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Six Home Fragrance based gift ideas

June 30, 2021

We adore scented candles and diffusers, and at Hamper Lounge, we stock a gorgeous range from The Harrogate Candle Company and Addison Ross.
Here are our six top picks for a fragrance based gift for the special woman in your life.

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CHOOSING AND CARING FOR CHEESE

June 21, 2021

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Craft beer  - Cans Vs. Bottles

Craft beer - Cans Vs. Bottles

June 19, 2021

Before we start, let's dispel a rumour. Aluminum cans don't impact a beer's flavour. Like many people, you might believe that beer tastes better out of a bottle. However, blind taste tests have shown time and time again that there's no consistent difference between the flavours of bottled and canned beer.

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What is Mead?

What is Mead?

June 18, 2021

Traditionally, mead is fermented with three basic ingredients: honey, yeast, and water, or from a mixture of honey and water with hops, fruit, spices and grains. 

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Hen Night Gift Ideas

Hen Night Gift Ideas

June 17, 2021

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Vegan Cheese - The Lowdown

Vegan Cheese - The Lowdown

June 16, 2021

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Alcohol themed gifts

Alcohol themed gifts

June 15, 2021

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Mouldy cheese - Is it safe to eat?

Mouldy cheese - Is it safe to eat?

June 14, 2021

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Why do people love chocolate?

Why do people love chocolate?

June 11, 2021

Chocolate is made from the beans of the tropical cacao tree. Most of these trees are grown in Western Africa where the tropical climate is perfect for cacao beans to flourish. But why is chocolate so addictively delicious? The answer may be more complex than you realise.

We at the Hamper Lounge have hand picked a wide range of gifts including some exquisitely delicious chocolate hamper selections.

The chemistry of chocolate actually plays a huge part in why it is so well-loved and delicious. There are a few hundred chemicals within your typical bar but the most important ones are theobromine, anandamide and caffeine. Theobromine and caffeine are stimulants and, although they only appear in miniscule amounts, it’s enough to give chocolate that addictive feel which means you can never just have one square! Feeling chocolatey yet? Try our scrumptious ‘I Love Chocolate Mini Box’ to get your chocolate fix or send to a chocolate-obsessed friend today.

Another important element of chocolate is a chemical called anandamide. This is a neurotransmitter and actually comes from the Sanskrit "ananda", meaning ‘joy or bliss’. This chemical stimulates the brain and releases a sort of ‘chocolate high’.

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Staff picks for Father's Day gifts

Staff picks for Father's Day gifts

June 11, 2021

Father's Day is just around the corner, so we thought it would be a great idea to ask our staff members what they would choose as their favourite Father's Day gifts.
So here, in no particular order, are our staff top picks.

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What is fragrance zoning?

What is fragrance zoning?

June 09, 2021

What is fragrance zoning?
There is a brand new lifestyle and wellness trend called fragrance zoning, scent zoning or scent - scaping.
This is the practice of dividing up your home, or different times of your day, using different scents, compartmentalising each room or time period in your mind.
What are the benefits?
" I recommend using the power of aroma to modulate your psychology," says Dr. Tara Stewart, neuroscientist. " We can use scent to help us focus on work without distraction, to reduce stress or to motivate us to exercise. I recommend using scent to structure our day in terms of a morning and evening ritual " Certain aromas can send subconscious triggers to produce certain states of mind.
" Our sense of smell is linked to the parts of the brain governing instinct, memory and emotion, and it is the most evocative and primitive of all our senses " says Aromatherapy Associates Education and Wellbeing Director Christina Salcedas. " Using these pathways, essential oils and fragrances can have a dynamic effect on our emotional state. They help us transform our moods, moving from one state of mind to another " " This is a fairly new trend -  the rationale is to harness the positive effects that scents have on our feelings and mood " says Msc in clinical, developmental psychology and neuropsychology Giada Brianza. 

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Top five pamper day ideas

Top five pamper day ideas

June 07, 2021



We could all use a pamper day occasionally and taking some me-time is the best way to stay healthy and mentally fresh. Pampering yourself can include a range of activities from going on a countryside walk, to running a bubbly bath or even just chilling out in front of the TV. As the weekend beckons, we’re here from Hamper Lounge to give you our top five pamper day ideas.

Run a bath

This is such a simple idea but can often be overlooked in the hurry of day-to-day life. Running a bath and spending an hour relaxing in hot water with soapy bubbles can be the perfect way to unwind after a stressful day. This is also a great option if you don’t have the time to dedicate a whole day to pampering. Just an hour in the bath can be enough to refresh yourself. Our ‘Lavender and Lillie Mini Box’ comes complete with luxurious soap and body lotion and is a great gift to give a loved one- pairing beautifully with a freshly-run bath.

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