Pretty Good Thinking: A local beauty treasure

Revive Gift Set
Revive Gift Set

Have you ever tried choccies with essential oil flavouring? Try the NHR Organic Oil shop, near Seven Dials.

Have you ever tried choccies with essential oil flavouring? Organic Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh Chocolate is £5.25 a bar, or give it in a gift set with 10ml Organic Ylang Ylang Essential Oil and 100ml Organic Sensual Massage Oil for £21.95 at the NHR Organic Oil shop, near Seven Dials.

If you are fed up with cloying candle-like scents, scale up your efforts with wild crafted Organic Myrrh or Organic Silver Fir essential oil. NHR have a world class range online at

Another local treasure to shop at is The Beauty Shed in deepest Hove. Don’t forget to pick up a gift tin to share a pamper voucher to be redeemed against natural products or beauty treatments. Pop to the cafe or browse to order online at

I’ve discovered a cracking free-from skincare brand that is hand blended in Scotland. Ermana Revive Face Oil is a 30ml luxe blend of nourishing plant oils packed with natural vitamins, minerals, anti oxidants and omega oils. Pure frankincense and lavender essential oils give balance, while Vitamin E aids cell regeneration - it’s very good.

Ermana Revive Cleanse Balm, 60ml, contains Cocoa, Shea and Coconut butters, plus sweet almond oil and beeswax with a wonderful infusion of grapefruit and galbanum pure essential oils to restore the skin. Both are paired with a cotton muslin cloth in a beautiful Revive gift box with botanical illustrations for £49. Ermana mix natural botanicals with a lot of style. Claire, the founder has a fashion and homewares background and the presentation is gorgeously understated. Three 15ml pots of Ermana Cleanse, Refresh and Comfort Balm also look super at £24 -

Aveda Balancing Body Mist is £30 for 100ml and comes in seven chakras. Number four balances the heart chakra according to Ayurveda, the ancient healing art of India. Spritz liberally to enjoy sandalwood, organic mandarin and palmarosa essences that linger beautifully on your skin and hair. I top up on my morning dose at 4pm, and somehow the freshness keeps me alert as it gets dark. Not only do you feel well-balanced, the room you first sprayed it on in will continue to smell like a heavenly sauna until you get home. When the heart chakra is balanced, one feels love and connection to self and others. I’m glad of the extra help.