What was the inspiration behind Lull?
I wanted to create a healthy, natural drink with relaxing and soothing properties, the type of qualities that traditional herbal teas are renowned for… but in a chilled version… a drink to seduce the senses... like a day at a spa or a long soak in the bath. A drink that didn't contain added sugar and that was gently sparkling (I love bubbles!).
Starting on the kitchen table with a lot of fruit, a juicer and strong infusions of herbal teas... I'd finally cracked it ... a light and refreshing, relaxation drink with a complex taste. Lull was finally born on June 9, 2010.
How do you relax/switch off?
To be honest, I find it quite hard to relax, often relaxing stresses me out. Soaking in a tub of bubbles, I suddenly realise the bath needs cleaning or the grout replacing. Breakfast in bed leads to changing the sheets when I drop toast butter side down. However, I still do love baths… with scorching hot water, lots of bubbles, candles and a 'bath snack'. My lovely husband is great at preparing these - my favourite is raw carrot and 'crush it yourself' peanut butter from the machine at the Whole Foods Market in High St Kensington.
What is your favourite detox tip?
Obviously I'd have to say drinking LULL is one of them! It's 100% natural with no added sugar, eleven botanical extracts and half of one of your five a day! But apart from this I don't usually need to detox as I don't drink much and always eat very healthy food with lots of fruit and vegetables, definitely more than five a day!
I've been a member of two book clubs for about 15 years and definitely have favourites but not one overall favourite. I find the most memorable books are those that seem particularly relevant in time or place, such as those that I read on holiday - John Steinbeck's 'The Grapes of Wrath', read on holiday in California, Vikram Seth's 'A Suitable Boy' read in India, Xinran's 'Miss Chopsticks', whilst touring China and Edmund de Waal's The Hare with the Amber Eyes, whilst visiting Paris.
The Thomas Crown Affair - both the original with Steve McQueen and Faye Dunaway (with the chess scene!) and the 1999 remake with Pierce Brosnan. Probably because for years my son has been fixated on the final scene when Brosnan returns Magritte's 'The Son of Man' painting to the Metropolitan Museum of Art and it's probably one of the few films I've seen more than once!
I love food and drink blogs with amazing mouth-watering recipes and beautiful photography, top of my list are www.tarteletteblog.com, www.cannellevanille.com written by the lovely Aran and www.teaspoonsandpetals.typepad.com written by Alexis Siemons and finally the London Cocktail Society's www.londoncocktailguide.wordpress.com, to keep me up to date with what’s happening on the London drinks scene. I also enjoy www.trendland.net, a site dedicated to art, culture and fashion.
What's your guilty pleasure?
Chocolate, especially rose, violet and lavender crèmes from Rococo or Prestat - but I don't feel any sense of guilt when I eat them! Also, orange blossom and salted caramel Ladurée macaroons are a favourite too.
What's the best advice you've ever been given?
Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you enjoy, that way, working hard will never be a chore.
What are you listening to at the moment?
I don't listen to much music, I work better in silence and when I'm not working, there's always a lot happening. However, in the car, I love listening to Adele or my old favourite 'The first of a million kisses' by Fairground Attraction.
Have you got a New Year's resolution?
Take more holidays than this year/(last year), which wouldn't be hard, as I've had none! So, a long holiday, somewhere hot, maybe Bali, is definitely on the agenda!
Claire is the founder of Lull drinks, the ultimate in relaxation drinks.