In 2017 Amber and Adrian Baillie founded Lydhurst Cottages, a hospitality business with luxury holiday cottages on a private country estate on the edge of the Sussex Downs. In this article Amber Baillie reflects on her connection to this Area of Outstanding Beauty and why supporting sustainable local brands and celebrating Sussex are so important to her.Read More
The skin on your lips is thinner than other places on your body, only three layers compared to 16 on your face, which is why it is so crucially important that they are cared for, protected and not covered with noxious substances. In this article, Tara Gould looks at how your trusted lip balm could be a danger to your health.Read More
Some years ago I was approached by a very popular women’s magazine, it was a title I had read with interest from time to time, and I was pleased to be talking to a very pleasant young woman about my work. She was very enthusiastic about what we do, the fact that our team are all women, the provenance of the products etc. It was going well. She explained that this was exactly the kind of story they wanted. As the chat drew to a close she said to me ‘oh I forgot to ask, one last question, how old are you?’ Without a moment’s hesitation I said I was 49. The silence that followed was deafening. Within a minute she made her excuses and rang off and I didn’t hear from them again.Read More
In this blog post, Tara Gould reviews her recent bespoke facial with our In-House therapist Ellie Gill
‘When was the last time you had a facial?’ Ellie asked as I settled back into the therapy couch in the A.S.APOTHECARY Treatment Room.
I mentally scanned back through the months, the years, the decades.
‘It must have been at least ten years ago, and only because it was a gift from a friend.’Read More
As many self-employed/small business people know, taking time away is a challenge, both logistically and practically. For most businesses though, there is a moment in the year when things quieten down sufficiently to allow a couple of weeks of R&R to be inked indelibly onto the calendar.Read More
In this blog post our lovely in-house green beauty expert Ellie Gill describes her process and why a natural, green facial is so good for the skin, the spirit and the emotions.Read More
While it’s true that the holiday starts at the airport and that a big part of the fun and anticipation is in the journey, any long haul stretch of travelling will have its impact on your system. Skin dehydration, fatigue, jet lag, swollen joints, stiffness, stress and anxiety are just some of the challenges many of us face, whether confined to a car, train or plane for hours on end. Green beauty expert Ellie Gill and A.S.APOTHECARY’s Tara Gould offer their top tips for a restful and enjoyable journey.Read More
We’ve been thinking about bodies recently and noticing that we lavish attention on faces but largely neglect the rest of the body. It’s as if out of sight is out of mind but as this magnificent Summer shines on and we are all exposing more skin to the sun, we decided to make a product specifically for the body, but so much more than a standard oil…Read More
Tara Gould writes about her first rose pick:
It's the sheer abundance of rose petals and the visual and sensual impact they have on you which is such a visceral pleasure. There are mounds and mounds of them, more than enough to submerge yourself in if you wanted to. More than I have ever seen in one place, so that the scent of them is overwhelming and slightly intoxicating…Read More
Once a year in June, when our Roses are in full bloom, I throw open the doors of the barn and welcome in the intrepid group of people who want to experience the absolute joy of wild perfumery. It's a day of immersion in scent, an invitation to try out the way I work myself and it’s utterly liberating.
Natural atrophy, gravity, exposure to sun, weather and toxins are factors that damage and age male and female skin equally. There are many misconceptions about how men and women age, but it is often more a case of how they are permitted to age. For too long myths have been propagated by a society and its media machine that is tolerant and supportive of male maturity while being intolerant and critical of the same natural processes in women…Read More
Working with plants can be challenging. Seeds sown enthusiastically may not germinate. Sometimes the precious little seedlings put into the poly tunnel to grow on might be snacked on by mice. Small plants potted on and cared for so carefully if planted out too soon can fall prey to rabbits, slugs or snails. And then there’s the weather…a late frost, an early drought, too much rain at the wrong time, too much sun (very unlikely here), not enough sun (a familiar story) Farming/gardening is a roller coaster.Read More
We are delighted to be hosting this very special event with Lulah Ellender, author of Elisabeth's Lists: A family story.
Lulah's book tells the story of her long-lost grandmother's life, through a book of handwritten lists she left behind….Read More
The lovely Tara Gould writes the newsletters for A.S Apothecary – they help to tell our story, make offers, introduce therapists and new products, plants and whatever combination of subjects we are interested in. Together we make plans for general areas it might be good for me to write about in the Journal – however, given my wayward character, I seem to write whatever comes to mind; often something seasonal, or arising from a journey or a book I’ve been reading or a plant or landscape that has particularly captivated me (orange blossom distilling in Cyprus next week by the way…)
For the April Journal we discussed writing about the milestones of women’s lives, and I’ve had a week that made me really muse on Menopause so it seems a logical place to start.Read More
Here at A.S.APOTHECARY we don't see menopause as a negative event, or as a terrible thing to be endured, but rather as one of the many stages of being a woman that is ultimately a positive stepping stone from one phase to the next. As an all female team of women (mostly) of a certain seasoned maturity, we have a lot to share and discuss on the matter, and while we've found that certain characteristics may be similar, what is clear is that the menopause is different for everyone, and that this particular female transformation is as unique as every woman is.
Like pregnancy and childbirth, the menopause is one of those powerful and mysterious events in a woman's life that civilised society, and specifically the medical and scientific community, feels the need to control and defineRead More
We are newly into Spring, soon with a bit of luck, Winter will be a distant memory. Yesterday the first crop arrived on my desk picked by Emily and Miranda, our outgoing and incoming gardeners, handing over from one to another seamlessly as one season moves to the next. Their sharing was a pile of violets so purple and scented that it took my breath away. Violets are always a marker for me, the moment when fecundity returns to the earth and the wait for the other scented flowers feels within reach. I turned the petals in my hands relishing the velvety texture, it was pure joy.Read More
Tree resins have an extensive history in certain parts of the world, and are often highly revered by the cultures that produce them. Frankincense and Myrrh have both been used in sacred rites, religious and mystical ceremony, beauty and health care for millennia and for good reason.
We harness the wonderful fragrances and beneficial properties of Myrrh and Frankincense in many of our skincare products. The oil we use is extracted from resin, which drips in a golden liquid from a tree or a shrub when it is wounded, and this is key to understanding their therapeutic properties.Read More
The First Aid Kit Therapeutic Balms were developed and designed with the intention of providing a complete bathroom cabinet DIY kit for everyday ailments throughout the year. Here, Tara Gould looks at three that are really useful at treating a range of cold weather ailments.Read More
This wonderfully fragrant plant with its earthy, spicy and pleasantly camphorous scent uplifts your spirit the moment it hits your nose. Rosemary is a member of the mint family and was traditionally used to help alleviate muscle pain, improve memory, boost the immune and circulatory system, and promote hair growth. But more recently scientists have been discovering other its other preventative and curative powers.Read More
A few weeks ago we invited Alex Leith from Viva Lewes up to the shop for a facial. I read what he wrote with interest, particularly the first paragraph which typifies the attitude towards skincare for men: “People kind of smirked when I told them I was going for a facial, and I must say, it did feel a little, what… metrosexual? But then I figured that male skin is pretty much the same as female skin: if women get so much out of their moisturisers and suchlike, why can’t we?”Read More