Palm Oil – Sustainability and The Environment

What is palm oil? It’s an edible vegetable oil that comes from the fruit of oil palm trees, the scientific name is Elaeis guineensis. Two types of oil can be produced; crude palm oil comes from squeezing the fleshy fruit, and palm kernel oil which comes from crushing the kernel, or the stone in the […]

Quality & Traditional Brushmaking

russells brushes- made in England

The search for a British master brushmaker. Rose & Lavender have been successfully selling traditional brushes and household products from the German manufacturer Bürstenhaus Redecker for a couple of years now. We have always been aware of the distance the products have had to travel to reach the UK and the carbon footprint that entails. The […]

Soap Pouches – Eco-friendly and Reusable

redecker soap sack

For many years soap pouches (or soap sacks) were used in homes across the country to recycle scrap pieces of soap that would otherwise be discarded. With the advent of the throw-it-away-buy-another society, most consumers (apart from a notable minority) hadn’t the time or the inclination to save up and reuse all those small pieces […]

Vintage In Oulton

vintage in outon shop

A new shop in the Oulton area of Leeds which sells a mixture of old toys, retro clothes, antiques, imaginative shabby chic furniture and 60’s, 70’s and 80’s collectables, is causing quite a buzz. Called simply ‘Vintage in Oulton’, it is attracting attention from both far and wide. The last time I visited they had […]

Our Shop In ‘The Shop’

rose & lavender now has a shop in the riversmeet craft cafe

Rose & Lavender are excited to announce that we now have a range of products available to purchase in the RiversMEET Craft Cafe shop. Situated in Methley, Leeds, the cafe has built up a loyal and growing following in the six years it has been open. Housed in a former pub (the Royal Oak), it […]

Clean Living – Banish The Plastic

plastic waste

Welcome To Our World A report published this week has described in detail the horrific damage that is being wrought on the environment by our obsession with cheap, ‘throw it and forget it’ plastic. To see the scale of the problem, just have a quick look around your desk, in your kitchen cupboards, your car […]

A Bathtub Brush – One Of Life’s Little Luxuries

redecker bath tub blog

New to Rose & Lavender – the Redecker Bathtub Brush! Are you still leaning over into the bath to clean it? Are you still risking life and limb (or maybe just a bad back) to reach the farthest corners? Well here comes Redecker to the rescue! Until I noticed the bathtub brush in the Burstenhaus […]

St Oswald’s – Methley’s Jewel In The Crown

st oswald's methley

Like many people, I have passed by this lovely old church many, many times without actually knowing anything about its history or what historical treasures were waiting to be discovered inside. A church open day on June 4th 2017 changed all of that. This blog about the church and its rich history is a mixture of […]

Thermowood – A Link To Our Past

thermowood brush in production

Our ancestors were aware of a method of treating wood which has increasingly become forgotten through the course of the centuries and especially with the onset of chemical coatings. Even as a child my husband can remember sharpening sticks and holding the end over a fire to harden the wood (he has always been a […]