Christmas in the Secret Garden with Crabtree & Evelyn


The niQi relationship with the Crabtree & Evelyn brand began early in 2012. Crabtree & Evelyn had displayed incredible generosity in providing complimentary samples of their Citron Honey and Coriander body scrubs and Age-Defying Hand Remedy packs, along with vouchers to spend in-store or online, for each Living the Lifestyle workshop attendee.

Following that, I had fallen pregnant with our twins, Issa and Ishaaq. I remember in great detail the day that I stepped into their Sandton store, and purchased every item from their Nantucket Briar Collection. I was drawn to scents, you see, and I couldn’t get enough of the baby-powdery smell whilst I was expecting the boys. It’s almost as if, Crabtree & Evelyn, has been a part of my life, through most of my milestones (just the other day, Mohamed and I were talking about the first body product that he had bought for me, and coincidentally, it was from one of the Crabtree & Evelyn ranges!) It’s no wonder that I was thrilled to have been invited to discover their 2013 Christmas Gifting Collection with them, at Crabtree & Evelyn Design Quarter this week. Guests were welcomed by a ribbon-wristband which was sprayed with one of the fragrances from their new collection. I love the after-thought of this (I came home and removed the band to STILL have the fragrance on me)

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Entering (or even walking past!) a Crabtree & Evelyn store is a pleasure to the senses. The store is always intricately decorated, and finer details are the norm. A step into their Secret Garden is inspired by the wonder of an undiscovered garden and the Christmas Collection epitomises the essence of Crabtree & Evelyn. I was honoured to have met the owner and CEO of the Crabtree & Evelyn South African brand (read about her here:




Treats from The Tea Room (located upstairs) were the order of the day. We were served scones with cream and jam and traditional fruit mince pies (which were insanely good!)


The Tea Room at Design Quarter lends credence to Crabtree & Evelyn’s heritage. It brings to life one of the pillars of the Crabtree & Evelyn brand – the fine tradition of Afternoon Tea. The menu offers the simple, unadulterated delights of the Crabtree pantry:

  • expertly blended herbal infusions & black teas
  • hand-baked crunch biscuits & butter cookies
  • and mouth-watering preserves & marmalades
  • cakes
  • fresh scones & cream
  • and of course a traditional English High Tea!
  • Selected breakfast and lunch options are also available, and these are augmented with daily specials.

This delightful venue, with its striking contemporary visuals, eclectic mix of antique furniture, and all the warmth and homeliness of a traditional English country kitchen, has become a favoured meeting place. The Tea Room team has crafted a series of scrumptious menus to mark some of life’s great events:

  • Stork Parties: a flight of fancy including rose cordial, delectable cupcakes and mini lemon meringue pies.
  • Kitchen Teas: decadent cakes, savoury tarts and fresh fruit dipped in chocolate – amongst other treats.
  • Birthday Parties: Savoury pastries and ploughman’s platter, sweet scones and cakes of your choice – to name just a few.
  • Kiddies Parties: let your imagination run the show – fairy cupcakes, sweet treats, fabled birthday cakes and all manner of merriment!

Providing a warm nook in winter and a cool escape in summer, the Tea Room creates a unique atmosphere, whether it’s a table for one or a party of 12!

The Tea Room hours:
Monday to Saturday: 09h00 to 17h00
Sunday & Public Holidays: 09h00 to 16h00
Tea Room telephone: 011 465 8276



From richly atmospheric candles to a wealth of stocking-filling surprises, there are perfect gifts for everyone waiting to be unwrapped in the Secret Garden all strikingly presented with rich, jewel-toned illustration. I couldn’t get enough of their behind-the-till display. What a fabulous idea to incorporate into your own home (think entrance-hall feature of varying heights, with flowers popping out of good quality bags).


A delicious fragrance blend of roasted chestnut, spices, autumn berries and whipped butter, combined with musk and a sweet cream accord will fill your home with festive cheer this season. Savour the notes of apple, pear and seasonal berries and indulge in this new range called Gilded Chestnut.



Another one of my favourites from the Crabtree offering are their Fine Food Collection. The Festive Food Collection boasts a wealth of luxurious seasonal treats, most of which are presented in a collectable tins with covetable Secret Garden illustrations.


I particularly love their biscuit barrel, which is a great gift for a larger family. Five delicious traditionally baked biscuits, including White Chocolate & Lemon, Double Chocolate Chip, Traditional Shortbread, White Chocolate and Raspberry and Strawberries & Cream are presented in this delightful botanical tin. These retail for R600.



If you’re invited to an Afternoon Tea this season, this would make the ideal Hostess gift. The tin includes a box of tea, 2 sets of cookies and a jar of jam all presented in a keepsake tin. We love!




Gisela Graham Limited is one of Europe’s leading giftware design companies. Having made her name crafting beautiful Christmas and Easter decorations, Gisela Graham has more recently turned her design flair to home interior gifts, with increasing success. With over 40 ranges of seasonal and non-seasonal collections, Gisela Graham provides originality and charm to some of Europe’s finest shops.

Gisela Graham’s ranges cover a broad spectrum of styles and genres; country, quirky, classic, sweet, retro, nostalgic, but all share a characteristic charm, tastefulness and originality. Crabtree & Evelyn stores have been decked with a range of Christmas and home decor – I fell in love with the little fairy from the range!



