NEW: SUMMER WINE / Even Tone Antioxidant Shield / Zero Essential Oils
- SKIN TYPE
- FRAGRANCE PROFILE
- ACTIVE INGREDIENTS (INCI) + PROVENANCE
- OUR PROCESS
- SUN-INFUSED WHOLE PLANT EXTRACTS
United moments of happiness.
Hours spend gardening under the sun, afternoons on the beach, late nights sipping natural wine under the stars – this antioxidant cocktail infuses my skin with everything it needs to protect and recover. A second skin and invisible armor to help weather all sorts of conditions we face in the course of our day. This serum can sit sweetly under a sunscreen, and is wonderful as an after sun damage control.
In 2020, Christo made natural wine with Brendon Carto, from Carto Wines, crafted wild beer with our friend Tim using our Kangaroo Valley spring water, and macerated moonshine bottles of Gentian/Mulberry bitters. Me, I sun-infused all their nutrient-charged leftover plant matter into biodynamic Olive oil, until the extracts sang of smiling, warm, boozy Summer days spend with friends who've all had to change their lives last year.
SUMMER WINE is a collection of the good 2020 moments we seized, the beautiful things we did in the strangest of years, when everything turned upside down and threw everyone brutally of the straight and narrows. Time stood still, and moments of rare idleness opened a world of beauty.
Sun-infused extracts of Primitivo Grapes, fermented Chardonnay grapes + seed and Shiraz leaves, Mulberry leaves, Gentian root, Hop flowers, Dragons blood resin, Gingko leaf, and Strawberry Gum combine with Strawberry Seed oil, Blackberry seed oil and Buriti seed oil, creating a protective second skin to fight of free radicals, combat pollution, fade pigmentation, accelerate cell turn over, calm inflammation, reduce swelling, correct uneven skin tone and improve skin complexion.
ZERO ESSENTIAL OILS
To let the aromas and fragrances of my extracts and oils unfold naturally, I have chosen to add zero essential oils to any of our KAIROS MOMENT compositions. This means their energetic ethereal body charge is much more subtle and comes from the naturally occurring, non-isolated essential oils within the plant matter like seeds, fruit, flowers, leaves, bark, etc I am extracting into biodynamic Olive oil. The aroma of these very complex compositions is oscillating, specific, momentous – Kairological.
MOMENTOUS. LUCID. FUN.
“To see a World in a Grain of Sand And a Heaven in a Wild Flower Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand And Eternity in an hour." ~William Blake Kairos Time - as opposed to Chronos time, is non-linear. Kairos time does not get measured, does not run to schedules. It is the cyclic time of the soul, divine sparks of new directions, aha-moments of deep insights, transformative decisions, inspired creations, and, most importantly, of floating idleness. Kairos moments arise in stillness and appear in the eye of storms. When our chronos-time bound ego falters, when we surrender our self to Nature, it finds our wounded openings and pours light into all our cracks. Kairos moments are transcendental, magical,
I created our vivid new compositions during our very own Kairos moment in 2020, when time stood still for all of us. And in that elastic pause between inhale and exhale we got to play, explore and make some skincare magic.
An Ode to Now.
Johanna + Christo xx
'PRIMITIVO' GRAPE + FERMENTED 'CHARDONNAY' GRAPE FRUIT + SEED EXTRACT *
High levels resveratrol help reverse or reduce elemental damage.
Improves skin texture, firmness, and density.
Strengthens the skins natural antioxidant defence.
'SHIRAZ' LEAF EXTRACT*
High levels resveratrol that neutralise free radicals.
Improves circulation to reduce swelling, puffiness and minimises pores
Stimulates collagen production.
STRAWBERRY SEED OIL*
Helps preserve collagen.
Helps even skin tone and correct discolouration.
Protects and stabilises the skin's acid mantle.
MULLBERRY LEAF EXTRACT^
Helps reduce dark spots and improve uneven skin tone.
Protects from environmental damage.
Deeply hydrates and and bestows radiance.
BLACKBERRY SEED OIL*
Protects from environmental damage.
Soothes inflammation and redness.
Rejuvenates dry, mature, weather-beaten skin and helps retain moisture.
GRAPE SEED OIL*
Superior antioxidant activity and UV damage repair
Strengthens cell membranes to maintain elastin.
Controls and balances sebum.
GENTIAN ROOT EXTRACT*
Helps improve complexion and helps correct discolouration.
Soothes acne and cools inflamed, irritated, weather-beaten skin.
Scavenges free radicals.
HOP FLOWER EXTRACT*
Reduces heat in inflamed, irritated, weather-beaten skin.
Deeply moisturises and conditions dry and stressed skin.
