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CELEBRATING 130 YEARS OF A TRULY PIONEERING SPIRIT

Introducing a modern take on the romantic art of perfumery

With a history steeped in rich heritage, this year Bronnley celebrates one hundred and thirty years, marking the milestone with the introduction of SAVAGE FLOWER, a truly innovative limited edition Eau de Parfum, created to pay homage to the pioneering spirit of the brand.

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Mother’s Day Gift Inspiration by Bronnley

Here are some gift ideas from us to make a lovely Mum smile on Mother’s Day!

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For Mums who love to spend time in the garden…

Spring is here and we’re celebrating with the launch of a fresh new look for our popular RHS Natural Gardeners’ Therapy Collection. The floral design of the packaging features work by botanical artist, Lilian Snelling.

Mums will love our Relaxing Bath Soak after a day spent tending to beautiful borders. Inspired by nature, citrus and bergamot top notes give way to a fresh heart of floral and green notes resting on a base of oakmoss, amber and precious woods. Almond Protein and natural moisturisers help to leave skin feeling soft and nourished.

RHS Natural Gardeners’ Therapy Relaxing Bath Soak, 250ml: £12.00

 

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For busy Mums with little ones…

There’s always million things to do if you’re looking after little ones – but busy hands need some TLC, too. Our Orange & Jasmine Hand Wash & Lotion has a wonderfully uplifting fragrance and is designed to gently cleanse and nourish.

All packaged in a pretty gift box that can be used for storing Mother’s Day keepsakes.

Orange & Jasmine Hand Care Gift Set, £20.00  

 
 
Our Honey Blossom Collection is full of luxurious, pampering treats that Mums of all ages will love to use. This beautifully presented Soap, Bath Elixir and deliciously rich Body Lotion are lovely Mother’s Day gifts to give and receive.
 
Honey Blossom Soap, 100g £5.00
Honey Blossom Bath Elixir, 250ml £11.00
Honey Blossom Body Lotion, 250ml £11.00
 
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And not forgetting our range of fragrances, from zesty Lime & Bergamot to our subtle Winter Jasmine – choose one your Mum will enjoy everyday to remind her that she is loved and appreciated all year round – not just on Mother’s Day!
 
 
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Lime & Bergamot EDT, 100ml £14.00
RHS Winter Jasmine EDT, 100ml £15.00
 

Happy Mother’s Day!! x

P.S There’s still time to enter our Mother’s Day competition to win the whole of our new Lime & Bergamot range from the Citrus Collection (entries close at midnight on Tuesday 10th March 2015) 

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A beautiful new look for our Royal Horticultural Society Natural Gardeners’ Therapy Range

We are delighted to unveil a stunning new look for our popular Royal Horticultural Society Natural Gardeners’ Therapy.

 

The range’s beautiful new packaging debuts nationwide in March. Designed with gardeners’ needs in mind, the selection of luxury toiletries comprises Exfoliating Hand Wash, Nourishing Hand Lotion, Moisturising Hand & Nail Cream, Hand Soap and Bath Soak. Each product offers ultimate indulgence, helping gardeners to cleanse, relax and revive the body after a hard day’s toil in the garden.

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Make an date for your Winter Home Spa Day

 “Ah! There is nothing like staying at home, for real comfort.” ~ Jane Austen, Emma
Despite well-intentioned resolutions, January is definitely the time of year when we all feel like hibernating. Staying cosy and warm sounds much more appealing to us than venturing out to the gym! And we’re not convinced that this is time of year to start denying ourselves very much of anything, much better to indulge in a little pampering.So with that in mind, here is Bronnley’s guide to a relaxing, stay-at-home Winter Spa:1) Book some time for yourself, when your home is feeling clean and organised (there’s always stuff to be done at home, but not on your Winter Spa day!)
 
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2) Prepare a refreshing & healthy drink to sip throughout your spa time. if you have time, do this the night before and leave to chill in the fridge:

1 litre of water (or however much your largest jug will hold)

4-6 lemons, sliced

A bunch of fresh mint

Simply mix them togther in your jug and leave in the fridge overnight for the lemon and mint to infuse. Strain through a fine sieve, fill your jug and serve in a tall glass with a slice of lemon or lime. Perfect to hydrate your skin and detox your system!

