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Thursday 26 April 2012

Everything's smelling of Rose & Co

Elizabeth's mention of the Yorkshire Soap Company reminded me of another Yorkshire company that makes exceedingly good smellies: Rose & Co. I'm a long standing devotee of their rose petal balms which have often made birthday present and stocking filler appearances for my friends and family. When I was last in Leeds I visited their oh-so-pretty Victoria Arcade store but a visit to their Haworth store is definitely also on my agenda: an old druggist full of old-fashioned remedies, packaged-up beautifully.

Moving beyond the rose balm, their whole range is flavoured with things I'd like to consume: jasmine green teaginger and beer and orange flower, just for example. And their Patisserie de Bain range is exquisitely pretty:

These delicious looking cakes are actually bath melts. They're a bit like the bath bombs of yore, but much prettier and probably far less likely to annoy whoever has to clean up the bath after you. A box of 6 fancies costs £14.

Or, after a long exhausting day, popping one of these rose and violet fondants into a hot steaming bath would feel like the ultimate in luxury. Made with shea and cocoa butter, these fondants also promise to disperse a subtle level of glitter as they dissolve. I wholeheartedly approve. A set will cost you £12.

Their new rose and patchouli range includes this £15 gift set, containing bath and shower gel alongside three bath melts. Its pretty packaging is inspired by a vintage kimono.

If you fancy something a little less floral as you soak, take a look at these mustard bath salts. Supposedly offering relief for athletes and gardeners and, though I'm neither of those things, I'm still intrigued. Offered in several varieties including seaweed, milk, football (?!?!) and, of course, rose, they're only £3 a packet.

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