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CACI and the menopause

15th September 2021

While memories of life pre-lockdown are becoming ever more distant, we wonder, do you remember what your skincare routine was? Did you manage to maintain it, have you made changes or perhaps even discarded all thoughts of skincare? Against the backdrop of a global pandemic it perhaps slipped down the priority list?

Regardless, now that life is starting to come back to some level of ‘normal’ we have time to focus on what we did pre-pandemic and what we should be doing now. What is needed to restore our skin to its glowing self or what has changed, eg are you now experiencing signs of the menopause or maybe you’re post-menopausal. Questions range from ‘should I be reviewing my regime?’ to ‘how has the lack of facials affected me and my skin?’

For answers to these and all the other questions you may have about skincare simply speak with your therapist at Chamomile Sanctuary. The highly skilled team are trained in everything from feelgood facials to the popular celebrity endorsed CACI and COMCIT facials. They are also able to provide advice on what changes to make around the menopause.

Rachael (52) has been visiting Chamomile for around ten years and definitely found that during lockdown she, and her skin, missed the benefits of a regular facial. At the start of lockdown she had become peri-menopausal and has begun to notice other changes in her skin. She said:

“I’m a real fan of facials whether it’s Aromatherapy Associates at the end of a stressful day in the office or CACI to help combat the signs of ageing. I definitely noticed a real difference in my skin during lockdown. I’ve always been diligent with my skincare and continued this during lockdown however I now feel that the lack of facials and the effects of the menopause means I need to readdress my routine and make some changes. 

I had noticed more lines around my eyes and my skin looking dull and lacking tone, much as I felt not being able to get to the gym! So I was delighted to be able to chat with Emma about my own concerns, including the effects of menopause. Together we created a new skincare routine for me which will address dehydration, lines and wrinkles on a daily basis. 

I am also delighted to be able to restart my CACI treatments which together with COMCIT will help to address the lack of elasticity, reduce the lines and wrinkles and leave me with a fresh glowing complexion. After my recommended “return to CACI” course of 6 treatments (2 per week for three weeks) I am definitely starting to see my old self again. Isn’t muscle memory fantastic!

There is no doubt that being able to enjoy facials again has made a huge difference to the appearance of my skin – and I’m loving friends telling me how well I’m looking. That in itself is a huge boost for me.

I’ve booked in all 6 of my monthly maintenance treatments and now have lots of visits to Chamomile Sanctuary to look forward to!”

An initial course of 12 CACI treatments, for anyone new to CACI, is recommended for best results – which should be booked in two per week for six weeks – costs £780; thereafter a course of 6 treatments – booked one per month – costs £390.

For further information or to book a complimentary CACI consultation call the spa on 0131 220 1000 or email spa@chamomilesanctuary.com


Have you been hearing the word ‘Retinol’ a lot more?

23rd February 2021

Retinol, sometimes referred to as Vitamin A, has become a popular buzzword in skincare.

Clients are now enjoying the benefits of including a Retinol product in their every-day skin care routine.  However, this ingredient is powerful and must be used sparingly.

As everyone’s skin is different, we’d advise getting advice on what’s right for you from your qualified Chamomile therapist.

A bit of background

Vitamin A was first used in Ancient Egypt when it was discovered that liver is a rich form of Vitamin A and was used to treat visual impairments at that time.

We jump to the 1960s, when doctors were using Vitamin A and retinol topically to treat dry skin conditions such as dermatitis.

In 1969, doctors and scientists were using topical Vitamin A to treat acne. Back then it was known as Roactuane or Acutane.

By 1974 those who had been using the product realised they were having anti-ageing benefits as well and other symptoms such as scarring were healing more quickly. Doctors then started marketing it as an anti-ageing product.

Vitamin A

Vitamin A has been hailed as the gold standard in anti-ageing for over 40 years and there are many reasons why. It supports the collagen that is already in the skin and therefore encourages your skin to create new collagen all the time. Your skin unfortunately stops creating as much new collagen as you get older, the process slows down naturally.

Skin cell turnover also takes much longer.  By our 30s that process is much slower than when you were 5 or 6. That’s why young children always have such great skin – their skin is renewing at such a rate that there’s not enough time for blemishes or lines to form on the skin.

Because of the resurfacing factor, Vitamin A is good for everyone – even those with sensitive skin. Anything you see on the surface of your skin whether blemishes, fine lines or clogged pores, when applied to the skin, it brings fresh skin to the surface.  It is also a natural exfoliator.  That’s why it’s great for all of us and referred to as a miracle product.  It really does everything!


This is one of the gentler forms of Vitamin A and benefits are slightly slower to see.  Retinol prohibits the production of excess melanin, so the skin keeps an even skin tone preventing pigmentation.   Retinol is the perfect first addition to your daily skincare.

Have a look at some of our great Retinol products here


Serums and Oils

26th January 2021

Justine, owner of Chamomile, is a huge advocate of serums and oils.

  Here, she and Chamomile’s skincare specialist, 

Justyna Dzienkowska, share their top tips.




Your favourite serum and why ? One of our best-selling serums at Chamomile is Medik8 Hydr8 B5 and Medik8 Hydr8 B5 Intense.

They are packed with multi-weight hyaluronic acid that has the ability to penetrate different skin levels, hydrating skin inside out.  They also boast amino acids and fatty acids to boost water retention.  It is like a drink of water for our skin. The serums are appropriate for all ages and all skin types.

Are you still selling products right now during lockdown e.g. delivery service?  Yes, we are!   We are regularly sending clients their favourite products from all of our brands.  We are also sending lots of our award-winning Chamomile at Home Medik8 Facial – our exclusive box containing a full facial kit of 9 products, including 2 retail size products; and a “real time” video with our therapist, Emma, taking you through the facial step by step. It has proven to be our most popular lockdown product!

Why are facial serums and oils a must at this time of year?  Long winter months can be challenging for our skin. This is the time of the year when our skin needs additional products to help maintain a healthy appearance. Facial serums and oils give an additional booster to daily skin routine and help to protect skin.

What do serums do and why are they so important as part of our skincare regime? Serums are highly concentrated products that are absorbed by skin instantly, working on deeper levels of the skin. Oils are thicker, therefore are absorbed more slowly giving long lasting protection. They work as a barrier and provide much needed nourishment.

What are the benefits of facial oils?  Facial oils are great anti-ageing products.  They are rich in antioxidants and slow down the ageing process helping to repair some existing damage to the skin. Oils make the skin smooth and soft creating a beautiful glow. Many contain essential oils or botanical extracts helpful in targeting skin problems. Many also have a beautiful perfume making the application a luxury and pampering experience.

When would you recommend a serum over an oil and vice versa? Or would you always do both and layer?  Serums and oils should be used according to your skin’s needs. However, in winter for the maximum benefit and protection it is recommended to use both a serum and an oil.  Apply serum first, following with oil and finish with moisturiser.

How to select the best serum for your skin type? Personal skin concerns are the priority when selecting facial products.  Does your skin feel tight, look dull or maybe out of balance, have you noticed more spots/blemishes?  There is a huge variety of products to choose from therefore it is a good idea to speak with your facial therapist who can help you to choose the appropriate product.

A big thank you to all Chamomile clients for your ongoing support!


What is the difference between dry and dehydrated skin?

23rd December 2020

There is a common misconception that dry and dehydrated skin are the same thing when it comes to skin types. This can be confusing when it comes to choosing the right skin care for you. What does our skin crave? Is a moisturiser better than a serum? Drinking enough water might not even be enough. What can we do to make sure our skin is in the best condition for the colder weather?

 Dry Skin

Nourishment is key when it comes to dry skin. If you have dry skin, you will feel a rough texture and this will often flake. This means that your skin is lacking oil. And believe it or not, our skin needs oil. Oils keep toxins and other bad stuff out and can strengthen our own natural skin barrier. When you have dry skin, it’s usually not just targeted to your face. You can feel this over your hands and scalp at times. You want to try and avoid using harsh, drying soaps, hot baths or showers and a main factor, the weather. Dry skin is usually referred to as a skin type which is why making sure the products you use, are the most beneficial they can be. Some products which are beneficial would be Medik8’s Cream Cleanse followed by Medik8’s Ultimate Recovery Intense

Dehydrated Skin

When your skin is dehydrated in means that your skin is lacking in water. It becomes tricky at times as when the skin is dehydrated in creates more oil to make up for the missing water. This can cause breakouts, irritation, dry patches and can even make your skin oily and dry at the same time! You may need products with some hyaluronic acid and then with a light emollient to sit on top. This means the hyaluronic acid will be absorbed into the skin quickly and encourages the water within the skin to come to the surface. This will alleviate the tight feeling in your face and give you a glow as there will be moisture on your face. Make sure to hydrate from the inside out. We can drink lots and lots of water but sometimes dehydration can be caused by the wrong products, the environment you are in, central heating, air con, not drinking enough water.

