GGUUYYSSSS, if you have followed me on IG and my website, since the beginning, you know that this is a seriously amazing day. I can't believe I have OSEA Malibu on this weeks Meet The Maker, but here we are!!! One of my favorite skincare brands, and it truly doesn't need an introduction, but I'm going to be professional and do one.
OSEA Malibu has been in my skincare routine since last summer, when I received products in my Pearlesque Box (linked). With that said, they are featured again this summer, for the August box, and it has one of my favorite items I had the privilege of trying and falling in love with last summer. I know that the brand is pricey, but I swear by these products and this brand. I notice a huge difference, when I DON'T use them on a daily. Even my bf enjoys the cleanser and the Atmosphere Protection Cream. I have gotten a bunch of my friends and followers into them, and I will continue to share my love of the brand.
As if I didn't love the brand enough already, having Jenefer on this series, has only made the love stronger. I hope after reading this interview, you feel even more compelled to support the brand and change your skincare for good!
OSEA has been around for 20 years, what is one of the hardest lessons you have learned
with the company?
You can’t do everything yourself! In the early years, I was literally running everything from formulating our products in my kitchen to managing marketing, sales–and even shipping! As the company has grown tremendously, we have added wonderful members to the OSEA family, to assist in production. I’m still the chief formulator of our products and source all of our ingredients, but I’m such a perfectionist, that it’s honestly been hard to let go of the rest. (Truthfully, I haven’t).
On the other hand, what has been your greatest professional accomplishment with
I am proud that we have taken my dream of active, natural skincare, to a global level of success. It’s a thrill to see our products in luxury holistic spas, like the Four Seasons Maldives at Kuda Huraa & The Breakers Palm Beach. It’s also very exciting to see OSEA available at beautiful retailers such as Follain, Credo Beauty, Blue Mercury, and The Detox Market.
Being a natural skincare brand, what do you think is the most important thing when
going the natural route?
It’s so important to me that our natural formulations actually deliver visible results. This involves researching and selecting the most impactful natural ingredients possible. Coconut oil, for example, is amazing on its own, but it really needs to be thoughtfully combined with other natural actives, to deliver transformational results.
With so many natural skincare brands, what are the top 3 ingredients people need to
avoid and brands should stop using?
- Propylene Glycol
- Synthetic Fragrance/ Perfume
I've seen on the OSEA IG stories that you collect the seaweed, how often do you,
yourself, collect the seaweed for the products?
I try to travel annually with my family to Patagonia, to participate in the harvesting and drying of our seaweeds. It’s really a magical process! The rest of the year, our seaweed is hand-harvested in the pristine Sea of Patagonia, by our local seaweed partners.
As a skincare maker, do you ever use or support any other brands, whether it's skincare,
makeup, or body care?
Yes! I think it’s important for the natural personal care community, to support each other, as we are all involved in the same good fight! I love Tammy Fender Bulgarian Rose Water and Rahua shampoo. I don’t wear makeup except for lipstick. Right now I’m into W3LL Bio Extreme Lipgloss. Love that all of these products are vegan and natural.
Looking back 10 years from now, is there anything you would change or do differently
with OSEA and life in general?
Spend more time in my outdoor bathtub!
Let's get more relaxed......living in California, what are some of your favorite activities to
I live in Malibu and love to hike down to Zuma beach and swim in the ocean whenever I can. I’m a huge fan of fresh cold-pressed vegetable juices and smoothie bowls at SunLIfe Organics.
As a mother, what is some advice you give to current and future mothers?
Decide what is really important and focus on that. I believe teaching your children self love + independence, is the greatest gift you can give them.
If you could hang out with anyone, dead or alive, who would you choose, and why?
Without a doubt, Marie Curie. She was a chemist and physicist. People forget that she was the first person to win the Nobel Prize, in those two separate categories!
If OSEA wasn't your career and job, looking back, what do you think you'd be doing in
I started my career as an archaeologist, so that’s probably where I’d be now...
What is one item; food, clothing, jewelry, etc....that you can't live without?
My wide brimmed hat and sunglasses! Natural sun protection, always!
What has been your favorite vacation/place of travel, and what is one that hasn't been
checked off the list yet?
I love Istanbul, Turkish coffee is a personal favorite. I’m still hoping to visit Antarctica someday, with a team of research scientists–before it disappears.
What is one thing you've always wanted to do, but have never gotten the chance?
Perform with an established Improv Comedy group. I started taking Improv classes last year and loved it. It’s such a good way to keep your brain nimble and be fully present in the moment.
Lastly, share 3 of of your favorite things of all time.
As in that Serge Gainsbourg song: sea, sex and sun [with sun protective accessories]. The French just get it.
How open, honest and lovely is Jenefer? If you have ever been able to catch her live on IG, you know she is so down to earth and eloquent.
If you have wanted to try the brand for a while, and have $40, you should absolutely sign up for the Pearlesque Box (linked) for the month of August, RIGHT NOW, and try out 3 full size items from OSEA Malibu. Fair warning, you're going to fall in love, so prepare your wallet for future purchases.
Have you ever tried anything from OSEA Malibu? What is your favorite item?