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Ditch The Plastic

one green bottle collection

Let’s all join in the war on single use plastic. Almost 90% of all floating material in the ocean is plastic and a shocking 8 million tonnes of plastic waste goes into the ocean every year!! 

Rise above plastic! 

100 billion plastic bottles are produced each year using 2 billion gallons of oil. There is a raft of plastic rubbish in the Atlantic ocean that is twice the size of Texas!

Everybody can play a part, starting with ditching the use of plastic water bottles. Just by choosing a reusable bottle, you can really make a difference.

We all have busy lives and habits that are hard to break, but now we are all aware of the havoc wreaked on the environment by single use plastic!  If you haven’t seen the recent BBC programme, check it out here!  

So how can you help the environment and make sure you stay hydrated?  Grab yourself a stainless steel bottle for your every day water needs! One green bottle is a local company, based in Hove, with a fabulous range of alternative water bottles in different sizes and colour ways. Make your mark on the war on plastic and get yourself a stainless steel bottle! Let’s all make a stand and ditch that plastic!

The bottles are brilliant for packed lunches for children or adults, or for use as sports bottles! Different sizes, different colours, there’s a One green bottle for everyone! 

All these stainless steel bottles are toxin, Phthalates and BPA free. (BPA or bisphenol-A is a chemical used in plastic bottles which has been linked to reproductive and genetic abnormalities, an increased risk of cancer, heart problems and obesity.)

And here are a few effective tips to help reduce your plastic footprint:

  • Avoid products with black plastic trays
  • Screw lids back onto plastic bottles as they are too small to be recycled on their own, and crush the plastic bottles
  • Re-use or avoid if possible
  • Empty and rinse
  • Buy loose fruit and veg
  • Request no plastic packaging
  • Inform and educate

Find out more here.

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Cycling Without Age – Community Spirit

cycling without age

If, like me, you’re a Brighton resident and often take a stroll along the seafront, you may have seen some curious looking cycles with two elderly people riding upfront as passengers.  All part of  Cycling Without Age, a charity whose volunteers take local care home residents out for some sea air safely tucked up in one of their ‘trishaws’.  These fabulous cycles are built with a three wheel frame complete with double passenger cab at the front.  This amazing charity is a beautiful example of care in the community and these lovely volunteers give up their time in order to put something back into their local area.  I often see them cycling past the shop, with their gorgeous passengers, some over 80 years old, often with advanced dementia, off for a ride along the seafront!  Cheerful and full of smiles, they are clearly enjoying being out in the fresh air and having a bit of an adventure, and without these incredible volunteers this would not be possible.  It also presents a wonderful opportunity to stop and have a chat, and enjoy some interaction with passersby including children, who I’ve noticed are often fascinated by these curious looking cycles and love to chat and interact with their elderly occupants.  Such a great way for these beautiful older people to still feel part of, and experience, their city.  The health benefits of fresh air, wind and sun are well known, and this is an amazing way for volunteers and their passengers to make the most of the outdoors.

cycling without age

In their own words, Cycling Without Age Brighton & Hove, aim to “take local elder care homes’ residents out on cycle rides to feel the wind in their hair! Most rarely have the chance to enjoy an outdoor adventure otherwise”! Their principles are generosity, slow cycling, storytelling, relationships and community.

Why not volunteer to become a pilot?  You will be helping to provide a comfortable ride that is fun, fully insured and free to passengers!  There is a 50/50 male to female split of cycle pilots and as these fabulous cycles are power assist, you don’t need to be super-sporty!

With an ageing population, and more and more elderly people being housed in care homes, this superb charity is setting an example of how we should all be doing something for our local community, particular our senior citizens that can often be forgotten about.

We can all do our bit and support this incredible charity by volunteering, or donating to their fund!  With a trishaw costing around £7000, not to mention the insurance costs, you can imagine that the financial implications of running an organisation such as this are sizeable!  Your donations will be greatly appreciated and you can visit their website or give directly HERE!


cycling without age

The passengers like nothing better than cuddling up with a soft toy and a snuggly blanket, it’s important to keep warm! And they love to meet new friends on their travels, such as this gorgeous dog!

