Shortly after moving to the large land of Gauteng, I was invited for tea at the Crabtree & Evelyn Tea Room at the Design Quarter in Fourways. Its a beautiful, quaint little spot upstairs from their gorgeous shop where you can have drinks and sweet treats, and it was welcome and warming – since it was also the BIG, EXCITING DAY when it snowed all over Gauteng.
After chatting away about the brand and the products, I was treated to a Crabtree hand treatment and got to browse around the store to see and smell the lovely products. Its a paradise of beautifully packaged bath, body and fragrance offerings, and I love that you can buy quirky additions like tea and biscuits in gift tins while you’re there.
From the men’s lines, the West Indian lime range really stood out. It smells exceptionally fresh, yet still sexy and manly (think Lime, lemon, Orange Flower, Vetiver combined with Nutmeg, Ginger and Coriander), and its so popular that its often sold out. I had also recently learnt that a shaving collection is being added to the West Indian Lime range, and will consist of Traditional Shave Soap (R375 in bowl, refill R175), 100g Shave Cream, R300 and Aftershave Balm 100ml, R500, that will be on SA shelves in November.
Female Fragrance-wise, the scent of India Hicks Spider Lily stuck with me long after I left the store. You don’t have to live on an island to appreciate tropical citrus, jasmine, and ‘a touch of sea air’…
There are, of course, a multitude of hand creams to choose from – it is after all what C&E is known for. There are also soaps, washes, and many other fragrant products based on a range of floral fragrances. I dare say its the type of store you best explore yourself. You can also aim for their recently opened online store if you’re a regular and you know your way around the products already.