Ok, I’m not going to go peak Springtime on you just yet! It’s more that we’re finally out of the storms and it’s the beginning of March so we can now safely look towards warmer days coming soon. Soonish! I hope…
And so I’m freshining up my wardrobe with some lightweight knits and a sprig of florals (got my eye on Spring polka dots too!) and some new beauty bits, which are tied together with their eco-credentials and some exceptional packaging…
But first the knits. My ode to the grey sweater could be swiftly followed up by jumpers in sand-coloured cashmere and then creamy chunky Argyle styles. The sand crew neck – beautifully soft – is by Common Thread Store. A business created by two friends (between London and Hong Kong) with a need for a feel good jumper to throw on for easy wearing everyday and travelling too.
A cropped roll neck, wide v-neck and crew in a neutral colour-palette all made in one of the last knitting factories in Hong Kong, employing displaced and retired knitters. I love the whole look and feel of the brand, and really connected with their goal and execution of it. This crew is beautifully made and the shape has been created with easy wearing in mind. Do go check them out!
Crew neck* | Common Thread Store
The other is a a cute Argyle style cardy (eek, now sold out but still available in a coral pink) with big buttons from the recent drop at Rouje – where IMHO they can do no wrong! If I could I would just buy it all! The styling is wonderfully whimsical/chic/cool and basically just how we’d all like to be dressing this spring. I’ve been after a simple flowery skirt for a while – forward planning, yep – and I decided to buy the green floral print, which comes in a dress too. Wish I’d thrown the brown polka dot top in the basket too!
Cream cardigan | Rouje
Skirt | Rouje
So for the beauty! Some gorgeous products new in from new lifestyle brand The Lost Explorer – created by real-life adventurer and environmentalist David de Rothschild – there’s a (free-from parabens, phthalates, sulphates, synthetic fragrances or colours) wellness range complete with a lusciously thick everyday balm for weather-beaten skin, a volcanic face scrub and magnesium arnica gel – wonderfully soothing for sore laptop shoulders and neck!
Along with the fresh, neutral scents and nice application, what I really love about this range is the packaging with its beautiful ingredient illustrations and little check boxes indicating system (Jungle, Desert, Mountain, Ocean, All Systems!), application and function. Absolutely charming!
Skincare* | The Lost Explorer
For the hair, I’m pretty unimaginative generally (just a stiffish wax for short hair please!), but I was interested to try new Italian brand Davines – parabens free, no added colourings and sustainably made – used at my local Blue Tit hair salon and stocked in Liberty. Now that my crop is a little longer I have a bit of extra length to work with for products: the curl building serum adds extra volume and the invisible serum satiny shine. Having used a small amount of both of freshly washed hair, I can happily say I’m having one of my best hair days in ages (and you wonder why I’m always wearing a cap, lol!). The overall effect, with just a tiny amount is a really healthy looking sheen and texture – absolutely the answer to hair looking dry or a bit straw like.
The packaging is brilliant here too: the ‘more inside…’ leading to sweet hand-drawn hair illustrations and a little line of uplifting advice, e.g. If there is a problem that worries you, sleep on it. Balance belongs to those who know how to rest.” Wonderful stuff!
Curl building serum* | Davines
Invisible serum* | Davines
And onto parfum! With the new Cannabis (yes, cannabis!) eau de parfum – from the brilliant people at Malin + Goetz – comes a printed note from co-founder Andrew Goetz adding a lovely layer of narrative to proceedings, “Once defiantly naughty, almost always a rite of passage and now chicly ubiquitous…” and going on to describe his Amsterdam days, “ … I’d never tire of the sweet and pungent aromas from the Coffee Shops as I rode past them on my bicycle. To this day, one whiff brings me back to the gorgeous canals, charming Baroque house, and one of the happiest times of my life.” With the spot on tongue-in-cheek endnote qualifier: “No lingering side effect.”
I completely love this insight into the creation of a product, and I’m just as taken with the heady, spicy but with a focus on low notes scent. So much so I want my husband to wear it all the time so I can smell it on him too!
Eau de parfum* | Malin + Goetz
Last but not least, my teenage love affair with The Body Shop continues into adulthood and the British Rose range, all from a lovely Mother’s Day box brings all the good feels – a little tube of hand cream (perfect handbag size) and face plumping liquidy mask (part of the box set), perfect for bath time.
Hand cream* | The Body Shop
Face mask* | The Body Shop
Products with an (*) kindly sent for review