The best product we would recommend for someone with dehydrated skin would be Medik8 Gentle Cleanse. This is a great product to be followed up by Medik8 C-Tetra Cream or Medik8 Ultimate Recovery Intense.

Suitable Exfoliators

When we’re exfoliating the skin, we want to get rid of all the nasty toxins but also want the product to nourish the skin at the same time.

When it comes to dry vs dehydrated skin, these need to be treated separately.

For dry skin, exfoliation is important. We don’t want anything too abrasive. We would recommend Medik8’s Pore Refining Scrub then followed by Medik8’s Ultimate Recovery Intense.

For dehydrated skin, the exfoliators that are suitable for this skin type usually have granules in it. We would recommend Medik8’s Pore Refining Scrub. Follow up this treatment with Medik8’s C-Tetra Cream or Medik8’s Ultimate Recovery Intense. We want to help nourish and moisturise the skin so that it’s ready for anything.

If you are unsure about which products to focus on, we are always here to give you advice. Our mini Medik8 range is perfect for trying out products before buying the full-size version! Make sure you are aware of what is in your products before buying and if they are suited to your skin type.

Let’s battle the elements together!


Important Update: Christmas Closure

21st December 2020

In line with the latest Scottish Government directive, Chamomile Sanctuary will close at 1pm on Christmas Eve and reopen at 10am on Tuesday 19th January 2021.

Any existing appointments will be rescheduled.  As before, we will be in touch with you directly to rebook for when we reopen.

2020 has been the most extraordinary and challenging year for all of us.  As a small business we rely on the loyalty and support of our clients at such a time.  You have all been tremendous.  I send my heartfelt thanks to you all together with the best wishes of everyone at Chamomile for a safe and happy Christmas.

We look forward to happier times in 2021 and to welcoming you back again in January.

Justine x


Reminder About Orders

Orders for gift sets for Christmas can still be placed and can be collected from the spa until Thursday 1pm. Gift cards can either be collected or emailed in time for Christmas.

During the period of time that we will be closed, you can of course still purchase products or gift cards online and you can also still contact the Chamomile Sanctuary team with any queries or orders at spa@chamomilesanctuary.com.


Why Chamomile at Home is the perfect facial from home

23rd November 2020

As the Scottish Government guidelines prohibit certain beauty treatments, including facials, our Chamomile at Home Facial will help you get your favourite skin boost. Having this Chamomile at Home kit ensures you are still able to look after your skin with good quality products.

Each kit contains all the Medik8 products you would have enjoyed in the spa including two full-size retail products, Eyes & Lips Micellar Cleanse and Daily Refresh Balancing Toner (worth £29)

Eyes & Lips Micellar Cleanse

A triple-phase micellar cleansing system that gently removes long-wear lip and eye make-up without the need to tug skin.

Daily Refresh Balancing Toner 

A pH balancing, alcohol-free toner that soothes and comforts skin while removing excess oil and impurities.




Together with our own instruction video, will allow you to keep up your personal skincare routine.

It is important to keep your skin nourished, hydrated and protected with the ever-changing seasons throughout the year. By using Medik8 products regularly and being able to perform one of their facials on yourself in the comfort of your home, will help achieve this.

Medik8’s mission statement is “Beautiful Skin for Life” and that is something that we agree with! They are known as an anti-aging brand that thinks like a natural brand. All Professional-use products benefit from ocean plastic, all of which is a good fit with Chamomile’s own environmental credentials. Medik8 are also 100% vegan friendly, which we love!

Justine Mitchell, owner of Chamomile Sanctuary said: ‘Launched during lockdown, this has proven to be one of our top treatments during this strange time.  Client feedback has been great and we were delighted to win the Best Pivot Product in WeDo Scotland COVID-19 Scottish SME Business Awards! We have continued to develop this unique offering allowing clients to benefit from full sized products ensuring they can continue with their skincare routine between facials.’

Have a look at our Chamomile at Home Medik8 facial here 


Best Pivot Product Award Winner

11th July 2020

Best Pivot Product Award Winner - Chamomile Sanctuary

We were delighted that our Chamomile at Home Facials were shortlisted in the Best Pivot Product category of the WeDo Scotland covid-19 Scottish Business Awards.

This was a product created especially for our clients to enjoy during lockdown.  We are absolutely thrilled to tell you that we have won!

Thank you so much to everyone who voted for us ❤️


Chamomile at Home Facials

1st July 2020


Chamomile at Home Facials by Chamomile sanctuary
When I left the legal world in 2005 little did I know that in 2020 I would be creating an At Home Facial during Covid-19!

In 2010 I set up Chamomile Sanctuary, a beauty Spa in Alva St in the West End of Edinburgh. The idea was to create a personal, luxurious beauty spa in the centre of Edinburgh offering high-end spa and beauty treatments. However, instead of celebrating our 10 year anniversary this month the Spa has been closed and I have been inventing a new product.

When we had to close our doors on 20th March this year due to Covid-19, like many of us, it was a stressful and upsetting time. Initially the first few weeks were spent dealing with suppliers, invoicing, staffing, applying for grants, crunching numbers, and many other administrative matters. All my staff were furloughed except me.

However, after a number of weeks watching the number of deliveries arriving in my street I wondered if there was something that I could actually do to bring in revenue whilst the spa was closed. Although we have a shop online for product sales, it was not used particularly much by our clients as they normally purchase the products when they’re in the spa. I decided, therefore, to create a personal home delivery service of products to our clients in the EH1 to EH12 postcode. It worked a treat with many of my clients wanting to support our business throughout this time and it also continued the connection with our clients especially when there was the opportunity to have a socially distanced chat at their door and a catch up!

I still felt though that there must be something else I could be doing to bring in revenue. This is where WeDo came in. WeDo is a fantastic organisation for SMEs and Belinda Roberts who runs this has been supporting the members during the lockdown in many different ways including online events covering many topics such as employment issues, marketing your business during Covid-19, how not to hibernate, navigating Linkedin etc. There were also brainstorming sessions every week where members could bounce things off each other and find solutions.

In one of those brainstorming meetings it was evident that I was in the minority in that my revenue had been reduced to practically nil compared to many other businesses. From this Belinda arranged for me to have a one-to-one brainstorming session with Liz Hoskin and Pete Higgins and what a difference this made!

We thrashed around many ideas and from this came the idea of providing a facial at home for my clients. So off I went after the meeting to try and create a product, and many weeks later I now have Chamomile at Home Medik8 Facials.

Although there are some products out there at the moment offering some form of facial kits at home, Chamomile at Home is quite different. Effectively we deliver to our clients all of the professional products normally required in the Spa for a Medik8 Facial. This consists of about 9 professional products together with a mitt and sponge. Clients are then given a password with a link to a 1 hour video where our therapist talks them through the facial including how to apply the products as well as being given some skincare advice. All products are numbered so the client knows exactly what product to apply, when and for how long.

The new product has been received well by our clients and I’m delighted with the end results especially with our new branded Chamomile at Home boxes. It means that clients can continue having facials at home thus still looking after their skin as well as socially distance.

When we reopen the Spa the intention is to continue to offer this At Home Product as I believe there may well be some clients who simply don’t want to come into the spa for a facial given the current climate and the close proximity of having a facial with a therapist in person. It means that clients can continue to look after their skin from a distance.

As the product has been so popular I am in the process of adding some other facials to Chamomile at Home giving more of a variety of facials such as Aromatherapy Associates and Guinot. Thereafter, as an alternative, we will be offering all of these Facials with one-to-one Zoom appointments with a therapist so the clients can actually speak with a therapist, ask questions and also get bespoke advice on their skin as well as guidance on carrying out the facial at home.

