Just like her grandmother in the early 1900s, Jasmine today relies on ancient Italian recipes and ingredients – from rosemary to salvia (sage), to Tuscan lavender, helichrysum italicum, juniper, thyme and St. John’s wort – in order to create, every year, a small, intimate batch of Radice masks and creams. In Italian, Radice means root, and Jasmine’s effort goes all into unearthing the benefits of these processes that have contributed to the health and beauty of human skin across the centuries, and bringing them to the present day.
Sourcing raw herbs and resins directly from our own production is only the first of many careful steps we follow in order to preserve the nutrients locked into these plants. Ingredients are picked by hand only when they are in season – like St. John’s wort, picked by hand in the garden during the night between the 23rd and 24th of June, when the plant reaches its “balsamic time”, the moment when the herb expresses the highest degree of active ingredients and vitality – and they are treated solely through traditional procedures passed on from generation to generation, like pressing by hand, laying out in bain-marie, or cold-soaking to attain maceration. The making of our myrrh cream might be a good illustration of our process: Jasmine personally selects resin of myrrh coming straight from Egypt. She then grinds the resin with mortar and pestle, infuses the resin with vegetable oils and then leaves it to sit in the sun for days inside an amber glass jar, shaken daily. When the oil is finally filtered, all the nutrients from the myrrh resin have been transferred into the oil, making the myrrh cream a very special anti-aging product, suited for dry, mature and sensitive skin.
Our guiding intuitions are steeped in the century-old Italian herbalist tradition, comprising a level of craft, attention to detail and care that are an essential part of the Italian ethos. Due to the variations found in natural ingredients from location to location and season to season, the manufacturing process must be adjusted in real time by expert hands. Minute harmonizations of temperature need to be made in order to preserve the vitamins, and stirring by hand allows us to make subtle adjustments in order to create the optimal consistency, nutritional content, color and scent. These processes allow the nutrients of our creams and ointments to be directly absorbed by the skin, enhancing its elasticity and keeping its natural moisture balance and harmonization.