Image above: Chiswick House shop; bag in the foreground featuring the artwork of Emily Faccini
Exclusive gifts from Chiswick House Shop
Where in Chiswick can you buy interesting, original gifts? Chiswick House is one place. The shop, at the back of the house, is open from 10.00 am-4.00 pm daily, selling a delightful range of locally-sourced and exclusive gifts and greetings cards.
Artist Lucy Loveheart was invited to paint Chiswick House and has produced two prints – one showing some of the historical characters associated with the house, and creatures from the 6th Duke of Devonshire’s menagerie of exotic animals; the other a vignette from the larger painting, showing the kitchen garden and the conservatory.
Image above: Vignette from Lucy Loveheart’s ‘Earthly Paradise’ print of Chiswick House
Emily Faccini, who lives locally, has produced the artwork for a bag, (pictured above, top), a tea-towel and chocolate. The shop also sells products from Chiswick based makers, including produce from Chiswick Chillies, Lost in Scent candles, MadeKind and Batch001. The camellia and cedar Chiswick House gin also comes highly recommended.
Meet the Makers – Paula Watkins of Batch #001
Image above: Paula Watkins, founder / owner of Batch #001
Many of these lovely products are made by one woman companies, artisans who’ve turned their creativity into a small business and they all have interesting tales to tell. Paula Watkins had a long career in the television industry before turning her hand to creating her award-winning organic skincare products #Batch001. She talked to Jo Finn about how her career change came about.
Tell us a little bit about yourself and what you make:
Batch #001® creates award-winning organic skincare products, for dry, sensitive, eczema and psoriasis-prone skin, powered by the bees, the land and the seas™, harnessing the magical properties of beeswax, and with a purpose to halt the decline of the honeybee and our natural world.
After a long career in International TV, launching hit formats – such as Masterchef, I’m a Celebrity, The Island and many more around the world, I founded Batch #001 a few years ago. We’ve grown quickly and are stocked in prestigious stores in the UK and abroad, have been featured in respected publications such as You Magazine and STELLA, and won leading industry awards.
How did you get into making your product?
I was inspired by my allergy and eczema prone girls, to create a range of completely natural and organic products they could use to soothe and repair their inflamed and irritated skin. They had both suffered terribly with eczema and allergies from birth and I was looking everywhere for something completely natural, to help ease our skin flare-ups.
Whilst visiting a beekeeper friend, and she told me about the incredible natural properties and benefits in beeswax. Revered by our ancestors for its magical properties – beeswax is anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, edible, naturally aromatic, it burns cleanly, is non-toxic and 100% natural. I was inspired to start experimenting, not only by creating the 100% beeswax candle, but looking into how this wonderful wax could work in skincare. And so BATCH #001 was born – creating products which are 100% ethically sourced, cruelty free and made using all natural and organic ingredients.
What are you working on at the moment?
We have just launched the Rose Collection – with each product enriched with a blend of the finest Rose essential oils. We also have several new product ranges launching in the Autumn and have just moved into bigger, permanent offices just down the road in Brentford.
Images above: Salt & Oil body scrub, Organic Sweet Orange and Bergamot; Organic Beeswax Balm – Sensitive, with Eco Cert Prickly Pear Seed Oil; Organic Beeswax Balm – Organic Tea Tree and Lavender
Which of your products are available in Chiswick House Shop?
Chiswick House stocks our 15ml sizes of our Organic Beeswax Balms – Sensitive, with Eco Cert Prickly Pear Seed Oil and with Organic Tea Tree and Lavender.
What do you love about Chiswick House and Gardens?
Chiswick House and Gardens is my favourite outdoor place to visit in Chiswick. It’s where I walked with my baby in her pram almost every day during my maternity leave. It’s where I do the weekend dog walk with the family and have birthday picnics with friends. I love it just as much in winter as summer, but right now it’s a wonder. The fabulous café and children’s play area and newly opened shop, make it a must visit. I also love the events, such as Gifford’s Circus and Duck Pond Market. Just a couple of the wonderful things on offer.
What’s your top Chiswick tip?
Coffee, croissant and walk around Chiswick House and Gardens, followed by a walk down Devonshire Road, then a stop for ice cream at Foubert’s. Browse around the Old Cinema, then pick up some plants at Wheeler’s. Finally head down the High Road and Welleseley Road, over the footbridge to the river, and a stop at the City Barge for a long lunch. The perfect Chiswick summer day.
Find out more about Batch001 and follow them @batch_001
Club Card Thursdays at Chiswick House
Chiswick House is a member of The Chiswick Calendar’s Club Card scheme and offer holders of our Club Card a 10% discount on tickets to the House and Kitchen Garden and 10% off anything from the shop on Thursdays. Valid until 31 October, Clubcard holders simply need to show their card in the Shop to receive the discount or use the code CHGT-CHISWCLUB-10 when booking House tickets online. Valid on Thursdays only.
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