A Tasmanian trek to learn about Herbal skin creams
Some years ago, Gerry Dendrinos (Current President of the Australian Homeopathic Association) said to me after visiting the herb farm.
‘Chris go to Pindari, I’m not going to say anything more, just go to Pindari’.
‘Chris go to Pindari’ – so I did
Pindari was a herb farm in Launceston Tasmania run by retired Pharmacist Ken Atherton and his family.
Ken created the most amazing herb farm and educational centre at Pindari where he ran week long live-in herbal manufacturing workshops.
He had spent his professional career refining and testing skin cream formulations for his clients and in these workshops, he generously shared his formulas and techniques to make excellent creams.
Learning from a Master Pharmacist
I travelled to Tasmania and came back with Ken’s base formula which I then revamped.
Each ingredient in the cream had to earn its keep and be of proven benefit to the skin.
In our hot dry Australian climate moisturising the skin on a deep level is vital.
Make it simple.
Ken loved to formulate and he freely admitted that he was ‘cursed’ with too many varieties of moisturiser.
I wanted to make it simple and have every ingredient make a difference.
Each ingredient earns its keep
The base oils I selected for the recipe are avocado, commonly used in South America for skin and hair beauty plus hemp which I had previously found was excellent on the skin.
The emulsifier is coconut based – No palm oil products. 100% Essential oils are used for fragrance and there are no parfums or artificial fragrances.
The herbal tinctures I use are all from biodynamically grown herbs on the farm and hand made by myself. The only high-tech involvement in the process is a stick blender.
So, what are people saying about this skin cream?
I’m sending my sister more for Christmas. She keeps a jar in every room… it’s silky nourishing protection keeps her looking 20 years younger… it’s true Chris its lovely stuff.
Diane ACT Australia
I love the moisturiser; it is gentle and smooth to apply. There is a noticeable difference in the skin, absorbing and giving a long-lasting hydration healing result.
Alison – ACT Australia
There are two choices – Comfrey & Premium.
Comfrey – Cream base with added Comfrey leaf tincture. My first formulation. Comfrey has a legendary reputation amongst professional Herbalists over thousands of years for its healing properties.
Premium – Cream base with added Solomon’s Seal, Calendula and Chickweed tinctures with selected issue salts included for their skin restoring properties. World famous herbalist Matthew Wood helped me with creating this herbal combination.
Head on over to Natural Skin Care products to buy your skin cream.
Starter packs available from $47 postage included.
Ken Atherton pictured below.
Thanks Ken, your generosity of spirit is always remembered