News From November 2011

Smells like Christmas

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We've been hard at work sniffing out all the most gorgeous scents and soaps worthy of giving this Christmas. Here they are in no particular order?

1. All the way from Melbourne and exclusive to The Hambledon, there's no need to wrap possibly the prettiest soap out there, the Murphy & Daughter Bon Bon.

2. C.O. Bigelow, the oldest apothecary in America, lathers up rather lovely and looks a treat in the bathroom.

3. Alvarez Gomez from Spain - lemon, geranium, eucalyptus, Spanish lavender, rosemary, thyme, English lavender and bergamot in a bottle. Heavenly.

4. Finally, D R Harris - good enough for The Prince of Wales, good enough for us. So good in fact that we've expanded our range into new frangrances and skincare.

So here's wishing you a lovely, fragrant Christmas. May there be gorgeous aromas wafting from under your tree?

Smells like Christmas

Provenance: Falcon

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Say hello again to a design classic. Crispy white with a distinctive blue rim. Solid and functional. An icon of British homelife. Makes us think of cosy kitchens and home-cooked food. It's Falcon enamelware. Here since the 20s. It never really went anywhere, apart from maybe the back of the kitchen cupboard. But dig it out, dust it off and get some more because we're pleased to say Falcon is very much here and now again.

The brand has undergone a major revamp in partnership with designers KIWI&POM and Morse Studios. They've introduced a series of new colourways, and some lovely kitchenware sets, all wrapped up in new 'hardware store' packaging. Apart from that, the core product remains the same, as strong and as functional as ever. Porcelain is fused onto heavy-gauge steel. It's dishwasher-safe, chemical-resistant and cannot burn. If you drop it, it may chip but it won?t break.

We're particularly fond of the new kitchenware sets - the pie set and cook set - as seen put to good use in the above photos. Appetite suitably whet? Yep, ours too.