From a dream of quality, herbs and alchemy came a business.”
Born into a centuries old tradition I refined my knowledge studying herbs and their therapeutical benefits for the health and beauty, with herbalist monks in the Italian country side.This allowed me to discover and access a vast library of information and philosophy of the Authentic Italian Beauty Culture, with all its history, practices and work of herbalist monks and physicians from the 15th century. Part inherited part collected, I accumulate a considerable knowledge and methods of the phyto/aroma cosmetics, improving and optimizing classic formulations, combining science with nature to make the world’s finest cosmetics and perfumes. After spending several years working in the family pharmacy, where each cream was made of fresh fruits, essential oils and herbs with no preservatives that expired after two to three weeks. I remember as a young girl in the summer my aunts making me creams out of fresh herbs and fruits and how amazing that was every summer. I expanded into making custom cosmetics for some of Italy’s leading families. These custom cosmetics caused a sensation, being that each product was custom blended specifically for each client’s skin type. Of course all was done on a small scale and before I dedicate my entire time in developing ERBE, I collaborate part time as a product developer for some of Europe’s most prestigious cosmetic companies, I found myself frustrated with the synthetic nature of the products I was developing under request, so I decided to do what my ancestors have been doing for centuries and put it in packages and sell it on a larger scale.
- What is the essence of your business and your product line?
ERBE specializes in plants transformation, extractions and distillation.
Our product lines have their origin in the methods and practices of Phyto/therapy (healing with plants) and Aromatherapy (healing with essential oils)
That branch of Aromatherapy known as aroma/cosmetica uses the power of penetration through the tissues of the essences, to establish beauty treatments that are not limited to the surface of the skin but, to be corrected in a stable cells renewal process. The therapeutic properties of the essential oils in pharmacology are also the foundation of their special and profound action in dermo-cosmetics.
Essential oils perform the function of stimulating the exhausted tissues, promote cell renewal and maintain constant the level of purification. The best results are obtained with blends of essential oils that work synergy with oils or creams or emulsions and extractions. The most recent research has developed dermo-cosmetic functional products based on specific essences for various treatments that integrate the therapeutic aspect-base with the aesthetic. More practically, the plants can be considered as a laboratory containing many chemicals, extractable in different ways depending on the method used. From each of these methods it is possible to obtain a final product with specific requirements and characteristics, with specific therapeutic indications. The extractive techniques applied to material of vegetable nature, are employed as well as for obtaining the pure active principle, removing unwanted components from the plants. Aroma-cosmetics are based on the therapeutic action of extracted herbs and flowers and essentials oils. The sources and quality of the row natural ingredients play a primary role, harvest must occur in season and in the (balsamic time) when the plants offer the most of their therapeutic properties
- From where or whom do you draw your greatest inspiration?
Of course the first “ maestro” is the work of famous herbalist physicians from the 15th centuries. They were the first to codify and create beauty products as we know them today. But, I must say that the fascinating and charming word of the women in my life as I was growing up, had the strongest influence in my future chooses. Their life style, the attention they had towards beauty and health, my mother exchanging receipts and beauty secrets with friend, and the smell of the flowers in our evenings promenades, made me realize that that was the world I wanted to leave in, a simple and elegant life style made of quality and care.