What is your background and how did you get into skincare?
With memories of my mum (a massage therapist) grinding oats and almonds for face scrubs when I was young, and growing up in Byron Bay, essential oils and natural therapies were a big part of my life from a young age. It’s really no surprise that with a detour in hospitality and hairdressing that I ended up going back to my roots, so to speak. I guess my first foray into what became Erica Brooke Skincare was a hand cream I made for myself while I was working in a coffee roast house. My hands were so cracked and irritated from grinding and making coffee all day and nothing was working. After my ‘experiment’ worked on my hands I started making enough for my colleagues. It ignited that passion and I’ve not stopped. I’m constantly reading about ingredients, playing with new oils and learning the art of green chemistry.
There’s no alternative for me. After becoming aware of the dangers of certain chemicals in mainstream skincare that was it. I was always raised to know that most of the time Mother Nature has the answer and can so often do it better.
Why do you do this?
Creating the Erica Brooke products gives me so much joy and I am on a mission to help rid bathrooms across Australia (and maybe the world!) of toxic chemicals in skincare and body care products.
What is your favourite Erica Brooke product and why?
The Ultimate Body Polish because that’s where the Erica Brooke product range began. In Summer I cannot live without the Ultra Light Day Cream. It is like a light veil for your skin with a serum-like texture. I spent years not using any moisturising product during our intense Australian summers because they were all still too heavy for our weather conditions. As many would relate to, I’d end up wiping it off or having it perspire off my face. Of course, it led me to create the one that was just right!
What is your favourite ingredient and why?
Well, that changes constantly! At the moment I’m heavily researching carrier oils (I want to write a book about them!) They each have so many different uses and I love discovering their history.