While attending college I began working in cosmetics. What I found is that I was the most interested in the skin care and not the make-up (I also learned that I am terrible at applying make-up!). After working in a day spa I knew I wanted to get my esthetician license, it was such a fun environment and I wanted to be a therapist myself. After spending time working in spas I began working for skin care product lines and training other estheticians. It was such a wonderful experience and I loved educating others how to improve their clients skin. I was always drawn back to the treatment room and have worked in many different areas of the industry.
It was not until the birth of my son did I start to be aware of what we put on our skin as being potentially harmful. I was always taught that the ingredients we used didn't penetrate into the skin deep enough to cause a negative impact. As long as a product was effective no one cared if it was made with clean ingredients or not.
As I started to learn more about natural products I started switching over. It was when coconut oil was the biggest thing ever and the products I saw on the market that were natural didn't really impress me. I started making things for myself and my family and it was exciting to see results from clean ingredients.
Simply Jess was born because I had high expectations for products to be efficacious and wanted to get the same results with non-toxic ingredients. I knew there was a way to make sophisticated and beautiful products that worked. A lot has changed since I first started. At first the women and moms I talked to were considered hippies for wanting to use natural products. The major shift I see now is that everyone is much more educated and demanding of clean products. And this trend is a beautiful thing! What made you interested in natural personal and skin care?
As an esthetician and skin care educator who has worked in almost every facet of this amazing industry, my journey began not only with a quest to heal and correct skin but to connect with people. I have spent my 15 year career as an esthetician in the treatment room in every type of spa, as well as a trainer for multiple luxury brands, where I have had the privilege of traveling all over the world.