Founded in 1973 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Crabtree & Evelyn has evolved from a small, family-run business to an international company, respected for its naturally inspired remedies and home comforts. Long before the 'natural' and 'wellness' movement became popular, Crabtree & Evelyn was wholeheartedly embracing the riches of the natural world. Their inspirational model is the early home apothecary.
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C&E is hands down my favorite body lotion/ hand cream brand!!! Before C&E came into the picture, I was obsessed with L'occitane but after switching to C&E, I never went back. I would recommend their hand creams, body lotions, shower gels, EDTs and all that but it would be a long, exhaustive list! The star product that I highly highly highly recommend would be their hand cream, otherwise known as "Ultra-Moisturizing Hand Therapy" and yes, it is indeed ultra moisturizing!!!
This ultra thick hand cream that works so well at keeping my hands smooth and moisturized. My mother and sisters love it as well and we all have our own tube of hand therapy!! Despite its thickness, the cream absorbs really well and the best part is that it does not leave any stickiness behind. Just smooth and great-smelling hands!
My favorite scent would be the Avocado, Olive & Basil one cos it smells so fruity, natural and refreshing. If you love flowery scents, the Iris one is not too bad. My mother loves it but I'm just not a fan of flowery scents. The squeeze tube also makes it light, portable and handy to use it on-the-go.
Their food items are also amazing. I love their White Chocolate & Lemon cookies as well as their Strawberry Jam!! Yummy sweet treats. C&E also has lots of gift boxes and well-wrapped hampers during the festive season and they make great gifts for your loved ones. I love C&E and if you haven't jumped onto the bandwagon yet, please hurry!!! You'll not regret it :)
I have been obsessed with C & E for as long as I can remember. But I did not even have any interest brand existed until my mom’s friend recommended it to her about 4 years ago.
Their products do seem to be on the pricier range but I assure you that it is worth every dollar. It is very luxurious and comforting to use. I love the Goatmilk bar soaps (comes in a pack of 3 for $24). But the hand therapy has been an all-time favourite of mine. It makes your hands irresistibly soft that would leave you marveling over the magical transition! For the hand therapy I like the Nantucket Briar fragrance but you might have your own preference.
Many new fragrances like Somerset meadow, Himalayan blue, Avocado &basil come and go but I’m somehow always drawn towards the classic signature collection. The La Source foot products like the ultra-moisturising foot remedy, foot soak are great for smoothening our dry skin. But I have to warn you that it is usually out of stock.
I usually visit the outlet in Ngee Ann City or Centrepoint. Even though the Centrepoint outlet is much smaller than the Ngee Ann one their service is just as good! But beware of the outlet in Junction 8 where the staff (whom I’m guessing are newbies) seemed blur and lazily stretched her arms in an already crowded store! Furthermore when I went there with my mom, the cashier billed us wrongly.
So just steer clear of that outlet. I would recommend you to become a member as there are many perks and it’s a lifetime membership. Hence you wouldn’t have to go through the hassle of renewing it. Lastly, I just have to say how much I love their Christmas gift bags (their designs change every year)! You can just ask the sales girl outside the store and they would hand you the appropriate number of bags for the products you have purchased.This is only available during the Christmas season. Even their normal shopping bags are just as nice and it’s perfect for gift-giving!
Although Crabtree & Evelyn is known for their various natural/botanical body and home products, I personally find them a little too expensive, and have never bought any. However, their tea and biscuits are a serious addiction. My quick high-tea fix in the afternoon at the moment is their Earl Grey tea on the side of their tasty strawberry & cream biscuits. Both the tea and biscuits come in pretty tins, which is definitely a plus point and can double up as your makeup or jewellery storage box after. I call that, killing two birds with one stone!
Whenever i think of Crabtree and Evelyn, their hand creams immediately come to mind. As someone with really dry hands, i absolutely love how their hand cream fully moisturizes my dry and chapped palms while leaving a pleasant scent after application. As i feel that the cream is a little too thick for frequent throughout-the-day application, i usually apply a thick layer before i sleep, treating it as a sleep-in mask for my hands. This is my secret formula to soft, delicate hands when I wake up the next morning!
