Apothe-cary in Castle Cary is like a mini SpaceNK except that everything in it is organic, natural and cruelty free (including the owner, Nell). You’ll find Award winners, top magazine picks and vegan products; for everyday living as well as special treats – and the shop smells amazing. Nell’s knowledge is encyclopedic, so we asked her to share her favourite products to take on hols. Toilet bag open and at the ready? Let’s pop this stuff in…
Brilliant for a long haul flight. Slip the little loops of the self-warming Interstellar Relaxation Eye Mask over your ears and drift away to a different, jasmine-scented dimension and forget the other 100 people sitting around you. Nominated in The Vogue Beauty Awards 2018.
My Personal Space spray, Saskia’s Flower Essences
This spray, containing pure rose water distilled by hand from roses grown in Somerset, refreshes your skin and is said to offer protection from other people’s energy (those people again). Just awarded Gold in the Green Parent Natural Beauty Awards 2018.
MAKE Face Refresh, Mary Temperley
Hydrate, balance and tone the skin after your little snooze with your Spacemask with natural flower waters of rose, geranium and lavender. Luxury skincare made in Somerset with the philosophy that what you put on your face should be good enough to eat.
Plant Stem Cell Antioxidant Sunscreen SPF 30, Madara
Protect your skin on the streets or the beach with a high performance sun screen made from stem cells from Northern Dragonhead (a plant from the mint family). It contains antioxidants to fight off ageing free radicals, raspberry seed oil and vitamin E. Sounds quite delicious.
pHenomenal Tan, Vita Liberta
If you feel too pale to get your bod out on the beach. Might not need this if you’ve been sunning yourself in the UK heatwave this summer but just in case. The organic pHenomenal tan mousse moisturises and builds up a tan on your face and body (not your clothes) and is especially good for dry, sensitive and mature skin.
Green Balm, MOA
Good holiday first aid kit all-rounder, Green Balm is an organic multi-purpose healing balm using a herb called yarrow (grown on an organic farm in Somerset) to help soothe, heal and repair, and nature’s antiseptic, tea tree oil. As well as helping minor cuts, grazes, rashes, blisters and insect bites, you can use it to remove make-up.
Eco bamboo toothbrush and natural toothpaste, Georganics
Totally biodegradable bamboo body, BPA-free nylon bristles, both made from sustainable, cruelty free sources. Don’t forget to pack natural toothpaste to go with (Georganics makes that too) – and organic mouthwash tablets.
Nourishing Hair Elixir, Evolve
After a day in the sun, control frizz and tame fly away hair with this Moroccan organic argan and baobab oils and Tahitian monoi hair serum. Rich in anti-oxidents, no silicon and leaves hair feeling soft, light and moisturised. Beauty Shortlists Awards 2017 winner.
All available at Apothe-cary, Fore Street, Castle Cary, Somerset BA7 7BG. Tel 07808 071322. Open Tues– Sat 10am-2om. Closed Mon & Sun.