Q and A Series: People, Products and the Health of Our Planet – Interview with Ellery West, CEO of Organic Essence: USDA Certified Organic Body Care Products

For the eleventh interview, I have the pleasure of introducing you to Ellery West CEO of Organic Essence: USDA Certified Organic Body Care Products.

My comment: I met Ellery at the Natural Product Expo in Anaheim, CA when the company was in its infancy and their were still packaging in plastic. The products were always certified organic and of the highest quality. Now they have “stepped it up” in their environmental stewardship and have created the zero waste packaging, made of home compostable packaging that is non-toxic and no plastic leaching from the plastic package into the products and then onto your skin.

Here is what Ellery told me about the new paper packaging: Gail West (VP Creative) and I invented the paper jar in 2008, the lip balm tube followed a few months later.

Here is some info from the home page of Organic Essence that gives you a summary of their mission and what they do: Organic Essence products are USDA certified organic with eco green, biodegradable, home compostable packaging. We use organic oils, botanicals and essential oils which are 3rd party certified to ensure that it’s not just an empty marketing claim. Many of our products are vegan with zero animal testing. Our standards are high and quality is supreme with home compostable packaging as the ultimate goal. We are industry leaders by combining a truly sustainable package with organic, sustainable ingredients.

We think organic body care is…

Better for you
Reduce chemical exposure.
Better for the planet
Reduce chemical exposure.
Better for farmers
Reduce chemical exposure.

Question #1: Tell me briefly about yourself and why you decided to get involved in the “health” industry?

I like cooking and making body care products, is a similar process. Until the beginning of the 20th century, the skin was thought to be completely inert and impermeable to chemicals that might otherwise enter the body, however we now know many chemicals can get through the skin.

Question #2: If you were stranded on a desert island and were allowed to take only 5 items with you (they can be food, books or specific products that are all health-related), what would they be and why?

Water purifier, bar soap, knife, functioning satellite phone and a desert island food finding handbook since starving before rescue would bad for your health.

Question #3: What one message do you want to share with the people of this world that is crucial for their ultimate well-being and longevity?

Overpopulation; fewer feet make for a lighter footprint. Immediately we need to become more conscious of our heedless spread of synthetic chemicals, into, onto our bodies and throughout the environment.

Questions #4: If someone could afford to purchase only one product at this moment to start their journey towards better health (food or health-related), what would you recommend and why?

Old fashioned, natural bar soap that has been made without synthetic fragrances and colorants would make a good start because the amount of exposure we get from washing our hands with detergent ‘soaps’. Don’t use hair dyes, fingernail polish and nano-particle titanium and zinc oxide sun blocks.

Question #5: Tell me more about your business/company and/or products you offer to the public to help them achieve optimal health and well-being?

Using leave-on-the-skin products that contain synthetic chemicals isn’t acceptable for people who have taken responsibility of their own, and their family’s health. Our mission is to produce organically certified body care products that lack synthetic chemicals and to make them available in packages that don’t contaminate the product with synthetic chemicals that leach from their plastic packaging.

Question #6:What are your hopes/aspirations/dreams for the future health of the people and the planet?

I hope that as a species we can properly account for the indirect, environmental costs for our way of life. We don’t want to steal from other people via the environment and through time. I also dream that we as a people become fully conscious of the potential harm we pass on to our progeny via our own synthetic chemical exposure.

Question #7: Who is your greatest hero and why?

Rachael Carson, since waking people up to the environment is hero-worthy.

To read more about this company and all their great products, go to: http://www.organic-essence.com

To check out my video review of their products, go to: http://www.youtube.com/TheRawsomeVeganGal

Organic Essence - in plastic packaging - Lotion to Go (no longer available) and Lemongrass Mint Organic Shea Cream

Organic Essence – in plastic packaging – Lotion to Go (no longer available) and Lemongrass Mint Organic Shea Cream

Raspberry, Mint, Vanilla and Almond Organic Lip Balms in Eco Tube/Zero Waste Packaging

Raspberry, Mint, Vanilla and Almond Organic Lip Balms in Eco Tube/Zero Waste Packaging

Organic Shea Cream in Grapefruit Scent and Organic Essence Organic Confidence™ Relentless All-Day Deodorant in Coconut Scent with Zero Waste Packaging

Organic Shea Cream in Grapefruit Scent and Organic Essence Organic Confidence™ Relentless All-Day Deodorant in Coconut Scent with Zero Waste Packaging

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