A Tasmanian trek to learn about 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’. – so, I did.
‘Chris go to Pindari’
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 – All plant based
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 herbs I use are biodynamically grown on the farm. The only high-tech involvement in the process is a stick blender.