meet the founder

amanda essery + lovekins

Born and raised in Darwin, NT, Amanda lived in a house where tropical fruits grew in abundance in her very own backyard (mangoes, bananas, papaya, guava, five corner, limes, lemons, pineapples, watermelon, coconuts and sugar cane).

Living next to an Indigenous community and going to school with Indigenous children allowed Amanda to learn from an early age about the Indigenous culture and their way of life. “Bush extracts used by Indigenous Australians as food and medicine for over 60,000 years is something that has fascinated me during my upbringing in Darwin.

As a 6th generation Australian Chinese, Amanda’s family came to Australia during the gold rush era and worked in many industries. However, it was the culinary foundation that her father built in her grandfather Jimmy’s restaurant in the back of the old Don Hotel that nurtured her love of all things natural and organic.

I grew up with fresh air, clean water and organic produce bought regularly from the farmers at the local markets. My father, a self- trained chef taught me to use only the best produce in cooking, start from scratch and cook with love.

This was how I saw the world and how I expected to spend the rest of my life – living in a healthy environment and eating healthy, organic food. Little did I know how much impact this would have on the course of my life”.

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ABOUT LOVEKINS

As a 6th generation Australian Chinese, founder and owner of Lovekins, Amanda Essery was born and raised in Darwin in the Northern Territory. She grew up with fresh air, clean water and organic produce free from harsh chemicals. In 2012 when Amanda became pregnant, she ate a healthy diet of fresh organic food and learnt how to make her own natural skincare products. Her baby son Ethan thrived with these homemade preparations.

When Amanda’s second child Heidi was born with eczema, the skin medications prescribed by doctors were unable to solve her problem. Amanda was able to manage her daughter’s eczema by using her own handmade skincare, based on pure, natural and indigenous ingredients.

That’s how Lovekins was born. ”Choosing Kakadu Plum as a main ingredient in the Lovekins range was deeply meaningful to me. Kakadu Plum comes from the Northern Territory, my birthplace and a core part of my identity. It’s a part of me, and part of our land. I felt it connected me and my baby to each other and to
our land.”

”Through Lovekins, I want to help keep women, mothers and babies healthy and thriving. My mission is to provide a pure, natural, Australian skincare range they can trust.” – Amanda

OUR VISION AND MISSION

Our vision is to improve the health and happiness of women, mother and babies by empowering them with premium Australian products they can trust. We support local communities by using sustainable native ingredients. Our environmentally friendly products will enable future generations to thrive and be healthy.

Our mission through education is to provide a simpler, more natural approach to self careby harnessing the healing power of Australian nature. Through awareness of the benefits of Australian native ingredients we strive to be the leading supplier of Australian premium natural skincare and wellness products in retail channels globally.

LOVEKINS MEANS LOVE + KINS. RELATING TO KINSHIP MEANING ‘FAMILY AND COMMUNITY’

WHY CHOOSE LOVEKINS?

  • 01

    Australian made using native botanical ingredients

  • 02

    Contains no harmful chemicals or animal by-products

  • 03

    Genuine and authentic brand story + products

  • 04

    Vegan Australia Certified + Allergy Certified

  • 05

    Approved by Safety Cosmetic Australia

  • 06

    Continued product research + innovations

NATURAL + ORGANIC + AUSTRALIAN

LOVEKINS USES THE KAKADU PLUM – THE HIGHEST SOURCE OF VITAMIN C ON THE PLANET

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“From the moment you hold your baby in your arms, you will truly never be the same.
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
You might long for the person you were before,
when you had freedom and time, and nothing, in particular, to worry about...
But instead, you will know tiredness and the days will run into days that are exactly the same...
Feeding and burping,
Whining and fighting,
Naps and lack of naps.
It might seem like a never-ending cycle.
And in the midst of it all, there will be a last time for everything...
There will come a time when you will feed
your baby for the very last time…
They will fall asleep on your chest and it
will be the last time you ever hold your sleeping baby…
One day you will carry them on your hip, then set them down,
and never pick them up like that again…
You will scrub their hair in a warm bath one night,
and from then on they’ll ask to bathe alone…
They will hold your hand to cross the road,
then never reach for it again…
They will tiptoe into your room at night after a bad dream,
and it will be the last night you soothe them back to sleep...
One afternoon they’ll ask you to sing their favorite song,
and it will be the last time you sing that melody...
You will read a final bedtime story and wipe their sweet face one last time...
They will kiss you goodbye at the school gate,
and the next day walk to the gate alone…
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
The truth is, you won’t even know it’s the last time until there are no times left.
So while you are living in these moments,
remember there are only so many of them.
For when they are gone, you will yearn for just one more day of them.
For just one last time.” ✨
@lexxndra 📷: @stuffhannahdoes
#lovekins
“From the moment you hold your baby in your arms, you will truly never be the same. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ You might long for the person you were before, when you had freedom and time, and nothing, in particular, to worry about... But instead, you will know tiredness and the days will run into days that are exactly the same... Feeding and burping, Whining and fighting, Naps and lack of naps. It might seem like a never-ending cycle. And in the midst of it all, there will be a last time for everything... There will come a time when you will feed your baby for the very last time… They will fall asleep on your chest and it will be the last time you ever hold your sleeping baby… One day you will carry them on your hip, then set them down, and never pick them up like that again… You will scrub their hair in a warm bath one night, and from then on they’ll ask to bathe alone… They will hold your hand to cross the road, then never reach for it again… They will tiptoe into your room at night after a bad dream, and it will be the last night you soothe them back to sleep... One afternoon they’ll ask you to sing their favorite song, and it will be the last time you sing that melody... You will read a final bedtime story and wipe their sweet face one last time... They will kiss you goodbye at the school gate, and the next day walk to the gate alone… ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The truth is, you won’t even know it’s the last time until there are no times left. So while you are living in these moments, remember there are only so many of them. For when they are gone, you will yearn for just one more day of them. For just one last time.” ✨ @lexxndra 📷: @stuffhannahdoes #lovekins