3) Switch your phone off put some relaxing music on, grab a magazine and a bowl large enough to soak your feet. Then find those scented candles you were given for Christmas and head to the bathroom in your fluffiest bathrobe & slippers.

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5) Start your spa with a foot soak. Add some shower gel to the bowl filled with warm water – our Lemon & Neroli Bath & Shower Gel would be perfect to freshen up those tired feet and it has a wonderfully uplifting scent.

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4) Run a deep bath and add some luxurious bubbles. Honey Blossom Bath Elixir from our Honey Blossom Collection is a rich and comforting bath soak with extracts of Honey, Royal Jelly & Camomile. Sink into your bath and relax.

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5) Then use a gentle body wash, along with a loofah to scrub away dead skin cells. Honey Blossom Body Wash will work gently and it will add even more bubbles to your spa bath! You’ll soon be feeling stress-free and your skin will be gently cleansed. 

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6) When you’re ready, gently towel dry skin and moisturise with your favourite body lotion. For a fresh, lasting scent choose our Orange & Jasmine Body Lotion. Its zesty fragrance will energise your senses and leave you feeling warm and glowing. 

7) Then if you have time, do some stretches, paint your nails, read a book or magazine, listen to the radio, watch TV or whatever you fancy to keep you feeling chilled and contented for as long as possible….

Happy Winter Spa Day!

 

 

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Bronnley’s Christmas elves have been busy…here’s our Festive Gift Guide

Our Christmas elves have been busy helping Santa to choose some festive fragrant gifts – so we thought we’d share their ideas with you, too!

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She’ll love her our new winter-fruit fragrance, Red Berry & Wild Blossom – this Eau de Toilette is all wrapped up in a stylish gift box, guaranteed to bring festive cheer for a special friend on Christmas Day.
Red Berry & Wild Blossom EdT, 50ml: £25.00

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Delight a mum who’s always on the go:

Lime & Bergamot is one of our best selling fragrances and our hand care gift set means that busy mums can enjoy a little touch of Bronnley luxury everyday – keeping their hands cleansed and moisturised.

Lime & Bergamot Hand Wash and Hand Lotion, 2 x 250ml: £20.00

Also available in Orange & Jasmine and Lemon & Neroli

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Thoughtful little gifts to show you care:

It wouldn’t be Christmas at Bronnley without our festive soaps. They’re the perfect choice for stocking fillers and to give as a little thank you to show someone you care. Enchanting Red Berry & Wild Blossom soap is available in a pretty, reusable gift tin and a boxed version – which is easy to post to far away friends.

Red Berry & Wild Blossom gift soaps, 100g from: £5.00

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Your little Christmas angel will love to give their favourite teachers one of these gorgeous Apple & Cinnamon gift soaps, specially designed to warm the senses with seasonal cheer! 
Apple & Cinnamon gift soaps, 100g: £5.00

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All wrapped up by Secret Santa:

Work collegues will love being spoilt by Secret Santa with this divine trio of our new Red Berry & Wild Blossom soaps. Red Berry & Wild Blossom Soap Collection3 x 100g: £10.00

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Floral inspired treats to enjoy:

Winter Jasmine is our latest addition to the RHS Floral Collection and this stunningly presented Eau de Toilette is the perfect fragrance for any occasion.

Royal Horticultural Society – Winter Jasmine EdT, 100ml: £15.00

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Precious hands deserve some TLC over the winter months and our beautifully fragranced mixed collection of luxurious RHS Floral Hand & Nail Creams is a perfect gift choice – and why not add them to your Christmas wish list?!

RHS Floral Hand & Nail Cream Collection, 3 x 50ml: £15.00

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Something for the gentlemen in your life…

No matter what age, we know guys will love this stylish scent. James Bronnley Original is a sophisticated classic that continues to be one of our best sellers. Choose from Original Eau de Toilette, Refreshing Body Wash, Soap and Moisturising Balm

James Bronnley Original Collection from £6.00

Thank you to our Christmas elves for sharing their extra special gift ideas – we hope our guide helps you to tick a few presents off that list! Please don’t forget we’re offering free delivery on all orders over £35 and if you order before midnight on Thursday 18th December, we’ll make sure your gifts arrive in time for Christmas Day!