The Noel range is a perennial favourite with an irresistible blend of fresh balsams, persimmon and citrus fused with spicy star anise, clove and nutmeg making this a warming and welcoming addition to your festive table. This home-fragrance diffuser doubles up as a decor piece in a well appointed bathroom or living room space.





Each guest was presented with a goody bag before leaving.




If you’re into more intense and powerfully pungent scents, look out for the new collection launching in March 2014! Taking inspiration from the Middle East, shoppers can expect The perfume of the Ottoman Rose (Rich, Burgeouning and Velvety), Kashmir Musk (Billowing, Seductive and Silky), Assam Oudh (Refined, Smoky and Intense) and The Perfume of Persian (Smokey and Charismatic).

The first collection of nail polish is expected to launch this December. Keep your eye out for this collection featuring 19 gorgeous colours!



Create luxuriously fragrant moments with this beautifully designed candle scented with enchanting Rosewater. Our Rosewater Poured Candle transforms any living space with the romantic aroma of rosewater {Worth R775}

  • Non-toxic and clean-burning cotton wick
  • Contains natural vegetable waxes, including soy
  • Total approximate burn time: 40 hours
  • Can use metal lid to snuff out burning candle
  • 195g candle

Fragrance: Captivating rosewater surrounded with light notes of violet, florals, and musk
Simply FOLLOW Crabtree & Evelyn through any one of these social media channels. Remember, in order to qualify for the give-away, please leave a comment so we are able to track your entry. The competition runs until 12pm on Friday, the 29th of November.

Follow on facebook: Crabtree & Evelyn South Africa

Follow on Twitter: @Crabtree_SA or

Follow on Instagram: Crabtree_SA

Good Luck!

27 Responses
  • amina verachia
    November 15, 2013

    Wow!beautiful,can’t wait to visit. followed on twitter

  • Arnaaz
    November 15, 2013

    Followed on twitter.. hoping I get transported on a sensory Crabtree & Evelyn experience with the rosewater candle

  • sameera rawat
    November 15, 2013

    facebook 🙂 & twitter

  • Rabia
    November 15, 2013

    Simply gorgeous stuff…I only wish I lived nearby to pop in every once in a while to purchase all da luvly goodies

    • Naqiyah
      November 17, 2013

      Hi Rabia, visit their website and take advantage of their online shopping!
      Hope you’ve entered!

  • Saadia Charfaray
    November 17, 2013

    Never had the opportunity to own any of the products- always in awe of the beautiful products- packaging & fragrance-

  • Fatima Ismail
    November 18, 2013

    Wow! Such a gorgeous giveaway!!
    I remember walking into a Crabtree and Evelyn store recently and it’s exactly like walking into a enchanting, refreshing and fragrant! The epitome of luxe body products….every woman’s weakness.
    Not to mention the exquisite packaging, beyond stunning <3
    Fingers crossed for my first Crabtree and Evelyn product… Following and tweeted @miss_glamour24

  • Rushda Behardien
    November 18, 2013

    Yay!! A lovely giveaway!

    Fingers xx- followed on twitter. My twitter handle @rubereloaded

  • Naseehah
    November 18, 2013

    Followed on facebook

  • maysa
    November 18, 2013

    Liked on facebook.hoping to be a winner

  • Saajida
    November 18, 2013

    Liked on facebook 🙂 Fingers xx

  • laaiqah gani
    November 19, 2013

    Liked on Facebook and followed on twitter & instagram

    Love their products.

  • Hasmita
    November 19, 2013

    Done! Am also a huge C&E fan, had no idea they did candles- I love having one next to my bed 🙂

  • Safeera Kaka
    November 19, 2013

    Followed on fb and twitter. Addicted to rose scents so would love this candle!

  • Jess
    November 19, 2013

    I already follow on FB and twitter. I love candles I’d love to have the scent of rosewater in my apartment~

  • Meryl Reddy
    November 19, 2013

    Ooh! Such an amazing giveaway! Please pick me! I already follow on twitter and Facebook 😀

  • Rentia Saml
    November 19, 2013

    I love this fragrance: rosewater surrounded with light notes of violet, florals, and musk.

    Sounds amazing!

    Facebook fan of yours!

  • Rentia Smal
    November 19, 2013

    Already fan of CRABTREE &EVELYN SOUTH AFRICA’s Facebook page!

  • Rentia Smal
    November 19, 2013

    Follwoing on Twitter too!

  • Cirsten Van Den Heuvel
    November 19, 2013

    followed on twitter and facebook. Oh how i love Crabtree and Evelyn products.

  • Tanya B
    November 19, 2013

    I follow on facebook 🙂

  • Ruline de Bruyn
    November 19, 2013

    Follow on Facebook

  • Sharon
    November 19, 2013

    Such an amazing prize to win and Rosewater is my favourite which makes it an extra special incentive to enter!!!

  • Leila Abdool Gafoor
    November 20, 2013

    I love Rosewater, there is something about the way that it cleanses your soul and leaves you refreshed. Post Pregnancy the smell helped me to eradicate post partem blues.

    Following on Facebook and Twitter

  • Nasima Mayet
    November 20, 2013

    Love the dcor and layout of the store The packaging of products are so lovely I would enjoy using them just for myself

  • Farzeenat
    November 26, 2013

    yummy will feel so blessed! like it on facebook

  • tasneem
    November 28, 2013

    enchanted! liked C&E on FB!