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Crabtree and Evelyn: Gardener’s Collection

 

As a gardener my hands are rough, cracked and permanently covered in mud. I’ve ALWAYS got dirt under my shellac (what a nightmare), and they’re as flaky as Mary Berry’s special recipe flaky pastry. Gross. So after a good old session of picking the powdery mildew leaves off my courgettes, I like to sit down with a cup of tea and give my hands a good old going over. And that’s where Crabtree and Evelyn’s Gardener’s Collection* comes in.

I cover my hands in the beautiful Crabtree and Evelyn Gardener’s Hand Scrub to really get rid of all the dirt and grime. (I even sometimes use an actual nail brush #oldschool) Combined with water, the pumice in it is super gentle and doesn’t feel like you’re taking off a layer of skin with the dirt, like some exfoliators do.

Then to finish off, a good old squirt of the Crabtree and Evelyn Gardener’s Body Lotion soothes and softens the hands. After a session in the garden, my Grandpa and I will regularly go through this routine together. And despite his initial concern that it would compromise his masculinity, the fragrance is so delicate and unisex, that he didn’t complain once.

The subtle fragrance of garden herbs and the soothing honey extract makes Crabtree and Evelyn’s Gardener’s Collection the only products perfect for your post-weeding pamper.

*These items were complimentary for the purpose of review. See disclaimer for full details.

 

 

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Christchurch Harbour Hotel: seaweed, sea breeze and salt scrub

There is something glorious about sitting in a fluffy white robe, eating a mango and avocado salad and having mud rubbed into your scalp by a stranger. Theresa May should actually make it an official, annual public holiday thang: ‘Spa Day’ (lol obvious). I’m sure the general population would be much happier.

Spa days are magical occasions aren’t they? And they’re even more magical when along with all of the above, you add a sea breeeeze. The Christchurch Harbour Hotel is perched right on the water so you can practically paddle a canoe out to sea from your bedroom window (how fun!). But why would you want to go to all that effort when you can laze around in the HarSpa hideaway* watching the Harbour Hotel world go by?

A relaxing back pamper is a must. First, you’re smothered in an exfoliating HarSpa Lime and Lemongrass scrub which gently exfoliates your back (and feet btw, I think I frightened my masseuse I was so ticklish). Then warming aromatherapy oils are used to settle you in to an hour long massage. It is divine, and you leave the treatment room feeling as if you’re floating.

Of course the pool, sauna, steam and salt rooms are wonderful, but what really makes the Christchurch Harbour Hotel stand out is the beautiful hideaway area. Its luxury lounging furniture looks out over the water and it’s shaded beneath the trees. You could happily while away the day reading a good novel in the dappled light.

This was my first ever proper blogger lunch** so I nearly squealed in delight when I saw the beautiful table decorated by the wonderful Some Kind of Lovely Events. Seashells, wild grasses and HarSpa candles made the occasion extra special, and don’t even get me started on the lunch. Chickpea and edamame salad, tuna and mango salad, quinoa and carrot salad, beetroot and berry smoothie, cacao and avocado mousse and crispy seaweed. I. Am. Salivating.

When it was all over I genuinely felt like a new woman: refreshed, revitalised, reborn etc. All I wanted to do was take a tiny bit of the Christchurch Harbour Hotel with me. And no, I didn’t steal a coconut like at the last press event I went to… (I’d had a couple of wines). The HarSpa products are perfect for a ‘spa at home’. I’ve honestly been sitting at work with Purity Eye Patches on and a Sweet Fig Bay handcream in my handbag.

Whether you want a coastal break away, or a pamper session at home, the Christchurch HarSpa is the one. Christchurch is the perfect location to get away from it all, and you’ll soon forget your worries when you smell that sweet sea breeze combined with the Marine Salt Scrub.

 

*N.B. This hideaway = VERY different to the Love Island hideaway.

**This Spa Day was complimentary for the purpose of review. See disclaimer for full details.

 

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Scrunchy lovin’

If you know anything about me, you’ll know that I am the keenest of keenos when it comes to scrunchies. All I’ve ever dreamed of is being in the Spice Girls, and having a scrunchy on my wrist permanently helps me believe that one day, it could happen… I’ve teamed up with Scrunchy Queen who kindly sent me some of their gorgeous suede vegan scrunchies!* 

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What to do when you feel wobbly

I’ve never really felt paranoid about my weight. I’ve never
counted calories, or been to a boot camp or felt self-conscious in a swimming
costume. I’ve never given up sugar, or carbs, or drunk weird teas that make you
poo a lot because they have a laxative in them. I’ve never put on an old pair
of jeans and struggled to do them up. And I’ve never looked in the mirror and
thought, ‘Oh my god, is that my body?’. That is, until now.

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