Earth Day 2018: not just a pretty face - 19.04.18

Natural skin is in. More and more of us are thinking twice about the products we use on our bodies, inspecting the ingredients of our moisturisers with the same level of discernment as we would our food. As a result, the organic beauty industry is predicted to reach a value of $22bn by 2024.

At Dr Jackson’s, we’re proud to be part of this movement. We’ve always championed the power of nature over artificial ingredients and nasty chemicals. Despite the fact that we meticulously research what goes into our formulations to care for your skin as effectively as possible, you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to work out which is better for you: plant-based remedies that have kept people in good health for centuries, or chemically engineered substances that haven’t been around long enough for us to know their long-term effects.

While we’re pleased to see so many other cosmetics companies developing cleaner, safer products, there’s one thing that’s often overlooked: packaging. It’s all very well if your cleanser is 100% organic, but what about the bottle and the box it came in?

This Earth Day, we want to draw attention to this part of the natural beauty industry in the hope that brands and consumers alike can make more educated choices.

At Dr Jackson’s, we take a “more than just a pretty face” approach to everything we create, putting as much thought and care into our packaging as we do the product within. At every stage of our production chain, we work closely with a network of green suppliers so that we can avoid the use of plastic whenever possible. By setting an example, we hope to put pressure on the packaging and beauty industries to come up with more sustainable solutions.

Here are a few measures we’ve taken to make your skincare regime greener:

Recyclable materials, zero waste - as much of our packaging as possible is made from materials that can be recycled, right down to our compostable teabags. We’ve reduced the size of our boxes to cut down on unnecessary waste.

Green printing - whereas lots of cosmetics companies print on bleached or dyed card, we print on unbleached materials using responsibly sourced soy ink. An alternative to petroleum-based ink, soy ink is much more environmentally-friendly and allows our packaging to be recycled.

Keeping consumers informed - we’ve rebranded our packaging to include messaging that educates our customers, encouraging them to recycle and steer clear of products that are tested on animals.

Sustainable seals - we avoid the use of glues and foils, which are full of harmful chemicals, often used in the beauty industry. Instead, our tea jar seals are made from biodegradable eucalyptus wood pulp. We mean it when we say every last detail!

Designs you’ll want to keep - our glass jars and boxes have been designed with longevity in mind. Upcycle your pre-loved empties into vases, plant-holders, candles and more. We’d love to see your creations!

We’re always on the lookout for alternative technologies and materials to make our packaging kinder to the planet. This Earth Day, we’d love you to join us in raising awareness and striving for more innovation in the beauty industry as a whole. By sharing this kind of information and starting conversations, we can all make a difference.

Peter Gordon’s Expedition Chocolate Truffles - 6.04.18

Our favourite chef, Peter Gordon, talks us through these wonderful Expedition Tea infused chocolate truffles! Peter Gordon is renowned for his unique culinary philosophy and playful fusion cuisine which has had great influence on his distinguished restaurants and books. 

To make around 25 of these deliciously simple chocolate truffles, you will need:

4 teaspoons of Dr Jackson’s Expedition Tea (or the contents from 2 Expedition teabags), 250g double cream, 25g unsalted butter, 200g dark chocolate (65 – 80 %), chopped (if the pieces are too large, the chocolate may not melt and remain lumpy), 4 tablespoons cocoa powder for rolling.

Place the Expedition Tea and cream into a small saucepan and slowly bring to a simmer, gently stirring as it warms up.

Put a lid on, turn the heat off and leave to infuse for 10 minutes.

Bring back to a simmer, then add the butter and stir until it has melted.

Have the chocolate in a clean heat-proof bowl. 

Strain the hot cream over the chocolate and gently stir until the mixture becomes smooth and all the chocolate has melted.

Leave to cool at room temperature for 15 minutes, then cover with clingfilm and place in the fridge for at least 2 hours to firm up.

Scatter the cocoa on a large plate or tray.

Use a teaspoon to scoop out the mixture at whichever size you like.

Using both hands (and you might want to wear gloves) roll the pieces into balls (they don’t have to be perfectly round) and then roll these balls in the cocoa powder to coat evenly. You can do this in 4 or 5 batches.

Store in the fridge in a single layer in an airtight container.

Remove from the fridge 30 minutes before serving so they soften up a little. If the cocoa has become patchy on them, simply re-roll in extra cocoa powder.

These wonderful chocolate truffles are great to have with a strong coffee after lunch, or served after dinner as a caffeine-free treat.

Recipes and imagery: Peter Gordon
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An Interview with Robbie Honey, "The Accidental Botanist" - 5.04.18

Robbie Honey’s lifelong fascination with flowers and their scents has led him down numerous paths, from farming sunflowers to designing arrangements for Dior, Vivienne Westwood and Valentino. We sat down with the inspiring ‘floral artist’ to learn more about the art of capturing nature’s beauty ahead of the launch of his new book, The Accidental Botanist.

You grew up in Zimbabwe. How did that influence your relationship with nature?

One of the many joys of an African childhood was that I was able to spend the majority of my waking hours (when not at school) barefoot, outdoors, and this lead to my affinity for flora and fauna.

Your expertise lies in three different disciplines: botany, floristry and the visual arts. What sparked your interest in these areas, and how do they relate to one another?

With a great love of plants and design, I studied Horticulture, Interior Design and Photography, and trained as a florist in London. Being both visual and botanical, with an affinity for texture and colour, these were natural routes for me, and they complement each other well.

What was the inspiration behind your range of scented candles, The White Flower Collection?

I have an acute sense of smell and an interest in the scents of the natural world. I turned to four of my favourite white flowers as inspiration for the collection: Lily of the valley, Jasmine, Casablanca Lily, and Tuberose. Capturing believable reconstructions of the natural world is always my goal when working in fragrance. The candles are made in Paris.

Which of the candles is your favourite?

I love all of them! The clarity of the Lily of the valley is a gentle way to start the day and the Tuberose, a nocturnal flower, is seductive and heady - perfect after the sun sets. The one I burn the most often, though, is the Jasmine.

If you were creating a skincare product, which natural ingredients would you use?

Unsurprisingly, Jasmine Absolute. Apart from its heavenly scent and calmative properties, Jasmine oil is also an anti-inflammatory and good for treating dry skin conditions.

What can each of us do to protect the natural world?

Composting biodegradable waste is an excellent way to reduce the amount of waste produced, which means less solid rubbish going into landfill. It's also fantastic for enriching soil in gardens.

Helleborus orientalis photographed by Robbie Honey

We’re really looking forward to reading your book, The Accidental Botanist - tell us more about it!

I am not a studied Botanist, and have mostly learned on the ground, hence the name of the book!

I have spent the last ten years seeking out, studying and photographing flowers and plants all over the world. My method is to deconstruct specimens, laying them out in a botanical study, and shoot them in natural light on my iPhone. My photographic portraits are my modern take on traditional botanical studies. My book contains over 90 of these botanical deconstructions, which are organised into chapters by colour: red, orange, yellow, blue, purple, pink, then white.

