Hello Pretty People, welcome to another new feature on Brocante: The Housekeepers Shopping Basket. Although I inundate my Darling Vintage Housekeepers and Puttery Posters with advice on creating home-made cleaning recipes, aromatherapy blends, scrumptious foodstuffs, lists of little pretty this and that's and everything else it takes to make a house a scrumptiously happy home, I very rarely link to specific products, share my personal wish-lists or point you in the direction of the best places to treat yourself to a little something designed to make life as Domestic Goddess a little less like a chore and a little bit more like the gentle joy it could be...
But from this week on, all that is gonna change when I invite you to take a quick peek inside my shopping basket at all the puttery little somethings, I buy, covet, use daily, or discover. ..
In This Week's Shopping Basket?
I know I bore you to death rambling on about my beloved Elderflower Cordial, but it truly is the most scrumptiously fragrant of thirst quenching treats, and though I usually reserve it for elevenses on warm days, (simply mixed with ice cold lemonade), I recently discovered this recipe for Elderflower Martini and from now on, Friday night cocktails will never be the same !
2 Measures of Gin, 1 measure of vermouth or dry white wine, 1 measure of Elderflower Cordial and a squeeze of lime to taste. Shake with ice and serve with a smile.
While the Bottle Green Elderflower Cordial that is my elderflower cordial of choice, has been available in British Supermarkets for a while, I have only just recently managed to track it down on Amazon for my Darling U.S Brocanteers and here it is! A tad expensive for a cordial perhaps but such a scrumptious daily treat, I really wouldn't be without a bottle sitting in my fridge door...
Savon de Marseille Soap Flakes
Because I am a lazy Madam and can't quite be bothered with the grating of my precious Savon de Marseille I am going to start ordering Savon de Marseille Soap Flakes from Hunter Gatherer, specifically and rather joyfully for the hand-washing of my delicates...
Hunter Gather deliver worldwide but for conveniances sake, a similar product by L'Amande can be ordered on Amazon, and is packaged in quite the most scrumptiously vintage packaging, making my rule to decant everything you bring in to your home into something prettier, utterly redundant!
When I gave up toxic cleaning products, there was only one product I couldn't, no make that wouldn't give up: my Hyacinth Zoflora. This teeny little bottle of potent amber coloured liquid smells divine, and goes to battle with the niffs and whiffs that emanate from plugs and drains in the summer in a way that no other product comes close to. Available in a variety of floral scents that really do smell just as they should, each little bottle costs buttons and because it is a concentrate, lasts forever. At Chez Brocante, I pour it into my sinks last thing at night and wake up to the whole house fragranced with hyacinths...
Available in the UK just about everywhere, including rather joyously the pound shops (!), these little bottles are often to be found on the top shelves of your local supermarket, and are available for worldwide delivery from the Brit Superstore where rather bizarrely, you can also throw in a packet of our much loved Marks and Spencer Percy Pigs!
Happy Shopping Housekeepers!