This week we gave a seminar at the Society of Cosmetics Chemists 'Natural Cosmetics' Symposium at the Royal College of Physicians in London. We were speaking on our ten year history as an organic cosmetics company. It was a great day of talks with fascinating insights from other pioneers in the natural beauty world.
The healing power of plants has long been known, but research avenues into natural skin care applications are now really opening up, or blossoming, if you'll pardon the pun...sorry it's Friday. Any way, there is some remarkable evidence on the skin benefits of plant extracts which I hope to share with you in a new blog series soon.
After a morning listening to all the exciting research into anti-ageing potential of various plant extracts, one enduring memory I will have of the symposium is a visit to the College's medicinal garden. Dr Henry Oakeley is the Garden Fellow with the loudspeaker and ascerbic wit who gave us a guided tour. He is a hilarious walking encyclopaedia of the plant kingdom. And he goes by the mantra of 'plants aren't necessarily always good for you'. In fact listening to him for half an hour could make you very careful about touching unknown leaves and roots again! He certainly underlined the importance leaving the formulating, extracting and remedying to the experts.
Nestled into the outskirts of Regent's Park, the Medicinal Garden is remarkable if not just for the size to plant species ratio. The plants - 1300 species in all - line the car park, and are gradually eating into the smallish lawn in the college grounds.
The full 2 hour tour takes place on the first Wednesday of the month at 2pm. It is free of charge and incredibly worthwhile, especially for the dose of humour from Dr Oakeley.