These are annotated with both Latin and common names, as well as the plant’s classification, origin, use, and nomenclature. Each study is accompanied by a short narrative of where I collected the plant or memories I associate with it.

The Accidental Botanist: The Structure of Plants Revealed is available now!

All images are copyright Robbie Honey and Katrina Lawson Johnston. 

 The Accidental Botanist – The Structure of Plants Revealed by Robbie Honey is published by Clearview Books, London.  ISBN: 978-1908337-443. 

Baobab: Our Secret Ingredient - 9.03.18

At Dr Jackson’s, our products are based on over two decades of research on the medicinal and traditional properties of plants. This research has particularly focused on one truly incredible ingredient: Baobab (Adansonia digitata). 

The spectacular looking Baobab tree, largely native to the African continent, is known as the “Tree of Life”. Every part of it, from leaf to root, has long been cherished for its healing properties. African women use the seed oil to help protect their skin and hair from harsh environments, as well as to treat dry skin conditions. The Baobab fruit is rich in antioxidants known to help protect the skin against environmental pollutants. Baobab is prized for its moisturising properties - it is exceptionally nutrient-rich which helps to improve skin firmness and strength, keep nails strong and healthy, and to diminish the look of fine lines to reveal radiant, glowing skin.

The wonderful moisturising properties of Baobab are what make it one of Dr Jackson’s key ingredients. Always sustainably sourced from Africa, the cold-pressed oil from the fruit’s seeds is incorporated into a wide range of our skincare formulations and the fruit’s funicles are used in our Expedition Tea to help deliver its energising, antioxidant properties.

- Baobab is rich in antioxidants, especially in the funicles
- It's a source of calcium, iron, magnesium and potassium
- The oil naturally contains omega 3,6 and 9
- Baobab is also extremely high in vitamin C - containing six times as much vitamin C as an orange

Finding heaven on earth: an interview with Betony Vernon - 7.02.18

Betony Vernon is a triple threat: designer, author and "sexual anthropologist" (a title given to her by publishing house Rizzoli), who has made it her life's mission to educate people about their bodies. She teaches the therapeutic benefits of letting go and accepting pleasure, for she believes this is the secret to achieving sexual wellbeing and peace of mind, as well as more loving behaviour towards one another. 

    Betony Vernon by Raul Higuera 

Our Creative Director, Mauro Durant, sat down to talk to Betony in her studio in the Parisian Marais neighbourhood. She works from a beautifully designed emerald green space, which she calls Eden, sitting above a pale pink room called Heaven, where her infamous Boudoir Box is on permanent display for her collectors. A Paris boudoir where everything’s meant to be touched.

MD: The design of objects that aren’t just aesthetically beautiful, but that actually have a function seems to be your raison d’être. Tell me how it all got started.

BV: In 1992, I was living and teaching metalsmithing in Florence. I designed a collection that I called Sado-Chic. It was composed of interchangeable jewellery components handcrafted in silver and gold. 

One day, I linked the Sado-Chic ring, chain and cuff together before going on a date with a gentleman I fancied. After dinner, we were chatting about something intimate and I suddenly felt inclined to put the ring I was wearing on his pinky finger. We were instantly chained together and it felt exciting. Neither of us was in a more powerful position than the other; on the contrary, we felt equal - and extremely connected too!

A current seemed to flow through the Sado-Chic kit, reinforcing our sense of connection to each other. It was electric. When I looked down to admire the beauty of our hands bound together, I noticed that my friend also had chills and the hair on his arm was standing on end! That was how it all started...

“To speak of intimacy, love, pleasure, sex...makes a lot of people squeamish!”

The Sado-Chic collection

MD: The Sado-Chic collection was your first ever erotica jewellery collection, and it was created over 25 years ago! Today, we have a more open market for this concept and your creations have inspired the work of many designers and mainstream brands. What was it like back then? Who were your clients and those who supported you, believing your work had a future?

BV: Things have changed in the minds of some, especially when it comes to the millennials who are now in their 20s, but there is still much to learn, to unlearn and to battle for.

In the mid-90s, I showed buyers and collectors the Sado-Chic collection. At that time, my atelier and showroom were in Milan. I presented 15-20 pieces to my collectors, who loved it. To my surprise, however, the boutique's buyers were either shocked or struggled to show any sign of interest in these exciting new works! I had another epiphany: to speak of intimacy, love, pleasure, sex, and the like makes a lot of people squeamish! I felt like I had hit a nerve and I realised that I had found my calling.

Obviously, I took a huge risk when I decided to pursue my mission of sensual design and sexual wellbeing, and I certainly could not have come this far without the love and support of my collectors and the media as well, which gradually started to warm up to everything that I was creating by the turn of the century. My mother was my biggest fan, though, and as much as I made her worry sometimes, she never stopped cheering me on. I am very lucky and grateful for this.

The Boudoir Box - Photo by Katrin Backes

“To really let go is to enjoy!”

MD: Let’s talk about restraint. What therapeutic benefits does allowing oneself to be restricted bring to the body and mind?

BV: When you allow yourself to be bound by someone (who you trust, of course), there is a shift of power, and this in itself prompts an exciting flow of inebriating hormones into the bloodstream of both partners. Being restricted in an erotic context is fun; it forces the bound to succumb, to abandon her/himself to pleasure and of course to the bindee - and to truly let go is to enjoy! Now, that’s what I call sexual wellbeing!

MD: In addition to your career as a designer and author, you are a certified medical hypnotist. Your new work, presented last autumn at the Museum of Modern Art in Paris (Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris), reveals over two decades of research into the effects of constraint and suspension on the human body and mind, and the study of the Theta brainwave frequency, which culminated in your creation of the Thet Rig. Tell us what this work entails.

BV: The Theta Frequency Session #1 was my first-ever happening. It took place last September in the Salle Dufy. The walls of this womb shaped room are covered, floor to ceiling, with 250 panels painted by the artist Raoul Dufy in 1937. The monumental work depicts the history of electricity; it is called La Fée électricité - the Electricity Fairy.

During the happening, my subject was suspended about 150cm from the ground. The experience triggers the theta brainwave frequency and the related mind/body state, which is often described as waking dreaming, ecstasy, peace, floating, etc...

The electrical impulse generated by the subjects brain was captured using an electroencephalogram and processed by a synthesiser. The resulting sound was emitted into the Salle Dufy in real time. My ultimate goal was to induce the same theta brainwave trance state not only in my subject but in the public as well. Everyone left the museum feeling peaceful and well!

Theta Frequency Session, Museum of Modern Art, Paris by Franck Murra

MD: The Boudoir Box, an exquisitely crafted leather jewel case containing over 30 Paradise Found Fine Erotic jewels and jewel-tools, was conceived in 2000. A collector’s piece, it was shown to the public for the first time last year (almost 20 years later), as part of the MEDUSA exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in Paris. What kept this wonderful box’s life so secretive?

VB: I understood that my work was not for everyone long ago, so I explored the power of discretion, mystery and exclusivity with the help of the Boudoir Box. It was designed to transport and display the collection to clients around the world. I also decided that the Boudoir Box, now 18 years old, had come of age!

