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Get lippy for International Kissing Day

June 28th, 2013 | Comments Off | permalink

 

h-371835lip_Group_01Get set to pucker up for International Kissing Day on 6th July, which celebrates the wonders of kissing. As preparation, perfect your pout with Crabtree & Evelyn’s selection of lip care products. In fact, why not take advantage of our 4 for 3 offer on lip treats and share the love…

Perfect your pout for International Kissing Day with our selection of luscious lip care products…

Go glossy

Did you know that lip gloss was invented in the 1930s to make lips glossy for films?  For a picture perfect pout try our Honey Glace Shimmer Lip Gloss. It has a subtle shimmer, which reflects beautifully in the sunlight. While the honey flavour is comforting, botanical oils and shea butter offer hydration. The subtle shade suits all skin tones, and it can be used over lipstick to make lips ‘pop’.

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Fact: The tradition for newlyweds kissing after the wedding ceremony dates back to ancient Rome, where a kiss was used to seal a contract.

 

It’s the balm

If your lips are in need of some TLC, opt for a classic lip balm to nourish your pout to perfection. Our Aloe Vera Lip Balm contains aloe and beeswax to provide comfort for sore, dry lips. Aloe Vera is also known for its healing properties. This botanic balm is fella friendly, as it doesn’t have a colour or gloss. Apply regularly for kissable lips.

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Fact: Thai couple Ekkachai and Laksana Tiranarat broke The Guinness World Record for the longest kiss, by smooching for 58 hours, 35 minutes and 58 seconds on 12-14 February 2013.

 

Butter up

Do you have a sweet tooth? Keep those sugary cravings in check by applying our Vanilla Brûlée Lip Butter. It not only smells and tastes delicious, but it melts onto lips like a dream. The good news is it leaves a healthy shine without any sticky residue. Unlike some products, which can ultimately dehydrate skin, Crabtree & Evelyn’s lip butter is wonderfully moisturising all the way.

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Fact: Did you know that on average a person spends 20,160 minutes of their life kissing?

 

Take the tint

Go for a subtle flush of colour and subtle shine with our Apple Lip Tint, which has a scrumptious apple flavour. It will add a touch of everyday glamour to your beauty regime, as well as conditioning your lips. Blend it with your usual lipstick to give a glossy finish – and experiment with dabbing a little on your cheekbones for a rosy dewy glow.

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Fact: Roman author Pliny the Elder advised kissing a donkey’s nostril to cure the common cold.

 

Which is your favourite Crabtree & Evelyn lip care product? Let us know in the comments box below or on our Facebook page.

Things to see and do in Wimbledon

June 18th, 2013 | Comments Off | permalink

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It’s time to practice your backhand and stock up on strawberries and cream, because tennis season is here. Whether you’ll be watching The Wimbledon Championships (24 June – 7 July) from centre court or from your sofa, the London suburb of Wimbledon is well worth a visit. Take a look at our top 5 suggestions of things to see and do in the area…

Visit the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum

Even if you weren’t lucky enough to get tickets to the Wimbledon Championships this year, there’s always the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum.  The latest exhibition Tennis on the Riviera features memorabilia depicting tennis on the French Riviera from 1890s – 1930s. The main collection boasts 15,000 tennis related objects from toys to teapots – the oldest artefact dates from 1555.

For further info visit: www.wimbledon.com

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Go horse riding

Ditch the tube and saddle up at the Wimbledon Village Stables, which has been a horse riding school for over 100 years.

While Wimbledon is only a short journey from the city, there are more than 3,000 acres of countryside in the surrounding commons and nearby Richmond Park to explore on horseback. The perfect way to make the most of the green space London has to offer.

For further info visit: www.wvstables.com

Go to the theatre

If you’re after a relaxing evening of entertainment away from the hustle and bustle of the city, check out The New Wimbledon Theatre. The Edwardian building is stunning, and it’s only a short walk from Wimbledon Station. Dreamboats and Petticoats the musical will be running from 29 July – 3 August, and promises to be a fun-filled show.

For further info visit: www.agttickets.com

 

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Visit the Windmill Museum

Wimbledon Common isn’t just a great spot for a picnic or taking the dog for a walk, it’s also home to the fascinating Windmill Museum. Built in 1871, the windmill was fully operational until 1864 and the building now houses a museum of windmills and exhibits on local history and the Scouting movement. Look out for the Womble memorabilia in the gift shop.

For further info visit: www.wimbledinwindmill.org

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Shop until you drop

If you’re after unusual gifts, explore the delights of Wimbledon Village, from eclectic homeware to unique dresses there’s something for everyone. Every Saturday from 9am-1pm you can pick up fresh fruit and veg at Wimbledon Farmers’ Market at Wimbledon Park Primary School. Also, pop into the Crabtree & Evelyn store at the Centre Court Shopping Centre to stock up on goodies. Our Strawberry & Cream biscuits are a must-try!

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What are your favourite Wimbledon hot spots? Tell us in the comments box below…

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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