My introduction to The Laundress – a line of minimalist, eco-friendly products for the home – came by way of a candle that was given to me recently as a present. The No 247 has an elegant design and a fresh, lavender-infused scent. I’ve since become a fan of the entire line of non-toxic, biodegradable and allergen-free items. From effective detergents to tasteful clothes pegs and sweater stones (yes, these do exist), The Laundress is my new go-to for chic laundry essentials.
But back to the candle that now adorns my desk. It is just one of a range that includes Lady and Cedar (£32), each infused with bergamot, sandalwood and citrus notes, and blended from soy, vegetable and beeswax, plus calming essential oils. They are hand-poured, look blissfully neutral (all white and glass, nothing frilly) and burn for 60 hours.
I have since branched out into the laundry range and am now a fan of The Laundress’ Signature Detergent (£14.95). It smells crisp and clean and combines colour guard, natural bleach alternatives and stain fighters. I’ve also tried the Delicate Wash (£13.95), which I love for silk and which I’m convinced will extend the life of my lingerie. Among the other options, which include Denim Wash (£13.95) and Swimwear Care (£13.95), is the pièce de résistance: the Wool & Cashmere Shampoo (£13.95). This soft, cedar-infused, sulphate-free wonder cleans my jumpers in a way that few professionals have managed to pull off.
Laundry aside, there are also handcrafted pet and lint brushes, as well as a luxe line of home cleaning implements (from £10.95), surface cleaners and even ylang ylang-scented vinegar for deodorising germ-ridden surfaces. The Travel Pack (about £35) includes 2oz versions of some great formulations – Delicate Wash, Stain Solution, Crease Release – with a reusable laundry bag thrown in for good measure.
Let’s face it: washing, scrubbing and disinfecting are never going to involve having a good time, but The Laundress does bring a new meaning to the concept of the domestic arts.