A SHOP has opened with the aim of saving people “hours and hours” by having a range of eco-friendly products in one place.

Take Good Care, which opened in Newhaven Enterprise Centre last Wednesday, offers a range of products from sustainable beauty products, to guides on developing mindfulness.

The business was set up by Firle resident Barbara Rowe, who said it is a “self-care hub and eco-friendly shopping destination” for people seeking to improve their overall wellbeing.

The Argus: Lesley Boniface with Barbara Rowe (left), and two happy customers (right).Lesley Boniface with Barbara Rowe (left), and two happy customers (right).

She said: “Lockdown saw me lose six contracts in one day, but what it did give me was the space to recharge. I wanted to take care of others, and the planet while taking care of myself.

“But this resulted in hours and hours online trying to find natural and environmentally friendly products. I’d buy skincare from one site, books from another and meditation tools somewhere else.

“I also found that a lot of the websites are aimed at younger audiences, rather than being inclusive of men and women in our 50s, like me – not just in terms of the items on sale, but the information, too.

“So I decided to create that space myself.”

Newhaven Town mayor Lesley Boniface, expressed her delight in welcoming a new self-care initiative to Newhaven.

She said: “People in Sussex are becoming more aware of their mental well-being,” said Lesley. “We are more aware that our mental health isn't great at the moment and it's brilliant that we've got these initiatives, such as Barbara's, who can help out.

The Argus: Some scented candles.Some scented candles.

“I was so inspired by Barbara from the moment I met her. We really need to support these businesses and communities that are opening up. We've a couple in the town already and it's just amazing what she and everyone else is doing.

“To bring a business along and to get it going out of a pandemic, it's just amazing. We're so proud of her.”

Barbara said that her new business makes it “easy to love and nurture your body and mind from head to toe”.

The shop offers a range of skincare and fragrance ranges, including natural scrubs, balms, body butters and serums that are free from harmful synthetic preservatives.

For more information on Barbara's new business, visit her website.

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