Kensington Apothecary is the creation of Claudia Carey Batz, founder and formulator of the pseudonymous natural body care line Valentina’s Home-Brewed. Batz worked for three years to formulate her 14-product debut line of 100% natural facial skincare. Inspired by her family’s links to the Kensington area of London, Claudia created 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.
Now based in Portland, Oregon, Kensington Apothecary formulates and manufactures 100% natural skincare using wild-crafted and organic raw materials and cutting-edge natural actives sourced from all over the world.