Enjoy the Sweet Scent of Lavender
Fill your home with the sweet scents of summer with lavender…
When you hear the word lavender, you may well think of stunning fields rich in colour, or your neighbours amazing lavender border. But have you ever really sat back and enjoyed its sweet scent… floral, herbal and evergreen woodsy at the same time?
Chilcott make the best use out of their homegrown lavender by careful planting and nurturing of their lavender high up in the Brecon Beacons before harvesting. It’s then used to create a unique range of Botanicals, along with Scented Bags, attached to their range of British Wool Blankets and Luxury Alpaca Hot Water Bottles. This ensures that each blanket and ‘hottie’ stays beautifully fragranced for years to come.
Don’t forget, when a Chilcott Lavender Bag finally loses its scent, you can simply post it back to Chilcott with a return address, and it’s replenished free of charge!
Chilcott was founded by Dame Amelia Fawcett. Her vision in 2011 was to create a sustainable business on her farm, perched high up in the Brecon Beacons. The big question was what to do on a Welsh hillside, and lavender was the perfect choice. With more than 30 years in business, Amelia knew that the best companies were led by strong, diverse teams. She quickly assembled a group of talented individuals with distinct expertise to create a range of British made products.
In 2012 Chilcott was born and in 2013 , its first rows of lavender came alive. Lavender may not be the first plant that springs to mind on a rugged Welsh hillside, however, tucked away at the end of a gorgeous valley it has flourished.
Lavender Planting and Harvesting
The lavender is carefully hand planted in rows during the months of May and June. They are planted using terram, as this helps prevent weed growth and thereby reduces the need to use pesticides. Here at Chilcott, we adhere to this method in order to create an environmentally friendly way of growing the lavender. Not to mention, terram also lasts longer! All the plants are planted by hand and the team then tend to them and nurture them.
These plants will then be harvested the following year. The plants tend to last between 8-10 years and this year 200 lavender plants were planted over the Jubilee weekend.
The harvest for dried lavender tends to be done 3 weeks before the harvesting for the oil, used for our botanicals. The lavender plant head has to have popped halfway but not be fully in flower for the harvest. The time of the year for harvesting can be anytime from the beginning of July. It all depends on the weather as lavender farmers depend on the climate.
Once harvested, each plant is trimmed back and tied then left to rest and go dormant later in the year once the weather is colder. It is then used to create a range of natural fragrances, carefully blended and beautifully presented to elegantly complement any home. The best room diffusers use our bespoke blend of fine natural essential oils that will gently fill the room with a natural perfume, with our lavender diffuser being a firm favourite. Discover the whole botanicals range, including room sprays, hand gel and natural dog shampoo.
At Chilcott, sustainability is at the heart of all that we do, from the way we grow our lavender to the wool that we use. Chilcott is a truly British business. We believe we should tread lightly in the world and appreciate what we have around us. “At Chilcott, we are passionate about protecting our environment and have created a beautiful collection of truly sustainable products—these new products are very much in that tradition, and we know you will enjoy them—for yourself or as unique gifts.” Dame Amelia
Get Ready To Fall In Love With Lavender!
What are you waiting for? Throw open the doors this spring and summer and let in the fresh air mix with the gentle and calming scent of our lavender botanicals fill your home.
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