The Natural Path: The Contemporary Herbalist
We’re excited to welcome a new artisan to the Firefly Handmade family! The Contemporary Herbalist is a wellness skincare brand empowering people to live healthier, happier, and more conscious lives. As a practicing herbalist and acupuncturist for over 25 years, Dr. Christine Cannon found herself naturally taking the next step: the creation of The Contemporary Herbalist, just four years ago. While many of us are embracing more natural products in our everyday lives, we don’t often know what goes into running a business in this field. Dr. Cannon brings us up to speed:
How did you begin your journey in the handmade world?
I have been a practicing herbalist and acupuncturist for more than 25 years. During that time, I have worked with and coached thousands of people to improve their health, well-being, and lifestyles. Drawing on the ancient traditional Asian theories of balance and wellness within the body, mind, and spirit, I have continually incorporated contemporary modalities into my practice. I am passionate about sharing my wisdom, extensive clinical experience, and herbal medicine knowledge, to support those on the lifelong journey of balance, wellbeing, and health.
I started The Contemporary Herbalist in early 2015.Up until then, I made these blends and tinctures mostly for me and my husband, patients in my private practice, and close friends. I had never planned for a self-care and skincare brand to be born out of this. However, as more people began using the blends and asking for more, we realized there was a community of like-minded people seeking simple, high quality, transparent, and trusted skincare and self-care products and information.
What guides what you do?
Our message and promise to our community is that our plant-derived products and blends are 100% clean, pure, and lovingly created to make wellness, skincare, and self-care less complicated, more transparent, empowering and fun.
What do you enjoy most in your work?
I truly love what I do. While I still have a small practice and I teach acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine in Hawaii and here in Denver, I love drawing on my years of clinical practice to help people choose natural and organic skincare products and guiding them to prioritize their own self-care and healthy living.
Could you tell us about any special products you are working on for the upcoming summer market?
I’m in the process of formulating two new skincare products – a body butter and an eye cream. The eye cream is a blend of our anti-aging, collagen boosting Revitalizing Face Oil, and organic avocado butter – just heavenly! The body butter is still being formulated and will be ready just in time for the market in August.
What do you like about being a Firefly Handmade artisan?
I feel honored to be part of a community that is full of like-minded creative spirits, and artisans, who like me find joy, and inspiration from creating and sharing their work.