Arcana is an exploration into the mysteries of plants. The word was popularized by alchemists during the sixteenth century as they sought to unveil the greatest secrets of plants, minerals, and animals - the ‘arcana of nature’. Alchemists understood that all plants and minerals contained their own spirit, or ‘essence’ which could be extracted and utilised for healing.
With one foot in this time when nature was regarded as having unlimited potential, and the other amidst the modern desire for self-care and reconnection with earth, Arcana is a gesture of modern ritual with a historical perspective. Arcana's blends are intuitively guided by botanical realms, artistic representations, and mythological landscapes. Founded by historian Erin Hammond who taught herself herbal medicine through the tried-and-true method of time and experience, Arcana is a mirror of her world, told compositionally through skincare and scent.
Arcana chooses the highest quality ingredients with a focus on plants that are either wild harvested or grown through biodynamic farming. Arcana's compositions are tapestries in which every ingredient has a purpose, whether physical or energetic, eliminating the need for ‘key ingredients’. Arcana doesn't consider themselves as belonging to an industry, but rather as inheritors and narrators of rich botanical traditions, stories, and craft. They take their environmental responsibilities as humans on a fragile Earth seriously. The packaging is low-impact, with as minimal plastic as possible. The boxes and labels are biodegradable with no plastic lamination.