Feb 26, 2019
Most of us in the green beauty sector are familiar with
long-established organic brands Weleda and Dr Haushka, but what we
might not know is that they run their skincare businesses according
to biodynamic principles. Biodynamic skincare is often described as
'organic plus' as it takes a caring, holistic approach that defines
not only the farming of botanical ingredients for skincare products
but also their entire life cycles from field to face.
The Biodynamic Association defines biodynamics as a "holistic,
ecological, and ethical approach to farming, gardening, food, and
nutrition". That is a powerful statement combining as it does three
prongs of business that generally don't feature in equal weight in
the commercial realities of big name cosmetics' companies.
However, this definition might still leave you wondering what
exactly biodynamic skincare is. We felt we needed real-life
examples of biodynamics in action and what it means in practice to
the natural skincare formulator.
Our Green Beauty Conversations guest for this episode is someone
who has practically grown-up with the philosophy and practices of
biodynamic farming. Sebastian Parsons of Liv, a biodynamic collaborative
foundation based on a working farm in Worcestershire, UK, was
introduced to biodynamics in his teens by a farmer uncle. He and
his team run workshops, an online store retailing biodynamic
skincare brands and also, of course, the farm itself.
Sebastian says that biodynamics is all about consciousness; your
deep desire to grow and use the best ingredients you can, working
with the rhythms of nature. It isn't simply harking back to a
traditional way of growing plants that our ancient forebears would
have used as it is anchored in contemporary science. But, it does
involve an emotional connection to place and a deep synergy with
and understanding of the land.
In this episode, you'll learn more about biodynamic skincare
and practices, such as:
- Biodynamic practices are about a commitment to life and the
living organism. It sees growers seeding, planting, nurturing and
harvesting, and manufacturers creating products from biodynamic
ingredients on the calendar days best suited to the plants' needs -
Demeter Biodynamic Certification started in 1928 and is the
largest worldwide biodynamic regulatory body. It certifies a large
range of 'gold standards' in biodynamic farming and production
ranging from biodiversity and ecosystem preservation to soil
husbandry and the prohibition of genetically-engineered organisms.
It guarantees consumers the ultimate in high quality products,
whether personal care or food.
- Biodynamic skincare is considered more vibrant and 'alive' with
beneficial ingredients thanks to the way the original botanical
materials have been handled in tune with the rhythms of
The biodynamic calendar is one of the most known aspect of the
practice. It is drawn up based on the influences of the moon,
planets and constellations on plant growth and lays out what day is
most propitious for doing various farming and growing jobs.
Key take-outs from Sebastian include:
- As with any movement that requires a paradigm shift to become
part of, the biodynamic community can seem overwhelming to the
newcomer. Sebastian recommends dipping your toes in, reading and
researching biodynamic practices and gradually getting involved.
See the links below for some good places to start.
- Biodynamic practices aren't only about farming. They translate
into ethical business practices. Biodynamic business will not be
driven by the need to generate profits over all other
- In the skincare sector, biodynamic approaches don't stop at the
cosmetic product in its pot. Therapists and other beauty
practitioners can adopt biodynamic principles at the point of
service delivery to the customer who will experience the therapy
differently as a result. See the Liv workshop details below.
- If you are interested in following a biodynamic approach to
formulating and selling your cosmetic products, try to embed some
of its values from the start; it will then become second nature to
work to biodynamic principles fully as your business grows.
Conscious Connecting Workshops & Discount
Liv runs regular Conscious Connecting workshops throughout the
year. Sebastian is offering the Formula Botanica community a
discount on the early bird price. To find out more about upcoming
courses see Skin
& Soul Within: Conscious Connecting workshops. To gain the
discount, just contact Liv
quoting code: Formula Botanica.
Discover more about Liv and biodynamic skincare over at:
Liv on Facebook.
Liv on Instagram.
Liv on Twitter.
Links Sebastian mentioned to useful resources on the biodynamic
movement, ingredients and practices:
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