Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Beauty : Baylis & Harding

Last week I had the pleasure of being invited to the Worcestershire head office of beauty brand Baylis & Harding.

I spent a wonderful day meeting with Tania Fossey & Adrian Slater, the current driving force behind the brand, and the children of the brand's founders, Marcia Simmons & David Slater....as well as viewing their current ranges & products for 2013.

Friendly, open, inspirational and clearly possessed of great vision, it was fascinating to hear about the story of Baylis & Harding - past, present & future.

"Baylis and Harding" were their grandmothers names and it was clear throughout the day that family values are so important to this business, it is very proudly a family run British brand.

The company believes passionately in good value for their customers....
they produce and create high quality products....
products which, I think,  define "affordable luxury".

They have signature scents - such as their gorgeous "sweet mandarin & grapefruit" & "french lavender & cassis"....but they also have product seasons, creating different ranges throughout the year.

They are possibly best known for their bathroom products but they also have a great children's range,  a hair care range "Great Hair", a Fair Trade range & an extensive Skin Spa range of products.

Everything about their ethos appealed to me....
they are clearly very connected to their products, everything is very well thought through.
Just like fashion, they think of their products in terms of "seasons".

I also just love that they are a British & family run company - simply because there are just not enough of those around.
They believe in their products, they create fabulous & very appealing fragrances and they keep their customer as their number one focus.

One of the most telling moments of my day though was during a conversation with the very lovely taxi driver who drove me to the train station at the end of the day....
he was an older man who clearly knew the family well and he couldn't say enough nice things about them....

"they're good people....they do things the right way...."

I don't think you can get a better endorsement than that.
This is the kind of company I want to support.

I have a fantastic selection of products from several of their ranges to give away to
one lucky winner....

Closing date will be this Thursday so that I can try to mail the goodies to the winner before Christmas.

To enter, be a follower of my blog & simply leave me a comment.

To see more from Baylis & Harding, click here


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