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"OSEA is the story of a long line of women inspired by the sea."

-As told by OSEA Founder, Jenefer Palmer

"One night she had a dream that the ocean had healed her."

Elsa and Frank sitting in the snow before swimming in the freezing Long Island Sound.

Jenefer, the archeology student! 

Jenefer and a friend floating in mineral hot springs.

Jenefer 8 months pregnant with Melissa on the coast of Washington.

Jenefer and Melissa near the coast on Orcas Island.

Our communie family on Orcas Island.

Jenefer and David enjoying a mud treatment.

Playing in our yard in Malibu... 

Our family bathtub, outside of course! 

A recent vacation...to the coast of course!.

Jenefer collecting seaweed in Patagonia.

My family’s relationship with the sea and seaweed can be traced back to an accident that happened nearly ninety years ago. My grandmother, Elsa Reuschle was one the very first female chiropractors in the U.S. In 1928 she fell and tore several tendons in her leg. A staunch European immigrant, she knew that regardless of her injury, she had to continue to work through the Great Depression to support her family. The endless hours on her feet, treating patients proved to be too much and resulted in her being bedridden for months. One night she had a dream that the ocean had healed her. The next morning, at sunrise she insisted that my grandfather Frank take her to down to the beach near their home in Long Island, NY. Although it was a cold morning in the middle of December(!)--he carried my grandmother a mile on his back so that she could swim in the frigid waters.

Elsa continued swimming daily and within a few weeks her leg had healed. She attributed her astonishing recovery to the full spectrum of minerals and trace elements present in the seawater and the abundance of seaweed found in the Long Island Sound. She began collecting mineral-rich Fucus (Bladderwrack algae) to make seaweed poultices for her patients. Convinced of the sea’s healing powers, Frank joined Elsa on her daily swim and by the 1930’s, my grandparents had started one of the first Polar Bear Clubs in New York City. The two of them continued to swim every day of their lives and lived well into their 90’s.

Following in my grandmother’s footsteps, I studied various holistic healing modalities including Polarity Therapy, Acupressure, Shiatsu, and Biodynamic Cranialsacral Therapy. I developed a significant private practice in Malibu with celebrity clientele. In 1981, I was asked to be the Spa Director at historic Murrieta Hot Springs, then the premier destination health spa of Southern California. I curated innovative treatments for the spa such as Ayurvedic body wraps, herbal based aromatherapy salt glows, underwater lymphatic massage, and soothing seaweed wraps with essential oil essences.

As spa director, I was responsible for researching new skincare products to complement our healing treatments. I was outraged to learn that the majority of products contained toxic synthetic ingredients and some were even carcinogenic. Another revelation for me was that there was little correlation between the price of these products and the cost and quality of their actual ingredients. A close look at labels showed that many luxury brands contained cheap fillers, dyes and fragrances. That's when I knew I wanted to change the game.

OSEA was born from my desire to create active, organic and natural luxury skincare products. Products that actually deliver results by nourishing the skin with potent, bioavailable ingredients. As my grandmother taught me and chemistry confirmed, seaweed is a nutrient-dense superfood. Seaweed, the star ingredient in OSEA products, contains powerful bioavailable minerals and nutrients that are readily absorbed and utilized to rejuvenate skin. I infused my formulations with plant-based active ingredients and organic essential oils from the earth’s own garden that have been used to beautify skin for centuries. The synergy between seaweed, organic essential oils and nutrients creates powerful anti-aging solutions and effectively reduces the appearance of blemishes and oily shine.

OSEA started in the early 90’s in my kitchen sink! I had dishes on one side, while I was measuring and mixing my formulations on the other. I taught myself basic chemistry and refined my skills with the help of cosmetic chemists. We launched our line in 1996 at Fred Segal, in Los Angeles. Despite our immense growth, OSEA remains a family-run business. My husband Steve and children, Melissa, Mary and David are involved in every aspect of OSEA. Whether it’s in search of new natural ingredients, running our social media campaigns, or sourcing the most eco-responsible packaging–OSEA is a family affair.

And as for the sea, it remains today what it has always been for the women in my family: the primary source of our ingredients and our inspiration. I live a stone’s throw from the Pacific Ocean and like my grandmother still regularly get up before sunrise to go for my morning swim.

Welcome to the OSEA family.

Bathe in the Sea of Life,

A recent vacation...to the coast of course!.

Jenefer collecting seaweed in Patagonia.