New Year brought the usual snow and cold weather, but we cozied up by the fire with our Orange and Cinnamon candle waiting for the first snowdrops to appear. Our garden at Lilac & Thyme residence did not dissapoint. The snowdrops were covering our orchard in abundance. We brought out a new Eau de Parfum fragrance in Bergamot & Sandalwood which is a sensual fresh aromatic chypre cologne with notes of blackcurrant, bergamot and apple intertwined with incense, peppery rose and birch on a heart of jasmine, sandal, patchouli and musk. It has proven popular with both sexes. We were delighted to be featured in Tyne Valley Living Magazine for May/June, with a double spread article! Our lavender is starting to thrive again, already producing deep purple fragrant flowers which will go in our lavender soaps and oils. Lilac and Thyme workshops have been really popular and are held each month at the Lord Crewe in Blanchland. The ladies have enjoyed an introduction to cosmetic making and have made bath bombs, bath salts and scrubs, lip balms and salves, container candles and hand creams. It is always a joy to see how happy the students are with their hand made products. For more nformation on our workshops please visit the events page at http://www.lordcrewearmsblanchland.co.uk
Two thousand and eighteen seemed to be the year that time sped up. It seemed that we had loads of snow here in rural Northumberland then a crazy hot summer, then it was Christmas!! Looking back however, back such a lot has happened and it has been a great year for our business and on a personal level. We have been in our new studio, and new home just over a year now and it still feels an utter joy to come to work.
Earlier in the year I met with an historian and an anthropologist from Beamish museum with a view to working alongside them to make products for their new chemist in the village. They were dressed in Edwardian clothing and we met in a traditional Edwardian living room. The political correspondent Kate Adie, from the North East had donated an old apothecary recipe book to Beamish which belonged to her father who was a pharmacist. We have helped formulate products using traditional methods and ingredients, whilst keeping up to date with current regulations. The team have been working alongside their very own traditional printers to keep the packaging as authentic as possible.
Another exciting outlet for us was Broomhouse Farm in Lanchester. Jane has the most beautiful farm shop which sells all sorts of gifts from local soaps and candles to handmade confectionery, preserves and biscuits as well as handmade kitchenware, cushions and throws. They have their own on site butchers and tea room. We are so delighted to have our products so beautifully displayed and they have been very warmly welcomed.
We have introduced a new fragrance ‘Feuilles de Tabac’ to our Eau de Parfum range. It has been well received as both a male and female fragrance.
I was contacted a few weeks ago by the local newspaper the Hexham Courant who were interested in doing a feature on our business. They came out for a chat and later our products and myself were photographed for the launch of their new magazine. We will be featured on 22 February.
Once again I would like to thank all the wonderful customers for supporting this little business. It has been lovely to meet a few of you when I have been attending various fairs and your feedback has been so kind.
Thank you so much.
Delighted to have launched our new branding after lots of different ideas, a lovely fancy logo which we decided not to use, and loads of checking the spelling on the international nomenclature of cosmetic ingredients! Why you may ask, well I just felt that the labelling didn't quite reflect our business quite how we liked. We have gone for simple packaging to reflect our products we have used textured paper labels in white for all of our cosmetics including our perfumes. Our candles and reed diffusers have grey labelling and our soaps and bath bombs have pink labels. All of our sealed products are presented on our own grown hay and we use the lovliest of black gift boxes and ribbon in our gift sets. We have introduced a few new products to our range. In our home fragrancing we have added Cotton, Feuilles de Tabac and Lotus Flower & Sandalwood. We have introduced a new hand cream with the stunning fragrance of Verbenas of Provence, which also comes in an Eau de Parfum. We have also included a local Blanchland Heather soap to our range, which is subtle and mild and topped with hand picked heather flowers from beautiful Blanchland. This leads me on to say our lovely little shops in Blanchland and Blackhill where we sell all of our products alongside other artists and crafters which are well supported thanks to our lovely customers. I can totally reccommend a drive towards the North Pennines it really is the most wonderful place, so unspoiled and stunning. After you have explored our shop, you can also nip over for the most amazing lunch at the Lord Crewe, you won't be dissapointed! Bernice x
Its hard to beleive we are thinking about Christmas again, back to manic fair sales this month, but I always enjoy the atmosphere they bring. This year we have introduced Reed Diffusers to our range, which have proven so popular. As the nights draw in, I do like to light my candles, and what better fragrance to permiate your home this time of year, than Orange & Cinnamon? It really is Christmas in a jar!...and to add a touch of style I have added a tartan ribbon, but not just any tartan, the ancient Drummond Clan in black and white which compliments the red jars beautifully. I have loved reading up about my herritage, and it maybe explains my obsession with tartan! For now, I will use the Drummond motto and say Gang warily - “Go carefully”
Happy New Year to all our wonderful customers. I would like to thank every one of my fabulous customers who have helped make this the best year ever.
New this year, are our fabulous 'Thyme for YOU' gift boxes which have seven our our lovely pampering products perfect for a night in. They include a rose candle and bath bomb, a raspberry and pink clay face mask, a bergamot body scrub, a Lavender and Geranium Face Food, a Vanilla Shea Body Cream and a Peppermint Foot Food. They will make super gifts, so keep them in mind for Valentines and Mothers Day .
You know its January when all the holiday adverts start appearing everywhere. Time to detox, kick start our minds and bodies so that come the summer we are ready for the beach! If you are travelling long haul for your holidays or travel with business don't forget our lovely Thyme Zone Kits are formulated using aromatherapy to help enhance your well being whilst flying. Featuring "Rest", "Refresh" and "Repair" which come with a drawstring bag. These little kits are gaining recognition and are selling globally, as far as New Zealand! We also have really exiting projects in the pipeline so watch this space!
We would just like to mention the wonderful company who do ALL of our labels for us. Including the Thyme Zone labels above. Fast Print provide us with the best labels at a fraction of the cost of other companies and at the best quality. Thank you so much for making our ideas turn in to dreams! I honestly love you!!! www.fastprint.co.uk Wishing you all a prosperous, healthy and very happy 2015
Its hard to beleive its that time of year again. The days are certainly closing in and the nights are so much darker. As we feel the temperatures drop there is nothing nicer than getting all snug, pj's on and with the fire crackeling away. The wonderful Christmassy smell of orange and cinnamon emulating from a flickering candle. Our candles have been a popular seller this year. Simple and beautiful we package them with a little dangling wax heart which can also be used as an air freshener for your wardrobe. Not only do they look lovely, but they smell sublime. An obvious choice for Christmas is our Orange and Cinnamon, however we also make our candles in Rose, Orange Blossom, Warm Vanilla Sugar, Fresh Cotton and Black Pomegranate. We have 3 new products to introduce. Firstly our cleanser made with almond oil and neroli. We have also introduced another Shea Body Cream in Orange Blossom and already proving very popular is our vetiver hand cream made with cocoa butter and sweet almond oil. Our Foot Food is a firm favourite for many of our loyal customers, but we must plug it again for all those tired little legs which have been batteling the crowds so that our loved ones can reville in delight on Christmas morning. So for those tired little piggies try our truly amazing, utterly cooling Peppermint Foot Food...ahhh relax!