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Light Green: Lifestyle Store in Castle Cary

Light Green: Lifestyle Store in Castle Cary

Pictured a vintage ballgown recently sold  by Light Green

Light Green, an eco lifestyle store specialising in vintage and organic is reason enough to take a road trip to the pretty market town of Castle Cary.

It’s owned by Sarah  Chapman, a woman with a passion for the natural and chemical free and it shows. This is a shrine to good living but not in a do-goody kind of way – the name ‘light green’ says it all. Here, in this fabulous smelling store (thanks to the Neom candles, more of which later) you can find many things to fit an ethical lifestyle, all beautifully displayed.

Sarah has collected vintage for years and there are some amazing pieces from Victorian nightgowns through to 1970s Ossie Clark and Celia Birtwell.

But there are vintage-inspired ranges too (‘vintage is just getting too expensive,’ Sarah says) with Nancy Mac’s gorgeous lace, silk and velvet dresses (below) and Spirit of Phoenix organic silk, hand-dyed kimonos (the short tops would be great with jeans). Both use luxurious fabrics which are ethically sourced – these are beautiful, wearable clothes which are unlike anything else you’re likely to see. You can find ethical fashion from new Cornish label Eko – mega soft bamboo separates, tops and leggings which are the ultimate in yoga gear and laid-back organic cotton dresses. Sarah collects vintage jewellery and you’ll find bracelets, brooches and rings to ignite your inner magpie. She also stocks reworked vintage jewellery by designer Rosie Weisencrantz and I loved these original but affordable pieces, old brooches and gems on handwoven bracelets, hair combs and earrings. All of this and we haven’t even got to the shop’s organic skincare ranges, which is where Sarah’s passion really shows. She says her skin is better now than it was five years ago – it looks amazing – thanks to exclusively using organic products. She stocks the full range of Dr Hauschka – ‘it’s the one everyone knows’ – but is most excited about her newest import Gaia Organics from South Africa. This is a cutting edge brand, the first skincare company to use green tea polyphenols (anti cancer agents), fruit acid toners and kombucha extracts to help reverse the ageing process. Sarah is so knowledgeable about it, I could listen to her for hours and invest heavily. The hero product is Royal Bio Nutricell Lotion which protects against premature ageing and produces a very light tan. Light Green stocks Jane Iredale's mineral based cosmetics from the US which I first heard about from make up artist Amanda Jackson-Sytner who named it as her favourite brand. It's Sarah's too and this is a woman who knows her stuff. I tried the new BB (Blemish Balm) cream which combines foundation, concealer, sunscreen and moisturiser in one. BB creams are the latest thing and it looked and felt great.  Next I tried the pressed base - foundation, powder and sun screen in one - and as someone who is not afraid to splurge on the latest cosmetics, I was amazed; think instant, perfect skin in a compact. You can find Neom Organics here - a range of candles, room sprays, bath oils and body lotions which smell addictively good. The candles are made using only vegetable wax and pure essential oils so burn without releasing pollutants, toxins or soot. Upstairs there is a treatment room where you can book in for everything from hot stone massages to pedicures and fake tan sprays (all organic of course). The recession has pushed many a high street shop to the wall but Light Green is having one of its best years to date which comes as no surprise. The only unusual thing here is that such an indulgent yet forward thinking store exists in the heart of Somerset.  

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