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
Last night I listened to a talk by Elif Shafak on the revolutionary power of diverse thought. She is a Turkish writer, a Sufi, a feminist and a most beautiful weaver of stories. She is reviled by the conservative right in Turkey and to some extent dismissed by the left, but for me she speaks a truth that resonates with many of my own thoughts. She talked about a world increasingly polarised, fractured, tribal, nationalist and fearful. She discussed the prevalence of simplistic duality of discussion, the ‘with us or against us’ mentality, the loss of ambiguity, complexity and nuance...Read More
I’ve been reading a lot of commentaries recently on flower waters and how fantastic they are for the skin. Many beauty bloggers advocate their use and rightly so, a great flower water is a magical ingredient. They are used by themselves as spritzers, toners and subtle perfumes and added to food and drinks for unusual and interesting flavours. They are also incorporated into any number of mists and cosmetics as significant ingredients. However, as an artisanal distiller I wanted to write a little about some of the differences between flower waters because they are certainly not all equal and many are not quite what they seem.Read More
We have completed our first week at the shop. It has been great. And what a journey.
From pencil sketches on the back of envelopes to work out storage with Catherine Cridland, deciding on what kind of oak for shelving and how to hang it without any visible fixings (huge metal pins and resin for your information) the hunt for the perfect chair with my sister, bashing up flowers to get pigments so that any colour applied in the shop would directly link back to our plants followed by the utterly joyful commissioning of pieces to use in the space.Read More
Many months ago, I approached Galina Atchkasova-Portianoi and asked her to write a piece for the Journal - I had met Galina several times and was struck by her enquiring mind, clear thinking and dedication to her work. She sent the words you see below and I am very grateful to her for patiently waiting for its publication to coincide with an update of our website. Thank you Galina...
"When Amanda approached me about writing a guest blog post, the subject that she suggested seemed a little surprising initially, but the more I thought about it, the more I realised how she 'hit' the nerve, as the subject has been inately on my mind for the last few months.Read More
We are opening a shop. Soon. And a therapy room. By the end of October our door will be flung open and you can really enter our world; feel our products, smell our oils, touch some of our plants and talk to us about what you need for your skin. You can have facials and massages with our little team of wonderful women as often as you like and if you want something really special we’ll be creating truly bespoke products by appointment.Read More
I’ve been musing on the business of business for a while now, the way we conduct it, what we value, what we want to achieve and who helps us along the way. I’ve thought about it in relation to our methods and ethos and spent long evenings working out what I think is important for A.S APOTHECARY not just in terms of products but also how we work.Read More