“I believe in the sea” – Jenefer Palmer
The granddaughter of one of the country’s first female chiropractors (Read More: Our Family), OSEA Founder, Jenefer Palmer began her career in the healing arts by studying and becoming practiced in cranial therapy, acupressure and shiatsu. She was invited to become the Spa Director at Murrieta Hot Springs in the early 1980s where she implemented several revolutionary therapies such as Ayurvedic body wraps, detox baths for smoking cessation, herb-based aromatherapy salt glows, and underwater lymphatic massage. It was during her tenure at Murrieta, that Jenefer first thought of creating a skincare line with 100% pure, active ingredients and nutrients from the sea.
OSEA started out as a more of a kitchen sink than a kitchen table business, as Jenefer began experimenting with skincare formulations in her kitchen sink. She became fluent in the basics of cosmetic chemistry by trial and error, later refining her most successful formulas with the help of cosmetic chemists. However, it was not until a business trip to Buenos Aires that Jenefer would discover the key ingredient upon which her skincare line was to be founded.
Wrecked by jet-lag, Jenefer decided to head over to the spa at the hip boutique hotel where she was staying and ended up soaking in a fresh algae bath. The restorative effects were like a bolt from the blue. She couldn’t believe how good that bath had made her feel, her skin was glowing and she felt utterly rejuvenated. She knew she had to know more about that algae, and became obsessed with tracking it back to its source.
She traced the algae, of the Gigartina species, to the coast of Patagonia, a region so far down the South American continent that they call it “El Fin del Mundo”--the end of the world. There, she was guided along the desolate beaches and pristine coastal waters of Patagonia by a local family who showed her how to harvest the Gigartina which was soon to become the key ingredient of her skincare formulations. (Read More: Where We Source Our Seaweed)
Throughout OSEA’s evolution, Jenefer has ensured that the brand stays true to its initial commitment: to provide the highest quality, ecologically-responsible natural skincare to ingredient-conscious consumers. Never forgetting the source, Jenefer and OSEA support ocean preservation, Heal the Bay and works with a local partner in Argentina to ensure eco-responsible harvesting of their seaweed.
Jenefer lives with her family in Malibu, California, in a house on a hill overlooking the sea that continues to inspires her.