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Yummiest creams, lotions and general deliciousness

Natural, luxurious ingredients. Creamy. Moisture drenched.

Orange blossom and ginseng. Fig and licorice. Ginger peach. green tea and lime leaf.

Sound delicious? It’s enough to make you hungry.

My wonderful sister and brother in law gave me a gorgeous birthday present last month and being the thoughtful and caring people that they are, they chose something that they thought I’d really enjoy. Let’s just say they were CORRECT.

They live in Auckland so have the insider Kiwi knowledge on Linden Leaves – body care products  made by a Christchurch company.

I seem to be having a love affair with New Zealand at the moment – I spent a few great girly days with NZ born and bred singer Hayley Westenra last week as she was here to promote her album Paradiso. We also worked with one of my favourite magazines – MiNDFOOD - which is headed up by the charismatic Kiwi Editor-in-chief Michael McHugh. And as I entered my sober Dry July, I bid a scrumptious farewell to inebriating June with a crisp glass of Taupari Awatere Valley Pinot Gris from NZ’s Marlborough region.

So it seems fitting that I’m currently soaking my skin in soothing Linden Leaves products from our Southern neighbour.

A mix of body lotions, hand creams, skin and massage oils, bath soaks, fragrance diffusers, room sprays, shower cremes, bubble bath, cleansers, toners, face masques, exfoliates, herbal shampoo and conditioner and more, most of their products are produced by hand, and their unique body oils contain hand harvested natural botanicals.

And the blokes don’t miss out either, with a dedicated ‘Pure Man’ range AND a ‘Rugby’ range (so Kiwi!). Although my man doesn’t seem to care as I’ve regularly caught him pinching my sublime scented orange blossom and ginseng hand cream…

Linden Leaves began in 1995 by Brigit Blair. New Zealand Business Woman of the Year, Brigit recently celebrated her 61st birthday and appears to be a genuinely delightful person, centered on family, wellbeing and quality. She’s not concerned with “finding the fountain of youth” but, rather, embracing every age, nourishing and nuturing at every stage and generally enjoying the journey.

She doesn’t allow testing on animals and she maintains a strict sustainability policy to help protect the pure New Zealand environment. She even has her own apple trees at her home and office that supplies some of the produce that goes into her revitalising Pick Me Up aromatherapy range.

The current aromatherapy range is SO beautiful – ‘Absolute Dreams’ is made up of calming, relaxing lavendar, sandalwood, cedarwood and orange while ‘In Love Again’ is a sensual blend of neroli, vanilla and sandalwood. A luxurious fusion of rose, geranium and ylang ylang goes into ’Memories’ and ‘Pick Me Up’ rejuvenates with mandarin, petitgrain, rosemary, citrus and fruit.

Brigit’s philosophy for Linden Leaves is to “create beautiful products to nourish the skin and nurture the soul, which offer a sense of delight and inspire a moment of peace in each day”. They certainly do the trick. I was busted in my office this week, resting back in my chair, sniffing my arms with a dreamy, contented look on my face.

Jump onto their website and in the top right corner you can click to localise the site for Australia, New Zealand, Asia, Canada and the United States. There’s also a stockists page so you can find out where to pick up some of these stunning products near your home.

The only problem will be choosing which ones to buy. Yum.

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