Cycling Without Age is a super important organisation and needs to continue it’s vital work in our city for our residents and they need our HELP! Come on, get involved and donate or volunteer! Find out more on their social media – facebook page,  twitter, or instagram!

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Brighton & Hove Tray

Brighton And Hove tray

Our new Brighton & Hove tray has arrived! Titled, ‘BETWEEN DOWNS AND SEA WE FLOURISH’, it captures the spirit of the city and its most loved landmarks and places of interest.


Brighton and Hove Tray Brighton And Hove tray

Brighton & Hove Tray

The Brighton & Hove tray is a collaboration between internationally acclaimed Swedish designer Maria Holmer Dahlgren and Anne Sawicki, owner of Cad-Eau. The design is a culmination of multi-backgrounds, a passion for colours, fun, happiness, and a journey through Brighton & Hove. Maria has brilliantly captured our wonderfully diverse city and we are delighted with the design.

Maria and Anne met in Stockholm a year ago at trade show, Formex.  Forming an instant connection and love for her work, the use of bright colourful and fantastic fonts, Anne suggested a meeting.  In the summer on Brighton beach, whilst drinking bubbly in the sunshine, the idea of the design was born. And the result…. our tray!

Our Brighton & Hove Tray will make a fantastic souvenir for tourists and visitors and also a great gift for residents! Completely original, it is designed very much for functional use (it is dishwasher proof) as well as for display or ‘Kitchen Art’.

Maria Holmer Dahlgren’s design is already recognised around the world, through the stationary company Ordning&Reda for which she was designer and co-founder. Another internationally known achievement is her graphic design for the stylish hotel ”Rival” in Stockholm, owned by ABBA’s Benny Andersson.

KITCHEN ART is a big part of Maria’s acclaimed work. Trays and kitchen towels are perfect frames for everyday art that bring a little joy to life, without asking for much attention. Maria´s work is based on the same philosophy… there’s beautiful art all around us, if we just open our eyes to it. For more information on Maria visit her website here 

To purchase your Brighton & Hove Tray simply click through here, or of course pop down to see us at our seafront store!

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The Real Wine Gum

The Real Wine Gum is an edible revelation! A wine gum sweet with real wine flavours; Chardonnay, Riesling, Merlot, and Rosé. They are a brilliant gift, totally unique, and a fun luxury treat for wine lovers.

the real wine gum Merlot


The Real Wine Gums are suitable for vegetarians and are completely free of alcohol, gluten, fat, nuts, gelatine, lactose, and artificial colours. Taste the wine flavour without the guilt! Not for children, but a delicious treat for adults. The taste experience is authentically reminiscent of a first sip of wine. You have to taste it to believe it!

Choose from a selection of individual tasters, a smart trio gift box (which contains a white Chardonnay, a red Merlot and a Rosé), or a wooden box of 4 (which includes the Riesling flavour). Click through to our website for more details here 


the real wine gum Rose     the real wine gum set of 4 in wooden gift box

The Real Wine Gum is an innovative edible wine tasting experience, and makes a wonderful unique gift!

The sweets come beautifully packaged in neat boxes, which add to their charm, and we think make the perfect little gift for a dinner party. Your friends will love them!  Also ideal for office parties, adult stocking fillers, or a Secret Santa. The mini taster boxes will also make a fantastic wedding or christening favour.

The ingenious wine gums have been developed by Dutch company Vinoos, founded by two business women and wine lovers in the Netherlands. All the products are made in The Netherlands and the company is collaborating with famous chefs and wine experts to develop new flavours including Gin and Champagne. Yes please!

To try The Real Wine Gums you can purchase from our Brighton store or online,  please click through here.We know you are going to love them!


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Version Originale Collection

The Version Originale Collection is a gorgeous new range of organic, olive oil-enriched, balms and soaps from French company Compagnie de Provence . The products are traditionally made, each with a heavenly aromatic fragrance and are beautiful on the skin. The packaging is both simple and uncomplicated which makes them a really smart little gift.