Helps even skin tone and correct discolouration.
DRAGONS BLOOD RESIN EXTRACT*
Forms a protective second skin to protect from environmental damage.
Helps retain moisture.
Calms inflamed, irritated skin and helps speed cell turnover.
GINGKO LEAF EXTRACT*
Balances oily skin and unclogs pores.
Helps protect from UV exposure.
Helps repair oxidative damage.
BURITI SEED OIL*
Helps fade pigmentation.
Helps to boost collagen production and locks in moisture.
Absorbs free radicals and is a popular ingredients in sun screens and after sun care.
STRAWBERRY GUM LEAF EXTRACT*
Helps strengthen and repair barrier function.
Helps protect from environmental stressors.
Helps protect from pollution
Stimulates new cell growth.
Guards against free radical damage.
Maintains moisture balance and elasticity.
Neutralises free radicals.
Stimulates cell regeneration
Protects from environmental stressors
SAFFRON STIGMA EXTRACT*
Helps increase oxygen flow.
Strong anti-oxidative properties.
MYRRH RESIN EXTRACT^
Facilitates speedy wound healing.
FRANKINCENSE SACRA RESIN EXTRACT*
Comforts the soul, lifts anxiety.
Astringents tone and firm.
Stimulates cell repair and balances pigmentation.
24 KARAT GOLD"
Receives sun energy and grounds intentions
Boosts collagen integrity.
*CERTIFIED ORGANIC **CERTIFIED DEMETER BIODYNAMIC ^WILDCRAFTED “NON-NANO.
For women and men of all skin types. Especially benefits uneven, pigmentation challenged, sun damaged, and weather exposed skin.
Use in the morning and again after sun exposure. Can be used at night as an intensive restore serum. I like alternating this with my other composition from the KAIROS collection under PRECIOUS.
Massage a two drops into still damp, clean skin every morning after cleansing, using your ring fingers starting from the eyes. Your ring fingers have the lightest touch of all your digits and won’t pull your skin.
Layer under PRECIOUS FACE ELIXIR and/or ELEMENTAL DAY SILK if desired. We recommend using our compositions for a few weeks exclusively to harness it’s potency and gently transition your skin into it’s new, natural and healthy state.
A pitcher or Summer fruit-infused Sangria, a glass of fine aromatic natural wine, with a subtle nose of barnyard funk, as our sommelier friends would say. Layers of raisin, summer fruit, herbaceous lift, a hint of cinnamon, strawberry and faint vanilla – it's there and then it's gone, drunk deeply by the skin of your face.
VITIS VINIFERA ‘PRIMITIVO’ (GRAPE) SEED + FRUIT EXTRACT* Orange, Australia. Organic. Hand-picked, whole bunch-pressed, sun-cured fruit + seeds, sun-infused for a minimum of 4 months in biodynamic Olive oil.
VITIS VINIFERA ‘CHARDONNAY’ (GRAPE EXTRACT) SEED + FRUIT EXTRACT* Orange, Australia. Organic. Hand-picked, whole bunch-pressed, sun-cured fruit + seeds, sun-infused for a minimum of 4 months in biodynamic Olive oil.
VINIFERA ‘SHIRAZ’ (GRAPE) LEAF EXTRACT* Kangaroo Valley, Australia. Wildcrafted. Hand-picked, air dried leaves, sun-infused for a minimum of 4 months in biodynamic Olive oil.
FRAGARIA VESCA (STRAWBERRY) SEED OIL* Egypt. Certified organic. Cold-pressed seeds, unrefined.
MORUS NIGRA/ALBA (MULLBERRY) LEAF EXTRACT* Kangaroo Valley, Australia. Wildcrafted. Hand-picked, air dried leaves, sun-infused for a minimum of 4 months in biodynamic Olive oil.
RUBUS FRUTICOSUS (BLACKBERRY) SEED OIL* France. Certified organic. Cold-pressed seeds, unrefined.
VITIS VINIFERA (GRAPE) SEED OIL* Spain/France. Certified organic. Cold-pressed seeds, unrefined.
GENTIANA LUTEA (GENTIAN) ROOT EXTRACT* France. Certified organic. Sun-infused for a minimum of 4 months in biodynamic Olive oil
HUMULUS LUPULUS (HOP) FLOWER EXTRACT* Australia. Certified organic. Sun-infused for a minimum of 4 months in biodynamic Olive oil
CROTON LECHLERI ('MEDIEVAL' DRAGONS BLOOD) RESIN EXTRACT^ ISLAND OF SOCOTRA, YEMEN. Wildcrafted. Ethically harvested, sustainably traded. Hand-ground resin, sun-infused for a minimum of 4 months in biodynamic Olive oil.
