Creating your own urban country retreat
Landed Gentress isn't just soap, it's a lifestyle. And while we're keeping a little patch of South Philly very British indeed, we know an awful lot of ex-Pats and Anglophiles that feel the same way. So I've created an Amazon Store that has curated a selection of mostly British themed things to help you feel at home too, whether that's the shores of "Old Blighty" you've left behind, or , like us, keep you comfy until you can return to Cornwall and London again. I've included new shows I've been watching that may or may not be released in the US, the teas we love and the spices we regularly use in our creation of world cuisine, so take a look, you might find an old favorite or a new must have.
Soap of the week
This is Sinjin the Gardener II. Originally created for hardworking gardening hands, this oatmeal based soap with alkanet to quell itching has made a home in soap dishes of those with sensitive skin. Colored naturally with beetroot and gently fragranced with sage, cedar and coriander, this soap cleans and soothes leaving a natural earthy scent behind. Click on the picture to buy it now.
Landed Gentress is a purveyor of handcrafted soap made by Lady Danni Morinich of Glencoe.
It all began, when I was unable to obtain the traditional green English lavender soap I used for years While I found other lavender soaps, they were too floral and didn't have a true fragrance of lavender which is usually characterized by a floral-herbaceous fragrance, balsamic, with woody undertones, and a camphor note.
Having made soap as a child, I channeled the spirit of my grandmothers, the Queens of DIY /Make Do and Mend, and tried my hand at making soap again. With old world ideas and new craft technology, I soon developed a skin softening, quality soap with the intensity of fragrance I wanted. Soon others were commenting on my bars and requesting them.
That interest and burn out from 20 years in ad sales and marketing gave me the strength to leave a job I loathed and pursue a passion I love.
Landed Gentress is the result.
The range has now expanded to include specialty and quirky designs like soap in soap embeds, and a men's shampoo and shave range. The more aesthetic ranges are shrink wrapped so you or your recipient can view the stylized creations. Other lines are package in reusable/recyclable tins.
A lover of Neo-Victorian & Steampunk with the soul of an English countryside crafter, she resides with her husband , an award winning winemaker, and their much loved moggie, Salem, in South Philadelphia, but as the owners of a small estate in Appin Scotland, she and her husband legally hold the titles of Laird and Lady of Glencoe.
If you're in Philadelphia, you can find a range created especially for the Italian Market Visitor's Center at their location in Philadelphia's famous Italian Market, and a larger selection at Jeri's Curio, on Philly's newest recreation destination, Passyunk Ave, or at Etsy at landedgentress.etsy.com.