Meet Ursa Major, a natural skincare company based in Vermont. Founders Oliver and Emily were inspired to start the company to provide products that are not only highly effective, but also healthy. Both Oliver and Emily are strong advocates for a healthy, active lifestyle. Their products are artfully formulated to combine nature's most effective ingredients, in order to provide toxin-free, super natural skincare that support their efforts in maintaining a healthy, fulfilling lifestyle.
I had the opportunity to try several Ursa Major products, and was thrilled with every single one of them! It's no surprise that publications and blogs such as Into The Gloss, GQ, Forbes, Men's Journal, The Zoe Report, and more have been raving about Ursa Major's products. I'll be posting product reviews on the ones I've tried following this interview feature!
1. Tell us a little about yourselves...
"I'm from South Africa where I spent much of my childhood outdoors, observing wildlife and developing a fascination with the natural world. I’ve always been something of a mad-professor meets entrepreneur; it’s just how I’m wired I guess. Emily’s a New England girl, from Boston, with a love for football, cooking, bulldogs, and down-to-earth people. We met in NYC when we were both working in the skin care or “beauty” business."
2. When was Ursa Major started, and what was the inspiration behind the line?
"We started working on Ursa Major about five years ago, shortly after moving to Vermont from NYC. Like many entrepreneurs, we created UM out of frustration – we were both on a big health kick at the time and were having an impossible time finding truly natural/toxin-free skin and body care products that worked well while also delivering a great experience in terms of aroma, texture, lather, etc. This is the nut we set out to crack with UM. We launched our first product, Stellar Shave Cream, in December of 2010, right before the holidays, after over a year of development in the lab. We’ll never forget the day we opened for business… I think we got three web orders!"
3. If you had to pick three "can't live without" items from your line, what would they be and why?
"That’s a tough question, we love them all! Our face wash is hard to beat – it’s sulfate-free so it doesn’t dry you out or irritate your skin, yet it still gives you a luxurious clean. And it smells incredible. Our face balm would make the cut, for sure - it’s a lightweight, 100% natural hydrating serum with robust soothing and anti-aging properties. It has a subtle but invigorating aroma and it leaves your skin feeling wonderful. And our tonic – the ultimate multi-tasker – it cleans, brightens, moisturizes and heals, all at once. I use it on a cotton round when I’m too lazy to wash my face but people love to spray or splash it on too. It also comes in individually-wrapped bamboo wipes when you’re on the move, away from home."