What do you remember from Heyland & Whittle's first 15 years?

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As you may have already heard, Heyland & Whittle is celebrating its 15th anniversary this year! This important milestone has put us in a nostalgic mood, remembering key events in our lives and in the world over the past 15 years, as we've reflected on what we were listening to and watching back in 2003 - it certainly wasn't Spotify and Netflix!

We've also been rummaging through our archives to see what our most popular products have been each year since we began, and it was lovely to see some long-standing classics in there, as well as reacquaint ourselves with a few old favourites.

So, let's travel back to 2003 and remember what was all the rage 15 years ago, when Heyland & Whittle was just getting off the ground:

2003

What we were listening to: This was the year Christina Aguilera released the incredibly inspiring Beautiful, The Black Eyed Peas were asking Where is the Love?, and Pop Idol (remember that?!) runner-up Gareth Gates released a version of Spirit In The Sky for Comic Relief.
On the big screen: This was the year that Love Actually arrived in cinemas, while Calendar Girls and Cold Mountain were also huge successes.
And the small screen: 2003 was the year that sitcom Little Britain began, and it also saw the first airing of fun factual quiz show QI.
Around the world: The mighty Concorde took its final flight in 2003.
At Heyland & Whittle: 2003 was the year that we launched our Soap Bricks for the first time!

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2004

What we were listening to: Pop Idol sensations Sam & Mark covered The Beatles' With A Little Help From My Friends, while Peter Andre's Mysterious Girl enjoyed a chart resurgence. At Christmas time, Band Aid 20's version of Do They Know It's Christmas?, featuring the likes of Dizzee Rascal and the Sugababes, rocketed to number one.
On the big screen: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban was released in cinemas, along with Shaun of the Dead and chick flick favourite Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason.
And the small screen: Saturday night favourites Strictly Come Dancing and The X Factor both began this year - we didn't realise Heyland & Whittle had been around for longer than Strictly!
Around the world: Queen Elizabeth II christened the largest ocean liner in the world, the RMS Queen Mary 2.
At Heyland & Whittle: This was the year that saw our 10 Small Soaps in a Gift Box launch - 14 years on, they're still a perfect gift for any occasion.

2005

What we were listening to: 2005 saw Arctic Monkeys burst onto the scene with I Bet You Look Good on the Dance Floor, and Oasis enjoyed a brief noughties resurgence with the release of Lyla and The Importance of Being Idle.
On the big screen: Johnny Depp starred as Willy Wonka in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, while Keira Knightley took on the role of Elizabeth Bennett in a gorgeous version of Pride and Prejudice.
And the small screen: This year saw The Apprentice, The Thick of It and Extras all hit our screens for the first time.
Around the world: HRH Prince Charles married Camilla, the now-Duchess of Cornwall, as UK prime minister Tony Blair was elected for a third term in office.
At Heyland & Whittle: Our Greentea & Grapefruit fragrance launched in 2005, and quickly became a bestseller. 

2006

What we were listening to: Gnarls Barkley's Crazy was everywhere, while Lily Allen entered the charts after gaining popularity via early social media site MySpace. 
On the big screen: Helen Mirren played the title role in The Queen, and Daniel Craig took on the James Bond role for the first time in Casino Royale.
And the small screen: The star of our TV screens in 2006 was Life on Mars, which went on to enjoy a second series the following year.
Around the world: YouTube came into the mainstream after being bought by Google, and Pluto lost its status as a planet, being reclassified as a dwarf planet.
At Heyland & Whittle: In 2006, we launched our Classic range of Reed Diffusers, which have since been rebranded under the Gold Classic collection.

2007

What we were listening to: Leona Lewis' (the previous year's X Factor winner) single Bleeding Love dominated the airwaves, while the late Amy Winehouse famously covered The Zutons' single Valerie.
On the big screen: In 2007, Johnny Depp sang his way through Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, as the fifth installment in the Harry Potter franchise, The Order of the Phoenix was released.
And the small screen: This year, Britain's Got Talent arrived on our screens for the first time, as did sitcoms Outnumbered and Gavin and Stacey.
Around the world: Gordon Brown became UK prime minister, and the new Wembley Stadium opened to the public for the first time.
At Heyland & Whittle: Our Liquid Soaps and Body Lotions hit the shelves for the first time in 2007.

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2008

What we were listening to: Snow Patrol's Chasing Cars was one of the year's biggest hits, while Adele released her first single, Chasing Pavements.
On the big screen: We were dancing in the cinema aisles when the first Mamma Mia! movie was released in 2008.
And the small screen: It was a big year for children's TV, as Blue Peter celebrated its 50th birthday, while Grange Hill aired for the final time after a 30-year run.
Around the world: The financial crash hit with the demise of Lehman Brothers triggering a global recession.
At Heyland & Whittle: Ten years ago, we launched our range of Candles in a Glass, which have remained hugely popular ever since.

2009

What we were listening to: Lady Gaga stormed the charts with the likes of Just Dance and Poker Face, but it was Rage Against the Machine that took the coveted Christmas number one spot following an online campaign.
On the big screen: Avatar was the big film hit in 2009, while The Boat That Rocked was also hugely popular.
And the small screen: Sir David Attenborough's Life captivated us this year, while hit series The Wire first aired in the UK.
Around the world: Barack Obama is inaugurated as the first black President of the United States.
At Heyland & Whittle: Following on from the previous year's Candle in a Glass launch, Candles in a Tin were added to our collection.

