Kensington Apothecary is the creation of Claudia Carey Batz, brand designer and formulator of two highly-successful national skin care brands, who worked for three years to formulate her 14-product debut line of 100% natural facial skin care.Claudia’s goal in creating Kensington Apothecary was to fill the desperate need for a high-end department store-level beauty line which could compete against the hottest luxury skin care products in terms of performance, while also exceeding the daunting, natural ingredient standards of the most exacting natural skin care buyer.
Looking back for inspiration to a time before synthetic chemicals existed, Claudia created many of her natural product bases while researching traditional British and European skincare recipes from the Renaissance through the Victorian eras. Since some of the original recipe bases included such ethically-challenged ingredients as shark liver oil and whale-sourced spermaceti wax, they have been updated using plant-based naturals which conform to the values and priorities of a more modern consumer.
Based in Portland, Oregon, Kensington Apothecary formulates and manufactures natural skincare using Organic and NON-GMO raw materials and the most advanced natural actives available in the world, primarily sourced from Switzerland and France. Because we believe that Fair Trade begins at home, Kensington Apothecary supports the Living Wage movement, employer-paid health insurance, maternity/paternity family leave, and flexible employee schedules to allow for continuing education and a life outside of work.