Crabtree & Evelyn in Covent Garden during my teens, and amazingly the shops still smell the same and transport me right back to that time. The slightly heady scent of beautiful herbs and flowers is seductive and is a great pick me up during a tiring shopping trip.
I remain loyal to some old favourites like Summer Hill and India Hicks Island Living, but am also always keen to try new product ranges when they are released. So I jumped at the chance to sample the new Verbena and Lavender de Provence range, a gorgeous new bath and body collection.
With the fresh, herbaceous scent of Verbena and Lavender evoking strong images and memories of the beautiful southern French countryside, the scent of these two Provencal botanical treasures carried on the warm breeze, I am transported to summers in Arles, one of my favourite places in the world.
The lemony scented verbena has been revered for centuries for its medicinal properties and infused in tisanes or its flowers floated in bath water to revive the senses and lightly perfume the skin. A beautiful pick me up for a hot day. Lavender is of course renowned for its relaxing properties, but is also a great reviver and clearer of a busy mind. With all those perfect properties, the luxurious Bath and Shower Gel is perfect for an after work or early evening bath or shower, to erase the stresses of a busy and day and prepare for the relaxing evening ahead.
The lightweight Body Lotion is formulated with glycerine for soft and silky skin, and because the fragrance is so subtle it is suitable for both men and women. A Spray Cologne of this light and easy to wear fragrance, ideal for everyday wear, is also available.
The Hand Therapy is a restorative hand treatment containing a superior moisturising and conditioning blend of shea butter, macadamia nut oil and antioxidant-rich vitamins C and E. This hand cream is perfect for my sensitive skin, not too rich and easily absorbed, plus the gorgeous, uplifting scent lingers for ages and gives you a real boost every time it whooshes past your nose! Just lovely.
The new Verbena and Lavender range is now available online at Crabtree & Evelyn, priced from £5 for the hand cream to £36 for a gift set, a beautiful gift for birthdays or Christmas.