Shop small this weekend with our Independent Brands Christmas Gift Guide

In celebration of Small Business Saturday, we asked personal stylist and lover of independently owned boutiques, Tessa Frost for her top tips on finding the perfect gifts this Christmas.

This weekend you can enjoy special offers and discounts across our selection of online boutiques to make your gift shopping that little bit easier! Simply enter code FIGFROSTXMAS at checkout to redeem your offer. 


A guide to Christmas gifts for the special women in your life 

By Tessa Frost 

“Christmas is a big deal in our rather large family and I adore finding gifts for loved ones that feel a little bit indulgent and that they might not think of buying for themselves. I like to start by getting inspiration online but I tend to prefer buying gifts in person so that I can feel them, smell them, try them for size, and – wherever possible – meet the people who make them!  I’m a big fan of Xmas markets, independent pop up shops and local shopping events. Here’s a selection of the gifts I have my eye on this season: 

  1. For my best friend:

Mini hoop with bolt earrings 

These fabulous lightning bolt earrings are so unique with their mix of gold and silver. My best friend and I have a similar passion for accessories and particularly earrings, so whenever we see each other, it usually involves shopping for something original and sparkly! She will love these as they are fun and yet still a statement – perfect for her every day look. 

Enjoy 15% off at harryrocks.com 

  1. For my Mum:

Chunky Snood 

My Mum hates the cold and adores anything that keeps her both warm and stylish! This Ally Bee snood in alpaca and wool is soft and luxurious and the fact that it’s a double wrap means it’s extra cosy and easy to wear.  

Enjoy 20% off at ally-bee.com 

  1. For my sister:

Merino Ruffle Sweater 

My sister has two small children and never has time to shop. I love this jumper as it’s beautiful, understated yet feminine, soft and luxurious, but still easy to wear with a pair of jeans and flats. In evergreen or navy shades, it will go with everything, perfect for a busy mum during the day time, but equally can be dressed up for evening.  

For my sister in law: 

Merino Longline Cardigan 

This gorgeous merino wool cardigan is great as stylish lounge wear and is equally perfect for a cool day wear look. My sister in law has just had a baby, so she needs some seriously beautiful but comfortable pieces to wear at home and for when she’s eventually out and about.  

Enjoy 20% off at illedecocos.com, plus free UK shipping and a free cashmere comb with every order. 

  1. For my mother in law:

Sorrento silk scarf 

My mother in law has fabulous style and looks amazing in scarves. This Sorrento scarf by Dolce Roopa is in luxurious silk and the detail of the hand drawn watercolour design is incredible. It’s also a really good size which makes it so versatile and easy to accessorise different looks. 

Enjoy 20% off at dolceroopa.com 

  1. For the gift cupboard:

Glad Tidings candle 

At this time of year you can never have enough gifts stocked up for those impromptu invitations to drinks or mince pies and mulled wine. A good selection of these gorgeous Tussie Mussie candles will see me through all eventualities. The Glad Tidings candle is super festive and smells of delicious cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and orange. 

Enjoy 10% off at tussiemussie.london 

  1. For Me:

Of course with all this shopping for others it’s hard not to spot a few choice items that I’d like to have myself! Luckily my family know me well and don’t mind the odd suggestion… 

Rivoli Top 

This stunning satin Rivoli top from Kirei clothing is absolutely top of my list. I really struggle finding statement evening tops in lighter, softer colours and I just love the feminine detail of the lace and wide sleeves. I would wear this with my leather black trousers and gold heels for a fabulous night-time look over the festive season. 

Enjoy 25% off at kireiclothing.com 

Offers valid from Friday 1st – Sunday 3rd December 2017 

Follow Tessa Frost on Instagram for endless style inspiration: @frostfig

New charity candle ‘Hope’ in partnership with Sentebale

Tussie Mussie are delighted to be working in partnership with Sentebale to create our new candle Hope. A bespoke blend of woody cypress, fresh eucalyptus and uplifting grapefruit. Cypress represents sorrow, eucalyptus heals the soul and together with grapefruit they combine to bring warmth and a heartening message of hope.

