June 7th, 2013 | Comments Off | permalink
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
What are your favourite Crabtree & Evelyn summer pampering treats? Share them in the comments box below or on our Facebook page.
June 1st, 2013 | Comments Off | permalink
The 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.
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.
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.
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.
May 3rd, 2013 | | permalink
Crabtree & Evelyn will revisit the classic British herb garden for a new generation this spring, temporarily transforming Covent Garden’s iconic Piazza into a tranquil urban oasis to celebrate the 2013 Chelsea Fringe Festival.
Designed by garden designer and rising star Emma Coleman, ‘The Avant Garden’, a signature project for the Chelsea Fringe, will blossom on Covent Garden’s West Piazza from 14th May to 9th June and marks over 15 years of the Crabtree & Evelyn Gardeners Collection and their 40 years of pioneering botanical formulations. The Gardeners Collection will be celebrated through the choice of planting, inspired by the fragrance notes of the range including: rosemary, thyme and sage.
Commenting on the project Jacqui Gale, from Crabtree & Evelyn said: “We are delighted to be part of this exciting project and to be working with the Chelsea Fringe. Emma’s design brings alive the ideals and history of our brand, highlighting the natural ingredients of our products. It is a fantastic way to celebrate over 15 years of our Gardeners Collection.”
For the duration of the installation, you can pop down to Covent Garden to enjoy some special treats courtesy of Crabtree & Evelyn.
Hand Therapy Time: Get a complimentary Crabtree & Evelyn hand treatment, FREE sample or voucher. Every Mon – Sun 12pm -4pm
Afternoon Tea: Treat yourself to a complimentary Crabtree & Evelyn afternoon teatime treat. Every Mon – Fri 4:30pm – 6:30 pm
Meet some of the events partners, including members from The Herb Society, Waterwise, Carbon Gold and GrowUp Gardening and pick up water conservation and gardening tips.
The full event lisiting will be coming soon!
Sponsor: Crabtree & Evelyn
Garden Designer: Emma Coleman
Project Director: Anna Paganelli, GrowUp Gardening
Contractor: Hendzel + Hunt
Sub Contractor: Physical Pixels
The Herb Society, www.herbsociety.org.uk
Carbon Gold, www.carbongold.com
Hendzel + Hunt, www.hendzelandhunt.com
Physical Pixels, www.physicalpixels.com