Behind The Brand

As a sponsored athlete (Mountain Biking & Adventure multi-sport racing) for many years my my little chappassion was entirely wrapped up in that persona. I worked full time in a Design Studio for a Publishing Company and loved my job. I slept // ate // trained // worked // trained // ate // slept // traveling at weekends to events and racing. REPEAT. 

My life was all about nutrition, training, rest and recovery and being the best I could be for my team, my sponsors. To help my body I was a huge fan of complimentary health like Massage Therapy, Naturopathy, Acupuncture, and Aromatherapy, Yoga, Pilates along with eating a clean diet.

For a while I studied nutrition in my spare time to further improve my knowledge and how to get the best out of my body.

I eventually ‘retired’ from competitive sports at a high level and was taking part in Triathlons for fun, one day while training a car hit me. I had fractured my lower back, sustained soft tissue and nerve damage and I have to this day not been back on a road bike. I mountain bike at times for the joy of being in the trails but Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) has kept me away from the roads! 

By this time due to my passion for natural therapies I had become a qualified Remedial Massage Therapist and loved all the additional modalities, Lymphatic Drainage and Aromatherapy being my favorites. I worked in day spa's and enjoyed the scalp to toe treatments, worked with a Footy Team, Alcohol & Drug Rehab Centre, Spinal Unit Recovery Centre and eventually ran my own successful practice. I loved skin and came across all types of issues and conditions, I enjoyed incorporating aromatherapy (Essential oils and plant oils) into my practice and developing my own blends to help heal client’s bodies and minds. My passion for the natural healing powers of botanic oils, essential oils and butters along with aromatherapy has never left me and I was by this time making my own skincare products - for my own sensitive and reactive skin.

THE END OF LIFE AS I KNEW IT WAS MY NEW BEGINNING 

My drive to start my own certified organic skin care brand began after I was diagnosed withdaddy Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS). From that moment I absolutely knew I had to overhaul every single aspect of my life in order to recover both my physical mental health, and my quality of life. This diagnosis followed on from having Adrenal Fatigue and Glandular Fever both often pre-cursers to full blown CFS.

It has been a roller coaster journey back to health, CFS is not unlike grieving a death of a loved one, in a way I had died, I was not me anymore, I could no longer trail run, climb mountains, go to the gym, swim, kayak, cycle, enjoy pilates or yoga. I had hit the wall at high speed and my entire identity of being a happy, bouncy and active person died.

Depression set in which was further compounded after being diagnosed with Post Natal Depression (PND) following the birth of my son. When my son was 2 years old my father died and within 6 weeks my adored pooch. He had been by my side for almost 11 years living in 3 different countries; my faithful and the most loyal companion a woman could ask for, died in my arms. I was a broken mess, with my son to care for I had no family support (I live in Australia my family in the UK and America)  - my only help was a wonderful daycare centre and G.P. [doctor]

WHAT IS CFS

It is a biological illness; researchers have identified distinct immune changes in patients diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome, known medically as myalgic encephalomyelitis or systemic exertion intolerance disease.

CFS leaves its sufferers exhausted after even the smallest activities. Even walking around the block may be enough to make a CFS patient bedridden. Often people with CFS were once fit and active. So finding even small tasks so draining becomes frustrating and aggravating and often makes the person feel helpless and depressed.

FIGURING IT OUT 

I had to make the choice to be angry (and I was for a long time) or to go back to basics, startpuppy love again and rebuild my health and along with it my life.

I was raised an ‘organic’ child, in the English country side, vegetables and fruit were grown at home and mum cooked with raw ingredients, from scratch, she taught me how to grow and gather herbs and use them as self care skin and hair products, it was a beautiful childhood and one I wanted to recreate for my own young son. I had lost my way in this world, strayed from my truth and my connection to nature. I asked myself what excites me, what is my joy? Health and wellbeing. I had to get back to nature and let it nurture, hence Human & Kind {organics} - be human | be kind | be you. 

I worked on what I could put into myself rather than what I could get out of myself. I slowly began to detox my life, toxins in all forms had to go, including relationships, food, self-care products, cleaning products, and even the water I drank.

POWER IS KNOWLEDGE AND KNOWLEDGE IS POWER - BUT ONLY IF YOU IMPLEMENT IT!

I started eating only organic, and locally grown, seasonal food, including eggs, fish and
meat, raised ethically and cruelty free // free-range // grass fed // grain free // wild caught fish. I removed wheat and dairy from my diet - this was the final piece in the jigsaw puzzle for regaining my health.

I implemented slow juicing of organic vegetables and fruit (as a supplement to my diet) going to bed early and making sure I had 8 hours sleep. In short I educated my self and I changed my life by making better choices and very importantly taking ownership of my choices.

CFS I believe saved my life, because of it I learned to love myself, understand that fear does not keep us safe - it keeps us small, love is what truely keeps us safe, we make better choices when we value ourselves and accept ourselves for who we really are.  

“I believe in challenging the status quo, I believe in thinking differently, outside the box because that’s my authentic self. The way I challenge the status quo is by making products for skin, not ‘skin types’ that are safe for skins' microbiome. I celebrate gender fluidity by offering simple to use, beautifully designed, organically certified products that just happen to be outstanding.” 
- Gabrielle, Founder of Human & Kind {organics}

NOTHINGS PERFECTgabrielle

However my skin is pretty darn close! I have always had sensitive // reactive and allergy prone skin, and struggled with which products my skin could tolerate. I am happy to report, since using my own products it is smooth // blemish free and positively glows! Loosing your health is a great leveller, put's life into perspective and challenges you to make a change. I decided I would now follow my true passion with Human & Kind {organics} and share my hero product Superb Serum [face] which has been re-worked over the years as I have gained new knowledge and learnings [undertaking formal Certified Organic Skin Care Formulating Training Courses] to further educate myself.

ALIVE AGAIN - Building H&Ko entirely alone has provided mental stimulation and helped alleviate the pain [mental] from being unable to exercise. I am delighted to say I am now back to enjoying SUP // kayaking // Mountain Biking // yoga // Trail Running although in very small measured doses as I do unfortunately have the tendency to do too much and pay the price later with injuries and exhaustion. Now I am simply happy to be out and about enjoying this superb place I call home - Australia. Will I ever run another 50k trail run or the 100K I was training for prior to being diagnosed with CFS...? perhaps not, however the desire still burns deep inside - a trait I can see in my son... watch this space!

WHY ORGANIC

Human & Kind {organics} skin care products are produced in micro-batches at an Australian Certified Organic (ACO) manufacturing facility located within Victoria, Australia, ensuring that my products have been thoroughly assessed in order to guarantee that they are compliant with the standard requirements. ACO certifies organic cosmetics under the Australian National Standard; the standard is recognized as one of the most stringent organic standards for cosmetics internationally.

Organic crops are up to 60% higher in anti-oxidants compared to non-organic crops. Organic plant actives like Pomegranate Seed Oil and Essential Oils that are high in anti-oxidants [amongst other skin healing properties] helping make my products // potent // ingredient driven with active ingredients  // results driven // skin microbiome safe. 

I pride myself in creating minimal products with maximal benefits - multi-functional with synergistically blended ingredients. I am not about 'age, gender or skin types' I am about skin health. The health of your micribiome, both skin and gut - it's all about viewing your health holistically, as a whole.

A product that is certified organic means that it cannot contain harsh synthetic, harmful chemicals.

 

be human | be kind | be you