About Julie

My name is Julie and I am the Director of Sales & Education at Laurel WPO. 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.

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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 WPO 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 Chelsea

I’m Chelsea, the Studio Operations Supervisor at the Laurel Studio. I spend my days overseeing the day to day operations of our business, jumping in to help out where extra support is needed and, lovingly guiding our team to it’s highest functioning capabilities. I also over see all things HR, manage the many different moving parts of our business, and am constantly striving to ensure that everyone is working in an effective and sustainable way

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My obsession with green beauty began when I was a teenager, and grew as I continued my education and became a licensed esthetician. Over the last several years I have made it a point to make my home eco-friendly and green; from cleaning products to skin care, to the meals I cook. I truly believe in the healing power of plants, and have seen them work wonders not only internally but also externally. I am so excited and honored to be a part of the Laurel team during such a pivotal time in the world of green beauty!

the heart

When I am not at our sunny Sausalito studio I thrive on spending time with my wonderful husband, Jake and our sweet pup, Patsy. I make a point to get outside on a hike at least 2-3 times a week, and am always looking to fit in more yoga! I am a bonafide coffee-addict, who loves reading and cannot believe I got by so long without my Laurel Elixir and Healing Balm!

About Kat

I’m Kat, the Shipping and Quality Control Supervisor at the beautiful Laurel WPO 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!

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Inner and outer beauty have 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 WPO team, and am learning every day to slow down, do it right, and enjoy!

About Marie

I am Marie Lynn, Sales and Education Representative 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.

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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; a 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 WPO 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 Marissa

Welcome to our team page! I am a Production Lead in the Laurel lab, where I work with our responsibly grown and carefully procured ingredients to make the incredible Laurel WPO products. I help to effectively and consistently produce the highest quality product possible.

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Although I have a materials science background, I nurtured a love for working with biomaterials in college while working in a winemaker’s lab. It was there that I started my musings on the relationship between art and science. These reveries and professional explorations lead me to discover this amazing place of employment. As I expand my understanding of the naturally restorative properties of the plants we source, I am able to apply scientific knowledge to help produce result-driven skincare.

the heart

My interests include reading poetry and science fiction, foraging, cooking, and studying the art and science of winemaking. I am passionate about volunteering for organizations that aid our special local ecosystems and a spirited believer that leading an environmentally responsible life starts in your home.

About Shelby

My name is Shelby and I am the Front Desk Lead here at Laurel WPO. I am here to support this wonderful team and to wrap up each day as a success. Working in our retail space and answering each email and phone call at Laurel WPO, I assist our customers in finding a product fitting for their needs, and usually even wrap them up and ship them myself as well. Around the Laurel WPO office and studio I am there to offer my support to the sales team, the shipping team, and production; whomever needs me the most that day; and to make each project achievable.

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Green Beauty is a new love of mine. Though I have had the wonderful experience of growing up in an eco-conscious home and have continued to practice this awareness to this day, I have recently learned that green beauty is an amazing opportunity for personal growth and passion. My first love is retail and working directly with customers. Most importantly working with passionate and exceptional designers of their craft. I love sharing my knowledge of a product and giving each customer the gift of knowing the magic behind it all. There is an opportunity for me to do this here at Laurel WPO on a much larger scale and to educate and inspire customers on the beauty of knowing what goes into your beauty products.

the heart

I love doing things that quite simply bring me joy and that I find joy in. I am continuously inspired by the beautiful people that I am surrounded by and I am passionate about sharing loving and good-natured experiences such as: Cooking, dancing, learning, and sharing to name a few. I find so much happiness in being able to connect with and revisit my roots in magical West Marin. This is where my heart will forever be no matter where this life may take me.

About Sunny

I’m Sunny, and I am a Production Lead here at Laurel WPO. 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.

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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 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 with Chelsea in leading our team at Laurel WPO. 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 WPO, I couldn’t feel more fulfilled in running this company.

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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 the 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.