Eminence Organic Skin Care has a unique origin story. A family business with roots in Hungary as far back as 1958, Eminence relies heavily on time-tested skin care knowledge and Biodynamic and organic farming practices to create some of the purest, most natural products around. We chatted with Attila Koronczay—who now helms Eminence alongside brother Boldijarre—about what makes their skin care so unique.
Tell us more about the farm.
The Eminence Certified Organic Farm features hundreds of certified organic plants including fruits, vegetables, trees and herbs, as well as beautiful, traditional Hungarian farm buildings. Upon entering the 18-foot tall, hand-carved wooden gates, visitors can wander the red brick paths, rest in the cool shade under a thatch-roof and pause for reflection by the lily pond, while the calming scent of lavender fills the air.
What are some of the ingredients that are grown there and why are they good for your skin?
Stone Crop is a succulent that’s hydrating and nourishing for all skin types. My favorite Stone Crop product is our Stone Crop Gel Wash. It’s great for men, women and even kids!
Rhubarb is a good source of ascorbic acid and vitamins to fight the look of wrinkles. We combine rhubarb into the Strawberry Rhubarb Dermafoliant to help infuse the skin with antioxidants to achieve a bright and radiant-looking complexion. This best-seller is loved by celebrities, estheticians and skin care fanatics!
Rosehip, when pressed into an oil, is rich in vitamins C, E, beta carotene and essential fatty acids which help improve the skin’s moisture, tone and texture and may also impact the look of pigmentation. Rosehip is also my favorite kind of tea! We feature this ingredient in the Eminence Organics Rosehip Triple C+E Firming Oil to provide intense hydration and protection.
What types of organic farming practices are used?
Crop rotation. Season to season, the farmers never plant the same plant in the same place twice. This method ensures the soil is never depleted by the same crop.
Fallow fields. Each season, a different area of the farm is left fallow to allow the soil to rest and replenish important minerals.
Companion planting. Using generations of knowledge, the farmers strategically plant hardy plants alongside delicate plants to provide a shield from harsh weather. Another method of companion planting is to grow bug-repellent plants (e.g. calendula) nearby sensitive plants that are attractive to insects (like tomatoes).
Composting. At the end of each working day, caretakers fill compost beds with plant clippings and top with a layer of hay to insulate the cut plants. This warmth helps the plants break down more quickly into a rich, nutritious and dense organic material used to strengthen the existing soil.
Who are some of the experts that work on the farm?
Mátyás Nemes was honored as Organic Farmer of the Year by the Biokultura [Organic Culture] Association in Hungary, Mátyás helps select seasonal plants and shares his years of knowledge with the caretakers.
Jószefné Koronczay grew up watching her mother grow fruits, herbs and vegetables in the garden, and eventually worked as an esthetician, relying on decades of farming knowledge to make skin care products. Though since retired from her esthetics career, Jószefné visits the farm often. The last name may seem familiar—Jószefné is mother to myself and Boldijarre.
Gábor Szűcs is a celebrated landscape architect, and was awarded Hungary’s Landscape Architect of the Year, Gábor designed this Eminence Certified Organic Farm to showcase the harmony between people and nature.
Why is the farm open to the public?
This farm’s mission to help create a broader understanding of organic farming in general. Both my brother and I feel like this is very important. We want to help as many people as possible understand that you can actually heal the earth (and in some cases, leave it a better place than you found it) through organic farming. So we turned one of our certified organic farms a family-friendly tribute to the Hungarian heritage, celebrating the love for Hungary by infusing the farm with traditional cultural motifs.