Fabula Botanical Skincare specialises in plant-based, sustainable skincare & potions hand made in New Zealand from healing botanicals that have been used on the skin for millennia.
In 2006, Pip Dean's sister Jacqui returned home from living in the UK after many years. They went into business together, opening a design store in Petone selling New Zealand made homeware, jewellery and art. The store was much-loved for its selection of contemporary designs and they became a Top Shop award winner. One day, Pip attended a workshop on soapmaking which changed her life. She completely fell in love with the ancient skill of cold process soapmaking and began a journey of research and discovery into making soaps jam-packed with soothing, healing ingredients.
When Oyster closed, Pip's journey with soapmaking continued and the soaps soon led on to skincare as she began to get asked for help. She completed a Diploma in Natural Skincare and then a Certificate in Aromascience and her range grew and grew as she made more products for people with different skin issues such as acne, eczema, sensitivities and cancer skin care.
Pip has sensitive skin herself - allergies and eczema have been a part of her life since birth and she has had many reactions to mainstream soaps and skincare. She has used all of the creams, taken the steroids and then later began her journey with complementary therapies. Now that she uses her own products, follows an eczema-care diet and keep stress under control, she is happy to have calm, moisturised skin and rarely endures nasty flare ups.
Fabula Botanical Skincare products are designed for all skin types and are especially helpful to stressed skins. The brand uses 100% vegetable oils, clays, pure essential oils, salts, plant extracts, herbs and plants from Pip's garden where possible. You won't find any nasties or fillers, which are still widely used by some big-brand skincare designers. Pip's recipes are full of lovely quality ingredients.... and Aroha!
Manufactured: Waikanae on the Kapiti Coast.
Products: A wide range of skincare products, including calming body oils, cleansers, serums, calming mists and healing, calming balms. The full list of products can be found here.
Stockists: Online via the Fabula Botanical Skincare website. Also, Camille Attard Massage & Beauty (Wellington), Ecostore Sustainability Trust (Wellington), Fusion Ayurveda (Manakau) and Sudima Hotels Christchurch (yoga mat spray in rooms). Visit the website for more stockists.