As you can imagine, there were and still are very few viable windows to the world for my work. Travelling with the box became part of the art, per se, but since travelling has become everything but glamorous, I prefer that my collectors view the Boudoir Box privately in Eden, my dedicated space here in Paris.

“Sex is power, and the sexually empowered tend to be empowered in every other aspect of their lives...”

MD: With the publication of your Boudoir Bible in 2013, you shared your knowledge from personal experience and endless years of research into how women’s and men’s bodies function, and by understanding this, how we can dismantle misconceptions about pleasure and achieve sexual wellbeing. What do you think is missing in today’s society to end these taboos and talk frankly about sex and pleasure?

BV: Sex is power, and the sexually empowered tend to be empowered in every other aspect of their lives, and I believe that this is the problem. Our society does not want us to be empowered, for the empowered are bad for the system that is still in place. This leaves us obliged to learn from all the wrong places, and the misunderstandings like the taboos around sex and the body in general continue to negatively affect the majority.

I personally find this unacceptable. Consider that my work, which is a durable response to the sex industry as we know it, and which is geared towards wellbeing as much as it is design-related, is not supported by social media! My posts don’t automatically fall into your feed and I am not allowed to promote my work in any way. The robots do not discern between pornography and design or didactic material, and those who control the robots are not allowed to lift the blocks that prevent me from reaching a wider audience. It’s not easy in this day and age to overcome such a limitation, but we are studying a way around it, so stay tuned!

MD: In the era of the Internet, where information and misinformation go hand in hand, do you think adolescents are being well educated about sex?

VB: Most kids are involuntarily exposed to pornography from the age of five onwards. And what adolescents learn from pornography is often the only pleasure-focused sexual “education” that they will ever get - long before they actually start having sex. Porn is the worst teacher when it comes to real pleasure. The Internet era has massively complicated the sex lives of adolescents and adults alike and not until sexuality and the importance of pleasure in our lives is taught in the classroom will sexual ignorance cease to wreak havoc on our sexual perspectives, and our private lives in general.

“I fell in love with Dr Jackson’s not only because my skin loves every delicious drop of the product, but also because Dr Jackson’s loves the planet!”

MD: Throughout your career, you have collaborated with very few and well-selected artists, designers or brands. What attracted you to collaborate with Dr Jackson’s on this project?

VB: I was taught from the day I could talk that chemicals are dangerous for all living things and for our planet in general. My father was a hardcore ecologist and he taught me that anything I put on my skin goes into my body. It was a good lesson, but it’s not easy to find natural skincare products that work for my skin. So I fell in love with Dr Jackson’s not only because my skin loves every delicious drop of the product, but also because Dr Jackson’s loves the planet! It is the only brand that I have used to date that does not use plastic packaging, and this means a lot to me. It’s so back to the future! Thank you!

Betony Vernon x Dr Jackson’s – Powder

What is something we can all do to make our planet greener?

VB: Avoid supermarkets, buy fresh, unpackaged fruits and vegetables at the local market, and cook at home whenever possible. If a product is packaged with more than one thin layer of plastic, leave it on the shelf and find a similar product that actively supports the paradigm shift that is required in order to save our planet and ourselves from the irreversible damage that plastic waste is provoking. And avoid chemical intake by eating real food and using green products, whether they are for the home, or your beautiful face and body. And last, but not least, just love!

To find out more about Betony Vernon’s work and to order The Boudoir Bible, Rizzoli, visit

Take a look at Betony Vernon x Dr Jackson’s exclusive Valentine’s collaboration to celebrate a month of love: Powder and Noisette.

Betony hand-picked some of her Dr Jackson's favourites and tied them up with satin ribbon inside a box that can only give you (or the one you love) a great pleasure to discover what's inside and apply it all-over. These all-natural products work in synergy to keep skin smooth and beautifully nourished.

Betony Vernon x Dr Jackson’s – Noisette

5 Poems for People You Love - 1.02.18

A poem for all the loved ones in your life for the month of Valentine's (including yourself!).

At Dr Jackson's, we celebrate all kinds of love: love that transcends age, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, borders, and time.

We've curated the work of some of the world’s most powerful contemporary voices, who recognise love - in its various forms - as a force to shape the world we live in.

Whether it's for a friend, a lover, or simply yourself, we hope you can use these poems to show your appreciation, affection and support.

A poem for a partner

“Let me put it this way:
if you came to lay

your sleeping head
against my arm or sleeve,

and if my arm went dead,
or if I had to take my leave

at midnight, I should rather
cleave it from the joint or seam

than make a scene or bring you round...”

Let me put it this way by Simon Armitage

A poem for a lover

“Every glance can be a conversation, eyes just playing and saying what needs to be said.”

When I love, I love by Warsan Shire

A poem for family

“It is you who became yourself / but those before you / are a part of your fabric”

honour the roots by Rupi Kaur

A poem for a friend

“Friendship wants you to
have what it can make,
what it is trying
to make, with its
small moon hands, its
crescent hands criss-
crossing the night
& our cities swollen
with dream...”

Friendship by Chen Chen

A poem for yourself

“If I’m lonely
it’s with the rowboat ice-fast on the shore
in the last red light of the year
that knows what it is, that knows it’s neither
ice nor mud nor winter light
but wood, with a gift for burning”

Song by Adrienne Rich  

Winter Skincare to Nourish and Hydrate - 11.01.18

The cold, wet and windy weather can take its toll on our skin. That’s before we start talking about late nights, lack of sleep and the impact of December’s festive party season. Improve tired, lacklustre winter skin with products to help moisturise, nourish and most importantly, get your skin’s radiant glow back.

Dr Jackson’s 04 Coconut Melt 

The perfect product to help soften and soothe dry areas that can occur so frequently due to winter’s harsh weather conditions.

This ‘everything’ balm contains 100% certified organic, unrefined coconut oil. Nutrient-rich coconut oil has a long history of use in the tropics, where it is treasured for its rehydrating, softening and elasticising properties. Dr Jackson’s Coconut Melt is 100% natural and ideal for moisturising lips, skin and cuticles, smoothing the appearance of fine lines, illuminating the complexion, conditioning the hair and removing makeup.

A wonderful multi-purpose product to hydrate anywhere and everywhere your winter skin needs a bit of added nourishment. 

The ideal winter accompaniment, encouraging energised skin.

This exhilarating gel is rich in antioxidants to moisturise, revitalise and retexturise the skin. With a light yet decadent formula, the 06 Body Perfecting Gel absorbs quickly and tightens and firms skin all over the body, giving it a silky, lustrous feel. Ideal for cooling tired muscles post-workout or post-yoga, with a restorative aroma of patchouli to act as a soft base for your perfume or cologne.

A moisturising and revitalising gel to complement your skincare resolutions.

The Dr Jackson's Team: Meet Sophie - 22.12.17

Graphic Design Assistant

What I do:
I help create artwork across various platforms to showcase our beautiful products. 

My skin can’t live without...
...the Dr Jackson's 03 Everyday Oil. I use it on my body after showering, and on my face after cleansing with the Dr Jackson's 07 Face Wash. My skin can become quite dry and irritated in the cold weather and this oil is perfect for soothing sensitive skin! 

