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Computers and the internet are amazing things. One of my concerns with putting together this site was that it could remain current, yet with all my travelling I've often much to say, but little time to say it. Years ago when reading the news it would take me days on end to reply to the kind letters people sent. Now, with the magic of the modern age, I can keep you up to date with what I'm doing and other events in my life.


Date: 18th February 2014


Many years ago I visited the Musuem of Lavender near a beautiful village called Gordes in Provence. The Museum had many beautiful old copper stills and all the paraphernalia used to extract the oil from the lavender. The story of Lavender is a fascinating one. There’s true Lavender called Lavande which only grows at a certain height above sea level and then the propagated variety Lavendula which is not nearly so potent and I’m guessing it is the latter version which is made into the cheaper product.

The process of extracting Essential Oil is a fascinating one and I think it is the same for whatever plant is being used – it is a process of distillation. A huge amount of lavender has to be collected and treated to produce a relatively small amount of Essential Oil.

Many producers claim to sell Essential Oils but they aren’t TRUE essential oils. You can always tell the real thing through price and scent. A bottle of proper essential oil of lavender will cost you around £15 but it’s aroma lasts for years. I add a few drops into my face cream – not only is the perfume uplifting but the oil is good for the skin.

Recently, I tried to buy some Essential Oil of Lavender at l’Occitane but was told, due to the bad harvest last year they weren’t marketing the Oil. I then remembered the Chateau du Bois, found them on line and ordered some precious oil. Unfortunately the postage cost as much as the oil which seemed a bit daft but I wanted my Lavender Oil and it was cheaper to order than make a trip to Provence – much as I’d love to do the latter again soon.

On my visit on that earlier occasion I treated myself to a large pot of Lavender Body Cream. Unfortunately I packed it in my hand baggage and at the Airport I was told to throw the receptacle into the bin. A brand new unopened pot! The daft thing is that if I’d been able to decant the cream into smaller pots of 100ml – I would have been allowed to take it through security. It really is a mad world. I even told the security woman she could keep it as a present rather than waste it but was told they weren’t allowed to do so – whether they raided the bin afterwards is anyone’s guess.

I think one of the most expensive oils is that of Essential Rose Oil - and apparently the best roses for the job come from Bulgaria!

At Christmas, I treated myself to the tiniest bottle and I daren’t tell you what it cost. But the last one, with 5mls of the precious liquid- has lasted over four years and the perfume is still as strong as the day I purchased it in Culpepper’s in York (sadly no longer in business). It really is true – You get what you pay for.


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