Tussie Mussie will donate £10 from every sale of this Hope Candle to the charity Sentebale. Founded by Prince Harry and Prince Seeiso, Sentebale gives hope to children and young people living with HIV in Lesotho and Botswana, supporting their mental health and wellbeing so they can live long, happy, healthy lives.

 

Evening Standard Homes & Property best summer homes fragrances

We are thrilled to be included in the Evening Standard Homes and Property best summer home fragrances feature.  Love Story, our signature fragrance with it’s romantic summery notes of rose geranium, myrtle and grapefruit has been included in a selection of home fragrances of best candles and diffusers.  According to the ES H&P it is ideal for the balmy summer days and longer evenings.  You can view the full article here

Tussie Mussie partners with Redemption

We are thrilled to work with Redemption to create Namaste Indoors. A unique, fragrant and  natural candle that creates a fresh clean fragrance in your home.  

On sale now in their Notting Hill and Shoreditch restaurants.  Now you can shop fragrance while you eat nutritious and healthy dishes.  Go on spoil yourself! 

You can find their London restaurants on Chepstow Road in Notting Hill and Old Street in Shoreditch.

Why we are so in love with myrtle

Myrtle, or Myrtus Communis, is an evergreen tree that bursts into life with white flowers all across the Mediterranean. Its roots stem back to Ancient Greek mythology where Hippocrates regularly wrote about it. It was considered to be sacred to the Greek gods and especially to Aphrodite, the goddess of love, beauty and pleasure.

In the secret language of flowers, myrtle represents happy love, passion and says ‘be my love’. Imagine receiving myrtle, nestled in a tussie mussie from your loved one back in Victorian days, it must surely have sent many hearts a flutter. Gifting myrtle was virtually laying your heart at your loved one’s feet and hoping she smelled the fragrant bouquet. Indeed brides regularly either wore myrtle in their hair or in their tussie mussie on their wedding day in celebration of their love.

Myrtle is richly aromatic in both the leaf and the flower. When you breathe in it’s fragrance as an essential oil you are instantly transported to woody, magical places where there is the whiff of the ocean in the air through the tress. Its freshness and of course its meaning is why we absolutely had to include it in our signature home fragrance Love Story.

Look after your candles for a better burn

Tussie Mussie candle careThe first burn is the most important. Why? Well a perfect burn the first time should prevent tunneling. Always ensure the melted candle wax reaches the edge of the glass the first time you burn the candle.  By keeping your candles away from drafts while they are burning will help to ensure a more even burn.

Have a pair of super sharp scissors on hand to keep the wick trimmed to about 1cm.  By removing the excess wick your wax will stay cleaner and keep the integrity of the fragrance.  When your candle isn’t in use, replace the silver Tussie Mussie lid to keep out dust and dirt and the wax clean.

Tussie Mussie launches at The Bridal Boutique in Fulham

© Claire Graham
© Claire Graham

We are delighted to be one of the new suppliers at the stunning new bridal Boutique in Fulham, London.

From premium hair and makeup services to luxurious accessories, The Boutique will showcase the finest wedding products designed by independent British suppliers.

While enjoying having a wedding day make over, brides can experience Tussie Mussie candle fragrances in the Boutique including Love Story, Glad Tidings, Wedded Bliss and Keepsake.  Using fragrance at your wedding, from a special perfume to burning fragrant candles is a great way to create long lasting romantic memories of your big day.

Along side make up artist Tori Harris, and accessories designer Victoria Millésime, are some amazing suppliers including the wonderfully creative designer  Georgie St Clair and the gorgeous and talented The Custom Cake Boutique.

If you are a bride looking for some wonderful inspiration head down to the Boutique which is now open and where soon you can also host a hen party with friends and enjoy some afternoon tea and creative workshops.

Tussie Mussie at The Bridal Boutique

A bespoke candle for a Cotswold Wedding

We were delighted to be asked to create a bespoke candle for a Cotswold Wedding.  We selected oils from the lavender farm that the happy couple visited when they first met and used this to make the candles that were then given to all guests at the wedding.  Combined with a special Tussie Mussie poem and lavender ribbon, we were really delighted with the romantic results!  We wish the Bride and Groom much happiness for the fCotswold Weddinguture.