Arcana is an exploration into the mysteries of plants. The word was popularised by alchemists during the sixteenth century as they sought to unveil the greatest secrets of plants, minerals, and animals - the ‘arcana of nature’. Arcana Skin was born out of a lifelong love of plants, history, and folklore. Founded by Erin Hammond in 2020, Arcana seeks to incorporate lesser-known medicinal plants in skincare through adventurous formulations. With a focus on reducing over-consumption and plastic waste, Arcana is committed to sustainability, transparency, and integrity.
Erin previously studied Appalachian herbalism and she continues to be deeply engaged with using plants and natural food as medicine. Her favorite herbs to incorporate into her skincare formulations are those that she often relies on to promote internal health, such as dandelions, nettles, and cleavers.