A few months ago I went to a Christmas press event in London. It seems bonkers to say, but actually that was probably a bit late even for Christmas press stuff. (Most monthly magazines have a 4-6 month lead in time and so ‘Christmas in July’ is the theme of a lot of events.)
It was a little heavy on the toys for me, but I had several nice chats throughout the day with a not unattractive man who was cooking up tasty treats on the George Foreman grill stand, so that was nice.
One of my best bits though was chatting to the team behind Bath House, the artisan fragrance and natural skincare company. Bath House makes a whole range of gorgeous products for hair, body and skin and their big thing is sustainability – they are committed to an ethical and transparent supply chain, want to reduce plastic use wherever possible, and use loads of recyclable materials. They’re good people basically.
The thing that stuck with me though was their range of fragrances and the process that goes into them. Rather than just thinking ‘oh let’s have something floral blah blah’, a lot of their fragrances are designed to try and capture a FEELING. The nice chap from Bath House told me about one of their newest creations, called Hide & Seek.
His starting point, he told me, was an actual game of hide and seek. Not played by children though – his idea was for an adult game of hide and seek, perhaps as part of a weekend away in a country house.
Picture the scene… It’s 1922, there are martinis, beaded dresses and snow outside. (I may be embellishing some of his story here). The seeker starts to count and we scatter throughout the old house, looking for somewhere to hide. I find myself in the dining room and hide myself behind a heavy silk curtain, a deep pink, decorated with roses. I try to breath quietly, but I’m excited, hoping that I’m hidden well, but not *too* well for a certain person to be able to find me and squeeze behind the curtain…
That’s the idea. Scents are incredibly evocative, and Bath House taps into this, creating smells that will tell a story if you let them. That story stayed with me.
I’m currently wearing Climbing Trees. It makes me feel simultaneously wild and free, like I’m living in an abandoned shepherd’s hut on the edge of a forest, but also very expensive and chic. It’s really very clever.
‘The dry grassy scent of vetiver, cedar and amber rises from the woodland floor. As we climb, we ascend through sweet bergamot and jasmine, pushing through a canopy of aromatic green leaves toward sparkling sunlight, the scent of lemon, rosemary and fresh mountain air.’
Delicious. You’re in the tree just reading it right?
So after the Christmas event I got in touch with Bath House and told them how much I thought you would all love their fragrances and could they very kindly pretty please give me a teeny bottle of something to giveaway? They said yes of course because, as I said, they are nice people, and so here we are. I’m giving away a 60ml bottle of eau de parfum of your choice, worth up to £72, so go and have a browse of the fragrance section of the Bath House website and think about which you’d choose if you were to win.
How to enter
To enter to win a bottle of Bath House eau de parfum, simply complete as many of the entry mechanisms in the widget below as you can. The competition will close at 11.59pm on December 20th and full T&Cs apply.
In the meantime, if you’re looking for some last minute Christmas gifts that are both useful and indulgent, I definitely recommend checking out the full Bath House range.