Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Behind the brand: Herbfarmacy Open day



Today I am sharing with you the first in a series of posts about Organic Beauty, as part of Organic September which is an initiative by the Soil Association encouraging people to make small changes which can make a big difference to the environment, see more details here. I love organic skincare brands and especially those that are soil association certified, it really is skincare you can trust. 

Tucked away in rural Herefordshire is a little hidden gem, the Herbfarmacy headquarters and herb farm. I was lucky enough to be able to attend the recent open weekend which was also celebrating 30 years of growing herbs on the farm. All proceeds from the entrance fee went to Concern Universal which is a charity based in Hereford.

Herbfarmacy has always been a brand I have been incredibly fond of and one of the first I tried when starting to use more natural and organic products. I always thought it would be lovely to see the farm so I was very excited when the open days were announced and I realised that I would be able to attend.



Herbfarmacy was created by the couple Paul and Helen Richards, they initially started growing herbs for tinctures but eight years ago they developed the skincare range which is going from strength to strength. Paul is a Botanist with a particular interest in the healing power of herbs, as part of the open day I was lucky enough to take part in a tour of the farm with Paul and his love of plants and knowledge of herbs was fascinating. 


Examples of tinctures that would be added to skincare.


    Since it began the farm has been growing organically and the skincare range is certified by the Soil Association who also had a couple of members present at the open day. This means that the methods of growing and the ingredients that can be used are both stringently monitored and controlled. 

    Paul explained that the main problems that are encountered when you farm organically is weeds as the plants used are grown to be healthy and resistant of disease. The variety of herbs grown is amazing, they also supply other companies as well are using the herbs in their own skincare. 





Calendula
Cornflower

Beautiful Echinacea Purpurea

Some of the many herbs that are used are Calendula, chamomile, mullein, comfrey, chickweed, and meadowsweet. They each have a variety of amazing properties including soothing, softening, moisturising and anti-inflammatory. 

After they are harvested the herbs are then dried in a specially prepared drying room, the smell of chamomile in the room was quite simply incredible. When they are dried they will then be infused in oil to be added to the balms and creams. 


Calendula, chamomile and cornflower in the drier. 


As well as the tour with Paul there was a tent with treatments available and of course I had to treat myself to a massage, the therapist Gina was quite simply amazing and a very interesting person to talk to. Her clinic is based in Hay on Wye, you can find out more here. Going in to the treatment my back was feeling incredibly sore and after the treatment I felt quite simple amazing. 

After my relaxing massage I had a lovely ploughman's lunch and indulged in a spot of shopping, I purchased the Herbfarmacy cuticle oil, the wash off cleansing mousse and the Rose and echinacea toner which is my most repurchased toner, reviews of all of the products will follow soon. I also took the chance to chat to the Herfarmacy staff about the products and have a really good test of everything available. They told me that the best selling product from the range is the Skin rescue balm which is a great product for all the family and one which I am never without. After lot's of testing I also have my eye on the Mallow beauty balm for adding hydration to the skin this winter. 

I had a great day visiting this lovely brand and seeing how everything is done, one of the things I love about organic brands especially those that grow their own ingredients is the connection with the earth that the products have, something made in a laboratory for me can never compare as it simply put has no soul. When I look at the beautiful herbs used in the skincare it really does remind of why I love organic beauty. 


Ana x
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  1. What a great experience, loved reading about it. I love Herbfarmacy too x

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    1. Thanks Annie, glad you enjoyed the post, Herbfarmacy is an amazing brand :) Xx

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  2. Sounds like a lovely day out. I'm a Herbfarmacy fan too x

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    1. It was a great day, I think you would enjoy it if you fancied travelling down next year :) Xx

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  3. Fab photos! I would have loved this xx

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    1. Thank you, would be great to see you there next year! :) x

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  4. Really nice post Ana..I lobe Herbfarmacy and I would have liked so much to join you :-)

    Have a great day
    xx

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  5. Lovely post, I love organic beauty too. The flowers are gorgeous :-) xx

    Kinderhealthandbeauty.blogspot.co.uK

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    1. Thank you Louise, it was a beautiful farm :) x

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  6. Looks like a lovely day out! I really want to try some of the Herbfarmacy products..can't wait for your reviews! x

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    1. They have some amazing products, will be posting next week :) Xx

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  7. This is amazing Ana :) i lobe herbfarmacy so much ^_^
    Great post hihi

    Much love sweetie <3

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    1. Aww thank you! You always have such nice things to say :) Xx

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  8. That looked like an amazing day out! x

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