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Cool as Cucumber – natural summer skincare

The old adage ‘as cool as a cucumber’ makes perfect sense when it comes to skincare. I grow both large ‘ridge’ and mini cucumbers in the Rather Lovely garden, the former as sprawlers and the latter as climbers which you can see pictured left with the herb pink clary sage and a beef variety tomato plant. Primarily I grow them as edibles as personally I just can’t get enough. Cucumbers have a way of making…

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Rather Lovely Love Trees Organic Skin Tonic

Summer Soother

High quality witch hazel can be hard to come by these days but the Rather Lovely range includes Love Trees Organic Skin Tonic which is as pure a witch hazel as you can get. It is excellent as a toner for skin affected by acne and can also really help reduce pain, and decrease the itching and swelling that often comes with bug bites, including those from mosquitos. Additionally, witch hazel can help speed up the healing process.…

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The Colour Purple – look for it and reap the rewards

A wise friend once said to me (and I can’t for the life of me think what we were talking about at the time) ‘it’s like looking for the colour brown, once you start looking, it’s all that you see’. And how true that is for life, if you look for division and hatred you will find it in abundance and if you look for tolerance and love you’ll find that too. Small changes in…

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Slow Summer Bathing

With our June focus on taking life at a slower, more leisurely pace, now is a good time to explore the benefits of salt water baths and our favourite June herb, lavender. Whilst lavender is our favourite herb of the month, strawberries are our favourite fruit. Planting them together in the same bed is said to improve the strawberry yield and increase resistance to pests and diseases. In the Rather Lovely garden we have 3 strawberry patches – one is an…

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Slow Summer

It’s fascinating watching bees in the garden, constantly busy in their own rather lovely slow way, getting lots done but with seemingly little effort. Without them the world would cease to exist so we all need to do our bit to preserve their habitats and to look after the plants they feed on. Lavender is one of those plants and of all the essential oils, lavender is the one that everyone should have in their natural first aid kit. There are so…

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Inspired by Nature – using herbs to brighten up your day

The herb bath at Rather Lovely HQ really is a bath (complete with taps!). It makes a fabulous planter and contains the mint which would otherwise go rampant over the rest of the plot. Essential oils from herbs such as lavender, rosemary, peppermint, clary sage and thyme feature strongly in our product range, we simply can’t get enough of them. Our company ethos is inspired by nature and herbs are the unsung hereos of the summer garden. We’d like…

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Never underestimate a pure botanical

  With summer just around the corner here are 5 traditional ways to use our pure rosewater, Love Floral Organic Skin Tonic, and give your skin, mind and hair a natural treat. Rosewater helps to maintain your skin’s pH balance so spritz with it every time your skin needs a cooling pick-me-up. The nourishing and moisturising properties of rose water enhance the quality of hair. Spritz with it or use it as a final rinse…

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Atishoo – natural ideas for when hay fever strikes

Hurrah, today is warm…finally. We’ve had a bitterly cold wind in the east of England for what seems like ages but it has dropped at last and now what we desperately need is some rain. The BBC weather pollen forecast has been stuck at moderate for weeks and hay fever for many sufferers has thankfully not yet set in. In the Rather Lovely garden I grow as many scented plants as I possibly can. They…

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Botanical Pick-Me-Up

We have two green roofs at Rather Lovely HQ both of which are looking a bit dull right now due to the lack of rain. The one plant in each that is doing well is the trailing rosemary. We use rosemary essential oil in our herbal blends both for the skin and for home fragrancing. It smells absolutely divine but that isn’t it’s only asset. Rosemary is a wonderful botanical pick-me-up. In our bath salts it…

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Ne’er cast a clout till May be out

I’ve spent time today making up a new batch of Love Summer Organic Facial Serum. It’s a fairly therapeutic task because I absolutely love doing anything which involves essential oils and their beautiful aromas lingering in the house for hours afterwards. The little bottles are now lined up on the stockroom shelves looking super-cute and ready to go. My dad had a variety of sayings (most of which make more sense now than they did when I…

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