Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Lyn visits her Moroccan haven

“I go to this special place just outside Marrakech owned by a wonderful Moroccan and American couple. They cook their food with ingredients fresh from the gardens – and it’s not in a tagine all the time!

Their afternoon teas with mint tea, homemade chocolate cakes and rosemary shortbread are amazing.

A beautiful tea in a truly beautiful setting

Their breakfasts too are divine with traditional pancakes served up with their own homemade honey.


They are known for their beautiful gardens filled with orange trees, rosemary as tall as the house and jasmine that catches your breath. The pomegranates are exquisite in September!

Glorious pomegranates

Orange flowers can be smelled for miles around!

This time, I visited with my sister and our two boys, aged 5 and 8. We all went on a
special walk with the owner around all of the fragrant flowers and trees. The boys
were interestingly well behaved and inspired us all with their interpretations of what they smelled! Perhaps we have two perfumers in the making – it was lovely to see.”

Fig leaves scatter the ground

‘Snowball plants’ – filled with naturally wet white flowers

The fresh grapefruits are exquisite – and have even inspired a future fragrance!

Friday, 17 June 2011

Happy Father’s Day

We have thoroughly enjoyed receiving some fabulous photos and stories for our competition over the past week. Following our draw yesterday evening, we’re thrilled to announce the winner of the Feuilles de Tabac gift box as Ethan and his very helpful dad. Here’s Ethan’s wining entry:

"I love my dad because he is my best friend and shares his snacks with me. We also do things together. Recently me and my friends went to the woods with my dad to collects sticks for a barbeque in our back garden then he made us nice burgers for lunch."

Congratulations Ethan and your lucky dad, and thank you too all who entered!

Happy Father’s Day to all the special dads out there.

Wednesday, 15 June 2011

A piece of the tropics in London...

The rain! Despite the sun's best efforts to shine through the clouds this week, it seems like more of the wet stuff is on its way to us soon... but we can't complain when it makes the Miller Harris garden so beautiful.

The green space at the back of our Needham Road store is a special thing indeed. Planted from bulbs and seeds just over eleven years ago, it's now a lush corner of London that feels tropical on a day like today. The location is also the site of our original store and, of course, home to Lyn's laboratory where all the fragrances are created.

A haven in the city...

Tuesday, 7 June 2011

In love with lavender

We adore lavender. In fact, Lyn admires it so much that she’s used the pure essence of this gorgeous purple flower in two new products: our Lavender Essence, for use around the home, and a new Lavender Soap (pictured above).

With wonderful calming and medicinal properties, lavender has a multitude of uses. Of her new Lavender essence, Lyn says: “Lavender oil is a natural antiseptic and can be used throughout the home. I use a drop in all my washing. An essential for the first aid cabinet, lavender oil works wonders on cuts and bruises and can also be applied to damp cotton wool to make a compress.”

Try a drop in your iron for incredible smelling laundry, or ensure complete relaxation with a dash in your evening bath – perfect for ensuring a good night’s sleep.

Friday, 3 June 2011

Win a Father's Day gift

Father’s Day is nearly upon us. If you haven’t thought about what gift to get your lovely dad yet, never fear! We're holding a fabulous competition, giving you the chance to win a luxurious gift that will guarantee to put a smile on his face.

For your chance to win a Feuilles de Tabac gift box, complete with 100ml fragrance and matching candle, simply email a photo of yourself with your father along with a story or anecdote about them, to competition@millerharris.com.

The winner will be chosen from a random prize draw at 5.30pm on on Wednesday 15th June and will be announced shortly afterwards here on the blog - just in time to send your prize by next day delivery in time for your dad's special day. Good luck!

Competition terms and conditions apply.