My son and daughter only live half the time with me, and sadly, for Mother’s Day, they were with their father. But they came over to my place, bearing presents and home-made card and the materials for breakfast.
My 12-year-old son cooked breakfast: french toast (bread dipped in an eggy mixture and fried) and bacon. It was more his ideal breakfast than mine, but it was beautifully and lovingly cooked, and delicious. (After the kids had gone I ate an apple to restore some … umm … inner balance.)
My presents consisted of the DVD of Series 2 of the BBC’s Oz and James’s Big Wine Adventure (hugely entertaining, I love it), and some Crabtree & Evelyn Lavender bath and shower gel. Lovely!
I used to encourage my family to get me lavender scented body products as presents because they are inexpensive and easy to find, and you can’t really go wrong with lavender (although cheap lavender can be a bit nasty). Then I started to get a bit bored with it, and steered them towards fine tea. Just recently I have been pondering lavender again, so the kids picked the right moment to get me some more.
I doubt C&T ever stuffs anything up, and this is a good lavender. It is smoother and more rounded than than dry, pot-pourri lavenders, and it is not as bracing as masculine lavender colognes. I once tried the the liquid perfume it seemed very slightly on the fruity side, which I liked. C&T’s lavender comes in a range of products so I think we have hit a reliable range of ‘presents-for-Mum-who is-picky-about-perfume’. (Picky about perfume? Me?)
Later in the year as summer returns I may dabble a bit with lavender as a note within a perfume blend. Already I have a sample of Tauer’s Zeta on the way (excited!) as part of a sample set (double excited!), and I hear that lavender is a note in Zeta. I’m supposing that lavender doesn’t have to be grandmotherly, or (at the other extreme) bracing and manly.
Any other suggestions for lavender blends? What other scent-note explorations are on on at the moment?