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THE SECRET LIFE OF FLOWERS

4th August 2016

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5 ways to enhance your life with flowers – starting now.

This month we’re celebrating the heavenly Sweet Orchid Body Exotics Collection. Featuring a shower cream, NEW Monoi body oil, body cream, and hand and nail cream, the stars of the show are – of course – the flowers.

The anti-oxidant skin protection of Japanese Stone Orchid is blended with soothing, nourishing East Asian Japonica. The Tahitian Monoi Oil contains the Tiare flower, underpinned by the warm scent of Vanilla flower to relax the mind and calm your mood. The fragrance alone is enough to transport you to a far-away place, while the moisturizing properties of these blooms will leave your body soft and supple.

And since August is the peak of summer, a time when everything from Alliums to Asters, Dahlias to Hydrangeas, Phlox and Sunflowers can flourish, here are five more of our favorite ways to bring the multiple benefits of flowers into your life:

1. In salads: Flowers aren’t just pretty, they’re tasty too, and a great addition to a summer salad. Pansies add a subtle, velvet texture; Carnations taste delicately spicy, Rose petals create sweetness – while Nasturtiums carry hints of pepper. And because they're so vibrantly colorful, they really "pop" against greens.

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2. As a message: The Victorians were firm believers that every flower had a symbolic meaning. So skip the text message and say something more heartfelt with a carefully selected bloom. Need to patch up a disagreement with a friend? Daffodils can symbolize new beginnings. Thank someone with pink Carnations, and wish someone better with the healing Peony.

3. To shift your mood: Flower essences are believed to balance specific emotional states. Made famous by Dr. Edward Bach in the 1930s, Rescue Remedy is probably the best-known formulation. Other essences include Aspen for those who fear the unknown, Elm for a feeling of being constantly overwhelmed, Larch for a lack of confidence and Scleranthus for indecisiveness.

4. As a mosquito repellent: If you love to spend the warm summer evenings outside in your backyard but hate the resultant itching and scratching that comes with mosquito bites, consider a box garden that's planted smart: Citronella, Lemon Balm, Catnip and Marigolds are all known to repel mosquitoes.

5. As cultural inspiration: If you're lucky enough to have London in your immediate travel plans, make sure to put Kew Gardens on your "Must See" list. Taking a stroll in Kew Gardens whatever the season is always a pleasure, but we’re super excited about the "Kew The Movies" series. With screenings cued-up of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," "Jurassic Park," "Mean Girls," and "Labyrinth" (starring the late, great David Bowie), we expect this to be quite a magical experience among the flowers. Meanwhile, you have until the end of the month to catch the "Dutch Flowers" show at the National Gallery, London. The exhibition explores connections between the development of flower painting in the Netherlands to increased interest in botany, horticulture, and the phenomenon of "tulip mania" in the Dutch Golden Age. If it piques your interest, read "Tulip Fever" by Deborah Moggach, soon to be a major film starring Alicia Vikander and Dame Judi Dench.
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Let your mind escape to a garden at dusk in the Far East, where flowers release a heady, addictive scent as the sun goes down, and shop the Sweet Orchid Body Exotics collection…



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