Where to find me:
During the week, I spend my time around Bristol Harbourside. At the weekends, I love getting out of the city and exploring the countryside around Bristol and Bath.   

What's your favourite Christmas food?
My mum's cooking and all of the traditional Christmas food and drink. Christmas dinner, spiced biscuits, mince pies and brandy butter, mulled wine, basically everything!

Where are you spending Christmas this year?
At my Parents house with my Mum, Dad, Brother, Nan and our puppy.

Who do you think deserves a Dr Jackson's gift set in their stocking this year?
My Mum. She does so much each year to make Christmas special for us all so she definitely deserves a chance to pamper herself with the Baobab & Rose Mini Set. The Baobab & Rose roll-on is great for a little luxury on the go (which she always is) and the Coconut Melt is the perfect all round moisturiser for dry areas such as lips and hands.

The Dr Jackson's Team: Meet Evie - 22.12.17

Social Media and Creative Content Assistant

What I do:
All things social media and all of the words - you'll find me hanging out on Instagram, or writing the latest product descriptions, blogs, newsletters and all of the content in sight. 

My skin can’t live without...
...the Dr Jackson's 04 Coconut Melt. Whatever you need it for, it's got your back - hydrating lips, mending dry patches, repairing split ends, illuminating the skin and removing eye makeup. It smells amazing too!

Where to find me:
Eating and drinking my way around Bristol, shopping the latest fashion and beauty trends, listening to music, obsessing over dogs. 

What's your favourite Christmas food?
Christmas dinner is my favourite meal of the year - the roast potatoes have to be the best bit.

Where are you spending Christmas this year?
At home with family, it's the only way to spend it!

Who do you think deserves a Dr Jackson's gift set in their stocking this year?
My Parent's - they're both partial to a good cup of tea so would love to enjoy the Tea Party gift set while putting their feet up for some well-deserved relaxation time!

The Dr Jackson's Team: Meet Aaron - 22.12.17

Warehouse and Quality Control Assistant 

What I do:
I help with a whole range of jobs - from packing orders, creating product samples, undertaking quality control and general warehouse odd jobs! 

My skin can’t live without...
The 01 Day Cream helps to keep skin looking healthy and moisturised and is completely hassle-free. 

Where to find me:
I'm always listening to music! 

What's your favourite Christmas song?
The Fairytale of New York.

Where are you spending Christmas this year?
At my house surrounded by family!

Who do you think deserves a Dr Jackson's gift set in their stocking this year?
My nanna and gran deserve a Dr Jackson's gift set.

The Dr Jackson's Team: Meet Lori - 21.12.17

Dr Lori Bystrom, Ph.D. 
Chief Scientific Officer 

What I do:
I help with creating lotions, potions and herbal tea blends, as well as making sure all of our ingredients are of the highest quality. I keep up-to-date with the latest pharmacognosy research for product research, and I help source eco-friendly packaging materials to keep mother Earth happy. I also keep the rest of the team educated about botanical names, ethnobotanical uses of plants, and science in general. 

My skin can’t live without...
Dr Jackson's 02 Night Cream! I absolutely love the fragrance and how it softens and moisturises my skin. It's especially ideal for the winter-time when my skin gets dry. The aroma of frankincense and other botanical ingredients put me at ease and help me drift away at night to get my Zzz's. 

Where to find me:
In the laboratory, making potions, or in the classroom, teaching students about ethnobotany, pharmacognosy, global food issues and sustainability. Otherwise, you can find me in a cosy corner reading botanical literature, inspecting the local flora, or wandering and pondering in a botanical garden. 

What's your favourite Christmas food?
My Mother's Christmas cardamom cookies.

Where are you spending Christmas this year?
With family and friends in the UK.

Who do you think deserves a Dr Jackson's gift set in their stocking this year?
My close friends working stressful jobs in the city. They deserve the Relax & Unwind gift set. The Relax Tea will calm their nerves and the Baobab & Rose Oil has a calming fragrance they can use as either a massage or bath oil.

The Dr Jackson's Team: Meet Josh - 20.12.17

Graphic Designer

What I do:
I design everything from packaging to marketing materials. I'm a creative, so I get a lot out of working for Dr Jackson's! Design that excites me is key, as well as a belief in the brand itself. 

My skin can’t live without...
...the much loved Dr Jackson's 07 Face Wash! I had never been into natural skincare products before I joined Dr Jackson's, and it was the 07 that really made an impact. I'm quite an active person, always out and about, so I like things that are quick and easy to use (no messing!), but have fast, positive benefits. The 07 makes me feel instantly refreshed - it's perfect after the gym and first thing in the morning. 

Where to find me:
Walking my dog (Flint), falling off a surfboard (I pretend I'm good at it). 

What's your favourite Christmas movie?
The Polar Express.

Where are you spending Christmas this year?
At home with my family, I wouldn't want it any other way!

Who do you think deserves a Dr Jackson's gift set in their stocking this year?
My Mum, she's always worthy of a gift. I would gift her the Tea Party gift set so she can cleanse after the holiday season is over.

The Dr Jackson's Team: Meet Harriet - 20.12.17

PR Assistant

What I do:
I support everything press-related, so I spend my time contacting journalists and people in the media to tell them all of the news and newness happening here at Dr Jackson's!

My skin can’t live without...
...the Dr Jackson's 04 Coconut Melt 15mL. It's my go-to product at this time of year - I don't go anywhere without it! It's the perfect size to come to my rescue wherever I am. I keep one on my desk for keeping my lips hydrated throughout the day. Then another one by my bed, which I apply to my eyelashes and the ends of my hair before I go to sleep. I also keep one in my makeup bag - I mix it with eyeshadows and highlighters to create a creamier texture, as well as a more pigmented colour for nights out. It's great for removing makeup at the end of the day too! The uses for the 04 Coconut Melt are endless, which is why it's my secret weapon... shhh. 

Where to find me:
Reorganising my beauty cabinet and wardrobe. I'm always buying new beauty products and clothes, and consequently always having to make more room! I also enjoy a gin-based cocktail or two in one of my favourite bars in Bristol. 

What's your favourite Christmas movie?
My favourite Christmas movie has to be Love Actually.

Where are you spending Christmas this year?
At my family home in Suffolk.

Who do you think deserves a Dr Jackson's gift set in their stocking this year?
My Parents for their constant support and amazingness.

The Dr Jackson's Team: Meet Matt - 19.12.17

Operations and Logistics Manager

What I do:
Bottles, jars, lids, labels; I take care of all our packaging needs. I organise the puchasing, packing, storing and sustainable sourcing of all kinds of glass, plastic and cardboard. Providing green supply chain solutions means I often have to think outside the box (no pun intended!)

My skin can’t live without...
...Dr Jackson's 05 Face and Eye Essence. I suffer from dark circles under my eyes, so our Face and Eye Essence irons out the corrugated creases in my face and keeps me looking fresh... like the day I came off the printer's press! 

Where to find me:
Binge watching weird TV/ movies, in the gym, virtually adventuring on the PS4.

