SUMMER HOLIDAY IN A BOTTLE

Summer holiday season is finally upon us and whilst the majority of us are excited by the prospect of lying beachside on a faraway island, it’s always nice to pack a little bit of home with you, wherever you go.

THE SCENTS OF SUMMER

There is something wonderful about the British Summer. From music festivals to seaside breaks, barbeques and Pimms, Britons really know how to do summer – come rain or shine! Noble Isle has taken inspiration from the four corners of the British Isles, creating distinctive fine fragrances that inject the scent of summer from bottle to bathroom. Discover Britain in a bottle.

SUMMER RISING IN THE BRITISH ISLES

In May 2012, we proudly launched Noble Isle in the British Isles. Two years on and we are growing from strength to strength. Our products are being enjoyed around the world by an increasing number of stunning hotels and retailers. We would like to thank our customers and partners for their continued enthusiasm and support.

RHUBARB RHUBARB! THE ORIGINAL

Rhubarb has been a treasured crop in Britain for hundreds of years and still remains popular today. Today you can find rhubarb all year round in shops, but this has not always been the case. During the railway age, the fruit had become such a fashionable delicacy that it commanded a dedicated train service, dubbed the Rhubarb Express, to speed it from Yorkshire to London, from where it was whisked off to European capitals.

MOTHERING SUNDAY

Mothering Sunday has long since been a British tradition, dating back to the 1600’s. Celebrated on the fourth Sunday of Lent, this year falling on the 30th March, it’s a day to honour our beloved mother’s and thank them for their unconditional love and support.  The tradition has since spread across the world and is now celebrated in 46 different countries (though on seperate dates). 

NOBLE ISLE AT THE EE BRITISH ACADEMY FILM AWARDS

With the EE British Academy Film Awards fast approaching we are busy making preparations for the big day with our official BAFTA gift partner friends including Anya Hindmarch, Asprey, Hackett, Taittinger and many more. This year our warm and sensual Fireside Candle & Snuffer has been selected to feature in each and every VIP gift bag on the night. Fireside candles will also be lit in The Savoy Style Suites where some of the biggest stars of the silver screen will be getting preened and prepared to take their seats, enveloped in the gently spicy aromas of Noble Isle.

CHRISTMAS TIME

As the count-down to Christmas begins it is time to enjoy our time honoured British festive traditions; Christmas lights, the smell of fresh pine, children writing letters to Santa Clause, stockings hung on mantel pieces, Christmas crackers, mulled wine sipped and families gather around the television at 3pm for The Royal Christmas Broadcast.

WINTER SETS IN AT NOBLE ISLE

The autumn leaves are falling, the rain is pouring and it is once again the perfect time of year to wallow in a hot bath to warm your soul as the winter draws near. Having a collection of Noble Isle Bath & Shower Gels by your bath tub are the perfect bathroom accessory. Light a Fireside Candle, just drop a few pumps of our sensual Fireside Bath and Shower Gel under running water and in no time at all your bathroom will be filled with the fine fragrance of grapefruit, pink pepper, ginger and vanilla. If you really want the scent to linger then massage in a few pumps of our quickly absorbing Fireside Body Lotion, that will nourish your skin, cocooning you from the cold.

AUTUMN SETS IN AT NOBLE ISLE

Can you believe it is that time of year again…..kids back to school, leaves turning orange, cold misty mornings and of course, the beginning of the run up to Christmas? Christmas comes along so quickly, so best to try and be as prepared and organised as possible in order to enjoy it.

EXTRACTS FROM THE GREAT BRITISH HARVEST

In Britain we have been giving thanks for successful harvests since pagan times. The Harvest Festival is traditionally held at the end of September on the Sunday of the Harvest Moon and is a time to celebrate the food grown in our green and pleasant land.

A NEW DIRECTION FOR OUR MONARCHY

On Monday 22nd July 2013 at 4.24pm this Noble Island of ours celebrated the birth of a new noble baby, our future King George. We congratulate the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on their birth of their son. This baby heralds a new direction for our monarchy. A new law was passed earlier this year which ended succession to the Crown based on gender. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s first child would have become monarch, regardless of whether it was a boy or a girl. We love new traditions at Noble Isle and we commend the Royal family on moving with the times.

CELEBRATING GREAT BRITISH TRADITIONS

At Noble Isle we love to celebrate the great British tradition that is Wimbledon; the oldest and most prestigious tennis tournament in the world. Sadly, no British woman has won the ladies’ singles since Virginia Wade did so in 1977 and no British man has won the men’s singles since Fred Perry sealed a hat-trick of titles in 1936. Andy Murray together with Laura Robson will carry the weight of the nation on their shoulders this year as they make their bid for the trophy. We will be behind them all the way! This year we have teamed up with Evian and The All England Club to provide products for VIP goodie bags to be delivered to all the glamorous guests that pass through the Evian exclusive suite at this year’s championships. Strawberries haven’t quite made it into our products yet but Yorkshire Rhubarb, Gloucestershire Pears, Perthshire Honey and Cornish Gooseberries have!

