About Julie

My name is Julie and I am the Director of Sales & Education at Laurel Skin. I am responsible for all aspects of our wholesale division and I am proud to be the point person for many of our fabulous spa, esthetician and retail partners. I have a true passion and respect for what Laurel has created and love to educate and support our partners on the best way to share this beautiful product with their customers. I feel that I have found my dream job and this is truly a gift to work with such an amazing and inspiring group of people.

the facts

I am a licensed esthetician and have been working in the spa industry for over 15 years. After working in professional theatre in New York City, I was drawn to a new career where healing and wellness was the priority. My focus on natural and organic skin care started while in esthetics school and has lead and motivated me through my career. I have been fortunate to work with, and learn from, so many who continue to lead the green beauty industry today. Most recently, I was the Spa Director at a large destination spa in Sonoma County, and it was there that I was introduced to Laurel’s products. Instantly, I knew this was the product line I had been waiting many years for. It was very soon after experiencing Laurel Skin myself that I came to work for the company. I cannot express enough how fortunate I feel to be a part of developing and growing this very special company where purity, integrity, and love drives everything we do.

the heart

I have been lucky to live and travel all over the US. I love traveling and taking the opportunity to visit our friends and family all over the country whenever possible. My husband is an organic farmer and we are so happy to live in Sonoma County, where our passion for organic and sustainable practices resonate in our work as well as our personal life. We love to cook and as vegetarians, we have a passion for experimenting with new recipes and growing everything we possibly can ourselves. My husband is the love of my life and my best friend. I am so happy we are on this journey together for over 18 years now. Oh, and I love our giant Maine Coon Ralphie a whole bunch too!

About Kat

I’m Kat, the Shipping and Quality Control Supervisor at the beautiful Laurel Skin studio! I oversee our shipping operations and manage every aspect of products getting to our customers. I also have a knack for small details, so I make sure our presentation is always on brand. I work on many large projects as well around the studio and enjoy seeing them through from start to finish. Our staff here is amazing, and I feel privileged to get to work closely with each member to keep the studio running smoothly and efficiently!

the facts

Inner and outer beauty has a big place in my heart, and true natural health is incredibly important in my life. I have a Bachelor’s Degree from UC Berkeley in Integrative Biology, and I feel very lucky that I get to apply my science background to the green beauty field! I believe that life is a constant learning process, and I try to look for the valuable lessons in every experience so that I can help others to be healthy and happy. I have embraced the concept of “Slow Beauty,” and truly believe that good things take time. It is worth it for your skin, body, and mental clarity to put love into your health! I feel grateful that I have a chance to share my excitement for organic and biodynamic ingredients with our customers.

the heart

I am a nature girl! I try to take advantage of everything California has to offer, from hiking Mt. Tamalpias and the Northern California coast to exploring the Sierras and the deserts of Southern California. My boyfriend is a constant shining light in my life and inspires me to keep an open mind and an open heart. I also enjoy gardening, cooking, making beeswax candles, and taking photos. I am very excited to be working with the Laurel Skin team, and am learning every day to slow down, do it right, and enjoy!

About Marie

I am Marie Lynn, Sales & Education Manager for our esthetician, spa and wholesale partnerships, working closely with Julie Cartano. My mission is to help bring our unique, artisan products and message to like-minded souls. A true circle of happiness. I am beyond honored and proud to be an integral part of this amazing company and team.

the facts

I began my journey into self-care many years ago. Much of my growing up years were spent on my Grandparent’s farm in South Dakota where I gained an appreciation and love for plants and animals; true respect for nature. Having a family history of terminal cancer, I became aware that eating organic and opting into self-care were the best ways to take care of myself and others. Inspired by the care that I had received from holistic practitioners, and seeking to leave corporate America, I began working in the spa and skincare world 7 years ago. I became an esthetician and parlayed this knowledge into skincare, continuing to look for and learn about the purist, healthiest options. Several years later, I was introduced to Laurel Skin through a beautiful apothecary in Minneapolis and fell in love, as the line and mission resonated with me so.