Wishing you a beautiful, Bronnley-fragranced festive season…

The Bronnley Team x

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A little retail therapy – Bronnley style!

It’s a proud moment for the Bronnley team when we are able to see brand new Bronnley products on the shelves of the UK’s favourite stores. House of Fraser in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire is the latest place to introduce our collection to their Beauty Department, so we went along to take a look.
 

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Our two wonderful new fragrances, created especially for our Christmas Collection, are available to try in the store – Red Berry & Wild Blossom and our new fragance for the RHS Floral Collection, Winter Jasmine.

If you love the beautiful aromas and colours associated with Christmas and the winter season (and who doesn’t?!), then you’ll definitely enjoy our NEW Red Berry & Wild Blossom collection. This lovely fragrance features in single Soaps, an attractive EDT Gift Box, and a larger Soap Gift Set – all beautifully presented in opulent packaging.

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NEW Red Berry & Wild Blossom: a compote of mixed berries derived from dark purple fruits of cassis and plump damsons with deep red pomegranate and cranberries. A citrus heart surrenders to a sparkling blossom accord with spicy pink pepper, rose and musk.

 

 

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Our NEW Winter Jasmine fragrance is another must-try if you are visiting a Bronnley stockist. This scent draws its inspiration from the wonderful, floral beauty of the RHS Gardens – with fresh top notes of Freesia, giving way to a flowery heart of Jasmine and Gardenia, resting on a base of warm amber and precious woods.

Developed in recognition of Bronnley’s 15-year partnership with the Royal Horticultural Society, it is the first RHS Eau de Toilette launch in three years for Bronnley.  

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If you’re out and about shopping for gifts for loved ones, our in-store collection at House of Fraser, Leamington Spa and our other retailers around the country offers the perfect choice for everyone on your list.

These eye-catching Citrus Collection Gifts have the ‘wow’ factor! Beautifully designed presentation boxes open to reveal our zesty Citrus Hand Care sets. Choose from Orange & Jasmine, Lime & Bergamot or Lemon & Neroli.

Try our matching Eau de Toilette citrus fragrances in-store, too.

You can find your local Bronnley stockist herehttps://www.bronnley.co.uk/stockists

 


 

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Bronnley Citrus Fragrances Highly Commended at the Pure Beauty Awards

Pure Beauty Awards 2014. The winners of the Pure Beauty Awards were revealed at a glamorous ceremony held in The Ballroom at The Savoy, London this week (Nov 2014)
 
Bronnley were delighted to be Highly Recommended in the Best New Self Select Fragrance category for the new Bronnley Citrus Fragrance Collection: Lime & Bergamot, Orange & Jasmine & Lemon & Neroli.The awards, hosted by Welsh TV presenter Gethin Jones, were attended by over 260 beauty industry professionals including celebrities Samantha Faiers, star of reality show The Only Way Is Essex; Pamela Uddin, a candidate on the current BBC One series of The Apprentice; and Chris Steed from Channel 4’s Gogglebox.There were 34 award categories in total and this year saw a record 25,000 votes cast by readers of Pure Beauty.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Step into our scented Winter Wonderland


Brrrr….the clocks have just gone back, Autumn is well underway and it really does feel like Winter is fast approaching! 

There’s something comforting about the colder months; getting wrapped up in your Winter wardrobe, pulling on boots and wrapping around a snug scarf; drawing the curtains early in the evening and lighting the fire – or at least a candle or two! 
 
Scents have always been closely linked to the seasons – it’s hard to think of Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter without associating some of our favourite aromas to them. Winter is no exception and we’ve created a new fragrance to celebrate the magical nature of the festive season, whilst also being a wonderful scent to wear throughout the year.

 

Red Berry & Wild Blossom is a stunning fragrance that features in our single Soaps, an attractive Eau de Toilette Gift Box, and a larger Soap Gift Set. All gifts are beautifully encased in opulent packaging, making them a joy to give and to receive.

We hope you enjoy Red Berry & Wild Blossom as much as we do – making it a best-loved Bronnley fragrance for the winter months and beyond!

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Our new fragrance opens with a compote of mixed berries derived from dark purple fruits of cassis and plump damsons with deep red pomegranate and cranberries.

A citrus heart surrenders to a sparkling blossom accord with spicy pink pepper, rose and musk.

