Frances Nation is the shop you visit when you want to experience the palpability of surrender. As you take a breath to let your nose, mind and heart feel instantly purified, the bombardment of consumerism’s urgency suddenly disappears. Aromas of lime, frankincense, sandalwood and rose waft from handmade soaps lining the counter, providing a comfort similar to that one a true word nerd feels when they walk into a second hand bookstore. Store owner Tessa Peach has the intention of taking modern shoppers back to the days of purposeful distribution that is reminiscent of old family run general stores. Frances Nation stocks everything you need to make a thoughtful life thrive – supporting wares made under ethical practice,and indulging the senses with nourishing ingredients that are gifted by the earth before being transformed by the craftsmanship of some of New Zealand’s newest makers.