Shop Love: Cisthene


I’m probably the last person to discover and fall in love with ‘online apothecary’ Cisthene, curated by the extremely talented Jen Altman. Jen is a professional photographer and author whose clients include Chronicle Books, Martha Stewart Living and Kinfolk Magazine.

Self-described as ‘Purveyor of Talismans, Potions and Pouches’ Cisthene carries an irresistible and unique product collection of new-age lifestyle accessories; jewellery in simple shapes and encrusted with un-refined stones, lotions with names like Cocoarose Dream Cream and White Grape Body Wash and beautifully packaged glass scents in painterly draw string bags. Oh and butter soft leather purses in midnight blue shades to carry amulets in…

If you happen to develop a girl crush on Jen Altman like I did, you can also follow her adventures in travel and food with her family on her acclaimed blog Nectar. A mother to three beautiful girls, she also documents the adventures of her self-styled seven-year-old on All About Eve!

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Author: Rohini Wahi

Rohini is a London based freelance journalist and trend forecaster for the design industries. She has worked for Elle Decoration, Living Etc, Houzz and Design Sponge amongst others.

She loves a period drama and keeps a tidy home. Launched in 2007 The Beat That My Heart Skipped focuses on home inspirations, design trends, lifestyle and food – coupled with an insight into Rohini’s work and home life – from key picks at trade shows to styled weekend soirees. To contact Rohini for queries, work for hire or just to say hi drop her a line at

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