We’ve already had orders for birthday and thank you presents and I do believe going forward that this product will still be in demand even once we get back to some form of normality, whatever that may be!

Who would’ve known that in this crisis, I have pivoted the business and created a new product. Thank you to everyone who has helped me on this journey 😊



Chamomile at Home

1st June 2020


Chamomile at Home - Chamomile sanctuary

Chamomile at Home has been very popular!

We are delighted to be able to help you keep up your skincare routine with Medik8 Facials in your own home.

Priced at £50 per Facial (£75 for 2*), each kit contains the Medik8 products you enjoy in the spa which, together with our “real time” video, allows you to maintain your skincare routine.  

Simply select from Anti-ageing, Hydrating or Purifying for combination skin. We will then call to take payment and deliver the products to you.  You will also receive a link to our Video, bespoke to your skin type, with our therapist taking you through the facial step by step.

One of our regular clients, Sarah Philp, and her Mum enjoyed their Facial last week and here’s what Sarah had to say:

“The Chamomile at Home facial is a great way to ensure a much needed moment of calm and relaxation. You get everything you need. The real time video is brilliant, it’s perfectly paced, you don’t feel rushed and the tips about how to apply the products are really clear and easy to follow. I was surprised when our hour was up. I could really see a difference in my skin afterwards. Thank you.”

Please be assured that every care has been taken when decanting professional products for you.

We deliver to all our existing clients who live in the EH1 to EH12 postcodes.

All the bottles in the kit are recyclable.

* £75 for 2 Facials for 1 person



This week we show you how to do your own pedicure at home.

If you want to do your own pedicure at home please remember that you can purchase Peacci Nail Polish and all the kit at:


Peacci are offering 10% off when you quote our discount code

Just click on the image below to access our video.

Please send us any questions on skincare or treatments and we will endeavour to answer these by email or in our Blog, Newsletter or on our social media channels.



Chamomile at Home - Chamommile sanctuary

We are still delivering to your door!

If you are in need of products or not sure what products suit you please email us below and we can answer any questions or concerns and arrange for products to be delivered to you.

Our delivery service offers products from Guinot, Medik8, Crystal Clear, CACI and Aromatherapy Associates.

We deliver to all our existing clients who live in the EH1 to EH12 postcodes.

Should you wish to place an order please email us on the link below.



We thought that we would look at something different this week so here’s a video on what we, at Chamomile, have been doing to “go green” and help the environment.


This week my quote is short and sweet and from Audrey Hepburn:

“Nothing is impossible. The word itself says I’m possible.”

Stay safe and well, Justine x


Chamomile at Home Facials

15th May 2020

We are delighted to bring you Medik8 Facials at home with the launch of Chamomile at Home.

Chamomile at Home at Chamomile Sanctuary

Missing your favourite facial?  Then this new service is perfect for you!

As you can’t visit Chamomile right now, we have decided to bring your favourite Medik8 Facials direct to you.

After discussion with our brand partner and our own planning we are now able to provide you with our exclusive Chamomile at Home package.  Priced at £50 per Facial (or £75 for 2), each kit contains all the Medik8 products you would have enjoyed in the spa which, together with our instruction video, will allow you to keep up your personal skincare routine.

Simply email spa@chamomilesanctuary.com to place your order and let us know which Facial you would prefer from Anti-ageing, Hydrating or Purifying for combination skin. We will then contact you to take payment and deliver the products to your door.  You will also receive a link to our “In Real Time” Video with our therapist, bespoke to your skin type, taking you through the facial step by step as well as advice on your skin and skincare.

Here’s what one of our regular facial clients said about Chamomile at Home:

‘Thoroughly enjoyed my hour of pampering!  Wonderful to try all the Medik8 products and although it doesn’t replicate the Chamomile surroundings I was surprised how relaxing and easy it was to follow the instruction in my own bathroom.  My skin looked and felt wonderful.  I would certainly recommend this facial!

Please be assured that every care has been taken when decanting professional products for you.

We deliver to all our existing clients in Postcodes EH1 TO EH12.



Home Deliveries by Chamomile sanctuary

Thank you to everyone who has taken advantage of our free product delivery service.

If you are not sure what products suit you please email us below and we can answer any questions or concerns and help you choose the right product for you.

Our delivery service offers products from Guinot, Medik8, Crystal Clear, CACI and Aromatherapy Associates.

We deliver to all our existing clients who live in the EH1 to EH12 postcodes.

Should you wish to place an order please email spa@chamomilesanctuary.com




As most of you will know we introduced the skincare brand, Medik8, into the Spa in early March. Medik8 is an anti-ageing brand that thinks like a natural brand. Protecting the environment is key to how and what products Medik8 produce. Their products are all vegan based, recyclable and their carbon footprint is small as everything is produced in the UK.

Medik8’s philosophy is CSA, Vitamin C, Sunscreen and Vitamin A. This week we look at Vitamin A which speeds up cellular renewal and explain the difference between Retinol, Retinal, Retinyl Retinoate, different forms of Vitamin A.

Just click on the image below to access our video.

Please send us any questions on skincare or treatments and we will endeavour to answer these by email or in our Blog, Newsletter or on our social media channels.



This week my quote is from novelist and journalist, Matt Haig:

“One day this will be over and we will be grateful for life in ways we never felt possible before.”

Stay safe and well, Justine x



Lockdown Week 6

30th April 2020


Chamomile sanctuary Personal Home delivery Service

A huge thank you to all of our clients who have ordered products since we launched our free personal delivery service. It’s been great to see your smiling faces when delivering, at a social distance of course!

If you are not sure what products suit you please email us at spa@chamomilesanctuary.com and we can answer any questions or concerns and help you choose the right product for you.

Our delivery service offers products from Guinot, Medik8, Crystal Clear, CACI and Aromatherapy Associates.

We deliver to all our existing clients who live in the EH1 to EH12 postcodes.

Should you wish to place an order please email at spa@chamomilesanctuary.com

And if you are missing your Chamomile Manicure then try the next best thing during Lockdown:

Peacci are offering 10% off when you quote our discount code PEACCIIBP7EL869T



This week we share Justine’s Skincare Tips and Routine and show you how to make your own Body Scrub at Home.

Just click on the images below to access our videos.


Please send us any questions on skincare or treatments to spa@chamomilesanctuary.com and we will endeavour to answer these by email or in our Blog, Newsletter or on our social media channels.


I am sure that many of you have had difficult days over the past 5 weeks so I thought I would share a quote from Eleanor Roosevelt:

“With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.”

Stay safe and well, Justine x


At Home Tips and Skincare Delivered to Your Door

23rd April 2020

It’s week 5 of our Lockdown and I hope you are all still staying safe and well.



Thank you again for all your feedback following last week’s newsletter.

Today’s tips from Sarah and Sophie are How to do a Manicure at Home and Hair Removal.

Just click on the images below to access our videos.


Please send us any questions on skincare or treatments to spa@chamomilesanctuary.com and we will endeavour to answer these by email or in our Blog, Newsletter or on our social media channels.



We are delighted to let you know that Chamomile is now able to offer a free personal delivery service of Guinot, Medik8, Crystal Clear and CACI products.

We trialled the new service this week and got great feedback! It was lovely seeing some of our clients smile when they received their products!

Based on this we are now able to offer the services to all our existing clients who live in the EH1 to EH12 postcodes.

Should you wish to place an order please email us at spa@chamomilesanctuary.com

Here are the links for the other Brands which you can access directly:

Peacci are offering 10% off when you quote our discount code PEACCIIBP7EL869T




I came across this quote by Coco Chanel yesterday when I was berating myself for not doing all the things I think I should be doing during this enforced time at home.

“Be who you are, not who the world wants you to be.”

Stay safe, Justine x


Week 4 Lockdown

15th April 2020

I hope you had a joyful and safe Easter Weekend.

We are now into Week 4 of our lockdown so I thought I would share with you what we’ve been up to!



Thank you for all your feedback following last week’s newsletter. You asked for some tips to help you with treatments at home and we are delighted to oblige…..

Today’s tips are Looking after Your Brows and How to Give Yourself a Facial.

Just click on the images below to access our videos.


Please send us any questions on skincare or treatments and we will endeavour to answer these by email (spa@chamomilesanctuary.com) or in our Blog, Newsletter or on our social media channels.