What's your favourite Christmas movie?
Favourite Christmas movie has to be Die Hard, nothing captures Christmas quite like it!

Where are you spending Christmas this year?
On the beach in NZ.

The Dr Jackson's Team: Meet Fi - 18.12.17

Client Liaison Manager

What I do:
I support our trade customers, distributors and agents, processing their orders and ensuring goods are sent out. 

My sleep can’t live without...
I've recently started drinking our Relax Tea as I've been suffering from insomnia over the past year. Just one cup, half an hour before bedtime helps with sleep.

Where to find me:
Making fashion accessories at my studio in Stokes Croft, burning up the dancefloor beneath the giant disco ball at the Crofters Rights, running around the harbourside with a swarm of people in DayGlo lycra. 

What's your favourite Christmas movie?
80's movie 'Trading Places' for sure!

Where are you spending Christmas this year?
With family at my Parents' countryside home in rural Gloucestershire.

Who do you think deserves a Dr Jackson's gift set in their stocking this year?
I think my Mum could do with the Relax & Unwind gift set as she leads such a busy life, always rushing around doing things for other people, so it would be a nice treat to help her wind down.

Sustainability Day #DrJacksonsEvergreen - 25.10.17

At Dr Jackson’s, we’re dedicated to being environmentally conscious, whilst creating luxurious, effective and natural skincare products and organic herbal teas.



We do our utmost each and every day to be true to our Brand DNA, this includes our latest upcycling project, looking for ingenious ways to re-purpose our jars and boxes.  

It’s our mission to continue developing as an innovative, ethical and sustainable company, wishing to make a positive impact on our planet and inspire future generations.


Our packaging is always recyclable – from our glass jars and containers, to the recycled paper boxes. Our packaging also centres on sustainably sourced printing with soya ink. Additionally, our tea jar seals are made from biodegradable eucalyptus wood pulp and our tea bags are compostable.

We use natural ingredients which are sourced and harvested in collaboration with rural communities worldwide. We work closely with a global network of green-credential suppliers in all areas of the production chain. Our high quality extracts are obtained directly from their country of origin – two of our key ingredients, Baobab and Kigelia, are harvested wild and sustainably sourced from Africa. 

Dr Jackson’s products are never tested on animals.


On our quest for sustainability, we’ve made it our mission to not just recycle, but to upcycle, our pre-loved Dr Jackson’s empties.

First on our agenda were vases and plant pots – the perfect way to inject a bit of colour into any room. Because we love all things natural at Dr Jackson’s, sprucing up our used jars with plant-life seemed like the ideal solution.

   Dr Jackson’s 02 Night Cream transformed into a vase and the 06 Body Perfecting gel as a plant pot.

With the colder and darker months drawing in, now is the perfect time to get cosy and get the candles lit. With a simple candle craft project using sustainable, non-toxic soy wax, our empty jars were given a completely new lease of life. 

                                              Dr Jackson’s jars transformed into candles.                                                                 
There are a whole host of ways that our empty jars or boxes can be creatively re-purposed and we’re excited to explore more methods of doing so over the coming months, so keep your eyes peeled.

We’d love for you to join us in re-purposing your Dr Jackson’s empties – share your upcycling photos with us on Instagram @drjacksonuk and don’t forget to hashtag #DrJacksonsEvergreen🌿. 

Let’s use Sustainability Day as a reminder that we can care for our skin and for the planet at the same time.

Peter Gordon’s Detox Fennel Scrambled Eggs - 1.09.17

How do you like your eggs in the morning? 

In celebration of Better Breakfast Month this September, we hand things over to Peter Gordon. Peter is a wonderful chef, who is known for his unique fusion cuisine and world-renowned restaurants and books. 

Peter Gordon's Detox Fennel Scrambled Eggs

For a weekend brunch I love eggs, and these ones are delicious served on toast with a few chunks of avocado and sliced tomatoes! This may seem a strange thing to do with tea – but the fennel in the tea goes really well with creamy scrambled eggs. 

To serve 2, you will need: 2 teaspoons loose leaf Dr Jackson’s Detox Tea (or the contents from 1 Dr Jackson's Detox tea bag), 100mL cream, ¼ head of fennel (around 50 - 60g) finely chopped or grated, 4 organic eggs, 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil, basil or parsley leaves for garnish.

Place the Detox Tea in a small saucepan with the cream and 30mL (2 tablespoons) water.

Add ¼ of the fennel and bring to a simmer, then cook over low heat for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Turn the heat off and leave to infuse for 5 minutes.

Strain into a heat-proof bowl.

Add the eggs to the cream mixture, along with salt and pepper, and gently whisk together.

In a non-stick pan, sauté the remaining fennel in the olive oil over medium heat, stirring often, until lightly caramelised.

Pour the egg mixture onto the caramelised fennel and reduce the heat a little.

Cook until the eggs are just setting, gently stirring constantly.

Serve straight away, with some herbs sprinkled on top.

Recipe and imagery: Peter Gordon.
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Dr Jackson’s Detox Tea combines digestion-boosting fennel, with elderflower, aniseed and senna fruit to help rid the body of harmful toxins and free radicals. Our FairWild certified Spanish liquorice, known for its deeply calming properties, lends a naturally sweet taste.

Let us know if you recreate this incredible recipe by tagging us in your Instagram pictures: @drjacksonuk.

All Things Tea with Chef Peter Gordon - 8.08.17

Whilst we often think of tea as a hot beverage, there really are an incredible array of alternative ways that you can enjoy it. Whether you’re simply brewing a pot of Dr Jackson’s Tea, or injecting some flavour into your cooking – you can’t go wrong. 

Our favourite chef, Peter Gordon, talks us through some great ways to shake simple recipes up with - you guessed it - tea! Peter Gordon is renowned for his unique culinary philosophy and playful fusion cuisine which has had great influence on his distinguished restaurants and books. 

In what surprising ways can tea be used?

It’s easy to begin experimenting with treating tea as a flavouring like you would a dried herb. For example, mint is lovely brewed as a tea with a touch of honey, but it is of course, also delicious in salads, tossed with feta and chunks of watermelon, or mixed with labneh (strained yoghurt). That doesn’t mean you should rip open your teabags and dress your food, but you can definitely use tea in many different ways. Tea can be used as a flavouring in marinades, broths and soups, in dressings, for poaching fruits and even for chocolate truffles. 

What’s your favourite recipe that includes tea?

I love to add an Expedition teabag to a lightly sweet syrup when I’m poaching pears or steeping berries as the rooibos has a lovely ‘tang’ that perfectly complements the fruit. I’ve also added a few teabags in a chicken and coconut soup as the liquorice in the blend has a lovely, warming character that goes wonderfully with coconut milk.

What’s your simplest recipe using Dr Jackson’s teas?

This is so simple, it hardly seems a recipe at all! I drink an awful lot of tea and make mine in a teapot with 2 teabags usually. Inevitably, I have some left over, so I’ve begun freezing the remains in my ice cube tray. Once frozen, I pack them in separate freezer bags according to the various flavours. I’ve found that the Expedition tea-cubes and Relax tea-cubes are delicious in a vodka tonic - or in a mixture of chilled apple and elderflower juice. The Detox tea-cubes are great mixed into fresh juice (especially one that contains beetroot), or in a big jug of iced tea or sangria.

