PALM OF FERONIA
"NATURAL SKINCARE FOR THE SOUL"
Read our exclusive interview with founder, Sophia Harding, as she shares her favourite self-care routines and the benefits to using Palm of Feronia’s eco products
Words: Aleksandra Georgieva
Photography: Palm of Feronia
26 January 2021
If you have ever wondered of ways to improve your skincare routines, look no further for brands that are beneficial to your skin type while also remaining sustainable to the environment. Taking after the Roman goddess of healing, fertility, wildlife, health and abundance, Palm of Feronia is one of the purest skincare brands currently on the market.
Born out of Sophia Harding’s passion for clean and earth-derived products, this small-batch natural skincare brand is all about sustainability, selfcare and transparency of its organic, earth-derived ingredients. Palm of Feronia’s products are also made to connect the brand lovers with nature as their therapeutic qualities generate a positive effect on the physical, spiritual and emotional well-being.
‘‘The brand always had a strong association to ancient gods and goddesses through that affinity with old herbal remedies which were effective for thousands of years.’’
Sophia Harding, founder of Palm of Feronia for NOMADSofORIGIN Magazine
Sophia is also passionate about leading a carbon neutral business and remains far from indifferent to the growing issues surrounding the global ecological collapse. To tackle the climate crisis, Palm of Feronia partners with Ecologi and plants a tree for every purchase. While taking part in the organisation’s CO2 reduction projects, Palm of Feronia’s philosophy also ensures that plastic waste is reduced, all packaging is sustainably sourced and fully biodegradable, product refilling options are available and that a fair wage is paid to everyone involved in their production and supply process.
Read our exclusive interview with the woman behind one of the purest skincare brands on the market. In conversation with NOMADSofORIGIN’s editor-in-chief, Sophia shares insights to her favourite self-care routines and the benefits to using Palm of Feronia’s eco products.
NOMADSofORIGIN: Why did you name your brand after the ancient Roman goddess Feronia and what else inspires your skincare products?
Sophia: A happy accident in some ways! We started out with a different name, but after receiving a cease and desist I had to change it with only a couple of days to do so. The brand always had a strong association to ancient gods and goddesses through that affinity with old herbal remedies which were effective for thousands of years. I spent time fully exploring ancient gods and goddesses and who felt closest aligned to the brand values and Feronia - as the ancient Roman goddess of wildlife, fertility, health, healing and abundance - really stood out!
I also take inspiration from a “feel” or a “moment” and I think the pairing of crystals and essential oils really plays into this as both have such a strong impact on the emotions. I’m such a visual person so when I think of a smell, it’ll make me think of a mood, a colour, a tone, a crystal that would work with it and this is how most of our products begin.
NOMADSofORIGIN: What's the best skincare advice you've been given?
Sophia: I don't think anyone ever told me this, but I’d say it’s the best advice I can give - do what feels best for your skin! I spent over a decade following the advice of so many people when it came to my skin, but I think it’s such an individual thing and you’ll know if something feels right for you. Choose intuitively.
NOMADSofORIGIN: Your products are made from organic, clean and earth-derived ingredients. Why is the sustainable approach so important for your brand?
Sophia: It just wasn’t ever an option to not build in sustainability as a core pillar of the brand, especially in the world we live in today. It’s always a work in progress and making the most sustainable choices certainly has an impact on things like cost and scalability, but it’s at the forefront of every decision I make for the brand. I’m a big believer that little steps in the right direction can build up to a bigger impact!
NOMADSofORIGIN: In your opinion what are the benefits of using eco products instead of non-sustainable skincare brands?
Sophia: Skincare on the whole is an overwhelmingly polluting and non-sustainable industry (Google skincare empties!). When you consider that someone might purchase 3-4 tubs of moisturiser in a year, and if each is made of non-recycled or recyclable plastic, that really builds up. Then when you consider the volume of all products used, it’s a huge amount of waste. Switching to eco-friendly alternatives around the home is, of course, super-important too, but creating a more sustainable skincare routine is an effective place to start!
Whilst, in some circumstances you may pay a little more (for example, glass packaging is more expensive), I’d always advocate for buying less, choosing well and making it last.
NOMADSofORIGIN: Your brand promotes transparency of the ingredients that go in your products. Why do you think is important for consumers to keep track of what makes up cosmetic and skincare products?
Sophia: It’s so easy for big companies to hide toxic ingredients in a long ingredients list and many people just wouldn't spot it, but I don’t think brands should make it that difficult for customers to understand. If you’re not able to shout about it, should it be in there in the first place?
Not only will understanding your ingredients list help avoid allergic reactions or sensitivities, but it will also help you to understand what you’re paying for. I’ve seen super high-end brands fill their products with the equivalent to vaseline and charge £100+.
I feel consumers are becoming much savvier and paying more attention to the ingredients list and there are some brilliant platforms out there to help you understand those ingredients and the safety surrounding them.
NOMADSofORIGIN: Alongside skincare Palm of Feronia is all about self-care. What is your favourite self-care routine to perform at home?
Sophia: A bath, always aromatherapy-infused! For me, a bath is a truly grounding practice and will always help me feel centered and balanced if I’ve had a stressful week.
NOMADSofORIGIN: Your products are cruelty free, vegan and organic where not botanical. Can you share some of the difficulties you face in sustaining your eco approach?
Sophia: One of the hardest things is the cost associated. I’ll always focus on creating effective, sustainable products first and foremost, but unfortunately the cost of organic ingredients can be double or triple that of a non-organic alternative. I am aware that this sets Palm of Feronia at a higher price point and so won’t be suitable for everyone, but I feel the benefits of using organic, sustainable products outweigh the cost.
NOMADSofORIGIN: What's your favourite Palm of Feronia product?
Sophia: This changes frequently and depends on the season. December was an incredibly busy month which meant less time to relax and recuperate, so I’ve been using the Amethyst & Dead Sea Bath Soak whenever possible!
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This interview appears in NOMADSofORIGIN Magazine print #04 The Escapism Issue