Crystal Clear at Chamomile sanctuary


Last week, we gave you details for all of our Brands so that you can buy products online and keep stocked up on your favourite skincare.

We are pleased to let you know that we are now a Virtual Stockist for Crystal Clear. So if you need their products simply go online and quote our Code “10160” at checkout. They are still offering 25% off too.


And here are the other links too for you just in case!
They all deliver directly to your door.

Medik8 are offering 15% off their best-selling products:

Aromatherapy Associates are offering up to 50% off products:

Peacci are offering 10% off when you quote our discount code PEACCIIBP7EL869T

CACI are not offering any discount but you can still purchase from them directly



At this challenging time when we are all being encouraged to be kind to ourselves and others, I thought I would share a quote from Audrey Hepburn.

“For beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness.”

Stay safe, Justine x


Stay Safe

7th April 2020

It’s been just over 2 weeks since I emailed you to let you know that the Spa had closed temporarily and it looks like it may be a lot longer before we can open safely.

Firstly, I hope you are safe and well and coping in this unprecedented and scary time.  Secondly, I wanted to share with you some tips and information which I hope you will find useful while you isolate at home.



We’ve been posting tips on our Insta and Facebook and will be sharing these with you in our mailers too.

Lash Extension Removal and how to Remove Gel or Shellac Polish. Just click on the images below for the videos.

Please send us any questions on skincare or treatments to spa@chamomilesanctuary.com and we will endeavour to answer these by email or in our Blog, Newsletter or on our social media channels.




Peacci at Chamomile sanctuary


Peacci is the sister Brand of The Gel Bottle and we are delighted that Chamomile is now an ambassador for the new brand.

Peacci offers normal nail polish in many of The Gel Bottle colours without the need for a UV Lamp. It is vegan and cruelty free making it a perfect alternative while missing having your Chamomile manicure!

You can purchase at home Gel/Shellac removal kits, essential manicure kits and more online at https://peacci.com and you can get 10% off your Peacci purchase when you use our code: PEACCIBP7EL869T




Facials at Chamomile sanctuary


All of our Brands sell online, deliver directly to your door and are offering some fab discounts.

Medik8 are offering 15% off their best-selling products:


Crystal Clear are offering 25% off their products:


Aromatherapy Associates are offering up to 50% off products:


CACI are not offering any discount but you can still purchase from them directly


Peacci are offering 10% off when you quote our discount code PEACCIIBP7EL869T




Thank you for your continued support in these very difficult times. Wishing that you all remain safe and well. We shall hopefully see you soon.

Justine x



We are now closed

21st March 2020

In view of the current situation and government advice we have made the decision to temporarily close the spa with immediate effect.

We will let you know as soon as we confirm our plans to re-open – via email and social media.

While we are closed we will be checking email and voicemail on a regular basis, please do leave us a message and we will get back to you asap.

We are, of course, always available for gift cards online.

Valid Gift Cards purchased after 1 October 2019 and not yet redeemed will be extended to 31 October 2020. Itison Vouchers will also be extended to a date specified once we have reopened.

Finally, we want to thank you, our loyal clients, for supporting us through this difficult time. We look forward to seeing you again in the spa as soon as is possible.

Stay safe and well and take care of one another.  We will get through this together.

The Chamomile Team x



11th March 2020

With the growing concern around coronavirus, we would like to reassure our clients that we have put additional steps in place to ensure the health and well-being of our staff and clients.

– Antibacterial hand gel is now available for your use on arrival at reception.

– Hand sanitiser is available in all treatment rooms and public areas. Staff use this diligently. Clients are invited to use this at any time during their visit.  

– Anti-bacterial spray and wipes are being used regularly round the Spa on areas including card machines, door handles, toilet flushes, taps and other areas of multiple contact.

– The Spa will continue to be cleaned to our normal high standard of cleanliness.

– Any staff who are feeling unwell will be asked not to come to work.

Finally, should you feel unwell at this time we would ask you to follow the Government’s advice, stay at home, get well and rearrange your appointment.

The Chamomile Team


Justine’s Autumn Survival Guide

28th October 2019

I often get asked by our clients what I use for my own skincare routine. As we are now into autumn I thought it would be quite good to give you a lowdown on what I use for my skin, both face and body, during the autumn and winter months. Let’s call it my survival guide!

In terms of my skincare, I always cleanse morning and evening as well as applying moisturiser and eye cream. The cleanser that I use is by Guinot and the one I currently use is Lait Hydra Sensitive Milk. As it says, it is for sensitive skin and it’s a lovely product to use on your face. It’s very kind and gentle and does not dry the face out. Guinot also do cleansers for oily skin, dry skin etc.

After I have cleansed and had a shower I would then, during the colder months, apply a serum to my face. I find that my face can be a little bit tight after I’ve had a shower so I use the serum to take that dryness off. The serum I’m using just now is Hydra Cellulaire by Guinot. Yes, I love my Guinot products!

Guinnot Peroducts at Chamomile Sanctuary

I have also been using a product recently by Medik8 called C-Tetra. We are looking at bringing in some new brands into the spa and this is one of the ones I’ve been looking at. This product contains vitamin C which is a great anti-oxidant serum. Vitamin C is amazing for your skin so I’ve been using this every morning instead of the other serum  for the past week or so. You just apply a few drops onto your face and neck. I have to say that my skin feels amazing after I have applied it.

That I move onto my moisturiser. Unsurprisingly this is another Guinot product and is Longue Vie Cream. That’s it’s official name and it is also known as Regenerating Youth Cream for the Face. As I have progressed through the years I have changed my products every so often. It’s like hair products, your hair gets used to certain products and you have to change from time to time. Similarly you find the same with skin creams. I love this product. It leaves my skin feeling very soft and supple. I also feel very well protected against the elements in the winter!

I then move onto my eye cream which I apply round the cheekbone and also the brow bone. I currently use Longue Vie Yeux cream. This is also known as the Lifting Youth Cream for Eyes. it’s great for lifting and moisturising as well as looking after those pesky wrinkles and lines.

CACI at Chamomile Sanctuary

So that’s my skin routine for the face in terms of products. I do also try and have regular facials especially during the winter months. I started having CACI and COMCIT facials regularly this year. CACI non-surgical facials are absolutely fab and perfect for you if you do not want to have any invasive treatments to your skin. Effectively the therapist will apply 2 probes to your face which have a microcurrent running through it. Your face is then lifted with the two probes. As you age you produce less elastin in your face and your face can begin to fall and droop unfortunately. CACI effectively re-educates your muscles by moving them again and lifting and toning your face. A one hour CACI is really the face equivalent of doing 300 sit ups on your tummy! As well as lifting and toning, CACI also helps with fine lines and wrinkles.

COMCIT at Chamomile Sanctuary

The COMCIT Frozen facial is also a great anti-ageing facial to have. Cryo-oxygen is pumped onto your face to cool it down, as well as helping with the production of collagen. We then use a roller which has lots of little needles attached to it and this is applied to your face. This is called micro channelling. The micro channelling will create punctures in your face (which you don’t feel) and at the same time there is an infusion pushed into your face. For the frozen facial and for anti-ageing purposes, hyaluronic acid is normally used for the infusion. Thereafter, more oxygen is pumped onto your face to push the product in more. Lastly either a lifting or repair mask is applied to your skin and this also brings down any redness. This facial is great for lifting especially round the cheekbones as well as producing a wonderful texture to your skin and softening lines and wrinkles. The facial is also great for a sun damage, blemishes, acne etc.

In terms of my body, my skin can get very dry during the winter so I use on a regular basis Rose Body Cream by Aromatherapy Associates. I just love this! It rehydrates my skin as well as leaving it lovely and soft and has a lovely rose smell to it as well. It’s very kind to the skin. I also add into the mix the Rose Body Wash by Aromatherapy Associates. Again it’s a lovely softening product and great for using in the shower.

And I guess the only other thing I would throw into my survival guide for autumn are my nails! I always love having a polish on my nails and my favourite polish at the moment is The Gel Bottle polish. We introduced this into the spa last year and our clients seem to love it! It’s vegan,which is a plus before you even apply it to your nails and they have such a wide range of colours it’s fantastic. I’ve just had Deepest Mauve applied and it’s a great colour for the autumn. The gel bottle also have lots of russets, reds and dark colours for the winter. We also offer shellac and vinylux and these are also very popular.