 

 

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Our Christmas sets are available online at www.bronnley.co.uk.

Plus our favourite stores Harvey Nichols, Fortnum & Masons, Fenwicks, House of Fraser and Independent Pharmacies will each stock a selection from the Collection.bronnley xmas2014 redberry wildblossom edt soap 801414 1280-pixels

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Bronnley launches its most stylish, contemporary Christmas gifts ever!

– Step into a world indulged in nature and the most beautiful aromas –
 

We are delighted to announce the launch of our most stylish, contemporary Christmas Collection ever. Excitingly, two wonderful new fragrances that encapsulate the magic of nature during the winter months have been created especially for this Collection.From September onwards, fifteen new Christmas gifts will make their nationwide debut. Each gift set offers gorgeous, memorable aromas and luxurious formulations to deliver ultimate indulgence.Iconic Bronnley ‘classics’ and new products feature across the 2014 Christmas Collection. New premium, contemporary packaging adds an extra touch of finesse, perfect for gifting loved ones and close friends this Christmas.Two stunning new fragrances – Red Berry & Wild Blossom and Winter Jasmine – feature in the Christmas Collection:

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NEW Red Berry & Wild Blossom has been inspired by the beautiful aromas and colours often associated with Christmas and the winter season. 

Red Berry & Wild Blossom opens with a compote of mixed berries derived from dark purple fruits of cassis and plump damsons with deep red pomegranate and cranberries. A citrus heart surrenders to a sparkling blossom accord with spicy pink pepper, rose and musk.

This lovely fragrance features in single Soaps, an attractive EDT Gift Box, and a larger Soap Gift Set. All gifts are beautifully encased in opulent packaging.

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The NEW Winter Jasmine fragrance has been developed in recognition of Bronnley’s 15-year partnership with the Royal Horticultural Society and is the first RHS Eau de Toilette launch in three years for Bronnley.

Winter Jasmine draws its inspiration from the wonderful, floral beauty of the RHS Gardens. The fragrance has fresh top notes of Freesia, which gives way to a flowery heart of Jasmine and Gardenia, resting on a base of warm amber and precious woods.

 

AppleCinnamonSoapIn keeping with Bronnley tradition, a bespoke NEW Christmas Soap has also been created in an exquisite Apple & Cinnamon scent (available in two traditional festive box designs of green and red).

All of the Christmas products use handcrafted methods to blend nature’s finest, fragrant ingredients into enchanting toiletries to captivate the senses.

Our Christmas sets are available online at www.bronnley.co.uk.

Harvey Nichols, Fortnum & Masons, Fenwicks, House of Fraser and Independent Pharmacies will each stock a selection from the Collection.

 

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Hey honey, honey!

 “A day without a friend is like a pot without a single drop of honey.” ~ Winnie-the-Pooh

Winnie-the-Pooh is definitely the most famous bear to wax lyrical about honey, so we thought it only right to start this blog about honey with this lovely quote.

History tells us that honey has always played a part in our lives. Ancient Egyptians used it to sweeten cakes and (less appetizingly) to embalm. The therapeutic use of honey is documented in traditional Hindu Ayurvedic medicine texts from 4000 years ago and the Mayans kept stingless bees, which they believed to be sacred, as pets and used their honey for cooking.

Honey still continues to capture our imagination; sweetening our food, treating our ailments and adding a touch of golden luxury to our lives. Here’s our modern day Top 10 honey-themed ideas to inspire you:

1) Add honey & lemon to a tall glass of chilled water and ice for a refreshing summer drink

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2) Use honey to preserve fruit in jars – Raspberries, blackberries, apricots or oranges will all work. Just add 1 part honey to 10 parts water.

3) Keep hands soft with regular use of our Honey Blossom Hand & Nail Cream

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4) Treat hayfever sneezes. Eating honey, especially if you can find honey produced locally to you, is supposed to reduce pollen allergies.

