From the Hands of the Garden, Kate’s Dream Crème

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Kate’s Dream Crème was developed by landscape architect Katherine Field a hand-made remedy to dry skin. Photo by Meaghan O’Neill.

“My life’s story is one of being in the sun,” says Kate Field, a petite and stylish Newport, RI-based landscape architect, whose chosen vocation has meant a close relationship with the outdoors. But after years of working with her hands, the Master Gardener and chief creative officer of her namesake design firm, Katherine Field and Associates, craved a cream that would nourish her skin without sketchy chemicals. She also wanted a one-stop solution that could be used on the body, face, and hands – an all-in-one product that would soak into the skin.

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Kate hand-mixes her creams in her Portsmouth, RI kitchen. Photo courtesy of Kate Field.

“I was using all of these expensive products,” she says, “but I wondered, can’t there just be one? I’m all about simplifying my life.” Then came the eureka moment. “I thought, maybe I can make this myself,” says Kate, who also loves to cook. “So I got my stainless steel bowl and a whisk and started mixing.” After a few trial batches, Kate’s Dream Crème was born.

Early on, Kate began gifting the lotion to friends. Soon, she was taking orders for it on her Facebook page. Today, it’s sold at boutiques here on the island and online. But it was when she met a tattooed guy at a beauty convention that she knew she was really onto something. Noticing that his arm sleeve looked a little ashy, Kate used her concoction to bring it back to life. “Now,” she says, “he’s totally addicted to the Dream!”

Although demand is growing, the entrepreneur continues to make the product herself at home in her kitchen. “There’s something about whipping it by hand that is so beautiful,” says the landscape architect, who genuinely lights up when talking about the oversized blocks of shea butter that are shipped to her from Ghana and used in the lotion.

Men’s and women’s versions of her Dream Crème include blends of essential oils such as ylang ylang, geranium, and lemongrass that yield slightly earthy – but not excessively so – scents (think pleasant, not perfume-y). Ultimately, Kate’s Dream Crème is thick, rich, and soaks right in, making it perfect for body, face, and hands alike. An all purpose, all season cream that’s made here on the island and costs a fraction of the price of most luxury brands? We predict that the tattooed guy won’t be the only one addicted to this Dream.

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Photo by John W. Corbett, courtesy of Kate Field.

Meaghan O'Neill is a writer, editor, blogger wrangler, and the founder of Puddingstone Post. She was formerly editor-in-chief of TreeHugger, Discovery Channel online, and TLC's Parentables. Her writing has appeared in numerous print and online publications, and her book, Ready, Set, Green: 8 Weeks to Modern Eco-Living (Villard/Random House) was published in 2008. She lives in Newport, RI with her family.

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