About us

The Herbal Gardener

Calendula, a specialist of the skin is at the forefront of all of our skincare products. We grow and infused the Calendula on our Certified Biodynamic property in Certified Australian Organic Olive Oil and then incorporate it into all of our products. Calendula works in harmony with you to repair and renew the skin, and is renowned for its anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. 

Our philosophy follows green skincare beliefs, a term we've adopted to describe our practices and values. From seed to skin, we ensure clean, natural products which care for you and your loved ones. Pure and simple, our products are made with the purpose of nourishing and looking after your skin.

Our products are not tested on animals (cruelty free) and do NOT contain any parabens, synthetic preservatives, petroleum ingredients, artificial fragrances, SLS, mineral oil, silicones, parrafin wax, GMO, PEG, phthalates or any other toxic ingredients or chemicals.



With the ever-increasing need to create more meaningful business actions that will benefit the health of the planet, we're constantly finding and working towards new ways to decrease our impact. We've recently switched from bubble-wrap to corrugated cardboard and we package our moisturisers in amber-glass containers. Not only this, but from the beginning, we've continuously aimed at decreasing our overall carbon footprint. With this in mind, we give first priority to ingredients that we grow ourselves, and are certified Australian Demeter Biodynamic. The next priority is Australian-sourced and Certified Organic. 


Our History:

Beginning in 2006, Lise Racine, the founder and creator of the products sought to formulate natural skincare for her four daughters. Lise attended a herbal course where she learned to make creams, moisturisers, lotions, ointments, balms and herbal extracts.  The course inspired her to combine organic cultivation, medicinal herbs and the creation of natural skin care products. Our farm is located in the lush hinterland of Tallebudgera, on the Gold Coast, South-East Queensland, on two acres of land certified by Demeter Bio-dynamic, the strictest, oldest and most prestigious organic certifier in the country.  All our skincare products are carefully crafted and hand-made with Calendula oil. All of the ingredients are sourced, as much as possible, both Australian, Certified Organic and Certified Biodynamic for the highest possible quality.

Lise holds a degree in nursing as well as being a qualified Herbalist and Craniosacral Therapist. 

Certified Organic and Certified Bio-dynamic Calendula oil & skin care products hand made by qualified Herbalist on the Gold Coast Australia. 100% natural free from toxic ingredients and chemicals. Skincare range includes creams, moisturisers, body lotions, ointments, balms and herbal extracts.
A segment of Gardening Australia featuring the products, the Tallebudgera property and what Lise has created was aired on National TV in 2012.
The Herbal Gardener on Gardening Australia with Lise Racine & Costa Georgiadis.
The Herbal Gardener on Gardening Australia with Lise Racine & Costa Georgiadis showing calendula skincare products