5) Get gardening for bees. Find out more from the Bumblebee Conservation Trust and follow them on Twitter @BumblebeeTrust

6) Take a long, luxurious soak in our Honey Blossom Bath Elixir (there’s 25% off all our Honey Blossom Collection until 17 July 2014)

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7) Cook with honey. Add honey and ginger to roasted carrots or try one of these recipes 

8) Read bestseller ‘The Secret Life of Bees’ by Sue Monk Kidd or watch the film

9) Visit a honey farm. There’s the Quince Honey Farm in Devon or Chain Bridge Honey Farm in Berwick-upon-Tweed

10) Get a taste for Beekeeping. Sign up with The London Honey Company for their Beekeeping Taster course in October 

 

Thanks for reading! 

“Life is the flower, for which love is the honey.”

~ Victor Hugo ~

 

 

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Hooray for Father’s Day

Father’s Day is only a short while away and it got us thinking whether Dads get a bit of a raw deal when it comes to ‘their’ day. We all know how important Mother’s Day is and we’re certainly not wanting to discourage spoiling Mums with kindness and lovely gifts …but what about Dads? 

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The RHS Chelsea Flower Show

How lucky were two of the Bronnley team this week? We tried to coax them out of their tickets, but no chance – off to The RHS Chelsea Flower Show they went!

So we thought the least they could do was to give us an interview for the Bronnley Blog about their fantastic floral day out…

Bronnley’s Head of Marketing, Rachel, takes us through her visit:

Was it your first time visiting the Chelsea Flower Show? Yes, I was really looking forward to it – but I didn’t really know what to expect!

How did you get there? We were travelling down from Warwickshire and Oxfordshire, so we hopped on the train to Marylebone and got the tube to Sloane Square. The sun was shining as we walked through Pimlico to the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea. 

What was your first impression when you arrived? Arriving at 11am, we hoped to miss some of the queues – which we seemed to. It was busy outside, but we went straight in. I was expecting to see a riot of floral colour as soon as we got in, but there were no gardens to start with – just some shopping stalls. But then we came to the 1st garden, the gold-medal winning M & G Investments ‘Paradise’ garden. It was very busy, but we managed to see it through the crowds. 

What were your favourite gardens? It’s so difficult to choose! The Laurent Perrier garden was beautiful – the gorgeous combination of yellow and green reminded us of our Bronnley Citrus Collection.

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But my favourite was the Havisham Trust ‘Hope is on the Horizon’ garden. It had a walkway with a canopy of Hornbeam trees, with lilies, foxgloves and so many other plants below. It was such a wonderful mix of modern shapes with a vibrant, uplifting feel. 

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And for pure English eccentricity, the House of Fraser ‘Fabric’ garden was definitely worth seeing! House of Fraser stock Bronnley products, too, so it was great to see their contribution to RHS Chelsea.

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What was your favourite floral display? There was an amazing collection of dresses in the display tent which were my favourite, especially the one in this photo. The detail was incredible. But we also loved the stunning ‘flower tree’ and would love one of these in our garden this summer!

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Which fragrances really captivated you? The floral display tent is like walking into an amazing wall of scent, a heady mix! The lavender looked and smelt unbelievable – we adore lavender and it’s still one of our most popular Bronnley fragrances. This sea of purple lavender was sensational…

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And of course, the roses! We’re very proud of our relationship with the RHS and the classic Rose scent we make for them, so our day wouldn’t have been complete without seeing and smelling the roses!

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MontyDonDid you see anyone famous on your first visit to RHS Chelsea? We did! We saw Monty Don – you don’t get a much more famous gardening celeb than him. We kept our cool and resisted the urge to ask for autographs, but we did take a snap – not his best look unfortunately…

Oh, and we saw Peter Rabbit, too – does he count?!

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Anything else you’d like to share about the show? We really enjoyed the Artisan area, with the moss roofed house…and we fell in love with these frilly tulips…

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All in all we had a brilliant time – we found places to sit down, everyone was very friendly, we had a tasty lunch (always important!) and there was a lovely atmosphere.

So many talented designers and gardeners, such a lot of hard work and creativity goes into it – we’ll definitely be back next year. 

Thanks, Rachel!

Fingers crossed we’ll be joining you…now where’s that link for RHS membership?!

We hope you enjoyed this blog post. For more photos please take a look at our 

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Bronnley and the RHS:

Bronnley has enjoyed a long relationship with the RHS, developing fragrances and body care products in a partnership spanning many years. The money raised from royalties through the sale of products makes a valuable contribution to the wide-ranging work of the organisation.

