i can’t help but try and support small producers, so whenever i see them pitch up at events and fairs, i always give them a try. i think since i have been doing all these pop up shopping events myself, i have totally appreciated the time and effort that you put into them.
kindred + wild, who make small batch apothecary oils and balms; i love the rosemary and thyme, perfect for your handbag and for smoothing your hair once you arrive somewhere and its gone all wild and frizzy.
maya njie has a lovely range of perfumes, light and fresh, they are made with natural oils and are a change to the mass produced perfumes on the market. i dont like commercial perfumes, and stick to rosewater, but these are delicate and not overpowering. i bought nordic cedar, which apparently was her first creation. now this is my scent of everyday.
suneeta creams are all handmade and natural – i saw them pitched outside the beigel shop on brick lane and bought a turmeric cream for dry patches – its incredibly soothing and moisturising and gave my daughter alice some as she suffers from excema now and again, and she really liked it. its very good value and the few things that i have tried (cleansing cream and eye gel) are impressive.
Mauli is the perfect gift for anyone, the oil is just divine and i am already addicted to the aroma – smooth it over your skin and hair – its become my daily ritual. the sandalwood makes a good weekly scrub, gently exfoliates the skin and keeps it fresh. the bottles and packaging are just divine too.
some of my favourite products are from santa maria novella – the rosewater is delicate and not too overpowering, plus the packaging is beautiful and the Picadilly shop makes shopping such a pleasure; and from aesop – the camelia nut moisturiser is very nourishing for this time of year, especially after a dehydrating summer and the approaching wind and central heating that we now face for the winter. their hand cream is a perfect xmas present – the prices may seem higher, but the products go a long way.