Beauty Hero Product: Mitchell & Peach handcream

by Sasha Wilkins on September 14, 2010 · 10 comments

MItchell Peach handcream

I almost swooned with joy at the sight of this beautiful packaging that took me to the first half of the 20th century. The creamy box and elegant font say glamour and film stars of the old school and silk satin negligees and furs and alligator handbags and triple mirrored, chiffon frilled dressing tables with ring trays and a light dusting of face powder.

That being said lovely retro packaging is all very well, but the product inside needs to match up. Fortunately for me, because I wanted to write about it before I’d even tried it out, this handcream from small private company Mitchell & Peach absorbs quickly, smells divine and leaves no sticky feel on fingers.

A good thing too in the 21st century, when greasy paws make heavy work of touchpad screens. My hands really did look better after, with hangnails softened, and the backs of my hands smooth and plumped. (And the entore Mitchell & Peach range is free from parabens, mineral oil, sodium lauryl sulphate and synthetic colouring.)

Just as lovely as the product and the packaging is the story behind the company. The Mitchells have been farming the same land in Kent, England, for five generations. The family has cultivated everything from strawberries and apples to hops and cobnuts, and in 2009 the family celebrated 100 years at Foxbury Farm, which remains the centre of the estate to this day.

Continuing in the family’s tradition, Ian and Jod Mitchell planted fine lavender on the estate. The quality of the essences distilled from the plantation inspired them to create a bath and body range and so Mitchell and Peach was born.

The gentle fragrance, which is used throughout the collection, was  created by English perfumer Arthur Phillips, using lavender from the Mitchells’ farm in England, violet extract and rose from Egypt and Morocco, ylang-ylang from the Commoros Islands and palmarosa from India and Guatemala, isn’t overpowering. Slightly powdery, and gently floral it’s timeless and rather elegant.

Luxury Hand Cream, 60ml, £17

(Most impressively, it’s just been announced that Mitchell & Peach will be the new products at the Dorchester Collection’s rumoured-to-be-amazing Coworth Park hotel which opens at the end of September. If you aren’t planning on being a regular there and able to scoop up the bathroom supplies into your handbag, it’s stocked in Harvey Nichols, Fortnum’s (Of COURSE it is) and a handful of independent retailers. More stockist details here.)

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Rose September 14, 2010 at 11:06

I’ve been curious about this for a while- it sounds so very good and I like that they are growing here

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Ruby's Raiser September 14, 2010 at 13:24

Sigh. My paws are quite parched from the dry Colorado air, but I’m convinced they got a little softer just as I read this beautiful post!

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Karen September 15, 2010 at 08:13

I love reading your blog Sasha!

Thanks for blogging about this. I live in Kent and I hadn’t heard about it but I like to try local products and regularly attend farmers markets and little boot fairs and stalls in Canterbury and Rochester. I’d love to try this, so I’m going to order via their website. I know I’d overspend if I went to Harvey Nicks or Fortnum’s.

Here’s the website:
http://www.mitchellandpeach.com/

I’ll buy the luxury handcream and see if they have a bubblebath, soaps, body lotion etc and I might even a linen spray (if they have one).

Cheers,
Karen

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Jod September 15, 2010 at 15:45

Wow – such wonderful praise. It took us long time to develop the hand cream (perfectionism doesn’t begin to describe it) so I’m thrilled you like it. Contragulations such a great blog. Mitchell and Peach salutes you! Jod Mitchell, Mitchell and Peach

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MARTINE March 9, 2011 at 18:00

Was going to get this and then saw it was only 60ml!!!! Way overpriced.

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LLG March 10, 2011 at 04:00

And how are you judging that, exactly? LLG

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Lesley November 25, 2011 at 12:09

I’ve been using hand cream for a while now. I love the smell and as you say at £17 it is great value for money.

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