Berry Oils

While primarily studied for their nutritional benefits inside the body, they also happen to be vital sources of antioxidants and essential fatty acids for the outside of the body, for the skin.

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Farm Update: Summer 2019

We arrived on a Saturday and we reached the farm in the late afternoon just as the heat from the sun began to crispen instead of roast. Having dropped the bags off in the house, the first stop was to survey what the Spring had sprung.

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2019 Spring Planting

This year we had a focus on expanding our plots in order to grow more plant material as we are R&D’ing new products that will come out later this year and in 2020.

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New Kids on the Block

With the new growing season already here, our minds are currently focused on the Maison/Made farm in Burgundy. We started with a list of over 60 plants we want to (eventually) grow on the farm and, somewhat painstakingly, whittled the list down to 20…

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Liquid Gold

Jojoba is a classic ingredient in the holistic skincare formulator’s toolbox because, more so than any other vegetable oil, it is made up of compounds that most closely resembles the composition of the sebum.

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The King of Herbs

Stinging Nettle (Urtica dioica) is one of our favorite herbs at Maison/Made (if not our #1). It is an incredibly underrated plant by the vast majority of people, since it is primarily seen as a nuisance, a common weed, one that stings you if you accidentally brush up against it while out in the woods.

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A Workhorse for the Skin

The luxurious, multi-functional nature of the Extrait de Maison Antioxidant treatment serum makes it a staple in any skincare ritual, both day and night, but it does not need to be limited to just the face, there’s a whole multitude of other uses! Let’s explore together! 😊

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A (Somewhat) Secret Ingredient: Cacay Nut Oil

The high levels of vitamins A and E in Cacay make it an excellent tool for skin regeneration: it reduces wrinkles, improves elasticity, and leaves the skin more soft and firm. It also includes a high dose of Linoleic Acid and also is within the optimal ratio with the other essential fatty acid: Oleic Acid (about 5-1). This helps

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Balancing the Natural Lipid Barrier

The Extrait de Maison is a fundamental skincare product. To start the Maison/Made line, I didn’t want to create a product that targeted one specific ailment or deficiency, but rather take the time to design a product that helps the skin no matter what it might be suffering from.

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Biodynamic Farming

If you support the tenets of organic agriculture, a healthy planet, and high-quality products, then you should definitely know about biodynamic farming because it encompasses all of these things.

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On Antioxidants

Antioxidants refer to a chemical property, it’s the ability to act as an electron donor to a free radical, thereby preventing the free radicals from stealing the electron from a healthy functioning cell.

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Harvesting Throughout the Seasons

The whole process starts in the Spring (pretty self-intuitive) where we need to plan the different herbs we want to grow for our formula, where to plant them, what needs to get done to prepare the soil, when the right moment is to actually plant them, when they will mature, best practices in harvesting, drying, and processing, etc.

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Botanical Portrait: Lavender

I chose lavender to inaugurate this section because it is a truly foundational plant for skincare. It’s such a complete plant that it is widely used and well-known for many things: cuisine, herbal medicine, adornment, and cosmetics.

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Farm Update #1

The quality and ecology of the soil, seeds, plants, and farming/gardening methods are paramount to the core ideals of this project: developing vibrant and effective skincare products, and creating a space on this planet that, although small, brings life and vitality back to the soil and has a positive impact on the environment.

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