Liquid Marseille Soap

Traditionally Marseille soap is a hard soap made from vegetable oils produced in Marseille, France.  The Version Originale Collection has innovatively created an authentic liquid version!  The Liquid Marseille soap is laced with organic olive oil, is light on the skin and is beautifully cleansing. Naturally glycerined, free of colouring agents and animal fats, it also contains a minimum 97% of natural ingredients. And what’s more, it comes beautifully packaged in a unique 300 ml amber glass dispenser.

Version Originale Collection

The collection comes in 4 divine fragrances, all reminiscent of the South of France;

  • Incense Lavender, white: a refined fragrance created in Provence.  Woody lavender notes are magnified by the ambery scent of incense.
  • Black Jasmine, blue: a bewitching fragrance created in South of France. Sunny jasmine illuminates the spicy notes of black pepper.
  • Anise Patchouli, yellow: a captivating fragrance created on the Côte d’Azur. Aromatic freshness of Anise contrasts with the sensuality of Patchouli.
  • Cistus Cardamon, prune: an exhilarating fragrance created near Marseille. Ambery notes of cistus are enhanced by the aromatic scents of cardamon.

For more information and to make a purchase click through here

The Version Originale Collection

This luxurious  collection also includes a wonderful organic olive oil Hand Balm which is really hydrating and nourishing (great protection for hands as we head into colder weather). The hand balm comes packaged in simple aluminium tubes (a neat little size for your purse or bag) complete with cardboard gift box. Offered in the Version Original 4 fragrances, each with its own colour. A perfect treat for tired looking hands!

  Version Originale Hand Balm

To buy, click through here


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Lovi Elf – Wooden 3D Puzzle and Postcard

Lovi Elf Wooden 3D puzzle and postcard

Meet the Lovi Elf Wooden 3D puzzle and postcard.  These charming little chaps are our new favourite characters from Finnish company, Lovi Ltd.

Not only do they look super cute sitting on a shelf, desk, or bookcase, they are a fun and original gift designed to send in the post to friends and family. And of course their festive theme make them ideal for Christmas!

Lovi Elf- Wooden 3D Puzzle and Postcard

Lovi Elf Wooden 3D puzzle and postcard

The Lovi Elf, in bright red and smart grey, sit a very cute 8cm-16cm tall.  They come as a flat-packed, 3D, puzzle made from certified birch plywood, are very easy to assemble (the pieces just slot together, no tools needed), and are enveloped-sized for easy postage (just like a postcard). A beautifully unique gift and Christmas card!

We have been huge fans of Lovi Ltd, a family-run company based in Northern Finland, for many years now. Designer Anne Paso wanted to create a Christmas Tree decoration from something other than plastic. She loved the idea of the user putting the piece together themselves, enjoying the satisfaction of the end result coming to life in their hands. And of course, the postcard-like label meant the product was ready to be sent. Genius!

It is a rare treat, in our over-whelmingly digital age, to receive a card or letter in the post (when do we, hardly ever? Even birthday cards and greetings are becoming increasingly digital), so imagine the delight for your family or friends to receive these little characters through the letterbox. Assembling them is really very easy and just as Anne Paso intended, it is completely charming to see the fun characters come to life. They quickly become treasured keepsakes around the home, to enjoy throughout the year, or perhaps to rediscover each year at Christmas.

The Lovi Elf Wooden 3D Puzzle and Postcard come in three sizes, 8cm, 12cm, and 16cm.

The Lovi Elves are just a small part of a whole world of Lovi creatures, which includes bears, dragonflies, owls, rabbits, birds, even trees.  Each character comes in a wide choice of colours which means you can colour match with your home decor! Click through here to see more of the collection.


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Leuchtturm1917 – beautiful and sophisticated notebooks and diaries

Medium diary 2018 by leuchtturm1917

The first thing that probably strikes you about Leuchtturm1917 is the name – how on earth do you pronounce it?! With such strong, visually effective, branding it was most definitely the thing that caught my eye when I discovered this sophisticated range of stationary a few years ago (and I have been using their notebooks and diaries every year since).

Medium diary 2018 by leuchtturm1917 pocket diary 2018 red hard cover by Leuchtturm1917

So to begin with, if you hadn’t guessed, it’s German; pronounced  LUOYSH – ‘loo-oy-sh’ – TORM. Simple when you know how!

