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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!

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Starlings Murmuration on Brighton West Pier

Starlings murmuration on Brighton West Pier in front of Cad-eau

Come along to the West Pier Arches on Brighton seafront to witness the most fascinating event – thousands of starlings gathering together in huge swooping flocks, diving and swirling… a spectacular show of local wildlife!

This is the best time of the year to see the amazing starling murmuration in Brighton, and most specifically, you’ll find them around the West Pier!

Late November and early December, as soon as the sun sets, you’ll see expansive flocks of starlings, creating a swooping mass of thousands of birds swirling in the sky: a truly amazing sight!

At Cadeau, we are privileged to be so close to the West Pier and see this wild spectacle for ourselves every evening! It really is a truly beautiful show!

Why do we see a murmuration of starlings at this time of year?

There are many reasons for this amazing phenomenon, including the following:

  • Huge flocks of birds swooping together creates a protective formation, and makes it a lot harder for predators, like peregrine falcons, to target one specific bird amongst thousands.
  • They gather in big groups to generate warmth, and also to exchange information about good feeding grounds.

A murmuration of starlings is truly amazing to behold – a swooping mass of thousands of birds whirling in the sky above your head!  And we are extremely lucky to regularly witness this incredible sight!

Find out more here from The West Pier Trust and even more about starlings all around the UK on the RSPBC.

Starlings murmuration on the West Pier Brighton

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Exotic Fragrances for Home – Regency Collection

Regency Collection Candles by Parkminster

We are super excited to be stocking the new Regency collection of home fragrances by Parkminster Products! These are deliciously luxurious, and available in either candle or reed diffuser format.  We have three exquisite scents for you to choose from, including the fresh, fruity, sweet smell of Sicilian Fig; the oaky, earthy, musky scent of Embers; or our current favourite, Arabian Oud which embraces leather, balsam and wood!  Created and hand blended in small batches in our local West Sussex, these stylish home accessories will light up your life and create the perfect atmosphere.  Add a little hygge to your home!

Why do we all love the Regency Collection?

The Regency period was one of opulence, decadence, luxury and discovery!  Conjuring up images of exotic travel, these gorgeous products are packaged in a stylish matt black tube with a beautiful image of Regency Square, Brighton (which can be found just above our shop!).  We just couldn’t resist them!

The scented candles are premium soy candles, made with natural vegetable waxes, cotton core wicks and recyclable packaging. Poured into gorgeous green glass, they definitely have a vintage feel and should last for around 60 hours.

Regency Collection Candles by Parkminster

The diffusers contain a natural base with carefully selected oils and fragrances and are stylishly presented in an apothecary style, green glass bottle, with black rattan reeds!

regency collection diffusers by Parkminster

Krystyna Patey, the founder of Parkminster Products, started mixing and blending in her kitchen… and after years of melting, pouring and blending, her dream of making her own candles became a reality! Her ethical lifestyle and beliefs have contributed to the quality of these beautiful, luxurious products. Everything is made in West Sussex in a simple, traditional way, with products largely sourced in the UK. Lovely to buy products that are handmade, poured, labelled and boxed by a family run business in the UK.

We are very proud to be selling the products created by this brilliant British company, and thrilled that they chose us to sell their fragrances. We’re sure you will love them as much as we do!

They will make a superb gift for anybody, but the fragrances were chosen with men in mind and the exotic smells can be perceived as quite masculine.  So they’ll be just right for that ‘hard to buy for’ friend or loved one.  Just in time for Christmas.

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Sunshine for the Soul!

Sunshine for the soul cazador del sol suncatcher

After spending a fantastic week-end in Cologne, Germany, with some friends, we came across the Cazador Del Sol sun catchers, and fell in love! Swinging in the wind these amazing structures give a warm light! My first encounter with them was on a really dull day and they looked amazing in a garden amongst lots of greenery and tulips. They certainly brought a smile on my face!

They kind of look a bit weird when you just look at them, and not necessarily your usual idea on what to put in your garden or a pot on a balcony, but once you can visualise the impact of the colours and movements, they will bring harmony and warmth into your life.

Sunshine for the soul‘ is how the creator René Hildebrand describes them! His “Joie de vivre” has evolved with his work and through many experiments with materials, and ideas… and finally exploded with the creation of the sun catchers. After a visit to the Canary Island of Lanzarote, where he got inspired by the light and barren black volcanic landscape, René’s designs were born. The Cazador Del Sol Sun catchers were developed through passion and love of colours, and reflects his art and inspirations!

René Hildebrand has also created huge light installations around the world, with his ‘sunflowers’ type installation of sun catchers! The response from people have been amazing: the sun catchers give pleasure and create huge enthusiasm and smile! They bring positive energy and happiness to people.

Like the designer, you can show your own creativity, and experience the joy of this amazing sculpture in your life. Put one sun catcher or more in your garden, a balcony, a window box… We are now very happy to be stocking them.

The sun catchers comes in many shapes and forms. We love the combination of a tall and large orange disk with 2 smaller ones: pink and green! Equally, our mini Lucille bouquet have been extremely popular! You may also choose to hang them from a tree or a shrub, or whatever takes your fancy! Let your creativity go wild and enjoy the energy generated by the sun catchers!