In order to find out more about the benefits of using herbal teas, we spoke with our Chief Scientific Officer, Dr Lori Bystrom, PhD...

Lori, what are the benefits of using herbal teas for cooking? (other than the taste, of course!)

Most herbal teas consist of leaves, roots, rinds and seeds which are the part of the plant that contain the highest concentration of phytonutrients, antioxidants and other phytochemicals that provide medicinal benefits.

Peter Gordon's following recipes will inspire you to get in the kitchen and cook up a tea-infused storm...


Poached pears are lovely thinly sliced and mixed into leafy salads with crumbled blue cheese or feta, toasted pumpkin seeds, a good splash of extra virgin olive oil and a squeeze of lemon juice. Cut them into chunks and add to porridge or a chia breakfast bowl, or serve them as dessert with a dollop of vanilla yoghurt.

You can also add a handful or blueberries or blackberries to the poaching liquid in its last 5 minutes of cooking to add a lovely hue to the pears. Once the pears are eaten, you can use their poaching liquor to cook one more batch of fruit, or use the liquid in smoothies or freeze in ice-cube trays for use in other drinks.  

You will need: 3-4 pears, 2 Dr Jackson Expedition tea bags with paper tags removed and strings still attached (or use loose tea and strain the liquid before adding to the pears), 150g honey (or agave syrup), 20g fresh ginger, peeled and thinly sliced.

Place the tea bags, honey and ginger to a wide pan large enough to hold the pears and add 1 litre of water.

Slowly bring to a simmer. Simmer with a lid on for 8 minutes.

Remove the tea bags and discard.

Peel the pears. Cut them in half lengthways, remove the seeds and core (use a small teaspoon) and add the pear halves to the liquid.

The pears need to be just submerged in the liquid – add extra water if needed.

Bring back to a boil, then reduce to a simmer.

Lay a paper cartouche (*) on top of the pears, put a lid on and cook for 30 minutes.

Turn the heat off and leave the pears to cool in the liquid – although you can eat them hot.

Store the pears in their liquid in the fridge, covered, for up to 5 days.

* A cartouche is a piece of baking parchment cut a little larger than the size of the lid of the pot. Lay the lid on top of a piece of baking parchment and mark it with a blunt pencil or satay stick – you don’t want to eat pencil lead. Use scissors to cut it out 1cm wider than you’ve marked. Fold it in half and then half again. Cut the point of the paper out, 1/2cm in, and unfold. You will now have a round piece of paper with a small hole in the middle. This is a cartouche.


This is the perfect bed-time drink. A lovely mixture of dark chocolate, cinnamon, orange zest and oat milk, infused with the calming herbs of Dr Jackson’s Relax Tea – with its lemon balm and valerian. For this, I like to use a darker chocolate of between 60 – 90% cacao solids. You can also make this using soy milk or regular milk. I like to serve a small glass to my dinner guests in winter, just before they head home – and I must say, adding a slug of whiskey or dark rum isn’t bad either!

For 2 mugs (or 4-6 smaller ones), you will need: 2 Dr Jackson’s Relax teabags or use 4 teaspoons of loose tea, 400mL oat milk, ¼ teaspoon of ground cinnamon, 50g dark chocolate chopped (65%-80% cacao solids), ½ teaspoon of orange zest – finely grated.

Place the Relax Tea, oat milk and cinnamon in a small saucepan.

Add 100ml of water then slowly bring to a simmer, stirring occasionally.

Simmer for 5 minutes with a lid on.

Increase the heat a little, but don’t boil it.

Add the chocolate and orange zest and stir until the chocolate has melted into the milk.

Strain into 2 warmed mugs – then head to bed. 

Recipes and imagery: Peter Gordon
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Packing Well and Travelling Light - 19.07.17

From departures to arrivals, dreary home weather to tropical climes, which products promise most bang for their buck when the dreaded baggage restrictions force us to seriously re-think our packing tactics? 

When space is tight and restrictions are, well, restrictions, it’s essential that packing is executed like a professional. With no nonsense dimensions to work with, it’s time to get creative. Hat? check; swimsuit? check; sunglasses? check; book? check; beauty products... where do we begin?

Here’s a selection of Dr Jackson’s key beauty essentials for travelling light and travelling well:

1. 01 Day Cream – this multi-purpose, light day cream provides an essential SPF 20 for all climates. Available in a travel friendly 30mL jar, this luxury product is a no-brainer for ensuring that your skin is hydrated in-flight, and protected from the sun whilst exploring. 

2. 03 Everyday Oil 10mL – compact yet clever, this small roll-on bottle packs a serious punch. For use on cuticles, dry spots, sunburn, troubled skin, and even for taming a beard… you name it, it does it. When space is limited, there’s hardly a product which promises to take up such little space but solve so much. This one’s a must. 

3. 04 Coconut Melt 15mL – In a travel-friendly size, this everything balm not only solves a multitude of skin woes, but does so in a very modest manner. Small but incredibly mighty – what’s not to love? Make sure to keep it in a cool place - coconut oil liquifies in hot conditions. 

    Happy packing!

    9 reasons to visit the Chelsea Flower Show this year - 16.05.17

    Image: Luxurious Magazine

    At Dr Jackson’s, nature is at the heart of everything we do. Our products have been developed using the purest plant-based ingredients, and the health and future of our planet is a key consideration at every stage of our production chain. This is why we’re incredibly excited to attend this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show, a glorious celebration of our natural world and the beautiful species that inhabit it.

    Held since 1912, The Royal Horticultural Society’s Chelsea Flower Show is one of the most famous flower and garden shows in the world. Every year in May, a group of talented designers descends on the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea to build their own unique show garden in just 19 days. Nearly 157,000 people visit the gardens each year, and the exhibits compete for a number of prestigious awards.

    This year, the Chelsea Flower Show will take place from 23rd-27th May. 2017’s exhibits promise to be more innovative, thought-provoking and beautiful than ever before, so we’ve hand-picked the gardens you won’t want to miss:

    Professor Nigel Dunnett’s ‘Greening Grey Britain’ garden will weave its way in and out of life size high-rise buildings, demonstrating how plants can thrive even in the most restricted urban spaces. Look out for the ‘edible meeting table’ and the Show’s first ever display of colourful street art.

    Kate Gould’s ‘City Living’ explores similar themes, creating usable and inviting urban gardens that highlight the importance of green spaces, both for our own sense of wellbeing and that of the environment. Retreat into the shade of tropical, leafy plants and be soothed by the tranquil sounds of the water feature.

    An open and understanding dialogue around mental health is something we’re very supportive of at Dr Jackson’s, so we applaud Ian Price’s ‘Mind Trap’, a physical manifestation of the designer’s personal experience of depression. Metal walls represent the sense of imprisonment that often comes with this illness, while the sunny and vibrant area beyond shows the life that could be enjoyed once the right help and measures of self-care have been taken.

