint of fire and herbs.   

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Learn to fly
Especially for those dads who’ve always dreamed of conquering the clouds, a flying experience will surely make him leap for joy. The Aeroplane Pilot Day Course, available at intotheblue.co.uk, is on offer at £99 (was £198).  Students will be taught the first rules of flying by a pilot and enjoy a 20-minute flying lesson. If your father really takes to the experience, there’s a debriefing on how to become a pilot. Who knows, it could be a whole new career for him!

For more info visit: www.intotheblue.co.uk

Gift it with… A great shave will give your dad an air of confidence and right now you can buy a Nomad Shaving Bundle of Aftershave Balm and Shaving Cream for £23 (a saving of 20%).

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Summer Pampering Guide

June 7th, 2013 | Comments Off | permalink

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We usually change our wardrobe according to the seasons, but our beauty regimes don’t always follow suit. Even if it’s raining outside, bring a touch of sunshine to your pampering regime with Crabtree & Evelyn’s hero summer products. That way if the sun does make an appearance, you’ll be sandal ready and bikini beautiful…

Fragrance on the go

Welcome in the new season by updating your pampering regime with our new Somerset Meadow Eau de Toilette. No matter whether you’re jetting off to exotic climes, or camping under the stars on home ground, the fresh fruity-floral fragrance will refresh your senses and lift your spirits. Apply to pulse points to evoke the heady scent of a West Country meadow in bloom.

Holiday heaven

Everyone has favourite holiday smells and our Tarocco Orange, Eucalyptus & Sage Body Mist is even better enjoyed in the sunshine. The sweet zesty scent is refreshing on a warm summer’s day and adds moisture to the skin. Plus, the natural fragrance helps to neutralise odours – so it’s perfect to use after sports and before a shower. Why not store the spray in the fridge and apply as a cooling treat on a hot day?

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Scrubbing up well

Whatever the time of year, it’s always a good plan to exfoliate skin once or twice a week. But if you’re thinking of hitting the beach there’s all the more reason to make sure your skin is at its best. Our Citron, Honey and Coriander Body Scrub is gentle, moisturizing and has a comforting scent. It’s wonderful to use in preparation for tanning or shaving, plus exfoliation can help minimize those pesky in-growing hairs.

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Handy work

Now the evenings are lighter, keen gardeners have more time to prune those petunias and deadhead those delilahs. Watering and weeding can take its toll on your mitts, so thank Crabtree & Evelyn for the Gardeners Hand Scrub with Pumice. While the ultra-fine granules help cleanse and lift dirt from hands and nails, the formula is gentle and soothing to skin. Don’t forget to finish off by moisturing with the Gardeners Hand Therapy.

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Three feet treats

During the winter months our feet often hibernate in boots and can become neglected, so the arrival of sandal season can be a shock! Don’t panic, with our 3 for 2 offers on pedicure-friendly products your feet will soon be ready to show off.  First bathe them in La Source Effervescent Foot Soak, and then remove hard skin with a pumice stone or foot file. Dry them carefully and apply the La Source Ultra-Moisturizing Foot Remedy to soften skin. To cool and refresh feet and legs, spray on the La Source Reviving Foot & Leg Mist –it’s a hero product for using on long haul flights to perk-up tired and puffy ankles.

 

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What are your favourite Crabtree & Evelyn summer pampering treats? Share them in the comments box below or     on our Facebook page.

Interview with Avant Garden designer Emma Coleman

June 1st, 2013 | Comments Off | permalink

JMP_Avant_Gnd_covent_gnd_05The Avant Garden has been created for the 2013 Chelsea Fringe, what is so important about the festival?

I think the concept behind the festival is fantastic. RHS Chelsea Flower Show is a brilliant event and is a highlight for every designer, nursery and keen gardener, but the Chelsea Fringe has been formed to appeal to everyone else too. It aims to bring horticulture to people who wouldn’t necessarily be inspired to go to RHS Chelsea. It opens up hidden gems around London that local people can go and visit. It allows community gardens to show off their hard work. It is a platform for different types of medium to come together to appeal to different types of people. From art installations, to open gardens, to poetry readings. Chelsea Fringe has been created to show that there is such a diverse array of people who love horticulture, and to get everyone to take in interest and ideally get involved.