So I think that’s it for my survival guide for the autumn. Good luck! 😊❤️



Justine turns 50, by Rachel McTavish

19th April 2019

“Go with your gut. Women are great with their gut and we should listen to it more.”

In honour of the owner of Chamomile Sanctuary, Justine Mitchell’s, 50th birthday this week, we put together this interview of Justine by renewed broadcast journalist Rachel McTavish.

Rachel interviews Justine on how she feels about turning 50; her beauty and skincare regime; and the one thing that makes her happy everyday.

Check out the video below.

Happy Birthday, Justine!


Meet The Therapist: Emma, Beauty & Massage

16th September 2018

What do you love about your job? I love meeting new people every day. The best bit is just helping people feel better about their bodies or simply seeing their smiles when their nails look beautiful.



What is your recommended product? I always tell clients about CND Solar Oil because it will make their Shellac treatment last so much longer. It really strengthens nails because it moisturises, strengthens and prevents cracking. 

What are your current favourite colours? Field Fox, Peacock Plume and Indigo Frock although a current client favourite is Dark Dahlia.

What’s your favourite treatment? I love the whole idea of LVL lashes. I love them. I love knowing I don’t need to wear mascara and my lashes still look incredible. 

What are your top tips for clients post treatment? It’s simple always use Solar Oil on fingers and toes to keep them moisturised and hydrated, even when you don’t have Shellac or Vinylux products on them! 


Meet Your Therapist: Lola, beauty therapist at Chamomile Sanctuary

11th August 2018

Areas of expertise- Aromatherapy

What are your favourite parts of your job? I love providing aromatherapy massage. I adore finding out what clients aims are and making them happen. Also, I enjoy the calm of setting up for each unique treatment with the candles, music and oils.
What’s your favourite product? Aromatherapy Associates Support Lavender & Peppermint Bath & Shower Gel. Its key ingredients are eucalyptus, peppermint, pine, tea-tree and lavender  so the smell is amazingly fresh and clean. It’s great for treating colds and flu as well as sinusitis. This product is designed to improve respiratory ailments as well as seasonal allergies. Clients love its smell, its quick effect at decongesting respiratory passages and that it helps to ease muscle pain and headaches.
How does aromatherapy work? Aromatherapy is an old practice that uses your olfactory sense. The tiny molecules are taken in through your nose and skin to stimulate part of your brain which is connected to memory and mood. So aromatherapy treats the mind, body and spirit.
What would be your treatment of the week if you were able to enjoy one right now? A lovely massage.
Oh and what is your best beauty tip you’ve learned at the spa that you’d love to pass on to your clients? Use a body brush every two to three days. Its amazing at detoxing the body – it improves cellulite, creates smooth, plump and bright skin and is a real beauty treat. Also, dry brushing every day, always towards the heart, has wonderful health benefits – smoother skin, better circulation, improved immunity/detox, better muscle tone and improves cellulite also.


My Holiday Prep Secrets: Cally Halpin

13th July 2018

Where is your dream summer holiday destination? Anywhere with a jaw dropping coastline view. I love to see the sea and I love a beautiful, clean, not too busy beach. Top of my bucket list is Amalfi Coast. 

Where are you heading for this year and what are the challenges on your to-do list before you go? I will spend most of the summer holidays in Elie, Fife which is my happy place and I can work from there too as long as the wifi is up and running! I was lucky enough to spend all my childhood school holidays there so it’s great to be doing the same with my children.  We are also heading off to Tuscany for some guaranteed sunshine and a proper break. My biggest challenge is packing for four for Scottish summer, the car is jam-packed! 

 What’s your packing personality – a ‘bung it all in and hope for the best type” or are you ‘super-organised and edited down to the last tee’ type? Years of overpacking have taught me to streamline my holiday suitcase! I am much better at editing now and I always leave room for a cheeky clothing purchase or two on holiday!

 What beauty essentials do you pack in your suitcase? Factor 50 sun cream and fake tan are my absolute essentials! I have pale freckly skin which burns easily so skin protection is my absolute priority and a tan to give me a healthy glow is a must! I will also be packing my moisturising faves by Kiehl’s – I love the Calendula & Aloe Soothing Hydration Masque as well as the Serum Concentrate and Clearly Corrective Moisture Treatment.


 And what do you keep for your hand luggage? My summer handbag is a straw tote by Kate Spade. When travelling it is mostly filled with magazines, notepads, colouring pens and iPads to entertain the kids! And my go-to fragrance Coco Chanel Mademoiselle.

What is on your beauty treatment must-do list before you go on a summer holiday? First a holiday haircut! Then LVL lashes and HD eyebrows followed by a moisturising face mask.  Next exfoliate, wax and tan!  And finally Shellac fingers and toes with Electric Orange.

And finally what ill you be reading poolisde? Getting time to read a book with a six-year-old and eight-year-old is a challenge! I will have a few David Walliams books for the kids, which I read to them at bedtime, they especially like Gangsta Granny! This summer the books I’ll be reading are Tipping the Velvet by Sarah Waters (I loved Fingersmith by Sarah Waters), Ordinary People by Diana EvansEleanor Elephant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman and Russian Doll by (my friend) Lucy Lloyd (her first book).


My Holiday Prep Secrets: Jo Peck

5th July 2018

Jo Peck, interiors expert and a regular contributor to the all-female power group that is EGG

Where is your dream summer holiday destination (and have you ever been)? Crazy dream holiday  some kind of Wild West, Texan ranch-type fantasy with my husband, where we learn to ride side-saddle, round-up cattle, drink cold beers on hay bales, wear giant cowboy hats and watch dusty sunsets. The key word here is FANTASY. Cowgirl dream aside, take me to pretty much anywhere in Italy and I’m in holiday heaven. The food, the language, the food, the wine, the food…. I’ve been lucky enough to holiday in several different parts of the country and loved them all. Whether it was a villa in Tuscany, surrounded by rolling hills, shady trees and with days spent taking long lazy strolls around little hilltop villages. Or Sicily and Sardinia, with their dramatic views, zesty lemony scents everywhere, and buzzing town squares filled with local families chattering and socialising into the night. But the ultimate Italian destination has to be Capri. I think the Capri Palace hotel is as fabulous as they come.

Where are you heading for this year and what are the challenges on your to-do list before you go? We’re heading back to Sardinia! It’s so beautiful, unspoilt and authentic. And did I mention the food?! The challenges before any holiday are trying to get organised before heading off, especially where the kids are concerned. I’d always like to leave for the airport calm, unflustered and smiling from ear to ear, but the reality is I’m usually barking instructions at everyone, doing a lot of eye-rolling and huffing and emptying the fridge while the taxi waits outside. We sometimes have family or friends staying in the house while we’re away, so making sure everything is ready for people while we’re gone is often what keeps me busy.

What’s your packing personality – a ‘bung it all in and hope for the best type” or are you ‘super organised and edited down to the last tee’ type? I can’t travel light. But I’m getting better at organising and editing my holiday wardrobes. I do try to plan outfits for the evenings and always take lots of accessories so that I can make the same outfit look a bit different if I wear it more than once. When it comes to packing for the kids, I’m a machine. Focussed, no faffing about, nothing surplus to requirements. There’s a system. And when we arrive at our destination, woe betide the child who first opens the suitcase to get something out and starts to RUMMAGE. I have been known to go berserk about this.

What beauty essentials do you pack in your suitcase? About from the obvious SPF, I always take dry shampoo on holiday and a leave-in conditioner for my hair, otherwise it goes very dry and frizzy in the heat. I like to take a gentle exfoliator for my face & body, plus a moisturising mask to use at least once while I’m away. I don’t wear any make up during the day in the heat because I’ll generally be splashing and jumping around with my kids. But I do like to wear make-up and get a bit glammed up in the evenings on holiday. Eyelash curlers are essential. And I’ll always pack a good tinted moisturiser in two shades, one for my arriving skin tone and one for my departing skin tone!

And what do you keep for your hand luggage? Lip balm, lipstick, mascara, and a CC cream with SPF. Instant face!