The sun catcher consists of a fluorescent disk attached to a string to suspend or to a rod to swing in the wind! Watch them move with a gentle breeze. In a pond with the reflection of the water, they look stunning! The combination of the gentle motion and the warm light create a feeling of happiness and peace. The sun catchers look at their best at dusk or in a dull day, when you miss the sunshine the most! That is when their light is the most intense!

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We’re celebrating our first birthday at Cad-eau!!!

Cad-eau first birthday celebrations

I can’t believe that it ‘s been a year since we opened our lovely shop on Brighton seafront. Today is Good Friday and we will be celebrating with some bubbly and chocolates.  We’re also offering 10% off to anybody mentioning our first birthday! We are soooo excited!

All the shops at the West Pier Arches have survived a long and wet winter and are ready to wow you with their exciting and unique goodies!

West Pier Arches by Brighton Photography

Sadly, our iconic West Pier suffered another blow during one of the storms this winter, and a little bit more of its structure has disappeared, but we’re still feeling really blessed to have this stunning view all year round!

West Pier Brighton by Cad-eauonline

The i360 has now become the British Airways i360, and is being advertised worldwide. The pod and the tower are finished on site, with on going final adjustments, and soon we should see the pod going up! You should be able to board the pod for your flight BAi360 and ascend the tallest moving tower in Europe by the summer! For the latest news, join the British Airways i360 newsletter here.  A new visitor centre is also due to open in summer 2016 along with the Belle Vue restaurant, brasseries, exhibitions, kids play area…and so much more!  Check out the live Argus webcam here!

Brighton Seafront is undergoing major developments at the moment, but will carry on being one of the most sought after tourist destinations in the UK! Find out more below:

Well, that’s it, a lot has happened this year, and lots more exciting things to come next year in the seaside resort of Brighton, and we shall do our best to grow and glow with it! Embracing the future with optimism, all the staff at Cad-eau would like to wish you a fantastic Easter break!

Graffiti by i 360 by Cad-eauonline

Looking forward to welcoming you soon in our amazing creative city!

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Mothering Sunday or Mother’s Day?

Mothering Sunday, or Mother’s Day, is a celebration to honour your mum! Traditionally, children give flowers, presents and cards to their mums, and other maternal figures including grandma, stepmum and mother-in-law.

mother's-day gifts ideas

This is a truly special day when we give cards, flowers or a special gift to our mum, to show our love and appreciation!

Mother’s day is celebrated worldwide by many different cultures and has a complex history:

  • It dates back to the ancient, annual spring festival that the Greeks dedicated to maternal goddesses. The Greeks used the occasion to honor Rhea, wife of Cronus and the mother of many deities of Greek mythology.

  • Ancient Romans, too, celebrated a spring festival, called Hilaria dedicated to Cybele, a mother goddess. 

  • In the 16th century, religious people celebrated Mothering Sunday on Laetare Sunday, the 4th Sunday of Lent. This was a day where people went to their Mother Church and many people were given the day to spend time with their mother and family.

  • In 1872 in the United States, Julia Ward Howe first suggested a day to celebrate Mothers. A keen activist, she voiced her views in the famous “Mother’s Day Proclamation”. She tirelessly championed the cause for a National Peace Holiday Day in celebration of Mothers in June.
  • Anna Jarvis, an activist and social worker, is the one who really devoted her life to honour a day of celebration for all mothers, based on the love shared by her own. She achieved this as nowadays, Mother’s day is celebrated in 46 countries. However, she resented the commercial side given to the day.

In the UK, Mother’s Day falls three weeks before Easter, and this year it’s early – Sunday 6th March!  In France, la Fête des Mères always falls on the last weekend in May, so this year it will be Sunday, 29th May.

We have a fantastic selection of gifts for mum, so take a look and spread the love:  luxury range of skin care and massage candles, beautiful range of vases, and single stem ceramics, jewellery, and much more…

Wishing all mums in the world a safe and special day!

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Half term sale on retro kids games

Playing marbles, a retro kids activity

Who remembers playing marbles at school? Girls and boys, we all loved playing! I still remember looking for the best ground and that special place to set up my own course.  I have so many wonderful memories of playing these games!  A little dexterity and precision is all you need!  Enjoy a little nostalgia and introduce the kids to this cool, retro game!  Take a look at our perfect little marble sets that will keep children entertained for hours!

Djeco, our favourite French supplier has come up with these fabulously fun, individual marble games. Inside each little box you’ll find a cute cotton bag and 5 marbles, along with a special trick or challenge to play! Just perfect to take on holiday, or use in the garden or playground – a great little game for children to play on their own or share with friends.

There are  5 different styles to choose from:

  • Robot:  3 levels of difficulty and the winner is the one who can shoot the most marbles into the robot’s mouth.
  • Equilispace: play the Djeco Marble Game Equilispace to balance marbles on the wobbly saucer. But don’t tip it up on your turn or you’re out!
  • Lucky Rouly: not only a game of skill, but a game of chance! Players bet which number the marble will land on and whoever guesses correctly will win all the marbles in play!
  • Flipper:  see who can score the most points, but beware of the hungry ghost who’s out to gobble all your marbles!
  • Cache-Cache (hide and seek): hit the other player’s marble using the switch function to direct your shots – great fun!

