Adriel Denae + Jen Auerbach
Clary Collection was born out of our friendship and the connection we found during the pregnancy and births of our first children - two souls who changed everything about the way we see the world.
Our transition into motherhood sparked many changes in us, one of which was a new awareness of the value of clean food, products and environments. We began to make small changes in the ways we consumed and worked to establish healthier habits.
Recognizing that the skin is the body's largest organ and that it absorbs a great deal of environmental toxins, we sought out truly clean moisturizers and balms, as they were the most essential items in our skincare routines. However, we continually came up short. The “organic” market is saturated with claims of purity, but oftentimes "clean" products still contain irritants and harsh extracts. We longed for something that was gentle, simple, effective and would work for us, our young children, our elders and our friends.
With curiosity and determination, we began to seek alternatives that brought us back to a time when our ancestors carried practical knowledge and crafted useful connections between what they cultivated and gathered from the earth and how they healed. We read books and began to ask questions and share ideas with friends, neighbors, midwives, grandmothers and teachers. And we started experimenting.
Focusing on the traditional craft of oil infusion, where flowers and herbs are slowly steeped in warm oil, we began to work with native plants from our families’ home regions of Tennessee, Illinois, Wisconsin and Australia. Learning how to gently transfer the healing qualities of plants to the nourishing oils of avocado, olive and jojoba, we formulated uncomplicated but effective blends. We found that by adding wildflower beeswax as an emulsifier, these oils could be transformed into a protective balm. This resulted in the solutions we’d been seeking for chronic dryness, eczema, irritation, allergic reaction, scrapes and even bruises, and cultivated a great sense of personal empowerment and creative satisfaction.
As we began to use the balms and oils on ourselves and our families, we excitedly saw our skin begin to heal and stay healthier. Some of our friends asked to try for themselves, and we spent the following year and half testing and fine-tuning our methods on our nearest and dearest while traveling deeper into what has become a journey we intend to enjoy for the rest of our lives.
About Our Name
Early into our days of kitchen witchery, we learned about the remarkable herb Clary Sage. Derived from the Latin word clarus, meaning “clear,” Clary Sage is used to ease the tension of fluctuating hormonal cycles and to balance the strength of their tides, bringing a sense of calm and clarity. In those early days of motherhood, Clary was a window into a new world. And so it became our namesake.