Denying she's earned the right. It's not just that she helped pioneer a holistic skincare movement, or that she developed the powerful botanical Janesce skincare rage, or even that she grew Janesce into a widely loved company from grass roots beginnings on her Claret Ash Farm in the Adelaide Hills. What speaks the loudest is that at the heart of her accomplishments is a women who loves people & who believes that nature holds the key to a thriving life.
Jan has cared for countless thousands of people whose skin disorders have been healed as they have embraced her Janesce products & wellness-from-within philosophy. It's a beautiful legacy, by anyone's standards.
But anyone who knows this remarkable woman will tell you that it is a vision for the future, not notions of legacy that fuels the fire in Jan's blood. I am at last getting the time to be even more creative. says Jan. The team & I are growing healthy plants & creating new products that are very much needed in the world at this time.
Plants are not just raw biological material to Jan. Nature, in her world is always spelt with a capital N - carrying with it a sense of urgency, perhaps even redemption. "I know that nature, as the ultimate healer for the body, mind & soul still has a lot to offer to the world," she says. "I always believe that nature imparts it's knowledge at the time we most need it.
It is this sense of mindful urgency, which compels Jan to work towards her expansive vision of human flourishing for all. It is a vision rooted in both science & spirituality. "I want to remind people to embrace the needs of all people - regardless of race, faith & ideologies" she says. When people look to nature for their nourishment - physically, mentally & soul level- it brings a new way of being into the world. It is available to everyone.
Jan's determination of focus on the grass roots of Janesce means she spends most of her time managing the garden laboratory. These days, you will often find her younger daughter, Jo-Anne working along side her, making the plant extracts, which Janesce skincare range is based on. She welcomes this opportunity to pass on the essential elements of her vocation family members. Jan herself brings together a deep understanding of the structure & function of the intuitive wisdom of a devotee of nature to her work. It's a powerful alchemy & Jan is grateful that Jo-Anne has the disposition to embrace the herbalist's art. She has a strong affinity with the plant kingdom & treats plants with respect & love. Says Jan. She feels their energy & reveres that. Her love & energy is in the extracts, along with mine.
Jan's eldest daughter, Kristen Jelk, has been involved in Janesce on a full time basis for the last 12 years. With a background in fine arts & design she says she has always veered towards the design & creative side of the business. "The company stores have been a part of that" says Kristen. "I have enjoyed telling the Janesce story through bricks & mortar outlets"
In this time of transition, Kristen is now taking over the business management of Janesce. While Jan works her magic at Claret Ash Farm, Kristen overseas the business operation that distributes her mothers passion, philosophy & products to women all around the world. "Kristen has total honesty, integrity & purpose & I am so proud of her" say's Jan.
Kristen absorbed her mothers nutritional & holistic philosophies right from childhood. "Each morning we would have a lemon & honey drink sitting on the bench in the kitchen waiting for us-plus any vitamin supplements we may have needed at the time" says Kristen.
Kristen is determined that her mothers pioneering work will be carried forward to the future without any dilution of the values that have set Janesce apart. "Jan has not wavered from her work on skin health through to nutrition", she says. "While beauty industry trends came & went she remained true to her core. beliefs.
Jan's says she feels grateful to have her daughters carry forward the Janesce vision. "It is such a blessing that they are not only interested, but that they have the same values as I do," she says
Part of Kristen's role involves ensuring that the business model, which supports the Janesce skincare rang, is sustainable for the future. Preserving her mothers legacy means she sometimes has to make hard calls, such as the recent price increase across the Janesce range.
Kritsen says the cost of some raw materials used in the Janesce products have tripled in price due to the boom in the natural skincare industry. In addition, Jan always allows for a very high percentage of plant extracts in each product.
"This is very unusual in our industry" say Kristen, "We maintain this standard because it give the client the full benefit with great results.
She add, "We have put off this price adjustment for a long time but know it is imperative to ensure that the time honoured process of making Janesce products id maintained into the future.
When you ask Jan about her vision for the future of the beauty industry, she talks about the seeds she is planting. "While the big companies bombarded people with so many impossible promises, I sincerely hope the seeds I have planted will become aromatic, wonderful healing blooms" she says.
It''s a fitting reminder from the founder of Janesce who taught us that we achieve the flourishing of tomorrow by sowing the seeds today. For Jan, everything in the end comes back to the soil. Her faith is in the seeds she hold in her hand - calendular, rose, lavender, geranium= the infants of the plant kingdom, pulsing with promise. That is were her hope for us lies.