FATHERS DAY GIFTS – FOR THE MAN THAT HAS EVERYTHING……….

Father’s Day was inaugurated in the United States in the early 20th century to complement Mother’s Day in celebrating fatherhood and male parenting. In the UK it falls on the third Sunday in June and at Noble Isle we have some exquisite grooming gifts perfect for deserving Daddies.

CELEBRATING OUR FIRST YEAR ANNIVERSARY THIS MAY

In May 2012, we launched Noble Isle, The New Tradition in luxury bathing and what a glorious year it has been. You can imagine our delight when soon after our press launch at The Langham Hotel our first piece of press coverage appeared in Vogue in an article celebrating the best British beauty brands. The year of the Jubilee was certainly a great year to launch such a quintessentially British brand. Our first exclusive retail partner was The Queen’s grocer, Fortnum & Mason, followed by Liberty, Fenwick and most recently eight Barneys stores throughout the USA.

THE HARDY FIRST FLOWERS OF SPRING

You wouldn’t know it from the grey cold weather that we are experiencing, but British summer time is upon us. The clocks will move forward by one hour on the last Sunday of March, the days will stay lighter longer and the summer will begin to rise…. we hope anyway.

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY, LOVE NOBLE ISLE

Mothering Sunday falls on the 10th of March 2013. Most historians believe that Mothering Sunday evolved from the 16th-century Christian practice of visiting one’s mother church annually on Laetare Sunday. As a result of this tradition, most mothers were reunited with their children on this day, when young apprentices and young women in service were released by their masters for that weekend. As a result of the influence of the American Mother’s Day, Mothering Sunday transformed into the tradition of showing appreciation to one’s mother. During World War II US soldiers brought the US Mother’s Day celebration to the UK and the holiday was merged with the Mothering Sunday traditions still celebrated in the Church of England.

AS SEEN IN YOU MAGAZINE IN THE DAILY MAIL ON SUNDAY, WRITTEN BY BEAUTY EDITOR, SARAH BARCLAY

You may have seen our Rhubarb Rhubarb! Hand Wash in YOU Magazine in The Mail on Sunday over the weekend. We were thrilled to see that Beauty Editor, Sarah Barclay, included us in her round-up of Brit Hits, celebrating home grown beauty treats and kindly describing us as “The delicious, desirable and beautifully packaged Noble Isle”. We couldn’t agree more!

A NIGHT OF PURE HEAVEN…… CHOCOLATE AND MASSAGES

In December, we partnered with Britain’s Best Chocolatier, William Curley, to host an exclusive Christmas shopping and pamper evening in his Belgravia boutique. The guests of honour were members of the ACA, the Association of Celebrity Assistants, who were lavished with Noble Isle hand massages whilst sampling couture chocolates.

NOBLE ISLE IN WIDE-ANGLE

At Noble Isle, we pride ourselves on searching out the brightest talent to make up our creative team, which is why we entrusted our imagery to the sharp eye of photographer Bob Berry, who lives in the western reaches of Cornwall.

THE LOST GARDENS OF HELIGAN

It may have been pouring with rain but that wasn’t going to stop me from visiting one of our provenance suppliers, The Lost Gardens of Heligan in Cornwall.

WIN THE LIGHTNING OAK COLLECTION

Enter our November competition for the opportunity to take home our Lightning Oak range, including Hair & Body Wash, Soap Bar and Candle & Snuffer. Find the answers on our bespoke interactive map of the British Isles that has been created to unfold the story of our extracts provenance.

NOBLE ISLE CONGRATULATES THE OLYMPIANS AND PARALYMPIANS

The Paralympic flame may have been extinguished but at Noble Isle we are still revelling in London 2012’s unparalleled success. To congratulate our gold medal winning Olympians and Paralympians we sent them all a selection of sumptuous products from our collection. We found out which part of the UK they hailed from and selected Noble Isle products containing natural extracts sourced in or around their home areas.

OUR FRAGRANCES

Great fragrances are glamorous, sensual, elegant and enchanting. They awaken special memories and inspire our daydreams. This highly specialised area is without doubt, a key pillar of our products, be it our Shower Gels, Hand Lotions, Shampoos or Candles.

HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN RECEIVES NOBLE ISLE

Now that the Queen is back in residence at Buckingham Palace and has hopefully had time to regroup after what must have been her most jubilant year on record, we wanted to deliver a humble gift of Noble Isle products.

WIN THE PERRY PEAR, GLOUCESTERSHIRE ORCHARDS COLLECTION

Enter our October competition for the opportunity to take home our Perry Pear Shampoo and Conditioner. Find the answers on our bespoke interactive map of the British Isles that has been created to unfold the story of our extracts provenance. 