Our RHS Sweet PeaRose, Hibiscus and Natural Gardeners Therapy collections are available to buy online and at the RHS Gardens.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Floral-inspired Great British Days Out

 

It’s hard to believe we’re almost half way through 2014!

With two Bank Holiday weekends in May and the weather (hopefully!) starting to feel like summer is on its way, we think it’s the perfect time to plan some Great British Days Out – all inspired by our love of flowers and nature! There’s still plenty of time for a Bluebell Walk, you can find your nearest bluebell woods with the Woodland Trust.

Kenilworth Castle is perhaps not as well known as its neighbour, Warwick Castle, but on Saturday 3rd – Monday 5th May it will be welcoming the Elizabeth I and her courtiers for the Bank Holiday weekend! Kenilworth Castle is also home to the splendid Elizabethan Gardens, a must for all garden lovers.

As well as being a brilliant place to visit all year round, the National Botanic Garden of Wales are treating visitors to their ‘Crafts in Action’ event over the early May Bank Holiday. The Great Glasshouse will the showcase for local craftspeople to demonstrate their skills. 

The Royal Horticultural Society’s Malvern Spring Festival (above) takes place at the Three Counties Showground, Malvern from Thursday 8th to Sunday 11th May. Amazing displays from 80 top British nurseries will be the focus of the festival in the RHS Floral Marquee and celebrity gardeners, Carol Klein and Chris Beardshaw will be hosting events in the Village Green theatre.

On the same weekend in Derbyshire, Chatsworth House is being transformed by floral designer Jonathan Moseley for their spring flower festival, ‘Florabundance’ – a colourful celebration of all things floral from Friday 9th to Tuesday 13th May.

Taking a trip further south to stunning Arundel Castle in West Sussex, throughout May & June you can experience their Allium Extravaganza. Described as a ‘floral firework display’, these towering blooms are not to be missed. 

National Trust property, Blickling Estate in Norfolk, are holding their Spring Fair over the Bank Holiday weekend, Saturday 24th – Monday 26th May. They’ll be celebrating village fairs past and present with historical displays and local arts and crafts. The gardens date back four centuries, and feature fragant double borders which are wonderful to stroll around – there’s even a Secret Garden and a walled kitchen garden with a lovely mulberry tree!

Head north to the Royal Botanic Garden, Benmore on the Cowal Peninsula in Argyll to the enchanting mountainside gardens famous for their Rhododendron collection. There’s a Family Open Day on Sunday 1st June, with a plant sale and craft fair.

And if you love Rhododendron’s RHS Harlow Carr near Harrogate have a Rhodedendron Show on May 10th & 11th.

For a unique day out it’s always worth discovering if gardens near to you or perhaps local to a place you’re visiting take part in the National Open Gardens scheme. The award-winning, charity-fundraising Driftwood Open Garden (below) on the beautiful East Sussex coast caught our eye on Twitter, so we wanted to give them a mention – they’re busy getting ready to open the garden to the public again in June.

On Saturday 7th & Sunday 8th June, as part of the Chelsea Fringe 2014, Walmer Castle & Gardens are hosting a family event exploring the wonders of the Great British Garden. Kids plant potting, garden games and a flower show are just a few of the activities to enjoy.

We hope these ideas have inspired you to plan a Great British day out over the next few weeks!

We’re sure you’ve got lots more recommendations for places to go, why not share them on our Facebook page or post a comment below? If you’re on Pinterest, you can also follow our Great British Days Out pinboard.

Mother’s Day Gift Inspiration

It’s the first day of Spring, the birds are chirping and we’ve been doing quite a bit of tweeting ourselves @BronnleyEngland!

We do love Twitter and have found so many inspiring people involved in making, growing, collecting, designing and simply sharing all manner of wonderful things. From vintage enthusiasts to urban gardeners, seamstresses to botanical artists, cake makers and make-up artists – whatever you might think of social media, it certainly is full of friendly, talented people.

So we thought we’d introduce a few of them and, as it’s Mother’s Day next weekend, share a few gift ideas for wonderful Mums inspired by them!

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two ducks logoTwo Ducks is an online treasure trove of lovingly handmade British gifts beautifully curated by Claire Leigh. You can find her on Twitter @_twoducks 

We picked out these pretty floral necklaces, handmade from upcycled biscuit and sweet tins by Kate Hamilton-Hunter @katehhstudio and we love these cheerful linen glasses cases.

