Wouldn’t You Though?
Poor old Mr Muddy can’t win at this time of year. I’m very vocal with my rants about how Valentines Day is a load of commercial claptrap; but if he dared to go all low-key on me and skip the gifts bit, he’d know all about it. This year, I’ve made it easy, all I need are the last three digits on the back of his credit card and this gorgeous hand wash and hand cream gift set from Noble Isle will be mine (and his, if he insists).
My nostrils first met Noble Isle last year, when my mitts found their way around a bottle of Whisky & Water hand wash and I ended up practically bathing in the stuff. It was a fragrance that lingered in mind and on body and I was smitten. As soon as I got home, I looked up this British brand and realised that my nose was in good company.
Noble Isle, I learned, are creators of distinctive fragrances that have been inspired by the British Isles. Describing their range as ‘Britain in a bottle’, they’ve got scents for the hands, for the bath and for the home, stocked in the likes of Liberty, Fortnum & Mason and Harvey Nichols. We’ve not been left out either, Devon; you can also find the products prettying up the shelves of Prim and Proper Gift House, in Totnes.
The bottles are packaged for showing off, with a design and colours that wouldn’t look out of place on the spirits shelf in a cocktail bar. Neither would the ingredients for that matter.
Extracts from all over Britain are used to create fragrances that are unique and will have friends and family sniffing at you inquisitively (it happens, believe me). Willow Song uses extracts of waterlily and willow bark from Lavenham Walk in Suffolk; Summer Rising is a bottle full of organic elderflower and gooseberry straight from Cornwall’s Lost Gardens of Heligan. You’ll also find pear, honey and barley all put to good use, too. It’s all very British, very country and, err, very Muddy.
So back to Valentines, my current fave is Rhubarb Rhubarb (pictured), a sweet and light hint of spring on my hands, using Rhubarb extracts from Yorkshire. Each gift comes beautifully boxed up, the creams smell and feel great, contain no nasties like parabens, are cruelty-free and the bottles can be recycled. What’s not to like?
Careful though, I should warn you that all of the Noble Isle products are unisex, so you might want to draw a line with a permanent marker on the bottle, just in case your other half gets any ideas.
And the final bit of insider goss from me: spend £30 online at the moment and you’ll get a complimentary gift. So, if the Rhubarb Rhubarb Duo gift set is £32, what are you waiting for?
More Valentines gifts can be found at nobleisle.com