My husband’s brother and his wife run their own herb nursery called Cooks Lane Herbs. Their Leicester based nursery produces up to 60 species of herbs. Of those herbs, some of which are sold as plants at local sales. But others are made into their growing range of soaps, creams and bath salts. They grow the herbs in their garden and also on their allotment.
I love to treat myself to a long soak in the bath after a hard day. So their range of bath salts are a very welcome addition to my tub. They use a blend of natural sea salt and epsom salts. To this mix they add a range of their home-grown herbs to create tempting concoctions, like their rose geranium bath salts. This week I’ve been trying out their calendula and milk bath powder. Firstly you sprinkle this mildly-fizzy bath powder in to create a velvety smooth bath water. Secondly you know, as you step in, that it’s enriched with soothing calendula, rich, smooth cocoa butter and milk. The scent is divine and you feel cocooned in luxury with pretty calendula petals floating around you as you bathe.
A bar of luxury soap can bring a little pampering into every day life. Cooks Lane Herbs offer a wide range of herbal soap combinations and there is something in their range to suit everybody. I love the sound of red clover and honey. And who could resist druid’s rest, a soap made with vervain. Vervain is a herb sacred to the druids for its power to calm and protect. All soaps made by Cooks Lane Herbs use a blend of plant oils (no palm oil), including Welland Valley Rapeseed Oil from Leicestershire. Also, they use natural colourings, such as annatto seed and rosehip powder, essential oils and dried herbs. As you might expect, none of their products or ingredients are tested on animals. In fact, all of them (except lip balms, which contain beeswax) are suitable for vegetarians and vegans.