My all time favorite scent is Rosewater; I love how the floral scent of their Rosewater products is light yet long lasting, girly and demure yet not too mature. I would recommend the rosewater perfume for school or casual Saturday brunch dates! Other must try fragrances that i highly recommend are Iris, Lavender and Lily.
Apart from hand care products, Crabtree and Evelyn also retails their very own range of cookies , and my personal favorite is non other than their 'White Chocolate and Raspberry' cookies. The Belgian white chocolate chunks are hughe and generous, and they go exceptionally well with the sweetness of the raspberries. The cookies are not too buttery, and each possess just the right amount of crunch for a delectable afternoon snack.
I try as far as possible to get C&E’s Earl Grey because it’s one of the best teas I’ve ever had, personally. I also tend to get gifts for birthdays, Mother’s day and so on from here as well. The ingredients are premium, hence most of the perishables here taste absolutely divine as well. I received one of the Rosewater hand care products as a gift and it smelled amazing!!!
It’s definitely worth the sometimes hefty price tag. Moreover, the service staff is very approachable, polite and courteous. My only complaint is that the outlet I usually visit, the one in Tampines Mall, is rather small.
I understand that Crabtree & Evelyn had just undergone a major facelift when i stepped into their store at Ngee Ann City the other day. The place looked freaking amazing, it smelt freaking AMAZING! i love the change of decor and tiny touches around the stores. Felt like i was transported into a different realm, into one of Christopher Columbus's voyages!
I've love their hand creams since i was in Polytechnic and that was a really really long time ago.
I'm still using them now and i love their new fragrances (Citron, Gardeners) even more than the usual Rose and Lavender scented ones. They really work for me, very thick and creamy but don't leave much of a greasy residue and works into the skin really easily, especially in an air-conditioned environment.
The only complaint i have is with their sales attendants. I wished they were more pro-active in approaching and engaging their customers. I was wandering about the store at Parkway and at Ngee Ann City and on both occasions, no one came to ask if i needed any assistance.
I remembered my first item from the shop was Gardener's handcream. My date had bought for me knowing that I have dry sensitive skin and could not use many types of cream available. He told me that the products from this shop is known to be of natural ingredients and has a nice smell too.
I shop very often at the Centrepoint branch and the service is rather consistent as well. The assistants did not look at me differently as my hands would sometimes be red and sore from using the wrong stuff. They always could recommend me suitable things to use.
I remembered my first Christmas gift. The wrapping was a beautiful gold and maroon with gold ribbons. The gift tag had my name on it and it was given by one of my aunt. I had never received a Christmas gift before so I was very much excited to open the gift.
Un-wrapping the beautifully wrapped gift, I caught a whiff of a beautiful fragrance of flowers flowing in the warm summer breeze. In the gift was a collection of Crabtree & Evelyn's Summer collection of bath gel, body lotion and hand cream.
It's no secret that I still love it as it will always remind me of Christmas.
I always regard this place as a heaven for creams and true to it, I especially love their hand cream. My first purchase was a tiny tube of hand cream, not cheap for that size though but I was so in love with its smell and decided to buy it.
I instantly fell in love with the cream the moment I applied it on my hands. The smell is sweet, nice and heavenly. It's very moisturizing and left my hands soft the whole day. Truly a great purchase.
Crabtree is a nice place if you're looking for a beauty gift set as they come in various travel sizes and wrapped prettily for that special occasion.
A friend from Hong Kong visited Singapore and bought me a gift pack containing 3 pieces of hand cream. I fell in love with it instantly because of the subtle sweet fragrance and the velvety texture! That was my first time using Crabtree & Evelyn products and I got hooked to the hand cream ever since. I went on to try other items like body cream and shower gel and I love them all.
Crabtree & Evelyn has grown to become one of my regular places to shop for gifts for most occasions. I got many other girl friends hooked on the hand cream as well.