With no science background, but frustrated, Robin Barr researched herbs and other ingredients which might be helpful for herpes simplex I, the virus which causes cold sores. She found clinical studies conducted in Germany indicating certain herbs which showed promise in the early treatment of an infection. The herbs were easily obtainable, and Robin went to work creating a topical concoction in her kitchen. The next time she felt the dreaded tingling sensation on her lip, an early warning symptom of an impending infection, she applied the remedy. At best, she hoped for reduced severity, and waited for the eruption and waited but it never occurred! Application for subsequent infections produced the same result. Because of this, Robin shared the product with friends, and eventually started her business.