What is Holistic Skincare?

 

The Concept of Holism Applied to Skincare

I believe that holistic skincare is the most contemporary version of beauty there is. You may have heard the term before in connection to natural beauty, and the term “holistic” actually has its roots in the realm of philosophy. The word comes from the idea of holism, a concept that expresses the whole as greater than the sum of its parts

Testing and mixing various potions

Testing and mixing various potions

Because I wholeheartedly subscribe to this concept, to me, holistic skincare is synergistic skincare: the creation of intelligent plant synergy within a bottle that is able to provide harmony for your skin. I believe aspiring for a harmonious, well-balanced complexion is more sensible than to aspire to try to reverse or stop the signs of time. The wrinkles around your eyes, or your mouth are a testament to having smiled and lived and enjoyed life in a full way. 😉 Plus, most skin conditions result both simply and complexly from our largest organ being out of balance, so, usually, when you bring back the balance, you bring back its glow.

Trying out some botanical goodness

Trying out some botanical goodness

Curiously, the essence of plants closely mirrors that of humans. Botanicals (when well-researched, formulated, and pure) lend themselves particularly well to delivering balance and beauty back to the skin. Understanding closely the chemistry and mechanisms of both plants and our skin plays a big role in holistic skincare formulation which supports and nurtures what the skin already knows how to do by itself: self-regulate.

For this synergy between holistic skincare and the skin to occur, pure and vibrant raw botanicals are essential. This is the main reason we are establishing our own medicinal herb farm, to be able to have first-hand access to high quality, integral plant materials that will be at the core of our formulations. I will be sourcing the rest of the ingredients from like-minded suppliers around the world that offer premium quality organic, biodynamic or wild-crafted botanicals. Ah! By the way, we will also mindfully forage some species that thrive naturally on the property in France.

Rose and Calendula seen here as part of a trial infusion

Rose and Calendula seen here as part of a trial infusion

While we do this, we will be regenerating a piece of land that hasn’t been used for over 30 years and nourishing its ecological biodiversity (adding plants into the world and creating work for pollinators like bees and birds). Holistic skincare also strives for harmony with the environment, where there is a balanced give and take between what we take out of the ground and what we put into it. Nature is our raw material so it is our responsibility to keep the natural environment intact, while creating a beauty product that not only provides a high-performance effect, but also supports long-term environmental balance. To me, those with this mindset are the skincare formulators of the future.

 

-Carolina