Luxury treats for spring, from beautiful bed linen to delicious tea, smart stationary and a new spring menu at the Connaught
Spring treats for the new season, from facial oils and beautiful new sheets to nights out in London and new wine collections
Buff up tired winter skin with Nathalie Bond’s wonderfully fragrant Bergamot and Ylang Ylang Body Scrub, made with organic olive and jojoba oils, and sugar. This zingy exfoliator is made in small batches at her workshop near the Peak District with as many organic ingredients as possible. Its refreshing bergamot scent makes it a handy choice for both men and women.
Secret Linen Store
Shelve the blankets and bring out the lighter linen to take you through to the summer. If you fancy treating yourself to new bedding, take a look at the Secret Linen Store’s range of comfortable, breathable cotton. Attractive sets include pine cones coffee cream cotton and the artichoke in purple. It’s all online which makes their hotel quality designs surprisingly reasonably priced.
Artichoke pillowcases from £13, www.secretlinenstore.com
Acqua di Parma
This heavenly scent opens with aromatic top notes of myrtle and basil, lemon and bergamot, which evoke the character of the smallest of the Aeolian islands. Mirto di Panarea’s intense base of juniper, cedar wood and amber means that it has a satisfying weightiness to it – without being too heavy for spring. £61, www.acquadiparma.com
This new limited edition spring oil works to bring winter-weary skin back into bloom. High quality oils including Jojoba, Rosehip and Milk Thistle balance your face’s own natural oil, which often goes haywire with the change of season. Just massage a few drops in every day for the oil’s vitamin E and fatty acids work its magic. Canendula and marshmallow root make it suitable for sensitive skin.
A lovely new British brand, 100 Acres makes beautifully scented products in the Cotswolds using organic botanicals and oils. Their signature candle of lemon myrtle, lavender and rose geranium blended with natural soy comes in a pretty white frosted jar. A candle to savour.
Replace your heavy duty moisturiser with a light-weight version, such as Chantecaille’s lovely Flower Water Fluid, which is oil-free and bursting with potent flower essences to keep your moisture levels up. Its star ingredient is orange extract, which is rich in Vitamin C. It also works well for men as a soothing after-shave lotion.
Try out The Savoy’s American Bar on a bright evening out in London. With a view of the Thames you can enjoy one of the cooling cocktails from its revamped menu. The Rose Garden (gin, yugu juice, and eucalyptus leaf) and Olympia (vodka, pink grapefruit, greek syrup and egg white) slip down all too easily. Surrounded by Terry O’Neill portraits, curiosities from the hotel’s illustrious history, and live music every night, drinking up at the bar makes you feel like an old-fashioned film star.
Harvey Nicholas has put together a stylish and useful wine collection of Bordeaux Sauvignon Blanc, Sancerre, and Marlborough Sauvignon from New Zealand. The trio make a versatile present to keep, or for entertaining at home. They are an ideal to sunny days eating al fresco in the garden.
Chef Helene Darroze has started the Poulet du Dimanche tasting menu for spring weekends. Priced at £95 for two, the six courses based around chickens and eggs opens with an amuse bouche of confit egg yolk, via roast chicken for two, and onto the trio of egg-based traditional French puddings. Le Poulet du Dimanche at the Connaught is available every Saturday 12pm-2pm and Sunday 12pm-2pm and 6.30pm-11pm. The Connaught, Carlos Place, London W1, www.the-connaught.co.uk
All of Fenella’s stationary with their sweet and nostalgic designs have a quirky handmade feel to them. Her cute dog prints, inducing notelets, notepads and will make jolly additions to your study. Perfect for dog lovers in particular.
Cups of milky tea were very welcome during the winter months but try Teapigs for more delicate refreshment. Innovative tea makers come up with all sorts of exciting combinations, which is great to try in their big herbal pack that includes their everyday brew, camomile, peppermint, earl grey and mao feng green tea.