TRAVELLING TALES FROM IRELAND

I absolutely love coming to Ireland. The people have this wonderful way of calling you ‘love’ but it not seeming unusual but warm, friendly and welcoming, especially when you travel to the small fishing villages along the South West Coast of Ireland, where Noble Isle sources extracts of Samphire and Sea Oak for “Sea of Green” Hand Wash and Lotion, in Roaringwater Bay. I could spend all day enjoying fresh mussels and listening to tales of the Irish through live music by the local musicians that just happen to pop by throughout the day creating an atmosphere that is unmatched. But alas, I must head back into the city and get to work because I am here for a reason…..Noble Isle has launched on the Emerald Isle!

WIN THE SEA OF GREEN, ROARINGWATER BAY COLLECTION

Enter our September competition for the opportunity to take home our Sea of Green Hand and Hand Lotion. Find the answers on our bespoke interactive map of the British Isles that has been created to unfold the story of our extracts provenance.

INTRODUCING SEA OAK

The sea oak that finds its way from the Roaringwater Bay Mussel Farm of west Cork into Noble Isle’s Sea of Green Hand Wash and Lotion is an unassuming but intriguing plant. This leathery brown algae is one of the most common forms of seaweed in the British Isles, its branched fronds with their characteristic air bubbles are familiar to anyone who has visited the coast.

NOBLE ISLE AND OMEGA HOUSE

Over the last 3 weeks OMEGA, the official time keepers of the London Olympic Games 2012, made the charming House of St. Barnabus in Soho their home, transforming it into OMEGA House, London’s most luxurious and exclusive members club during the games. OMEGA House hosted a stream of glamorous parties and cultural events with top DJ’s, VIP’s and fascinating guest speakers including, moonwalker Buzz Aldrin.

BRITAIN IN A BOTTLE…

Our bespoke interactive map of the Great British Isles has been created to unfold the story of our extracts provenance. Every one of our bottles has a story to tell, simply click on a fragrance collection to discover more about our extracts and the people behind them.

IN PRAISE OF HEATHER HONEY

Noble Isle is used to travelling the length and breadth of the British Isles to secure the finest ingredients, and the peerless heather honey from the inhospitable highlands of Perthshire and Deeside is no exception. For a brief spell every autumn, the region’s bee-keepers relocate their hives to the ‘fragrant hills of purple heather’, as they are described in the celebrated poem Bonnie Auld Scotland. Since there is no other food source at this altitude or time of year, the result is a pure, distinctive and absolutely unique honey packed with iron, protein and anti-oxidants.

THE BALVENIE MASTER AWARDS 2012

We were honoured to attend The Balvenie Masters of Craft Awards 2012 at The Savoy Hotel, hosted by David Stewart, The Balvenie Malt Master. We were taken on a magical journey of discovery across the UK to celebrate the very best of British craftsmanship and meet some of the greatest textile, glass, metal, leather, food, wood, stone and whisky makers in the country. Kevin McCloud of Grand Designs helped present the awards and paid homage to time honoured traditions and the great talent present in the room.

NOBLE ISLE AND THE CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW

We were delighted to be invited by Alex Denman to work with The RHS Chelsea Flower Show at their exclusive launch party. We created a Noble Isle sanctuary where VIP guests enjoyed hand massages from therapists using our new collection of luscious hand lotions.

TIME TO CELEBRATE………..

Invitations tied up with satin ribbon and wax sealed envelopes went out to friends, family, suppliers, extract partners, buyers and press at the beginning of the month of May. The big event was our launch party at Archer Street Cocktail Lounge Bar in Soho on the 24th of May.

NOBLE ISLE CHECKS INTO THE LANGHAM

Sorry for the slightly tardy blog update – all hands in the Noble Isle team have been busy preparing for the big launch. 

FINISHING TOUCHES….

With our press preview event just a few short days away, and the guest list looking fabulous, planning has reached a crescendo at Noble Isle. Over at the Covent Garden Academy of Flowers, we got together with floral designer Gillian Wheeler to go over the final flourishes for our exquisite bespoke floral installation. Think antique purples, blues and greens, delphiniums, hydrangeas and lilies… all set against very pale lilac water filling a huge claw-foot bathtub. 

BOWS, BATHTUBS AND BUBBLY

For the past year Noble Isle has been a veritable hive of activity, with the team working on perfecting our luxurious bath and body collection, refining the artwork and adding the finishing ribbons and bows to our sumptuous packaging. Finally the moment is here and on 27th and 28th March we will be proudly unveiling Noble Isle to the press at an exclusive press preview event in London.

WIN A LUXURY PRODUCT HAMPER WORTH £500

We’re offering the exciting opportunity to be first to try the Noble Isle collection weeks ahead of our official launch in May 2012. For your chance to try out our high-performing luxury British bath and body products before anyone else, simply follow the instructions below. 

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