the heart

I find great joy in organic gardening; really connecting with nature and all plants, feeling their energy; allowing them to flourish naturally. I especially love old fashioned perennials and the bees they bring, along with other purveyors and surveyors on the scene. (bunnies, birds butterflies!) I find inspiration in their natural beauty and unbelievable, intuitive stamina. They feed my soul. I consider myself a steward of nature, and always seek to protect it and spread the organic message where possible. I am inspired by the cycles of the seasons. I love my big family beyond words, they are my rocks. Cats and other animals have always brought me unforgettable love and loyalty. I am a romantic. I enjoy reading real books, traveling with my love, gourmet dining in well-sourced restaurants with a conscience, art, calligraphic handwriting, fine stationery, different cultures and languages, horseback riding, wine tasting, sipping champagne, dressing for special occasions, good conversation, lipstick and meeting new characters.

About Sunny

I’m Sunny, and I am the Lead Herbalist here at Laurel Skin. I work directly in assisting Laurel with making products, processing and drying herbs and flowers, as well as preparing our specialty in-house plant extracts. No day is the same, and I truly enjoy every task that comes my way.

the facts

I moved to California about a year and a half ago to attend herbalism school, where I am currently in my second year of study. Before landing here, I spent 10 years working as a stage manager for theater and dance in New York City, as well as internationally, but I found that nature was calling. I developed an interest in green beauty about 5 years ago when my skin began to reject the skincare products I was using and erupted into painful cystic acne. Through research and experimentation, I figured out how to heal myself with the power (and magic) of plants. I have learned so much since switching coasts and am fortunate to have found a job that is aligned with my beliefs on how clear skin can be achieved, and, also allows me to continue deepening my relationship with the plant world.

the heart

I went from living in a Brooklyn loft to a 5-acre farm, and I love it. I share the property with a number of animals, including 3 goats, who never allow life to get boring. Also, for the first time in my adulthood, I’ve been able to have a garden, which is a true joy of mine. I love the California sunshine, and I try to make an effort to get out and explore whenever possible. I continue to be in awe of how beautiful nature can be.

About Eric

At first, I was the husband, but that quickly escalated into a financial advisor to brand advisor to CFO and now CEO of this small company which embodies so much that I am passionate about. I work closely in leading our team at Laurel Skin. I manage our finances, legal and business projects, as well as growth and development. If you are thinking that I do all the work and Laurel does the fun things, that would be accurate. Joking aside, I am incredibly dedicated to doing all I can to better support our planet and environment. Because of the intentions behind Laurel Skin, I couldn’t feel more fulfilled in running this company.

the facts

Long before I knew much about green beauty, I had a substantial and notable career in hospitality. Working in luxury resorts such as The Phoenician and The Boulders, I was no stranger to spa treatments. And working with National Geographic’s Lindblad Expeditions and LEED Gold Certified Cavallo Point Lodge, I was also developing an understanding and profound appreciation for our delicate planet and eco-system. I knew I eventually wanted to run my own company so that I could do all I could with our planet in mind. I met Laurel just before she started her skin care line, so I’ve been with her through every step of the journey so far. I hope to eventually use all my hospitality and management expertise to see through project Laurel 2.0: a destination farm and spa combination that brings a sense of renewal to its visitors and the land harmoniously.

the heart

I feel incredibly lucky to be in the position I am in, to have even the smallest impact on the planet and the lives of the people around me. I love spending time in nature and all things travel, from camping to destination resort experiences. I enjoy cooking and discovering great foods, and of course wine, too. From a Michelin-rated restaurant to a local pizzeria, I do not discriminate against good food of any kind. I love sports, specifically college football (Go Bucks!), and nothing means more to me than our 2 dogs, my family, and the love of my life.