What are the key inspirations for your design? 

The planting is heavily inspired by the Crabtree and Evelyn’s Gardeners Range. Each ‘pod’ has the key ingredients in; Lavender, Sage, Thyme, and Rosemary. These plants led me to creating a herb garden. Crabtree were really keen to include a ‘Crab Apple’ tree in to the garden, so we have included a Malus Honey Crisp, which is genetically linked to the Crab apple tree, Malus sylvestris.  I was really keen to include some native wildflowers within the garden, so the herbs are combined with species inspired by the plants that would naturally be found around the Malus sylvestris; Anthriscus sylvestris (Cow parsley), Geum rivale, Viola labradorica, Centaurea montana, Briza media.

The structure is inspired by a wooden puzzle cube. If one was to put all the ‘pods’ together, they would reconstruct in to a solid cube. I really wanted each pod to have a connection to each other. The fact that they can all potentially combine to create a single unit creates that relationship.

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How does it feel to be exhibiting in Covent Garden, somewhere with both cultural and horticultural significance?

I love the fact that we are lucky enough to have Covent Garden as our venue. One of the main criteria of the installation from the outset was that the garden was to be available to the public. RHS Chelsea Flower Show showcases beautiful design, plants, hard landscaping and exhibits, I wanted to achieve this but allow the public to intermingle with the garden as well. The shame about RHS Chelsea is that the public can only look from afar and appreciate the garden from certain view points.

Covent Garden’s history automatically lends itself to being a fantastic venue for any horticultural event, and the diversity of visitors within the area means it is the perfect platform for interactive installation. The visitors here are keen to look, investigate and are essentially driven by curiosity. These are the perfect visitors for the garden.

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 What has been the highlight of the project so far?

My highlight so far has been the morning after the install. After an incredibly late night and early start, I got to see the garden ‘in action’. Commuters at 8 in the morning were pausing to look at the planting or to touch and smell the herbs. Tourists were posing next to the pods to take photos. These small actions were great to see, and were exactly what I wanted the garden to do. Every small interaction with the garden means that it has been a success in my view.

What would you most like visitors of the garden to get out of their time in there?

I want visitors to take something from the garden, although not quite literally! If a passer by gets inspired by a planting combination, or new herb, or the colour scheme, or a tourist has a photograph taken next to garden to show people when they return home. Someone may take inspiration from the material combinations. If a handful of people start addressing their attitude to water management within their own green spaces, I think the garden has been a success. There’s a variety of levels that someone can take inspiration from the garden, and if even just one person gets inspired, then I think the garden has met its purpose.

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Water conservation and management is central to the garden, why have you used this as a focus of the garden?

Water management is a subject that really needs to be addressed. Everyone is aware that the climate is changing and we are more frequently getting very bizarre weather. For example, just last year in the UK we were victims of a drought followed by continuous rain and flooding in the space of six months. We can learn to appreciate what a commodity water is, and use it more wisely and effectively. Gardeners and garden owners can make small steps to change their use of water and it can make a significant difference on our bills, on our drainage systems, and in our gardens. I think any small step towards considering water management can only be a good thing.

How did you first get into Gardening?

I’ve always been in my garden as I’ve grown up. Whether that’s me making ‘mud pies’ as a child with my sisters or helping my parents in a more beneficial way as I got older. The simple act of mowing the lawn was the start of the Summer for me and I still love doing it now. After completing my degree in Fashion and Textiles, a brief visit home found me working on the family allotment, where I began to love what a bit of hard work could achieve. Our allotment is rather more ‘wild’ than our organised neighbours on either side, but the sense of achievement with a bit of hard work is really rewarding. It was after a couple of months where I discovered I wasn’t bothered about being covered in mud, and whilst walking round with greenery unknowingly caught in my hair, I decided that I should really think about combining two things I really loved. Design and the outdoors.Flowers for emily 02