 

 

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Rare Radish is Jo Allen, who describes herself as a treasure hunter. When we asked for ideas for Mother’s Day gifts @RareRadish shared her unique creations with us. These cards and cushions caught our eye immediately!

 

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Vintage style

BrookeSlay twitterWe found Two Ducks through a wonderfully generous tweeter, @brookeslay. ‘B’ is bursting with vintage inspiration and we adore her delightful sense of vintage style which you can see collated on her brilliant Pinterest boards

Get inspired by ‘B’ and create a pinterest board for your mum, full of the things she loves to do and see. Perhaps even spend a couple of hours together over a cup of tea and show her how to use Pinterest herself? That’s if she doesn’t know already and could then maybe teach you?!

(Necklace on vintage plate shown above also from Two Ducks)

If your mum loves vintage style then a carefully chosen vintage gift will make her smile. Look for inspiration with Sarah-Jane @vintagefindhour which takes place on Twitter every Wednesday at 8pm and lets everyone share their favourite recent vintage finds. 

Mother & Daughter Sewing Bee

This idea came from Julia @bobbinsnbuttons who runs creative sewing workshops for mothers and daughters. Whether you have fairy godmother-like seamstress skills or have never pressed a pedal on a sewing machine, you and your mum can enjoy some time together learning new skills.

Julia is based in the East Midlands, but with the growing popularity of sewing (who doesn’t love The Great British Sewing Bee?!) there’s bound to be someone local to you offering similar workshops.

Fragrance & Flowers

All mums deserve to be spoilt every single day, but Mother’s Day is extra special, of course, and we can’t go without mentioning bouquets. 

Heather Gorringe runs The Great British Florist and can be found on Twitter @BritishFlorist. Her beautiful blooms are all sown and grown in the Hereford countryside. We’ve invited Heather to be a guest on our blog, so we hope to bring you some floristry tips from her soon.

And finally a little mention for our favourite new fragrances which come as lovely Eau de Toilette sprays. There are three fresh and light citrus combinations to choose from, Orange & Jasmine, Lemon & Neroli and Lime & Bergamot. All prettily packaged and ready to be opened and enjoyed by someone’s perfect Mum!

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Happy Mother’s Day!! x

P.S There’s still time to enter our Mother’s Day competition* to win the whole of our new Lime & Bergamot range from the Citrus Collection (entries close at midnight on Sunday 23rd March 2014)

*Please note that our 2015 competition closes at midnight on Tuesday 10th March

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Introducing our New Citrus Collection

Fresh citrus scents have always been part of the Bronnley’s story and we are all very excited about the launch of our new and improved collection of citrus toiletries. In fact, it is hard to believe that it was all the way back in 1892 that the first lemon soap was created. We’ve been through many changes since then, but our views on the importance of quality and fine fragrance still remain!

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ORANGE AND JASMINE

Brighten up your day with our fruity and enthralling fragrance that has bitter sweet top notes of tangy orange and mandarin. The fragrance yields to a floral heart of jasmine and lily, on top of a sweet musky base

Shop our Orange & Jasmine collection here:

ORANGE & JASMINE 

 

  

 

LIME AND BERGAMOT

Enliven your senses with our fresh and enticing fragrance that has piquant top notes of bright lime, bergamot and grapefruit that surrender to a calming bed of warm amber and sweet woods. 

Shop our Lime and Bergamot collection here: LIME & BERGAMOT

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LEMON AND NEROLI

Inspired by the fresh scent of Italian Lemons, the vibrant and uplifting fragrance has top notes of sparkling Sicilian lemon and mandarin that give way to a heart of lemon blossom and neroli resting on a soft base of precious woods.

Shop our Lemon and Neroli collection here:

LEMON & NEROLI

 

 


FRESH SPRITZ

Our new Eau de Toilette fragrances are a super way of adding that final layer of fragrance. There’s nothing like a quick spritz of one of these zesty scents to lift your mood at any time of the day. In fact, they have become a permanant fixture on our desks here at Bronnley HQ!

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Our gorgeous new citrus collection is available online in our store with free delivery if you spend over £35 and we’re also delighted to announce that the range is now available from Ocado.

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