With all the tender loving care my credit card gets, it should be massaging my feet, baking me cupcakes and singing soft lullabies into my ear on the nights I simply can’t fall asleep. Turns out, if I had actually bothered to open my credit card statements once in a while before putting them to auto debit (sorry dad, SORRY!), it would have done at least some of these things! Because American Express credit cards don’t just come with some kick-ass concierge service and airport lounge access (seriously helps when you have divvied up for Economy but need to freshen up and grab a bite without struggling through the hordes on a long layover!), they also have a pretty cool rewards program that include one of my favourite brands: Crabtree & Evelyn.
Given that one of my resolutions this year is to not spend good money on beauty products that aren’t immediately relevant, this discovery is utterly, splendidly fabulous. Because I have absolutely no logical reason for craving the Gardeners Watering Can set from Crabtree & Evelyn. I don’t have a garden (I have some 100-year-old jackfruit, amaltas and jasmine trees and a few strands of a nameless creeper – but these can by no stretch make up an actual “garden”). Even if there was a garden, chances that I would be getting down and dirty with the weeds and bugs is close to non-existent. Don’t get me wrong – I love lush green leaves and colourful flowers. It’s just that I much prefer them all prettied up in a lovely pot or growing haphazardly across the woods with someone else dealing with the dirt and grime and heat and backbreaking work. (Me, high maintenance? NEVER! Whatever gave you that idea?).
However, if you are the kind who loves gardening, this would be the perfectly perfect self-indulgent treat after a long day of working in the soil. The set contains a Gardeners Liquid Hand Soap (with alfalfa, carrot root, rosemary leaf, sage and chicory leaf to leave hands fresh and muck-free), Gardeners Hand Therapy (Shea butter to nourish and condition), Gardeners Nail & Cuticle Therapy Cream (Shea butter and keratin to soften the cuticles and protect the nails) and a wooden nail brush. Everything is scented with fresh green clover, lavender, sage, rosemary and thyme – perfect for carrying a bit of that fresh-from-the-garden smell wherever you go. And it’s so gorgeously Brit-looking (if this set was a guy, I am sure it would be Hugh Grant in Sense & Sensibility)!
Actually, come to think of it, that’s reason enough for me to buy it – and now since I have what is essentially free money in the way of some hard earned Amex points, why not? I love the fresh-from-the-garden smell, have terribly unmaintained hands and love nothing more than channeling a bit of that old English countryside vibe of rolling meadows, wicker baskets, pretty pastel hats and sundresses. And, after all, what is beauty but an illusion? 😉