The second thing that strikes you about Leuchtturm1917 is the colour!

Bright pops of solid colours (17 in total) which attract every taste, function and fashion trend. And for those who perhaps prefer a more understated or classic colour then, of course, they have that covered too. In addition to the standard range, special editions are offered frequently, which are always fun and vibrant and exclusive due to either a special cover material, colour or embossing. Right now, we’re enjoying the anniversary editions in these gorgeous metallics!

Metallic weekly planner And Notebook 2018 Copper diary 2018 weekly planner and notebook by Leuchtturm1917gold diary 2018 weekly planner and notebook by Leuchtturm1917Silver diary 2018 weekly planner and notebook by Leuchtturm1917


And then there’s the quality, which when you’re using something every single day for a whole year is crucial, right?Experience and consistency are key ingredients for quality  – some Leuchtturm1917 items, such as the springback binder, are still made in the same way as they were back in the days when the company was first set up. A family run business, founded in 1917 (reflected in the branding), it was re-established in Hamburg from 1948. During the 60’s the company was the world’s leading supplier of postage stamp and coin albums. Today, an international leader in high-quality stationery.


Believing, quite rightly, that small details make a big difference, it is the simple yet functional details that make the Leuchtturm 1917 notebooks and diaries so special. Numbered pages, a table of contents and 2 bookmarks help to organise. A (secret) pocket in the back cover offers space for loose notes, papers and memories, and is a very fun discovery. There are several perforated pages at the back of every notebook – just in case you want to rip out that shopping list without making a mess of the entire book. A set of little self-adhesive labels are offered to help archive your diary or notebook when the year is done. And finally, the collection of coloured pen loops, to match your diary or notebook, ensure you never lose your favourite pen again! Super smart.


More than anything though, Leuchtturm1917 make being organised fun! Getting a new notebook or diary is a bit like getting a new handbag or purse….you choose it for functionality, colour, and perhaps sometimes to accessorize.

We LOVE Leuchtturm1917, they tick all the boxes (and more) and we cannot wait to choose next year’s diary….now, which colour?

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Discover Kinoptic by Djeco!

Kinoptic by Djeco

Discover Kinoptic by Djeco! An amazing new range of innovative and fun toys for children! Djeco uses the fabulous technique of kinoptic art, optical illusion, combined with magnetic puzzles to create amazing moving creatures! Choose from Animonsters, Robots, Vehicles or City. All the kits includes instructions and will ensure hours of construction and fun playing!

Check it out in this lovely video:

Each magnetic piece has a series of lines that will animate the subject when the plastic sheet is made to roll over it! A truly magical puzzle and a fun gift for brilliant little minds! If you are looking to buy a gift with a difference, there is no doubt that a Kinoptic kit by Djeco will be your answer. Affordable and unusual, the puzzles are suitable from 5 years and up!

So Come and discover Kinoptic by Djeco!

Andrew Hinks and Flossie from Djeco, are coming to our boutique on Saturday 15th July to demonstrate the gorgeous kits, why don’t you come and meet them if you are around? We will have lots of special offers on the day, as well as free gifts and competition!

 Andrew Hinks from Djeco with Flossie

Come and meet the people behind the brand, try products for yourself and get a free colourful  gift bag will be offered with every Djeco purchase on the day! Djeco offers a huge range of toys, crafts kits, games, puzzles and room decoration! This is your perfect chance to come and stock-up!

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So Much More Than A Bar of Soap

So much more than a bar of soap

Learn here about one of our favourite product, so much more than a bar of soap! Cadeau is always proud to work with British artist or manufacturer, and Emma’s Soap is ticking all the boxes! So much more than a bar of soap! A beautiful quality natural eco-friendly product, with beautiful ethos. We love Emma’s soaps!

Emma is a small producer of handmade soap made in South Hams, Devon, in The West Country. Emma’s story is really moving and shows determination. Her achievements are huge and really rewarding. She started mixing batches of soap in 2008, after wanting something pure and natural on hers and her daughter’s skin.