    In ‘Breaking Ground’, Andrew Wilson and Gavin McWilliam aim to raise awareness around the endangered heathland surrounding Wellington College, illustrating the connectivity that enables ecosystems to flourish with the sculptural walls and rills that run through the structure.

    We’re incredibly passionate about educating younger generations on the value of the natural world from the get-go, so this year’s Discovery Zone is after our own hearts! Both little ones and older ones can immerse themselves in a series of sensory environments and interactive displays to learn about everything plants can do for us, from battling life-threatening diseases to improving our psychological health.

    We may be a skincare brand, but we know that what you put into your body is just as important as what you put on it. Designed by Jon Wheatley and inspired by Mary Berry, Chris Evans’s Taste Garden showcases the UK’s delicious and diverse range of natural ingredients, with a special focus on plants that enhance health and wellbeing.

    Smell can be one of our most powerful and evocative senses, as the Jo Whiley Scent Garden, designed in collaboration with Jo Malone, demonstrates. Unlock childhood memories with the scent of woodland walks or let the soothing aroma of fresh-cut flowers wash over you and restore your inner peace.

    Designed by Ruth Willmott, The Breast Cancer Now garden imagines a group of scientists looking through the microscope in their groundbreaking research to cure breast cancer. Three vertical circles represent microscope lenses, while planting schemes mimic cell formations, showing the different stages of the disease.

    No surprises as to why this one’s a favourite at Dr Jackson’s! Seedlip’s conceptual garden recreates a 17th-century apothecary, meaning our products would look right at home. A tribute to the healing properties of plants, symbolic oak housing and laboratory-style benches will be surrounded by botanicals used in ancient - and modern-day - herbal medicine.

    To learn more about The Chelsea Flower show, click here.

    5 activists who will inspire you this Earth Day - 22.04.17

    At Dr Jackson’s, every day of the year is Earth Day.

    From selecting only non-endangered, natural ingredients that are never tested on animals, to using recyclable packaging and consulting green suppliers at every stage of the production chain, we strive for zero waste and are committed to promoting sustainability in all that we do.

    However, in the business of our everyday lives, it’s easy for our perspective to shrink. We get so caught up in ourselves, that we forget the World around us.

    That’s why we always look forward to taking part in this global event: Earth Day is a chance for us to take a step back and evaluate our relationship with nature, and perhaps think about what we can do to make a difference - no matter how big, or how small that change may be. 

    To give you a little motivation, this Earth Day we’re looking at the individuals whom inspire us to make that change. By following their example, we can work together to build a greener, healthier and happier planet.  

    Rajendra Singh
    Image: darpan magazine

    Known as ‘The Water Man’, Rajendra Singh is an award-winning water conservationist from Rajasthan, India.

    The problem: 75,777,997 people in India (that’s 6% of the country’s population) do not have access to clean drinking water.

    The solution: In 1975, Singh founded the pioneering NGO, Tarun Bharat Sangh. The organisation works directly with communities in some of India’s most destitute areas, empowering villages to take charge of their own water management through sustainable development measures.
    Providing access to safe drinking water through the use of rainwater storage tanks and checking dams is just the first step; Tarun Bharat Sangh’s wider vision is to bring dignity and prosperity to these areas with a comprehensive welfare programme that includes better health facilities, an improved education system, equality for women, and more.

    Notable achievements: Rajendra Singh was awarded the Stockholm Water Prize, known as “the Nobel prize for water”, in 2015, having brought clean drinking water to over 1,000 villages in India. His techniques have inspired water conservation initiatives all over the world, including anti-flooding schemes in the UK.

    "When we started our work, we were only looking at the drinking water crisis and how to solve that. Today our aim is higher. This is the century of exploitation, pollution and encroachment. To stop all this, to convert the war on water into peace, that is my life's goal." BBC News

    René Ngongo
    Image: green peace

    René Ngongo is a Congolese biologist, environmentalist and political activist, whose work centres around the conservation of Congo’s rainforests.

    The problem: The world’s second most important rainforest after the Amazon, the Congo rainforest has been seriously damaged by the aftermath of war, population growth and corporate exploitation. This poses huge climate threats that put the livelihood of future generations at risk.

    The solution: Ngongo aims to build popular and political support for the conservation of the Congo rainforest. He has carried out essential, and often dangerous, research on illegal mining operations to help monitor the pillaging of the rainforest’s valuable raw materials. He also encourages local communities to use sustainable land models that satisfy their need for food and fuelwood, and increase their income, without destroying this precious natural habitat.

    Notable achievements: In 1994, Ngongo founded OCEAN, an environmental NGO based in Kisangani that uses the collective force of volunteers to promote agroforestry, plant trees in urban spaces, create reforestation nurseries for threatened species, and lobby for action against rainforest destruction around the world. He has also worked for the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), Greenpeace and the WWF.

    Those forests should not be considered merely as raw material to be exported and should neither only be seen as a carbon reservoir. Before anything else, it is a living environment, a grocery store, a pharmacy…” -

    Leonardo Di Caprio

    As well as being an Oscar-winning Hollywood actor, Leonardo Di Caprio is a renowned environmental activist.

    The problem: Di Caprio sees climate change as “the most urgent threat facing our entire species”, highlighting global warming, the destruction of the Earth’s biodiversity and the use of fossil fuels as the most pressing issues.

    The solution: Di Caprio uses his celebrity status as a platform to educate people about climate change, as well as raising considerable sums for numerous environmental foundations. He has also produced and starred in several documentaries about climate change, including The 11th Hour, Cowspiracy and Before the Flood.

    Notable achievements: At just 24, Di Caprio established the Leonardo Di Caprio Foundation in 1998, which works to raise environmental awareness. It has launched projects in over 40 countries and won various major awards. In a charity auction for The 11th Hour, Di Caprio raised nearly $40 million for his foundation, making it the highest-grossing environmental charity event ever held.

    “We only get one planet.” - UN Climate Summit speech

    Julia Butterfly Hill
    Image: julia butterfly

    Julia Butterfly Hill is an American environmental activist and motivational speaker, best known for her famous 2-year “tree sit” protest, which saw her live in a 180-foot tree from 1997 to 1999.

    The problem: Environmentally destructive logging actions are a major threat to ecologically significant forests.

    The solution: Hill believes that the solution to the world’s problems lies in action.In 1997, she took a stand against the cutting down of an old-growth redwood tree in North California, which she nicknamed Luna. In what has become a historical act of civil disobedience, she chose to live in the tree for 738 days until the Pacific Lumber Company agreed to preserve it, resulting in huge international awareness of the importance of sustainable forest management techniques.

    Notable achievements: Following her tree sit, Hill founded the Circle of Life Foundation, which aims to build better relationships between humans and the natural world. She has written a book, The Legacy of Luna: The Story of a Tree, a Woman, and the Struggle to Save the Redwoods, about her experience and continues to participate in tree sits to this day.

    Quote: The question we need to ask ourselves is not, “Can one person make a difference?”  Each and every one of us does make a difference.  It is actually impossible to not make a difference. So the question we need to ask ourselves is, “What kind of a difference do I want to make?”

