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Everything You Need To Know About Biodynamic Skincare With Maison Made
We’ve been such fans of the biodynamic skincare range Maison Made since they first launched, which is why we are so excited to be bringing the brand onto Rêve. You may not have heard of the term, Biodynamic, or you’ve just heard of it in connection to food. But do you know what it means? In this editorial, with help from the founders of Maison Made, our editor Taylor walks us through what Biodynamic really means.
“Simply put, Demeter and Biodynamic® farmers strive to heal the planet through agriculture.”
What is Biodynamic?
“Biodynamic® is a method of growing plants and raising animals that is both a homage to preindustrial farming, as well as a promotion of the regenerative skills that are the future of modern agriculture. In fact, Biodynamic® is certified regenerative farming, the most sustainable system of land-management currently available.”
The term was coined by agricultural pioneer, homeopath, and philosopher Rudolf Steiner in 1924. Steiner gave lectures to European farmers in Switzerland, “who had been struggling to produce nutrient-rich food after having adopted the newly available chemical pesticides and herbicides that became prevalent after World War I.” These lectures were published and widely distributed, giving rise to a global environmental movement that focused on the importance of the soil.
Biodynamic farming involves a series of practices to enrich the soil and naturally protect against pests and disease. Biodynamic compost is usually enhanced using around nine preparations made from yarrow, chamomile, stinging nettle, oak bark, dandelion, valerian, and more. For instance, horsetail tea is enriched into the soil to help prevent fungal diseases and balance the water element in plants and soil.
“A Biodynamic® farm must actively use the resources from the farm itself. This fosters fertility, biodiversity, and nutrient-dense plants, as well as healthy and happy animals.”
The Maison Made Farm
For over six centuries, the founder’s family has maintained a farm in the rolling hills of Burgundy where they grow most of the plants for their products. In 2017, Maison Made founders Carolina and Adrien took over the farm. They then embarked on the necessary steps to convert the farm to qualify for Biodynamic approval by the international organization for Demeter – “the only agricultural organization whose regulations are universal. Meaning that a biodynamic farm, no matter its location, abides by the same standards,” while organic certifications differ drastically in each country.
How Maison Made achieve their biodynamic farm.
The farm is viewed as a living organism, not just the plants and animals living within it. It is self-contained, self-sustaining, and follows the cycles of its local ecology.
Cover-cropping is required, not simply recommended.
Reserving 10% of farming acreage for natural, uncultivated biodiversity is a requirement.
Use of the 9 Biodynamic “preparations” (specific formulas to enhance soil quality and compost and increasing microbiological activity).
The use of any GMO’s is strictly prohibited.
The farm must recycle “waste” products into other areas of the farm, for example composting and making plant-made fertilizers and pesticides.
People management practices are regulated, meaning that a Biodynamic® farm must treat its employees and contractors fairly and equitably.
The wonderful Demeter Certified biodynamic range.
Rituel De Maison – Restorative Cleansing Oil
Formulated for every skin type, this cleansing oil gently but effectively cleanses the skin deeply without disturbing the skin’s natural microbiome. Most cleansers work against our skin’s natural rhythm, while this one works to soothe, hydrate, and replenish the skin with beneficial antioxidants and micronutrients. Your skin will instantly feel refreshed and restored, with redness and inflammation noticeably reduced.
Extrait De Maison – Rejuvenating Face Oil
This universal face oil is a treat for all skin types because it is non-irritating and works harmoniously with the skin. This oil offers proven high potency antioxidant and replenishing support through a synergistic complex of phytonutrients, omega fatty acids, and free radical fighting antioxidants. With this oil, you can skip all your serums and creams as it has everything your skin could need. It is incredibly potent, so you never need too much, making the bottle last for a long time! Expect healthier, more resilient, and nourished skin.