The soothing effects of scent – saved by Sniffy Wiffy!

Feeling under the weather
Like many people at this time of year, I have been recovering from the dreaded lurgy – in my case, a nasty bout of sinusitis and bronchitis that left me feeling pretty wiped out. When you’re feeling below par, soothing scents, warming hot drinks, and a nice, hot, steamy bath are just what the doctor ordered!

So I have been trying out some new tea taste and smell sensations (more on that in my next post!) and treated myself to a bit of a pampering session. I have a number of favourite bath oils and foams, but my two ultimate favourites are Calm One, Calm All, by Soap & Glory, and good, old fashioned Badedas, which has an uplifting, nose clearing scent just right for when you’re finding it a bit tricky to breathe properly!

Time for a treat
I was sent some lovely, all natural, handmade products by the wonderful Sniffy Wiffy, an amazing company that genuinely makes each of their homemade, beautifully packaged products with love. The ingredients are natural, fresh, and made to order, so you are in for a real treat! As well as being both skin and environmentally friendly, the products raise awareness and money for some great causes, with innovative labelling highlighting the importance of early detection for breast and testicular cancer, with instructions for self-examination, as bath or shower time, or afterwards, are the best times to make these very important examinations, which are so often overlooked. The company also generously donates to related cancer charities with each product sold.

Clever packaging

Innovative packaging and labelling

I believe the lovely Sarah, who runs Sniffy Wiffy, has also been in the wars recently, with pneumonia, no less! Wishing her a speedy recovery and lots of get well wishes! Thank you for my yummy products!

Sniffy Wiffy packaging

Good enough to eat!

Which to choose?

I had real difficulty deciding which scents to choose for my body lotion, with so many of my favourite fragrances on offer, such as lavender, orange blossom, Cologne and gingerbread.
In the end, I was delighted with two comforting, feel-good products – an uplifting, refreshing, wake-you-up smelling orange blossom body lotion, and a heavenly, almost good enough to eat gingerbread hand cream. It smells like real gingerbread!

Soak your troubles away…
So, I ran a hot, fragrant bath and soaked away my aches and pains for a while. To refresh myself and help me feel better afterwards, I slathered on the delicious orange blossom body lotion. It smells divine, sinks in beautifully and moisturising effects really last. The scent gives you that little lift that you need when not feeling well, or as a healthier alternative to a morning caffeine fix! Needless to say, I felt so much better afterwards!

Mmm – gingerbread!
I found that the gingerbread hand cream made another suitable substitute for my morning gingerbread latte – it smells like warm, comforting gingerbread cookie dough and worked very well in beating my sugar cravings! One of my colleagues is a fellow gingerbread fanatic (regular readers may recall me waxing lyrical about my addiction to gingerbread lattes, scented candles and room sprays before!) and she was just as delighted as I was to try this unique hand cream. It now sits between our desks in the office, as a sweet-smelling treat to perk us up as the day goes on!

So, as well as raising vital awareness and funds for such important cancer charities, the products will make you feel good – physically, in the form of the delicious scents and formulations, and emotionally, by thinking of others and donating to a good cause.

I encourage you to try the different scents and products from the Sniffy Wiffy range – you will be completely spoiled for choice! They are all very reasonably priced, each product has no more than five ingredients, so you know it is good for your skin, and everything they stand for gives you the feel good factor!

Give ’em a sniff! – you won’t be disappointed!

Rachael X

Tea at Tiffany’s – a bite of the Big Apple in Surrey

Twinings Tea, Audrey and Cat!

Tea at Tiffany’s – actually the very lovely Warren House!

New York is my all-time favourite city and my ‘happy place’, but I love my home in leafy Surrey, too.

A classic representation of New York, Breakfast at Tiffany’s is also one of my all-time favourite films. When I was last in New York, back in June last year, I bought a number of books inspired by both this iconic Audrey Hepburn film and the mythical status of Tiffany’s on Fifth Avenue – “Fifth Avenue, 3AM” and “Summer at Tiffany’s”. It’s making me long to go back to the amazing NYC again! More on my amazing trip to the Big Apple soon…

My Holly Golightly looks

My Holly Golightly-inspired outfit – and Cat!

 

My lovely friends at The Secret Tea Society, also huge fans of both Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Audrey Hepburn, recreated the magic of the film and paid homage to the wonderful Audrey in a Breakfast at Tiffany’s-themed afternoon tea, right here in lovely Surrey!

Lovely, peaceful garden

The stunning secret grotto garden!

I was so excited to put on my little black dress (a cute little number from Anna Sui, bought especially for the occasion and based on the outfit that Holly Golightly wears when she visits Sing Sing); my black patent kitten heel Jimmy Choos (appropriately purchased in Saks Fifth Avenue during my visit last June) and some fabulous jewellery (a very sparkly choker-style necklace bought for me by one of my lovely Sisters-in-Law a few years ago) for this most elegant of teas! I even put my hair up in a bouffant bun!

Taking with me Cat (not my real cat, but a very lifelike soft toy!) and raincoat in reference to the iconic final scene of the movie, I headed over to the stunning Warren House, the venue for our special event. Greeted warmly by the lovely lady at reception and our tea sommelier for the afternoon, I headed into the stylish sitting room reserved just for the ladies of the Secret Tea Society. The sun beamed through the windows and the French doors were open onto a secret grotto – an adorable cobbled garden and fountain, which led to the statuesque grounds, where other happy guests were enjoying sumptuous afternoon teas.

Choosing our Twinings loose leaf tea

Choosing our Twinings loose leaf tea at Warren House – spoiled for choice!

After a glass of Champagne and catching up with the fabulous Secret Tea ladies, we sat down to play a few games – a prize for the best representation of Audrey Hepburn/Holly Golightly (my lovely table-mate, Clare, won with her striking Holly Golightly party look!) and a quiz to see who knew the most fun facts about the film (my table won, naturally!) Our prize was a copy of the film and, of course, some delicious tea, from Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee Company.

Lovely afternoon tea at Warren House

Delicious teatime treats at Warren House

Next, we chose our Twinings loose-leaf tea – I decided to try both the Darjeeling and Assam – two of my favourites and full of flavour!

 

Then we were delighted to see the fantastic spread appear before our eyes – delicate, flavourful sandwiches, dainty, melt-in-the-mouth scones, the most amazing mini cinnamon loaves, tempting cakes and sweet treats. After stuffing ourselves happily with as much as we could manage, there was stll plenty left to take doggy bags home!

The Tiffany's-inspired decorations I took home

Some of the lovely Tiffany’s-inspired decorations

We also each took home some of the beautiful decorations that our “Hostess With the Mostest”, Founder of the Secret Tea Society, Claire Worrell, had lovingly made: Tiffany-blue-green pom-poms, ladylike table flowers adorned with Tiffany-style ribbon and pearl decorations, matching feathers and shiny butterflies! I have mine proudly on display next to my Tiffany-coloured heart chalkboard in the kitchen.

What a wonderful way to spend an afternoon! I had such a good time, and it was tremendous fun not only seeing all my lovely Secret Tea friends again, but seeing everyone in their fabulous outfits. I also cannot recommend Warren House and the incredible team there highly enough.

Both an afternoon and an Afternoon Tea to remember! X