A few weeks back I was kindly invited to a Floral Headdress Making Workshop to celebrate the launch of the new Molton Brown Lily of the Valley and Stay Anise Range. I was very excited because Lily of the Valley is one of the fragrance notes I love. Molton Brown partnered with the Flower Appreciation Society for this event and for the deisgn of the illustration on the packaging of the Lily of the Valley and Star Anise range.
I had quite a few meetings that day and I was so happy I managed to attend all of them as I planned my journey well. It was held in the Gallery House Soho in Central London and I love how easy it was to find. I got there nice and early as usual and was warmly welcomed by the Molton brown team. They are always so lovely and friendly and I always look forward to catching up with them. I had some nibbles (some super delicious mini Cornish pasties which I failed to photograph) and drinks (there was even coffee and tea). There were two sessions of the Floral Headdress Making- one in the morning and one in the evening which I attended. Before the workshop began, I had a chance to check out the new Lily of the Valley and Star Anise range.
The entire range is swoon worthy as expected from Molton Brown but there is something so feminine and delicate about theLily of the Valley and Star Anise range. The range consists of a Bath andShower Gel*, Body Lotion*, Eau de Toilette*, Hand Cream, Candles (single and three wicks), and Aroma Diffuser. I am so pleased that there is a wide range of products to choose from and the best part is that it's a permanent part of the Molton Brown Collection (not limited edition). You all know how I feel about the exquisite Molton Brown packaging and I still feel the same way about this range. The beautiful green colour immediately brings spring to mind and I love the delicate illustration from the Flower Appreciation Society on it. It is so pretty and call me silly but I would be keeping the gift box because I just love it.
For starters, Lily of the Valley is a graceful woodland plant with 6 petals that are fused together to form a beautiful bell-like shape. It’s one of those flowers that blooms in March and when you see Lily of the Valley, you would know Spring has come around. Lily of the Valley is associated with romance, happiness and luck and it’s also a popular flower choice for a wedding bouquet. It is super expensive as it has a short life span so the flowers and bouquet can only really be picked and prepared on the wedding morning. As you would imagine, it’s absolutely fit for royalty as Princess Catherine (Katherine Middleton) and Grace Kelly had Lily of the Valley in their wedding bouquet. Lily of the Valley is associated with the French Tradition of gifting a sprig of the flower (on 1st May) to loved ones for happiness and luck.
Star Anise is another outstanding botanical in this range and it’s used in perfumery, soaps and even cuisines. It’s an intensely fragrant scent which is also quite reminiscent of sweet liquorice. There are two forms of Anise; the regular Anise Pod and the Star Anise Pod. The Star Anise (has a star-shaped pod) is quite rarer and it has a really unique fragrance which is easily recognisable. Star Anise is associated with the Chinese Tradition of giving a bridal couple a whole Anise Star Pod to signify spiritual unity.
There were so many beautiful flowers to use including baby’s breath and of course, Lily of the Valley. We started off by wrapping a beautiful green felt lining around the wire to make it look pretty. The next stage was securing the anchor flower which would set the direction for the other flowers. Once this was done, I just followed the same direction and added in the flowers I wanted. This was the result at the end of the workshop. I absolutely loved it and felt quite proud of myself if I do say so myself. Hehehe.
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