We like to call our Mom "The OG Hippy". Long before Boho was a thing, she was living it: ravelling around the world, living in a plastic pyramid in Hawaii (for a year!), researching natural health, meditating, making her own tofu, granola and almond milk.
I think it would be safe to say that my Mom has always been on her own path. And the path that took her from a hippy to beauty entrepreneur is certainly no exception.
The short story is that a young hippy joins a healing center commune and starts running their spa. She looks into skincare products to compliment their holistic treatments and realizes women are being poisoned with toxic ingredients. So she decides to come up with an alternative and creates her first formulations of marine-based products. She has kids and becomes best mother ever and spends the next 15 years perfecting her formulations in her kitchen. She develops a cult following of the products and starts selling them thereby founding the family business. Nineteen years later we are having still having meetings around the kitchen table. You can see the longer story and company history here.
My Mom never set out to be in the beauty business, she just felt so certain that toxic ingredients in skincare products were a problem and felt compelled to create an alternative. She knew she could do it and so she forged a path to make it happen even when the "skincare experts" told her no one had done it before. This is the story that inspires me everyday.
My Mom built OSEA with unwavering commitment, integrity, infinite passion and dedication and she has instilled these same values in our family. We are so lucky to have her in our lives and even luckier to work with her as a family everyday. Happy Mother's Day!