GINKGO BILOBA (GINGKO) LEAF EXTRACT* China. Certified organic. Sun-infused for a minimum of 4 months in biodynamic Olive oil
MAURITIA FLEXUOSA (BURITI) SEED OIL* Amazon, Brazil. wildcrafted. Cold-pressed seeds, unrefined.
EUCALYPTUS OLIDA (STRAWBERRY GUM) EXTRACT* Australia. Wildcrafted. hand-picked, air dried leaves, sun-infused for a minimum of 4 months in biodynamic Olive oil.
VANILLA PLANIFOLIA (VANILLA) FRUIT EXTRACT*. Daintree Rainforest, Australia. Certified organic. Hand-picked, sun-cured whole beans, sun-infused for a minimum of 4 months in biodynamic Olive oil.
OLEA EUROPAEA (OLIVE) OIL**. Victoria, Australia. Certified Demeter biodynamic, Small batch cold-pressed, unrefined, extra virgin.
HARMONISING CHARGE 'SACRED TRINITY BLEND'
BOSWELLIA FREREANA (FRANKINCENSE ‘MAYDI’, KING OF FRANKINCENSE) RESIN EXTRACT, Somalia. Certified organic. / BOSWELLIA SACRA (ROYAL HORAJI WHITE ‘SACRED’ FRANKINCENSE) RESIN EXTRACT^. Oman. Certified organic. Fair-trade resin, sustainably harvested by a community co-op.. Sun-infused for a minimum of 4 months in biodynamic Olive oil.
COMMIPHORA MYRRHA (MYRRH) RESIN EXTRACT* Somalia. Certified organic. Yemen. Wildcrafted. / COMMIPHORA WILDII (‘OMUMBIRI’ NAMIBIAN MYRRH) RESIN EXTRACT Namibia. Wildcrafted.Fair-trade resin, sustainably harvested by a community co-op. Sun-infused for a minimum of 4 months in biodynamic Olive oil.
24 KARAT GOLD”, Germany. Non-Nano. Cert cosmetic/food grade. Sun-infused for a minimum of 4 months in biodynamic Olive oil.
ALL EXTRACTS ARE SUN-INFUSED BY US IN CERTIFIED BIODYNAMIC OLIVE OIL.
*Organic **demeter biodynamic ^wildcrafted/non-gmo/chemical free “non-nano.
WARNING - The safety of this product has not been determined.
Interestingly, combinations of various antioxidants have been found to have synergistic effects, creating formulations that are more powerful and beneficial than individual compounds used alone. Which is why we us whole plant extracts, orchestrating a finely tuned broad spectrum of anti-oxidants and nutrients to create deeply complex and synergistic compositions with wholesome performance to balance our skin's natural function, support regenerative processes and restore elasticity at all stages of our lives.
The tangible results are vital low, radiant complexion, and healthy skin strong enough to withstand our daily contact with the world and all it's joys (and excesses). All completely natural.
All our whole plant extracts are sun-infused by us on our Kangaroo Valley farm or Sydney studio in certified Demeter biodynamic Olive oil.
Thanks so much for supporting Christo's and my wholistic journey. Hope you'll love.
All our whole plant extracts are sun-infused by us on our Kangaroo Valley farm in certified Demeter biodynamic Olive oil.
THE PROCESS IS AS SIMPLE AS IT IS ANCIENT:
We gather the most pristine herbs, grown in natural soil, tended by soulful people, harvested at their aromatic peak, and air-dried or sun-cured.
We then steep these aromatic symphony in biodynamic Olive oil for 4-6 months in glass, turning the urns daily with the sun – like a vigneron would rotate his champagne bottles.
We watch the colour transfer from the plant parts into the oil, creating an entirely new nectar all together: a perfectly balanced expression of the plant's healing properties, it's provenance, and it's life.
But really, it all starts with good, healthy and natural soil, and our skincare is about respecting, honouring and protecting planet Earth just as much as the skin we're in.
Our gentle method of sun-infusion preserves the delicate properties of our botanicals, allows us to use heat-sensitive extra virgin olive oil, and, important to us, uses zero electricity.
Presented in patented UV light filtering Miron glass vessels with recycled foil-printed paper labels, or hand-applied traditional pine resin wax seal.
Stitched by Christo into recycled paper sleeves on his old sewing machine.
Our Herbin made sealing wax contains NO vinyl or plastic to make it pliable, and has been made by the same Parisian sealing wax maker since 1600 for the Kings and Queens of Europe.
Following ancient apothecary tradition, our bottles are purified with Myrrh + Frankincense smoke prior to filling to boost longevity of the composition and to bestow genius of spirit.