Who is Evan Healy?
Evan Healy is a holistic aesthetician, a recognized pioneer and skincare educator who has worked in the natural personal care industry for over 25 years.
In 1984, she was one of the first to identify holistic beauty: defining, developing and integrating a personal care department within a natural foods store, recognizing an emerging interest in organic skin and body care products. In her years as a body care buyer, she focused on ingredients, championing the use of organically grown, biologically active, plant-based ingredients: essential oils, butters, natural clays and hydrosols. She required the manufacturers to replace synthetic petro-chemicals with safer, more natural, and organically grown alternatives. Her action and attention to detail began to give sharp focus to the, as yet, undefined natural personal care industry.
In 1986 she trained as an aesthetician in the US, and with a European-based organization already using bio-dynamically grown and Demeter-certified herbs, flowers, plants and homeopathic remedies in their skin and body care products. In 1988 she opened a private practice in San Diego specializing in holistic treatments for skin and body.
Her approach, based on holistic and naturopathic principles, challenges some of society's fundamental beliefs relating to beauty, aging and care of the skin. Her philosophy is founded on the premise that the less you interfere with the skin's own ability to achieve balance, the better.
Her postgraduate work has included in-depth study with European aromatherapists Malte Hozzel, Ph.D. and Deitrich Gumbel, Ph.D., and in the US, aromatherapist Kurt Schnaubelt, Ph.D. She is a student of Dr. Vasant Lad of the Ayurvedic Institute, Albuquerque; she has travelled to India to study Ayurveda in its birthplace. Evan is a graduate of the International Dermal Institute, Los Angeles, and has a diploma from the British Institute of Homeopathy, Bach Flower Therapy.
In 1999 she co-founded the evanhealy brand of skin and body care products featuring simple plant-based, certified organic ingredients. She sources plant material directly from small, regional farms in various parts of the world: a widow's group in Ghana provides her with raw, unbleached shea butter at fair-trade prices; family-owned farms in Washington, Oregon and California are sources for organic hydrosols and nourishing plant, seed and nut oils; and self-governed women's co-operatives in Morocco are responsible for sustainably harvested argan oil.
Rumor has is that she and her husband/partner live in an old, converted school bus on a deserted beach in Baja.