The third definition of the start of autumn, which is more fluid, comes from phenology – the study of periodic plant and animal life cycle events. The start of autumn in this field is dictated not by a set date or a single event, but the changes in the natural world, such as the tinting of the trees and the ripening of autumn fruits.
I love this.. the first blackberry for me feels Autumnal, even through they start to ripen at the height of summer. And the leaves starting to turn and fall, which they are definitely doing in my garden. There’s that beautiful Autumnal scent that you pick up as you walk amongst trees at this time of year, which brings a little jolt of excitement. I never think I’m ready for summer to end, but then these little reminders tell me that what’s to come is just as wonderful.
With the chilliness in the air in the mornings I’ve been enjoying cosying up in big jumpers and fluffy socks, and we’ve been spending time in our garden wrapped up in waterproofs planting bulbs ready for next spring. My eldest baby, who is now 2 and a half, has been enjoying it so much. He’s planted most of the bulbs himself, so it will be wonderful to see them bloom in the spring and know that they are all his work!
This week, I’ve also launched my Autumn lines at my shop, Bliss Botanicals.
First is a new candle fragrance which I’ve called ‘Sweet Baked Apple Spice’ – sweet, cinnamony apple crumbles are also an Autumn favourite here, and this fragrance is a combination of that, mixed with ginger and clove.
My candles are individually hand poured using soy wax and are £20 each. They come in their own presentation box so make a perfect gift.
Also available are Sweet Baked Apple spice wax melts, which come in a set of 10 for just £4.50.
Next is a new product that I’ve been working on for a while and I’m really excited about. Developing a new skincare product to sell is a long process. I formulate my recipe, test it, reformulate it, test it again, and then when I’m happy about it I send the recipe off to a cosmetic chemist for a safety assessment – and that’s before I even start working on packaging and labels, which is the hardest part!
I wanted to create a lip balm range that was super nourishing and vegan friendly, with pure essential oils and completely natural ingredients – and this week I’ve been able to finally make them available for sale. A choice of three fragrances, there is ‘Pink Lemonade‘ which is scented with pure lemon essential oil and contains beautiful candy pink mica for a delicate pink shimmer.
There is also a little Autumn sale section which has up to 50% off some of my summer lines, including my now retired summer special fragrance, ‘White Tea and Coconut Leaf’.
You can also get free postage with every order over £25 using the discount code AUTUMN
What makes you happiest about Autumn?