    We are the ancestors of the future.  What do you want your legacy to be?”
    Sylvia Alice Earle
    Image: national geographic

    Sylvia Alice Earle is an American marine biologist, explorer, author and lecturer. She has been a National Geographic explorer-in-residence since 1998. 

    The Problem: Sea life is being destroyed from every direction, between over-fishing, pollution and rising temperatures. Reef paradises that she used to love now dead and rotting.

    The Solution: Her special focus is on developing a global network of areas on the land and in the ocean to safeguard the living systems that provide the underpinnings of global processes, from maintaining biodiversity and yielding basic life support services to providing stability and resiliency in response to accelerating climate change.-national geographic

    Notable Achievements: Sylvia Alice Earle has led more than 400 undersea research expeditions and was named Time Magazine’s very first ‘hero for the planet’ in 1998. Author of a cornucopia of books on the sea, Earle is also executive director for a number of environmental organisations including The Conservation Fund and Ocean Conservancy.-

    "My wish is a big wish, but if we can make it happen, it can truly change the world, and help ensure the survival of what actually — as it turns out — is my favourite species; that would be us. For the children of today, for tomorrow's child: as never again, now is the time" -

    Prepare For a Green Party With Chef Peter Gordon - 21.04.17

    In Celebration of Earth Day April 22nd

    for 4 as a starter

    Asparagus, almonds,
    spiced quail eggs and shiitake
    with miso dressing

    slightly chilled or at room temperature

    A beautiful, elegant salad full of vibrant flavours and contrasting textures. Quail eggs are tricky to peel: use your fingernails and a small sharp knife. If you're unable to source them, then hen's eggs work as a good substitute. 


    1 tsp coriander seeds
    ½ tsp nigella seeds
    ¼ tsp cumin seeds
    ¼ tsp fennel seeds
    12 quail eggs
    1 tbsp white vinegar
    300g (10½oz.) fresh shiitake mushrooms, stalks removed and discarded
    800g (1lb. 12oz.) asparagus
    1 handful salad leaves (I used pea shoots)
    1 tbsp lemon juice
    100g (3½oz./3 cup) almonds, toasted and roughly chopped (I used delicious marcona almonds from Spain)
    for the miso dressing
    1 tbsp soy sauce
    2 tbsp mirin
    1 tbsp miso paste (I used shiromiso)
    2 tsp finely chopped or grated ginger
    Lightly toast the coriander, nigella, cumin and fennel seeds in a dry frying pan (skillet) over a medium heat until they become aromatic. Leave to cool. Add ½ teaspoon of flaky salt and grind the spices in a spice grinder or using a mortar and pestle.

    Place the quail eggs in a pan large enough to hold them in a single layer. Pour in enough water to cover by 3cm (1¼in.), add the vinegar, bring to the boil and cook for 3 minutes.

    Drain into a sieve or colander, then place in a bowl of iced water and leave for 5 minutes. 

    Peel the eggs and roll them in the ground spices.

    To make the dressing, mix the soy, mirin, miso paste and ginger until the miso has ‘dissolved’, then stir in 2 tablespoons of warm water.

    Bring 200ml (¾ cup) of water to the boil in a medium pan. Slice half the shiitake mushrooms and dice the other half. Add to the boiling water, give a good stir for 20 seconds, then drain into a colander. Leave for 30 seconds, then tip into a bowl and mix in the miso dressing. 

    Cover with cling film (plastic wrap) and leave to marinate, stirring again after 10 minutes.

    Snap the ends from the asparagus and peel the lower 3cm (1¼in.). Blanch in salted boiling water, or steam, for 1½ minutes, then refresh in iced water. Drain..

    To serve, toss the asparagus and salad leaves with the lemon juice and lay them on your plates. Spoon on the mushrooms and marinating juices, then tuck in the quail eggs and scatter with the almonds.

    Savour by Peter Gordon. Published by Jacqui Small, an imprint of The Quarto Group (£25). Out now.  Photography by Lisa Linder. 

    Peter Talks

    As a chef and restaurateur, I am constantly sourcing, buying, cooking, serving and then often eating hundreds of ingredients every week. The style of food I’m known for is Fusion Cuisine and this means I like to source ingredients that can come from any part of the world.  

    Whilst I am all about buying local ingredients in season and supporting local jobs, it is worth noting that many imported ingredients are also sustainable, sometimes with surprisingly low carbon footprints. Not everything can be grown in our British climate - hence gorgeous organic pineapples from Ghana are as appealing to me as Scottish raspberries and a Dover Sole - freshly caught by a day boat off the Southern Coast.  At the moment British asparagus is in season and that’s what we should all be buying (cf asparagus from further away) as it is spankingly fresh and a truly remarkable ingredient that is with us for such a short time. It provides local employment and the commerce and trade it generates helps our local economy.  

    I’ve included a recipe that really makes the most of its texture and flavour - but teamed it with some imported ingredients - although British grown shiitake mushrooms are becoming easier to source and they taste terrific. 

    I’ve also included a recipe for a baobab smoothie.  Baobab cannot be grown in Britain (just like tea, coffee, cacao, vanilla, most spices and many other things we have to import) and many people in Africa rely on the harvesting and processing of this fabulous fruit for their livelihoods. You can easily buy it over the internet or in some forward think health-food stores as a powder which you can sprinkle on your cereal or mix into drinks.  We also use baobab oil in some of our products at Dr Jackson's such as our 01 Day Cream, 02 Night Cream, 03 Face Oil, 05 Face & Eye Essence, 06 Body Perfecting Gel and our Baobab & Rose Oil.

    Baobab Smoothie
    with Blueberry, Mint, Basil & Spinach


    300ml plain yoghurt
    300ml milk/fruit juice
    3 tbsp baobab powder
    4 tbsp honey
    120g blueberries
    handful mint & basil leaves
    handful baby spinach leaves (stalks removed)
    handful ice cubes (optional)

    Place everything in the blender and whizz for a minute. Consume immediately. Serves 2.

    At home I grow many herbs in my London Fields garden and in pots on the kitchen windowsill. There really is no excuse to buy plastic-wrapped herbs from the shops, as a tub of herbs will keep growing and are low maintenance (don’t over water as they’ll drown and don’t underwater or they’ll dry out) Plus, they give your kitchen a lovely aroma. 

    I've also planted many medium sized trees and shrubs that fill the space with greenery, provide nectar and seeds for bees and birds. Right now, I’m picking tulips and daffodils to fill my vases instead of having to buy flowers from the shops.  My tea leaves always end up on the garden (they make good mulch), and when I have to use my clothes dryer (which drains into a condenser tub rather than out into the drain) I use this water on the garden. Both the tea water and dryer water help a little to reduce my water consumption.  

    At home I never buy bottled water. Instead I use a water filter for all of my drinking water; the thought of buying, carrying, and recycling endless plastic water bottles fills me with dread - it seems so pointless. I have a Sodastream which I carbonate the water with. Again, this saves both plastic and energy. If we all keep doing the little things that count this planet will live on for many years to come. If we don’t, I hate to think what might happen.

    Peter Gordon

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