MEET OUR MAKERS | CLEMENCE ORGANICS
Having recently taken out a host of awards at the recent Beauty Shortlist Mama And Baby Awards, Clemence Organics is the natural Australian skincare brand on everyone’s radar. Founder, Bridget Carmady, a naturopath by trade, is the brains and beauty behind the brand and we were lucky enough to chat with her this week to find out more about her journey and the business of organic skincare. Clemence Organics has been one of our staple brands at conscious.kin since the beginning. With naturopathic formulations made from powerhouse natural botanicals, it’s a range that suits all skin conditions but especially sufferers of eczema, dryness and irritation. If beauty is important to you, if your health is important to you, if the environment is important to you, then Clémence Organics is for you.
What inspired you to start an organic skincare label?
As a degree qualified naturopath, I have always been passionate about natural but effective ways to help people improve their health. I started my career in complementary medicine research, before running a naturopathic clinic, where I used nutrition, supplements, herbal medicine and lifestyle changes to remedy people’s health issues. In my clinic, I started noticing that many of my clients had skincare concerns. For some it was ageing skin, for others, sensitivity, acne, eczema or rosacea. I too had skin challenges, having experienced acne in my teens, scarring in my twenties and signs of ageing in my thirties. However, my clients and I were faced with a lack of skincare products on the market that were made from 100% natural and organic ingredients, and still able to deliver powerful results and the luxurious experience of conventional high-end skincare. So, I decided to develop my own, and Clémence Organics was born.
What have you learned about yourself along the way?
I like a challenge! It’s been 2 years since launching Clémence Organics and it hasn’t always been easy. But I’m so passionate about what I do, that I’m willing to do whatever it takes to get my message across and help educate others on the importance of organic skincare for beauty, health and the environment.
Was there a pivotal moment when you made the swap to clean beauty?
I’ve always used clean beauty to some extent. My Mum introduced me to natural skincare products as a teenager and it just made sense to me. I would say I’ve used it exclusively since 2005 when I started my naturopathic degree. Learning more about the power of nature, the body’s innate healing response, and the disastrous effect chemicals can have on the human body, made me ensure my bathroom cabinet was truly clean.
For someone experiencing rosacea, eczema or psoriasis, how can Clémence skincare help?
Our products are formulated using naturopathic principles, with ingredients known to benefit certain skin conditions. For example, our Baby + Mum Balm contains calendula and evening primrose oil to soothe skin inflammation and promote wound healing. To rapidly hydrate and nourish dry skin we added jojoba, shea butter and coconut oil. For a gentle antiseptic action we added chamomile and lavender essential oils. Together these ingredients provide the key actions needed to soothe eczema. We also use 100% natural and certified organic ingredients, with no hidden nasties.
When not running Clémence Organics, how do you self-nourish?
I took up running again late last year and I find that hugely valuable for my mental and physical health. I also love to read, particularly biographies and business-related books. They give me loads of inspiration.
If there was one clean beauty product you couldn’t live without, what is it?
My Clémence Organics Ultimate Lips! I use it all day, every day, particularly in winter. I think it’s especially important that your lip balm is 100% organic because what doesn’t get absorbed into your skin, is going in via your mouth.
What does living consciously mean to you?
To me living consciously means that I’m living my life authentically, trying to make what difference I can through my life and my work.