I was born in Atlanta, Georgia. I’m based in Venice Beach, Southern California. Living close to the sea inspires me. I used to live in Toledo, Geneva, Seattle, Malibu (for 26 years). I studied at the Ohio University. I come from a family of holistic healers. My grandmother was one of the first female chiropractors in the United States, she graduated over a hundred years ago. About 45 years ago I began studying Cranial Touch, Shiatsu and Polarity Therapy.
In the early Eighties, I became spa director at one of Southern California’s first holistic spas, Murietta Hot Springs. It was there that I started designing new treatments including: Ayurvedic body wraps, detox baths, herb-based aromatherapy salt glows, underwater lymphatic massage and body wraps based on flower essences. To complement these treatments, I searched for natural skincare products to use and sell at the spa. It was nearly impossible to find skincare brands that weren’t packed with harmful ingredients. I just had this ‘aha’ moment, where I knew I could create something better, that was safe and effective.
OSEA Skincare was inspired off the coast of Malibu uniting the elements—Ocean, Sun, Earth and Atmosphere—to deliver safe, effective wellness solutions for all. A potent blend of organic seaweed combined with active botanicals and essential oils deliver nutrients deep into the skin. OSEA is Vegan, Non-Toxic, Biodegradable, Cruelty-Free and Made in California.
We are advocates for women’s health, safe cosmetics and transparent cosmetic labeling. I have testified numerous times before the California State Senate, lobbied Washington in the House and Senate, and participated in numerous legislative and grassroots personal care safety initiatives. OSEa was the first to sign The Compact for Safe Cosmetics in 2002. I also helped promote the launch of the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Cosmetics Database in 2004.