What is on your beauty treatment must-do list before you go on a summer holiday? I’m quite fair and, in the sun, my eyelashes go a bit ‘Boris Becker’ as I call it, so I always get an eyelash tint and eyebrow tint. Plus, the usual maintenance – waxing and a manicure and pedicure. If I’m feeling shockingly pasty I’ll get a spray tan, too, but I’ve had a few disasters on that front in the past, so I’m giving that a miss this year and trying to get outside in the lovely Scottish Sun instead before we jet off!

Oh and what will you be reading poolside? I’ve just ordered all these from Amazon – Warlight by Michael Ondaatje, Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng, How To Stop Time by Matt Haig, Where’d You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple and Old Baggage by Lissa Evans.


My Holiday Prep Secrets: Sarah Murray

2nd July 2018

Sarah Murray, owner of Edinburgh boutique Jane Davidson and advisor at Atterley.com plans her pre-holiday treatments with precision and shares her travel beauty must-haves

 Where is your dream summer holiday destination? I would love to go to one of those far flung islands where the houses are on stilts above the ocean. I loved Vietnam but you can’t beat the West of Scotland for keeping it real. Always pack a rain poncho and wellies thoug

Where are you heading for this year and what are the challenges on your to-do list before you go? This year we are off to the South of France and Mallorca. It’s always a challenge getting away! Four suitcases to pack and a business to organise….plus two guinea pigs to home!

What’s your packing personality – a ‘bung it all in and hope for the best type” or are you ‘super-organised and edited down to the last tee’ type? As I demonstrated recently at the Chamomile summer party I roll my clothes instead of folding them. This created more room and cuts down on creasing. When I get to my destination a quick steam in the shower sorts any remaining creases…. the key thing for me is to travel lightly, particularly with footwear. Three pairs is always enough!

What beauty essentials do you pack in your suitcase? Cleansers/ toner moisturiser and face oil. Sun cream…..I burn easily and fake tan to top up with. Tom Ford shimmering body oil (a pressie from my sister-in-law)

And what do you keep for your hand luggage? The kids’ iPads and my Kindle. My new hand luggage this year comes from Rae Feather. Oh and I always carry a mini fan that plugs into my phone (from Amazon)

What is on your beauty treatment must-do list before you go on a summer holiday? Loads of things….all planned with military precision! Shellac nails and toes probably with lobster roll, brows and lashes tinted. Waxing and a spray tan.

Oh and what will you be reading poolside? Inside Vogue by Alexandra Schulman, This is going to hurt by Adam Kay and At Liberty: From rehab to front row by Ed Burstell.


My Holiday Prep Secrets: Justine Mitchell

29th June 2018

Justine Mitchell, owner at Chamomile Sanctuary shares her dream holiday destination, her beauty essentials and admits to having packing issues

Where is your dream summer holiday destination? I’ve always wanted to go to Fiji. I have no idea why but it just seems so idyllic.

Where are you heading for this year and what are the challenges on your to-do list before you go? – I’m off to Nerja in Spain with my boy, Monty. My mum has a house there and we’ve been going for years. My challenges are making sure I’m up to speed with work at the spa so I can go knowing everything is up-to-date and in safe hands while I’m away.

What’s your packing personality – a ‘bung it all in and hope for the best’ type or are you ‘super-organised and edited down to the last tee’ type? – Neither!! I leave it to the day before, pull out everything I like and want to take then spend the next hour trying to reduce the amount of clothes! Sorting out my toiletries are left to last as I hate that. In fact, I think it’s safe to say I do not enjoy packing one little bit!

What beauty essentials do you pack in your suitcase? – All my Guinot products including moisturiser, eye cream and cleansers plus my hair products to protect my hair against the sun. I also can’t forget my Amber Solaire Lip Block plus my sun screen and after sun lotion. Last but not least Vinylux Mambo Beat plus top coat for my feet on holiday to freshen them up.

And what do you keep for your hand luggage? Book, magazines, jewellery, my make-up and contact lenses in case my main bag goes missing. Oh, I also take some Guinot samples in case I get dehydrated en route plus my Rose Lip Baum by By Terry from Space NK, which I swear by!

What is on your beauty treatment must-do list before you go on a summer holiday? Well, I have to make sure my hands and tootsies look the business so a shellac mini manicure plus a Vinylux pedicure, leg and bikini wax and not forgetting an eyebrow shape! St Tropez Spray Tan at Chamomile sanctuaryIf I have time a St Tropez Tan so I don’t look like a milk bottle in that bikini!

Oh and what will you be reading poolside? Anything by Christopher Brookmyre. I absolutely love his books. I also normally take some John Grisham books as they are easy reading on holiday but keep my attention.


Meet Your Therapist: Sophie, beauty therapist at Chamomile Sanctuary

27th June 2018

Areas of expertise are Eyelashes & Nails

What are your favourite parts of your job? Meeting new people, seeing that big smile when they see their new look, exceeding peoples’ expectations and when a client feels so relaxed and comfy during a lashes treatment that they take a little ‘lash nap’, as I call it.  As a therapist you are not only there to do treatments but you are a friendly face for each client. What really makes my job so special is that the clients really can open up and talk to me about a lot of things – not just your usual ‘how’s the weather?’ or ‘you have any holidays planned?’. Clients have really trusted me with a lot of personal things going on in their lives, some very intense and some not so but I love this aspect of my job. Also, I love just really making someone feel so special and cared for.

The beauty product I love is…The lash and brow conditioning serum from Nouveau. It’s a lovely product that really compliments a lash treatment. Just like you would apply cuticle oil once you’ve had your nails done, you should use a lash conditioner. Even clients that only wear mascara should 100% be using it as it is a great primer before mascara.

How does it work? It contains multi-vitamins and conditioning that provide an instantly conditioned look while powerful anti-oxidants help protect lashes and brows from everyday environmental pollutants. Use twice a day – morning and night. Clients, even those with sensitive eyes as it is hypoallergenic, love it.

As for nails, what are your three favourite nail colours right now…Oxblood, Romantique and Tartan Punk

And your clients are adoring…Strawberry Smoothie, Lobster Roll and Blush Teddy

What would be your treatment of the week be if you were able to enjoy one right now? It would have to be the LVL at the moment as it’s really amazing and the results speak for themselves.

Finally, what’s the best beauty tip you’ve learned and would like to pass onto your clients? Firstly, to all of my lovely lash ladies (alliteration intended), you may think this is rather strange (and it does sound it) blow-dry your lashes on a low heat. This fluffs out your fans/false lashes and makes them look lovely. The natural oils from your skin can make your fans close so washing and blow-drying them helps. Second, always use cuticle oil, twice a day if you can. It keeps them hydrated and healthy. If you feel your nails aren’t looking the best it’s not because the nail can’t breathe. The nail is made of of dead cells – they don’t need to breathe. You don’t need a break from being ‘done’ just look after them. If they do begin to feel thin due to over-filing/buffing then have two weeks with no polish and apply RX Rescue Rememdy by CND. Oh and when applying cuticle oil make sure to rub it all around the nail not just at the end.


Justine’s CACI Catch Up

25th May 2018

Justine reveals why CACI now, her own beauty secrets and how she feels about turning 50 (next year)

What has been your anti-ageing beauty routine up to now? I have always looked after my face with good, quality products and I think that makes a difference. At the moment I am using Guinot and have been doing so for many years now. I am currently using Hydra Cellulaire Serum, Longue Vie Cellulaire Moisturiser and Age Logic Yeux (Eye Cream). In the mornings I cleanse my face in the shower with a foaming cleanser, with Mousse Nettoyante Bioxygene. Then I apply my serum in the colder weather followed by the eye cream and moisturiser. In the warmer weather I do not use the serum which helps with dehydration. At night time I follow the same skin routine but instead of the foaming cleanser I use a cream cleanser, Lait Hydra Confort. I also drink lots of water every day and that definitely makes a difference too to your skin.

Why CACI now? I have noticed over the last year or so more fine lines and wrinkles appearing around my eyes, it’s not been particularly bad but noticeable to me. I think though what has really prompted me is the fact that I shall be 50 next year and I am now noticing that my jowl is starting to drop slightly and I have some lines around my mouth appearing too. I’m not at all happy about that and decided that I had to do something about this to slow down the ageing process. Effectively what CACI does is it directs a micro current onto the skin via probes. This in turn starts re-educating the muscles by getting them to move properly again thus firming and tightening the muscles and lifting. This helps with the jowl area and lines and wrinkles on your face. It’s not going to get rid of them but it softens them substantially and also slows down the ageing process. A 55mins CACI facial is the equivalent of doing 300 sit ups but on your face. How good does that sound??

