A trained art therapist, Chatti Brown knows firsthand the healing effects of nature and the practice of creation. So it’s no surprise that most of the time you’ll find her sowing seeds and nurturing flowers in her Wheat Ridge garden or creating plant-infused bath soaps and body butters in her home workshop.
Brown’s love for plants and mindful practices took root during her childhood. She spent the first two years of her life in a refugee camp in Thailand, where her family had fled to escape the unstable conditions in Cambodia after the Khmer Rouge genocide. The family immigrated to Southern California in 1984, and in their first home with a garden, Brown’s mother planted reminders of Southeast Asia – limes, candy canes, taro – alongside roses and hydrangeas from Brown’s father. “I remember people passing by and wanting to pick flowers,” she said.
Brown moved to Colorado in 2006 to study art therapy at Naropa University – and after a brief stint out of state, she returned in 2013. It was then that she began cultivating her her own herbs and infusing them into homemade soaps and balms that she creates using a time. – intensive cold process that she learned via YouTube videos. Soon she began selling her custom creations at craft fairs and farmers markets under the brand Remy & Rose, named after his two cats. Now Remy and Rose apothecary products– including hand-dipped beeswax taper candles, half-moon bath rolls and body ointment jars infused with Chamomile and Calendula Brown itself – can be found in boutiques around the Colorado, especially Conifer shop and HelloDayand in linewhere a growing base of fans of cold-pressed soaps and natural deodorants are converting their vanities right away.
In addition to her line of apothecary products, Brown also sells seasonal bouquets from her flower garden, which she planted last spring in honor of her father. “My dad passed away in early 2019, and I don’t think I really processed his death,” she says, so she turned to dahlias, marigolds and lisianthus, “because my dad loved beautiful things, and he really enjoyed taking care of himself.
Every aspect of the designer’s growing business speaks to her penchant for home, family, working the land and personal healing. “I always want to do something with my hands,” she says. “For me, it’s recharging.”
What’s in Chatti’s garden?
How she uses it: Infused in olive oil and applied to small scrapes, minor burns and eczema, or mixed with jojoba oil and applied to a dry scalp.
How she uses it: Dried in tea to help with inflammation, high blood sugar and low iron levels, or in a rosemary hair rinse, which is high in silica and helps keep hair shiny.
How she uses it: In bunches and crowns or crushed into a poultice and applied to clean wounds to reduce inflammation and help stop bleeding.