Emma only uses a blend of the purest natural oils to make her soaps. She does not use any petroleum derived foaming agents (SLS’s & SLR’s), manmade chemical base preservative (parabens), any artificial fragrances or colours. Instead she has worked really hard to create her own recipes, and her different blends of natural oils. From the purest and highest grades of raw oils, she is only using first pressing, unrefined and organic ingredients where possible and beeswax from her own hives.

Emma is also passionate about the amount of palm oil used in the cosmetic industry, especially soap, and it has taken her over 8 months to adjust and create each of her soap recipe without it.

She is also packaging her lovely bars in organic fair trade cotton, that can easily be re-used by doing bunting.

So you can see why each item is so much more than a bar of soap!

natural soaps by Emma's Soap


Choose from one of the following soap:

  • Avocado Oil: wrapped in green fabric. This highly therapeutic oil contains proteins, amino acids, vitamins A, D & E and lecithin. Very moisturising with healing properties, it helps regenerates cells.
  • Organic Cocoa Butter: wrapped in pink fabric. Pressed from the cocoa bean, the organic cocoa butter is rich in chocolatey aroma and has wonderful soothing and emollient qualities. It softens the skin and aids healing properties.
  • Rosehip Oil: wrapped in raspberry fabric. This oil is rich in vitamins and minerals, used in hospitals in Italy, has been shown to reduce scarring and induce skin healing with its rejuvenating properties. This oil is invaluable for sensitive skin.
  • Organic Shea Butter: wrapped in teal fabric. This soap is extremely moisturising, gentle thus nourishes the skin, giving it a luxurious silky feeling.
  • Jojoba Oil: wrapped in blue fabric. It helps restore elasticity, whilst nourishing and smoothing, suitable for young and sensitive skin.
  • Speciality soap: shaving bar, working hands (antibacterial with pumice) or complete bar (shampoo and soap).

The only question now is which one will you buy? Try a soap with no harsh chemicals, natural ingredients, and handmade in Britain. Once you try this wonderful product, you will not go back! Support British handmade product and help Emma prosper, she deserves it!

avocado soap by emma's soap

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Energy Of The Sea

Inis the energy of the sea

Here, at Cadeau, we are so proud to be stocking Inis, the energy of the sea! After a long week-end in Paris, and two days of walking in the amazingly huge Maison & Objets exhibition, I stumbled upon a small stand, with beautiful turquoise and sea colours… I had to stop to have a better look, and try to have a sniff. I was coming up with flu, and was feeling feverish and generally unwell, and even though my sense of smell is not particularly acute at best of times, I fell in love with that incredible pure scent.

Everything was appealing on the stand: the cologne itself is a sparkling clean, fresh, unisex scent, that really captures the coolness, clarity and purity of the sea. The name Inis which means ‘island’ in Irish. The simplicity of the packaging. The colours: white and turquoise blue. The ethos of the brand: no testing on animals and a commitment to whales and dolphins. David, one of the creator of the brand and perfume, was very nice and friendly. And so we are now very happy to be stocking this lovely product, as well as a beautiful hand cream and body lotion with the same fragrance.

Inis energy of the sea unisex

Fragrances of Ireland is a brand committed to raise awareness on environmental issues. They are proudly one of the core funder of the IWDG, the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group. Since 2001, they help this organisation in their work and research on dolphins and whales in the Irish sea and around the world, for a better understanding of these amazing sea creatures. Their work helps ensure that the seas will still be a source of delight and joy for future generations.

Dolphin photo


‘The ocean is a place of wonder and magic, its energy is the inspiration for Inis the Energy of the Sea.’

You can buy this lovely and fresh fragrance as gift for him or her! The fragrance captures the vibrant feeling of a perfect sunny day by the sea – clean and energising top notes of lemon and marine bring a fresh feeling, like sunshine on your face, heart notes of lily of the valley are like a soft summer breeze on your body, while base notes of sandalwood and clove give an earthy warmth like sand between your toes.

  • Head notes: Neroli, Sicilian Lemon, Bergamot, traces of marine notes
  • Heart notes: Geranium, Lily of the valley
  • Soul notes: Cloves, nutmeg, sandalwood, Oakmoss and musk

Inis refreshes and makes you feel close to the sea, no matter where you are!