What differences are you noticing? I have definitely noticed that my skin is firmer around the jowl area. My lines around my mouth are less pronounced too. I think If I didn’t have a good skin routine with my products then my skin would probably feel softer too.

What have you learned? Like everything in life, you have to put effort in to make something happen. In this case, it has been pretty difficult to make the time to fit the treatments in as they are 1 hour and 15 minutes long and you need to have two per week for five weeks before you go onto a monthly maintenance course. While I own Chamomile, it’s the usual story as with any person working or leading a busy life – it’s very difficult to find the time. In fact it’s all about making the time because if you really want something you will make the time. I would also add that the CACI definitely works. I have seen the difference and would highly recommend it to anyone who has ageing concerns if they don’t want to go down the botox and fillers route. The CACI was created to treat those suffering from Bells Palsy where your facial muscles drop and can “freeze”.

 What advice have you been given your facialist for optimising results after each treatment? Drink lots of water and follow my skincare routine.

Post course – what is the plan you’ve been advised about? Iga, my skincare expert in the Spa, has also recommended that I start having the Crystal Clear COMCIT to help with the texture and colour of my skin as well as plumping it up. Once the CACI initial course of 10 has finished I am going to have one CACI per week as opposed to the recommended 1 per month as I really want to keep tackling those jowls!! I am probably going to do that for a month then go onto the monthly maintenance. As Iga’s has said it’s like going to the gym, “you get what you put in”.


Pre-Wedding Day Facials: Make flawless skin a reality on your big day

18th May 2018

Your big day – it’s the one day of your life when you want your skin to be immaculate, plumped up and glowing. The answer? A pre-wedding facial or an individually created program of facials is exactly what you need. Not only will you be investing in beautiful wedding day skin but it also gives busy brides that time to switch off from the stress of it all. Chamomile expert facialist Iga says: “Brides-to-be, of all ages, come in and the thing they after most is radiance. They also want to tackle issues such as dehydration or sagginess. They dream of firm, tight and radiant skin for their wedding.”

Six weeks before the event or even a month is the perfect amount of time, Iga believes, for giving brides what they want in her carefully created bespoke treatment plans: “With sagginess a woman really needs a course of CACI treatments, as these facials make the facial muscles do the equivalent of 300 sit-ups. And with Crystal Clear COMCIT facials I can bring in the radiance. I believe in tailoring a uniquely prescribed plan for every client.”

In the last seven days before the big day Iga suggests that it’s also the mind that needs a lift: “In that last week, when there is so much going on, a bride should come in for a lovely hydrating facial that won’t irritate skin. I can bring a little CACI or COMCIT into it for little extra lift but that needs to be at least five days before. That last facial is all about calming, radiance and hydration. I really don’t recommend trying anything new or harsh.”

It’s not all about the facials. At home Iga says brides can be enhancing the treatment plan with lots of water and sleep. Her biggest tip though” “Don’t be tempted by anything new on a trip to the pharmacy in that last week. If your skin reacts seven days is just not long enough to counteract that. But by all means use trusted masks and serums at home to boost what has been achieved through the treatments.”




Notes From Justine: My Caci Journey

2nd May 2018

So I started this business nearly eight years ago. It’s unbelievable.  I look back to the time that I came up with this almost crazy idea of creating a luxury boutique day spa in Edinburgh and I can’t quite believe how far I’ve come and also, how important the growth and the loyal following Chamomile Spa has attracted over the years have been in my personal journey through the toughest of times.

The idea of Chamomile Sanctuary came to me because I felt there was a need to create a small oasis of beauty and tranquillity in Edinburgh. There were big hotel spas and high street drop-in beauty salons but there was nowhere that offered people a chance to step off the world even for a small beauty fix/treat or a more indulgent me-time moment.

However, when this lightbulb moment came, I was newly widowed and now a single mother to my beautiful boy. Could I do it? I am not sure I even stopped to think.

In fact, I’m not sure how I did it as that first couple of years of grief are a blur. Through the mist I acquired the amazing Alva Street property with my former business partner, designed a space that brought my vision of a tranquil city escape into reality and found a team of experts that would offer the city of Edinburgh a handpicked selection of luxury wellbeing and beauty treatments .

My background is law. I’d never been involved in beauty but over these years I’ve learnt so much from the experts we have at Chamomile. I recently reflected on the achievements of building this business which I love, a love that is borne out of the amazing feedback we get through the clients who have come to adore the spa for its gentle escapism and personal service. It has been hard but rewarding work making the spa what it is today. However, the irony of it is that here was my business, which is all about indulging busy women and men in some time away from the hectic humdrum of city life, yet I had not given myself the same luxury.

Last week I celebrated my 49th birthday and I made a promise to myself to slot some time for me into my diary. I’ve never worried about looking in the mirror but recently I have noticed some signs of ageing that I am not happy with. So part of my promise is to not have haphazard CACI facials but to listen to Chamomile Sanctuary’s facialist expert instead and commit to a plan for improving and reversing those problem areas. So here is my first step into my own me-time. I will share my journey over the weeks as I start my 50th year as I mean to go on, making time for me as well. Here is the first installment:


Fuzz Free

10th February 2018

Threadig at Chamomile sanctuary

So some of you may remember I was looking at waxing a few weeks ago in my Blog and was raising the question – To wax or not to wax? I was essentially looking at the fact that more women nowadays are choosing to keep their body hair. Which leads me nicely to my topic this week – If you do want to be defuzzed what is the best method?

There are so many methods to choose from. You can take your pick from waxing, threading, IPL, Laser, plucking, shaving, depilatories and no doubt there are many more I don’t know about! I used to use depilatories when I hit my late teens and into my early twenties and it was fine apart from the smell. Remember girls that was a long time ago and science has moved on considerably! However, I decided to move into waxing in my early twenties and life was never the same again.

I can still remember that day when I had my bikini line waxed for the first time. There was no hot wax then or if there was I didn’t know about it! It was strip waxing with warm wax and I would have thought that if you’re like me once you’ve had hot wax on that area there is no turning back to warm wax with strips!!

Anyway, as I said I can still remember that first time. It was at a little beauty boutique on Thistle Street called Camargue run by a lovely lady called Bobby. Sadly Bobby is no longer with us but I remember her fondly. She was a real character and because of that I kept on going back. She also made it as painless as possible! The bizarre thing was though that on that first time all I did was laugh!! Yup, laugh. I think it was probably a nervous laugh but I definitely remember that.

Fast forward over 20 years and we now have the choice of hot wax which is definitely a lot less painful than warm wax. We use Lycon Wax and I think it’s the best on the market. It’s applied easily and you barely feel anything. The only downside though with waxing is that you need to repeat this every 6-8 weeks. Your body hair can reduce over the years if you do this on a regular basis but there’s no guarantee so you’ve got the upkeep going forward.

A more long term solution is IPL Therapy which stands for Intense Pulse Light. We’ve just invested in a new IPL machine so the girls were training on this this week. You need to do a course of this every 5-6 weeks and probably have about 6 to 12 sessions. The beauty about IPL is that it does actually reduce your body hair. It doesn’t remove forever but it certainly reduces the growth of the hair significantly. It is known for being safe, painless and an effective permanent hair reduction method.

You can also choose to have threading. This is used normally on the face and especially the eyebrows. This method is becoming more and more popular as it’s very precise. Threading comes from Asia and involves cotton thread being doubled, twisted and rolled across unwanted hairs to swiftly remove them at the follicle. No heat or chemicals are used so it is seen as being more gentle on your skin. However, like waxing this is not a permanent solution and you need to have this regularly. Threading your eyebrows can however have a beautiful and striking look. We have a client who comes into the Spa regularly and who is also a friend of mine and several years ago she had been going somewhere else for her eyebrow shaping. I can’t remember what she was getting done but they looked like caterpillars! So one day we had a chat because I couldn’t bear it any more and I managed to persuade her to come into the spa and we would help her grow her eyebrows and shape them. She’s now a regular for eyebrow threading and I am so jealous of her brows. They look amazing! You don’t get that with waxing. They’ll still look great with waxing but threading beats it in my opinion.

