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Roaming the mains streets of small towns is a highlight of my weekend getaways outside of the hustle bustle of my city life. On my strolls down mains streets of these little towns, lined with eclectic small businesses often with that unique old architecture and a welcoming set of town's people, I have always discovered a small boutique or two I could spend hours in. P&S Perfume and Skincare Co is one such discovery that I made in the charming village of Berrima.
As soon as I walked through the doors of P&S, I was greeted by a warm yet schoolmaster like greeting from the owner of the shop, John. He is everywhere at the same time joking and sharing information about the product range on display. John mans the little boutique while his wife Sheila, a qualified aromatherapist and a cosmetic chemist, custom blends all that is available on sale. From essential oils, aromas to creams, soaps, candles and makeup, all are meticulously crafted by Shelia with love to be sold in her boutique. Sheila is no amateur in the trade having being associated with fragrances houses such as Chanel, Issey Miyake and Jean Paul Gaultier, her products shout quality. P&S most certainly is not a shop you will leave in a hurry as you would indeed be spoiled for choice.
There are plenty of reasonably priced personal skincare, mineral makeup and aromas to choose from, some rather strong in smell but mostly with a dainty girly fragrance. A lover of handmade soaps, I was quick to grab a stack of multi-coloured, multi fragranced pure vegetable glycerine soaps to take home for my own use and to gift to others. Wasn't I pleasantly surprised at the tagged price of a $5.00 for a large cake of soap? The creams aren't that pricy either. A medium sized tub of body butter selling at around $15.00, I thought the creams and body butters too were quite reasonably priced for a shop selling specialised handmade goods.
To add a bit of glamour to the establishment, they have lined up some fabulous looking accessories such as handbags, scarves, starve clips, rings and earrings. These are handpicked by the owners not to clash with their concept for the boutique.
Though the majority of the shop caters for the ladies, John and Sheila have not neglected the men as there is a special wall dedicated only for men. On the men's wall, shelves are lines with after shaving balms, moisturising creams, specialised soaps and what not, handcrafted with only men in mind. Also on display are the old fashioned shaving brushers that are making a come-back in men's vanity kits.
If ever in Berrima again, this is one place I would not hesitate to go back to, just to have a chit chat with John and sample some of the stuff available in the boutique. I am sure to be well entertained and rewarded.