Spring Into Spring

8th January 2010

Mary Linehan recommends two great product lines to rejuvenate the body and refresh the spirits, reminding us – on cold, dark winter days – that spring is just around the corner. Honestly.

Green & Spring (pictured above) is a delightful range, celebrating the beauty of the British countryside, and the diversity and therapeutic properties of our native plant kingdom that have been used in natural remedies for hundreds of years. Even the illustrations on the pretty packaging are all birds that can be spotted in the UK.

Three ranges make up the Landscape Collection, each produced from 100% natural botanicals, hand-blended pure essential oils and each free from synthetic colours, artificial fragrance and petrochemical derivatives:

The 'Relaxing' range is an aromatic kitchen herb blend with soothing lavender and restorative comfrey and rosemary.

'Indulging' is an‘English Country Garden concoction of sensual rose and jasmine, and the comforting properties of elderflower and red clover.

'Revitalising' offers a ‘green, green grass of home’ blend that combines the stimulating and reinvigorating powers of fennel, peppermint and dandelion.

Green & Spring was the creation of Jessica and Peter Frankopan, who established A Curious Group of Hotels including Cowley Manor and its award-winning C.Side Spa in the heart of the Cotswolds – the part of England that inspired the range.

Green and Spring is available at www.greenandspring.com and at Liberty. Prices start at £14.

As I’m a fan of all things Balm Balm, it’s fair to say that any new offering they produce might have a little bit of a head start… but the proof of the (Christmas) pudding is in the testing, I always say – and the fabulous new range of Bath and Body Oils only confirms Balm Balm’s iconic place in my bathroom cabinet.

What I particularly love about this emotionally empowering trio is the spray-top bottles. Simply squirt onto the surface of the water and swish around, releasing all the aromatherapeutic benefits of the wonderful essential oil blends. The other neat way to use them is to spray directly onto the skin and gently massage in before stepping into a warm bath or shower. Not only are the oils more easily absorbed, there’s none of the usual mess associated with using body oils.

Balm Balm ingredients are always of the highest quality – 100% natural and 100% Organic and Soil Association Certified – which is why they work so well and are such a treat.

Choose from:

'Relaxing' – rose geranium, lavender and ylang infused into sunflower, evening primrose and rosehip to indulge, relax and soothe the emotions;

'Recovery' – tea tree, ravensara and black pepper infused into calendula, sunflower and jojoba oils to restore and recharge tired limbs;

and 'Fragrance Free Ultra Gentle' – calendula, sunflower, apricot kernel and jojoba oils to soothe, condition and moisturise the most delicate and sensitive of skins.

Balm Balm Bath & Body Oils are £11.99. Visit www.balmbalm.com for stockists and mail order.

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