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2010

What we were listening to: Cee Lo Green's Forget You was everywhere, as was Lady Gaga and Beyonce's collaboration single, Telephone.
On the big screen: Colin Firth wowed in The King's Speech, while Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 arrived in cinemas.
And the small screen: This was the year that The Great British Bake Off hit our screens for the first time - can you remember a time before it?!
Around the world: Travel across Europe came to a halt as a volcanic ash cloud swept across the continent.
At Heyland & Whittle: 2010 was the year that we first brought out Refills for our Reed Diffusers, making your favourite scents even more long-lasting.

2011

What we were listening to: Adele's heartbreaking ballad Someone Like You was one of the year's biggest hits.
On the big screen: The final installment in the magical franchise, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, hit the silver screen.
And the small screen: Dennis Tanner returned to Coronation Street after a break of 43 years, played by the same actor, Philip Lowrie.
Around the world: Prince William marries Kate Middleton in April, with the couple becoming the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
At Heyland & Whittle: Our Shea Butter Bath Melts first hit the shelves in 2011, adding a little extra luxury and nourishment to your bath.

2012

What we were listening to: Emeli Sande was a permanent fixture on the airwaves in 2012, while Noel Gallagher re-entered the charts, this time as the frontman of Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds.
On the big screen: Les Miserables was the big-screen musical hit of the year, while Harry Potter's Daniel Radcliffe returned to cinemas in The Woman in Black.
And the small screen: Cosy Sunday night drama Call the Midwife began in 2012, taking us back to 1950s Poplar.
Around the world: London played host to athletes from around the world during a magical summer of sport and patriotic pride, while Queen Elizabeth II celebrated her Diamond Jubilee.
At Heyland & Whittle: In what was a big year for Great Britain, our specially created Hope & Glory range proved hugely popular.

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2013

What we were listening to: The summer of this year was dominated by Robin Thicke's controversial Blurred Lines.
On the big screen: The incredibly moving 12 Years a Slave was a huge cinema hit, while Alan Partridge returned to screens in Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa.
And the small screen: The nation was gripped by the first season of hit ITV drama Broadchurch.
Around the world: Britain welcomed a new royal baby as HRH Prince George Alexander Louis was born.
At Heyland & Whittle: In 2013, our Home collection launched for the first time, featuring a range of gorgeous fragrances for the home.

2014

What we were listening to: Ed Sheeran's Thinking Out Loud, mainly, as well as the immensely catchy Uptown Funk by Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars.
On the big screen: Benedict Cumberbatch was superb as Alan Turing in The Imitation Game, while everybody's favourite marmalade-loving bear arrived on cinema screens in Paddington.
And the small screen: Our love of The Great British Bake Off had grown to such a level that An Extra Slice, presented by Jo Brand, was launched to provide an in-depth look at each episode's bakes.
Around the world: Scotland voted in its independence referendum, choosing to remain part of the UK.
At Heyland & Whittle: We were extremely proud to be shortlisted for the Gift of the Year in 2014 for our quirky range of Soap Book Gift Boxes, with titles including Grime and Punishment.

2015

What we were listening to: Adele's Hello was one of the biggest songs of the year, as was Ellie Goulding's Love Me Like You Do, from the Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack.
On the big screen: Christian Grey fans flocked to cinemas to watch the first installment of the Fifty Shades trilogy, and Spectre was released as the next movie in the James Bond franchise.
And the small screen: Aidan Turner became a heartthrob overnight after appearing shirtless in BBC period drama Poldark for the first time.
Around the world: In the UK, the Conservative Party, led by David Cameron, won the general election.
At Heyland & Whittle: In 2015, we commemorated the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo with a special Soap Book Gift Box inspired by Major Arthur Rowley Heyland's (great-great-grandfather of Heyland & Whittle founder Paddy) heroic yet tragic role in the battle.

2016

What we were listening to: David Bowie re-entered the charts following his death in January 2016, while Rick Astley made a comeback with his album 50.
On the big screen: Harry Potter franchise spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them was the film of the autumn.
And the small screen: Netflix series The Crown starring Claire Foy and Matt Smith provided us with a fascinating dramatised look into the lives of the royals in its first season.
Around the world: The UK voted to leave the European Union as the Brexit debate swept across the nation. Meanwhile, the entertainment industry lost a huge number of stars, including David Bowie, Prince, Alan Rickman, George Michael and Victoria Wood.
At Heyland & Whittle: We launched a special Christmas range for the first time in 2016, inspired by fabulous festive fragrances.

2017

What we were listening to: Ed Sheeran's Shape of You was a big song of the year, while Taylor Swift's Look What You Made Me Do signalled an apparent change in style for the artist.
On the big screen: Wonder Woman, Dunkirk and Paddington 2 were all huge cinema hits in 2017.
And the small screen: Apple Tree Yard was one of the year's big dramas, while the second series of The Crown landed on Netflix.
Around the world: The year began with Donald Trump being sworn in as the 45th President of the United States.
At Heyland & Whittle: Customers went crazy for our Clementine & Prosecco and Fresh Linen fragrances, which were both bestsellers for the year.

2018

What we're listening to: ABBA in various forms; the group are recording new music to be released later this year, the Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again soundtrack is huge, and Cher is set to bring out an album of ABBA covers.
On the big screen: As well as Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, we're looking forward to the Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody hitting cinemas this autumn.
And the small screen: Makeover show Queer Eye has been a huge Netflix hit, while Doctor Who is set to welcome its first female doctor in 55 years later this year.
Around the world: Prince Harry married Meghan Markle, while the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge welcomed their third child, Prince Louis Arthur Charles.
At Heyland & Whittle: We have recently launched our brand new Amber & Oakmoss fragrance, and we hope that you love it as much as we do!

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