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Proudly made in Australia and independently owned, iNature Skincare products harness the special qualities of calendula extract to help soothe dry, sensitive skin. Our gentle yet effective formulations are designed for both face and body, and they’re safe for the whole family—babies included!

In fact, that’s how our line got started: Founder Julia Chan had been searching extensively for a product to help her infant son’s severe eczema, a condition requiring constant monitoring and care. But some formulations on the market were too harsh; others simply didn’t work. So she set out to develop her own.

A former skincare executive, she understood the importance of quality ingredients and uncompromising scientific research. After many months of trial and error, she sent her first test samples to the dermatology department at the Capital Institute of Pediatrics, a center renown for helping children with chronic skin ailments. The results on even the littlest patients were encouraging and further clinical trials followed. Her son’s condition improved and so did that of the dozens of other children in her studies. In 2008, iNature Skincare was born.

WHAT IS CALENDULA?

Calendula refers to a genus of flowers more commonly known as marigolds, those cheerful yellow-orange blooms perking up home gardens all across the world. They are as hearty as they are lovely; blooming throughout most of the year, their name is derived from the Latin word kalendae, meaning “the first day of the month.”

We source the species of calendula known as Calendula officinalis. Officinalis is Latin for 'belonging in a place where medicine is kept', and denotes a plant that is thought to possess healing qualities.

The healing qualities of calendula—a flower originally from the Mediterranean—lie in its petals. A diverse range of compounds (including antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory agents like flavonoids and tripertene) is thought to explain the petals’ historic use as a skin healer. 

Herbalists would make extracts to isolate these active ingredients from the petals and then use them in skincare products.

How are extracts made? It depends. Petals would typically be submerged in a solvent, so that their desirable components would infuse into the liquid. Traditionally, that solvent would simply be oil—for instance, olive oil. After the infusion process, the petals would be removed, and the resulting solution would be mixed into topical formulations. 

Technology has advanced over the years. At iNature, we use a very high quality extract in which liquid carbon dioxide is the solvent.  Carried out at extremely cold temperatures, this specialised process preserves the integrity of the petals’ active ingredients—which means you can be confident of their purity and quality on your skin.

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