Djeco marble games

To help celebrate half-term, and this glorious weather, we have a special offer on all of these amazing retro games, and you can buy the entire collection for £10! Or for pocket money buys, start with a kit for £2! Take advantage of our half term sale on retro kids games, and get your collection started today!

Main photo: “Children Playing Marbles, 1970,” Manchester Daily Express/Science & Society.

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The Art of Love

The art of Love tray, breakfast in bed for 2, by Maria Holmer Dahlgren

A trip to the Stockholm Formex Trade show in January led to my introduction to the wonderful work of Swedish graphic designer Maria Holmer Dahlgren. Maria is known for her stunning portraits of cities and landscapes but she also turns an array of household items such as trays and tea towels, into an art form. She puts her own, unique stamp on them with colourful, trendy patterns such as ‘the Art of Love Tray’ made of laminated wood (Swedish birch) with a printed pop art love message. The gorgeous graphics and romantic text on the back will make this a wonderful wedding gift or just the thing for serving up your Valentine’s breakfast in style!

 

the art of love trays

On the back of this beautiful tray, you’ll read:

“The Art of Love. Anyone can fall in love, but to stay in love is the greatest form of art. It takes passion, devotion and strength, not just from one artist, but from two! So if you’re blessed with love, in whatever shape it comes, keep in mind that it is a treasure. Be proud of it and make it the masterpiece of your life. If you stumble along the way – don’t worry. That’s simply part of the art”. Words by Malin Manolin Nordstrom.

About Maria Holmer Dahlgren: “With a deep love and understanding of place, she created tributes to her favorite towns through patterns that not only celebrate city landmarks, but their culture, attitude and spirit as well… To Maria every letter is unique, and every form helps to commemorate the little things that make a place or a moment special.”

We are delighted to be stocking some of her fantastic designs and products, check them out here!

the art of love small tray with a cuppa

We love the use of bright and vibrant colours, and the different shapes of trays: choose from a small one ideal for a cup of coffee or tea and some biscuits, to a square one, perfect for a dinner tray, or even a circle one, brilliant to serve drinks and nibbles for an aperitif or cocktail party! Check them out here!

 Photos by young photographer Zoe Sawicki.
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Valentine’s Gifts Guide

You Complete Me heart jigsaw by Luckies of London

Valentine’s Day will soon be upon us and Cupid’s bow will be drawn back in anticipation!

So now is the time to think about the perfect gift for your loved one!

We have so many Valentine’s gift ideas for all ages and budgets.  Please take a look at our staff’s top picks!

Charlotte’s (22 year’s old) selection:

Organic massage candle orange and geranium by Cadeau You complete me heart wooden jigsaw by Luckies of London Antiquarian book print full deer and chair
Organic Massage Candle £9.99 You Complete Me heart Jigsaw £10 Antiquarian Print
£20
Lotus Glass Teapot tide clock cream Little white hearts letterpressed by 1973
Lotus Glass Teapot
£35
Tide Clock
£19.95
  Little White Hearts Card £2.99

Bethan’s (18) selection:

Oil burner Brass keepsafe-bottle-iloveyoutothemoonandback-card-cad-eauonline Hand carved Love Pebble with gold leaf by Jo Sweeting
  Brass Oil Burner £19.99  Keepsafe Bottle £8.95, Card £2.50 Hand-carved Love Pebble
£90
You give me Butterflies , anatomical model and butterflies , a taxidermist box by Nikki Ward Art 8 tubes mini vase emerald by Chive repair-and-restore-gift-box-cad-eauonline
‘You Give me butterflies’ £150 (call) Mini Vase
£24.95
  Repair & Restore Luxury Gift Box £50

Jon’s (30) Valentine’s Gifts selection:

Portland Active Aftershave Eco moon time and tide clock by ashortwalk Concrete desktop planter Large by Kikkerland
    Portland Aftershave
£45
 Eco Tide Moon & Time Clock £39.95 Concrete Desktop Planter £27.95
Leather passport cover matt copper Cad-eau Online Scent gift box You're my favourite adventure greeting card by Katie Leamon
Recycled Leather Passport Holder £15.99 Scent Gift Box
£15.99
Luxury Card
£2.99

Anne’s (47) selection:

Gold ants necklace by Ladymuck of Whistable Art of love breakfast tray by metagram Eco sundial wall by ashortwalk
    Gold Ants Necklace £40 Art of Love Breakfast Tray £35 Eco Sundial
£21.95
Small galaxy vase sage by Chive brut-rosé-ballpoint-pen-with-holder-carandache-cad-eauonline.jpg I Love Your Face card by Kate Guest
Small Galaxy Vase
£7.99
Caran d’Ache Rose Pen
& Holder £35
Greeting Card
£2.50

We loved bringing you our Valentine’s gift guide and hope you enjoy choosing something special for your loved one!

Happy Valentine’s day!