There’s other methods too such as shaving but this doesn’t reduce growth at all and doesn’t take the hairs out like waxing. You can also pluck the stray hairs which I do with my brows from time to time. So what’s best? Well I guess that comes down to you and what you feel most comfortable with. And of course you may decide that you like your hair and fuzz free is not for you!



Turning 50

24th January 2018

I read an Article this week in Vogue by contributing beauty editor, Kathleen Baird-Murray and it resonated with me on various levels. It was about turning 50! Now I’m not yet 50 and have a little way to go until I get there but hey it’s in my head and sadly I’m closer to that than I am to 40!!

The Article, bizarrely, started with Kathleen saying that as this time of the year she normally talks about resolutions such as get fit, lose weight, spend less etc but this year as she is about to turn 50 it’s different. I say “bizarrely” because in my Blog last week I said I wasn’t going to make any resolutions this year either but I would have the mantra ”don’t look back” and I guess the reason for this mantra is for similar reasons to Kathleen. We are reflecting on where we are in our lives and looking forward.

What I loved in Kathleen’s article is that she talked about how at a female-only 50th birthday party she noticed that everyone looked amazing, not so much “for their age” but they just looked “good”. I think we all get a comment at some point about how we are looking great for our age. Why do people have to add that “for our age”?? Why can’t they say we look great, full stop?!

The lovely thing about Kathleen’s article was that she was talking about how her friends were off learning new things such as how to tango, how to surf, becoming experts on IPL, lifted boobs (if that’s your thing) but more importantly they were becoming wiser and more wonderful every day that passes. I like that. That’s the way it should be. I think as we get older, yes, we may have more worries, or we may not, but we are more comfortable in our skin, how we feel, how we look and more comfortable with life. I’ve been through a lot in my life, and many of us have, but I think that I am also getting to that place where I am finally getting into my stride, relishing what’s important and doing things because I want to do them, not because I think I should. So that’s why I am setting myself goals this year. I’m going to run my second ever half marathon, go to hot yoga classes and start that CACI Facial Course – all because I want to, not because I should. And I know I am not talking in this Blog about beauty trends this week but if you feel good, you generally look good and beauty starts from the inside so it really is about beauty.

I will leave you with the final paragraph from Kathleen’s article which made me smile: “Fired up with enthusiasm, I book myself into a fancy Swiss spa for later this month, a place where I can get a full medical check-up. Best to be informed about an potential ailments before I embark on such a serious course of self-improvement. And I tell my 18-year-old son that I’m off to Switzerland so I can write a column about turning 50. 

“Switzerland,” he says, glued to a screen as he researches different crypto-currencies to invest in. (#millennials). “The home of tax havens and euthanasia. Just what every 50-year- old needs.””


Getting Healthy

4th August 2017

It’s all about health for me this month. I’m off skiing soon and I haven’t skied for over 20 years!!!! Yup, I must be mad. I’ve not even had 1 ski lesson before disappearing off to the slopes. In a moment of madness my best buddy suggested last year that we go on a skiing break with our 2 boys who have been learning to ski. It sounded a great idea at the time but as it now looms I’m thinking I’m 46, getting old, the joints are creaking, I’ve not skied for over 20 years and can I fit into those ski pants?!!

So I thought I had better do something about this or I will be hobbling off the slopes and not able to move the next morning!! Step up my good friend, Lynn, who is also a personal trainer! So Lynn has been helping me over the past few weeks to get fit or at least a little bit fitter so I don’t collapse after a day on the slopes. She’s had me pummelling the pavements with 5 milers (Lynn will say it’s only 4 miles J) as well as getting those abs and thighs going. And boy is it hard work but I tell you one thing I certainly feel better after the exercise. There’s something about running with fresh air and those endorphins buzzing around your body. It’s great for the mind and soul. It’s actually got me thinking about doing another half marathon. I ran my one and only half marathon in 2014 and I think it’s about time I set myself another challenge!! Although the skiing is a challenge in itself!

Then there’s the juices. I’ve started drinking cold pressed juices and it seems to be the way to go at the moment for fresh nutrients. I have tried various things such as the Nutri Bullet but I am now convinced that cold pressed juices is the way forward. Without going into the actual process, basically the blades which compress the fruit/vegetables move a lot slower, create less heat and retain most of the nutri goodness. It means that you don’t get the fruit turning into sugar and losing its’ goodness once it becomes a juice. Even Grazia gave this method of juice making a great write up last week.

I have been so impressed that I invited Health & Beauty Juicery to join us at Chamomile yesterday. This company is from Edinburgh and I love the juices because they are free from sugar and is all natural. Each 500ml bottle has over 1 kilo of organic produce and the juices are free from refined sugar, preservatives and additives. Some of the benefits of consuming cold-pressed juices include glowing skin, bright eyes, strong hair & nails and a resilient immune system. So as you can imagine I am hooked with these sort of benefits!!!

And the underlying thought for me when I’m drinking these fab juices and pummelling the pavements is that it’s all about health and


Stick your neck out again

14th May 2017

So I wrote a Blog about a year ago on looking after your neck. Yes, that area which we forget about but which we shouldn’t as it is just as important as your face! Well this subject seems to keep rearing its head time and time again.

I don’t know about you but I spend a lot of time on my face, well, perhaps not as much as I should but I always follow my routine every morning and night: cleanse, serum, moisturiser and eye cream. You’re probably wondering where the toning is? Well despite being nagged by my therapists on a weekly basis to tone I never quite get round to that!

So I look after my face and hate wrinkles with a vengeance but what about my neck and décolletage? That’s where I fall down badly and need to rectify.

According to Grazia this week you’re doing yourself no favours if your skincare stops at your chin.  Our neck and décolletage are super vulnerable to ageing as the skin there is very thin. It also has fewer oil glands than your face and is almost constantly exposed to the environment.

So what did Grazia recommend to help with this? Well for starters they suggest that we use an SPF religiously, then slather on neck cream/serum and lastly sleep on your back. Now I can vouch for why you should do this. Sleeping on your side does cause creasing – I know!! The problem is that as much as I try I just can’t sleep on my back.

So these are the preventative measures recommended by my coveted Grazia, but what else can we do to stop this ageing process??

Well first up is stretch your neck! Specialists are now recommending that we stretch our necks every day. It sounds maybe a bit mad but, if you think about it, it makes sense. The specialists recommend that every day we turn our head to one side as far as possible and look up to the ceiling, hold for 10 seconds and then do the other side. Now I have a 74 year old Aunt who has, since I can remember, done stretch exercises with her face. Every morning she repeatedly moves her jawline, mouth, eyes and neck and I can tell you she looks amazing for her age. She looks about 60 and that’s not just down to genes! So I think this works!

The specialists have also recommended botox in the bands of the muscles of the neck to relax them and stop them becoming rigid. Now we don’t do botox but we do have Dr Connolly who visits us every week from the Harley Street Private Clinic so if you fancied it you could do it at Chamomile. Personally I have never tried botox and am not really inclined.  I prefer my CACI Non-surgical facelift and jowl lift! It works wonders on the neckline and I think it’s fab. This treatment is non-invasive and is a favourite with our clients. Jennifer Lopez and Jennifer Aniston are fans of this treatment. I know botox is still favoured by the stars as well as neck cosmetic surgery procedures but there is now a big movement away from this towards the more non-invasive procedures such as the CACI. If you haven’t tried this then you should pop in for a complimentary trial. You will see the difference.

And if you’re feeling flush you should try the Luxury CACI Treatment. It comprises the non-surgical facelift, microdermabrasion, hydratone mask and wrinkle comb. The latter does what it says it does. I know as I have had this treatment. The therapist applies the comb to individual wrinkles and I can tell you it works. I have fine line/wrinkles now appearing at the side of my mouth and for days after this treatment I couldn’t see them. As for the hydratone mask….well…..I cannot praise it enough. This is applied to the face and décolletage. It was like a miracle the morning after this mask. No wrinkles.  All gone!! My upper chest was glowing and so, so smooth. I felt like I had gone back 10 years in time. Now this effect may have lasted for a week so I will have to get it done on a regular basis but I am a convert!!!

So there you go ladies, some tips for looking after that neck.


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