A BEAUTIFUL BLEND OF SCIENCE AND NATURE
“Lemon” and “Beaker” – that’s what founder Hannah had on her desk when she started to bring her dream to life.
Along with co-founder Grant Bai they aspired to develop a natural skincare brand using powerful botanical ingredients for beauty inside and out.
From an early age, Hannah was always fascinated with the beauty of nature, and wondered how natural ingredients could enhance our natural beauty. Her passion lead her to study chemistry and psychology at University of Auckland, where she was inspired to create premium skincare products using New Zealand’s premium ingredients.
Driven to experience the beauty industry firsthand, Hannah began her career with a multinational skincare brand. During those years, she promised that she wouldn’t just develop products that provide natural goodness for the skin, but also build a meaningful and ethical brand which supports the environment, animals and charity.
Hannah’s skills and knowledge in chemistry, product development and marketing, complemented by Grant's extensive experience in the industry, being a pharmacist by profession, have built a strong foundation for the Lemon & Beaker brand.
Today, Lemon & Beaker offers a range of premium, crafted formulas that combine essential oils and natural ingredients that cleanse, soothe and restore the skin.
Each product has been designed with careful research, sourcing, testing and production to provide luxurious and nourishing skincare solutions.
We believe that nature can have remarkable and rejuvenating effects on the skin. And with the help of science, we have developed products that are enriched with nutrients, vitamins and antioxidants from some of New Zealand’s best ingredients.
Lemon & Beaker is relentless in our pursuit of perfection. We use superior essential oils and botanical ingredients in our skincare formulas, which gives our products a rich and natural aroma, colour and texture.
Our entire skincare range is developed in Auckland and produced in New Zealand. All our ingredients are sourced from this beautiful land we call ‘home’.
Lemon & Beaker is committed to making natural skincare products, using real ingredients from fruits, plants and botanicals. We do not use artificial ingredients such as sulphates, parabens, perfume and colouring. All fragrances and colours are naturally derived.
And while we love the benefits of nature, we also love and care for nature itself. All our products are cruelty-free and vegan. We do not test on animals. Our beautiful bottles are made from eco-friendly glassware with minimal plastic packaging, and we highly encourage recycling.
For best results from natural skincare, choose a beautiful blend of science and nature.
Founder of Lemon & Beaker - Hannah Hong
Hannah Hong is the founder and Director of Lemon & Beaker, a premium, botanical skincare brand. Knowing that she wanted to one day launch her own skincare line, Hannah studied for a Double Major in Chemistry and Psychology at Auckland University, and then gained a Masters in International Business and Business Administration. To complete her learning, she also gained a Diploma in Aesthetics and Beauty Therapy from CIDESCO. Using this knowledge and building on the skills she had already acquired, Hannah went on to research and develop her own skincare line.
“I wanted to create a range that spoke of New Zealand that was accessible to young people, delivered results and provided a natural skincare routine for everyone.”
Hannah attended Epsom Girl’s Grammar school and would walk home every day through Smith & Caughey’s in Newmarket, where she would stop to test and smell fragrances and skincare. Hannah learnt to identify perfume and skincare by their fragrance and was able to name to herself the perfume or skincare a woman was wearing whenever they walked past. This and her natural talent for Chemistry, led to her choosing this as a tertiary subject.
Hannah believes that skincare is more than just chemical compounds, it is the psychological and emotional experience you have when you use it – you should use all five senses. While studying at Auckland University Hannah began making her own, boutique soaps and skincare at home, and while people had great feedback, she always thought they could be improved.
Hannah’s purpose for Lemon & Beaker is to blend the goodness of botanics and science. The name Lemon & Beaker comes from the two items Hannah had on her desk when she was developing the range. Hannah has a hands approach across the entire range. She uses her own extensive knowledge and consults other experts, using their collective knowledge of scientific practices, to combine real ingredients and extracts from New Zealand fruits, plants and botanicals. From the beginning, Hannah was adamant that her products be natural, ensuring artificial ingredients such as sulphates, parabens, colouring and perfumes are left out.
Hannah’s work has gone beyond creating her own skincare line and has used the extensive knowledge she has gained to help others. In 2016, Hannah received a phone call from a friend who worked for an NGO helping refugee women in Jordan’s capital city Amman. Knowing Hannah’s background, she asked her to help teach refugee women, giving them the chance to upskill so they could find employment. Hannah agreed, packed up her own equipment and headed to Jordan.
Hannah visited the local markets to see available ingredients and combined with her knowledge, helped to establish a beauty therapy training facility and soap making factory, to be staffed and run by refugee women. "There are classes being run for these refugee women who had fled their homes. We decided to teach them different classes; facial treatments, nail art, soap making." "Everyone loved what they were learning and they wanted to find jobs. These ladies were so excited to find a job and once they started to acquire the skills they could go out there.”.
Hannah didn’t immediately realise the true benefit of the beauty industry in Jordan, but quickly came to see the establishment of this facility would go beyond helping women to find jobs and receive an income. Hannah continues to support the training school and soap making factory, from New Zealand.