From Tsar Peter of Russia and his love of aromatic tobacco at a time when the substance was highly illegal, to Queen Isabella of Spain who was so very fond of cinnamon that she financed Christopher Columbus’ search to find a new route to the land of Ceylon, where the spice was grown, and thus inadvertently discovered America, history is peppered with examples of world leaders doing all that they can to get their own way. It is this determination to fully grasp opulence that made the ancient royals who they were, and now that the ingredients are available to all (goodness, Isabella would be shocked at the wanton abandon with which I now sprinkle cinnamon on my toast of a morning!), the people behind Kings & Queens have created a range to make you feel like royalty.
The line consists of shower gels, body milks, body butters and soaps, with each one being built upon a base of herbs, spices and milks favoured by the long lost aristocracy and telling tales of rebellion, indulgence, debauchery and more.
With eleven scents to choose from, there should be something to suit everyone in this range. My personal favourite is the Nefertiti Honey Collection. Wife of Pharaoh Akhenaten, Nefertiti was known by many titles – Hereditary Princess, Lady of Grace, Lady of all Women, Great of Praises, Sweet of Love, to name but a few – and was the mistress of all Egypt from around 1350BC. Renowned for her great beauty – the literal translation of her name is ‘The Beautiful Woman Has Arrived’ – she would bathe regularly in honey, showing great foresight as honey is now scientifically proven to hold anti-ageing properties, as well as antibacterial.
For the Kings & Queens collection, the honey is blended with a mix of pomegranate, known for moisturising, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, healing blue Egyptian lotus and antimicrobial malachite extracts. All of these ingredients have been used for centuries to create the most indulgent and effective skincare possible and to exhibit the status of the users, being symbols of royalty, glory & eternal life and harmony respectively. The result today is a collection of toiletries gourmanderie in scent that leave the skin feeling luxuriously soft, pliable and healthy.
The Kings & Queens collection comprises Body Butter (200ml/£8.00), Shower Gel (300ml/£5.00), Shimmering Body Milk (200ml/£7.00) Body Milk (200ml/£7.00) and Soap (185gm/£4.00) and is available to buy online from www.BathandUnwind.com and www.NivenandJoshua.com.