BRITISH-MADE, PLANT AND BIO-BASED, TAILOR-MADE FOR SENSITIVE SKIN
Kate Porter, founder
I live in Hertfordshire with my husband and our two children. Before creating Harborist I'd spent 14 years as a VFX artist on Hollywood blockbusters and some British ones too.
The idea for a new skincare line came in 2015 after becoming frustrated that many products in the green sector didn't go far enough in addressing possible triggers for the highly reactive skin common in my family. Meanwhile, the often recommended French pharmacy brands felt overly utilitarian.
With reports of sensitive skin on the rise it seemed there was a need for a middle ground; products intentionally formulated with high-quality plant & bio-derived ingredients, which would acknowledge the issues people like myself can have with them. By understanding the problem, we could make things better.
To put the idea into action I sought to work with independent labs with a focus on research and creativity, starting with Realize Beauty, based in the Blue Mountains of Australia. Realize Beauty is led by Amanda Foxon-Hill, an internationally respected cosmetic chemist of 20 years who inspires others with her passion for science, environmental issues and creative formulation. Crucially, Amanda's personal experience of highly reactive skin means our customers benefit from detailed insights into the relationship between product and skin.
Harborist's first and current product, a cleansing balm, launched in 2017, under the brand name Harbour Elements. In 2018 it took home three awards in the Freefrom Skincare awards and was named as the overall winner across all categories. It was also named in the 2017 and 2018 editions of Psychologies Magazine's Real Natural Edit - a collection of the best in natural beauty, as chosen by a panel of 22 industry insiders.With two new products in pre-production, we look forward to offering you more choices for your sensitive skin in the coming months.