Interview with Jenefer Palmer, founder of natural skincare company OSEA Malibu
Inspired by the sea’s healing properties, OSEA was founded over 20 years ago as a natural skincare line free from toxins and synthetics. We spoke to OSEA founder Jenefer Palmer about the key ingredient of bioavailable seaweed on which OSEA is based, and her brand’s family roots in wellness.
Parvati Magazine: OSEA products are created with an organic seaweed base. What do you love about seaweed that prompted you to put it in all of your products?
Jenefer Palmer: Seaweed, the star ingredient in our products, contains potent bioavailable minerals, antioxidants and other nutrients that are readily absorbed to nourish and rejuvenate the skin. It’s also a gorgeous, fascinating sea-plant. By hand-harvesting Undaria Pinnatifida Algae, we’re actually helping to balance our delicate marine ecosystem as it’s one of the most invasive (albeit incredible) plants worldwide.
PMAG: Your relationship to the ocean and sea started with your grandmother. Tell our readers about this connection, and what inspired you to start OSEA after a successful career as a holistic healer.
JP: My grandmother, Elsa Reuschle, was one of the first female chiropractors in the U.S – she graduated in 1919. She swam daily in the frigid Long Island Sound (outside of NYC) until her mid-nineties. We actually have photographs of her standing in the snow getting ready to take a swim.
I learned from her about the full spectrum of vitamins, minerals and trace elements present in seaweed and the incredible healing benefits they have. She inspired me to study the healing arts which led me in the 80’s to becoming the spa director at Murrieta Hot Springs. As I was creating spa treatments, I began searching for products free of harmful synthetic ingredients that actually delivered powerful age-defying results. That’s when I realized I needed to create my own. OSEA was born from my desire to create natural luxury seaweed-based skin care.
PMAG: One of your bestseller products is the Atmosphere Protection Cream. What can customers expect to experience with this cream?
JP: Customers can expect a flawless complexion as well as protection against external aggressors—especially air pollution from the protective moisture barrier created by organic seaweed and nourishing botanicals such as avocado, jojoba and shea butter. Atmosphere Protection Cream was launched over 20 years ago and it has truly stood the test of time.
PMAG: This summer you featured two mists—the Sea Minerals Mist and the Sea Vitamin Boost. When do you recommend people use mists and what is the difference between the two?
JP: Both mists are a great way to restore moisture to the skin in warmer temperatures. Sea Minerals Mist is loaded with minerals, from organic seaweeds and Dead Sea Salt and is ideal for soothing damaged and sun soaked skin. Perfect for spritzing on the entire body after sun exposure. Sea Vitamin Boost is rich in antioxidants such as Resveratrol and Pomegranate and is the ideal age-defying mist.
PMAG: You have created so many products for the face and body, but is there one you cannot live without?
JP: Essential Hydrating Oil was the first product I formulated in 1982. I still use it every, single day to boost moisture, fight lines and wrinkles. It makes my skin glow—would you believe that for years, I had to talk people into using facial oils?
PMAG: What are you focused on right now at OSEA?
JP: Clean sunscreen! This is the biggest challenge for us yet and I’m excited to create a product that is both healthy, non-toxic and gentle on our delicate ecosystem
Jenefer Palmer is the founder and formulator of OSEA Malibu, a natural seaweed-based skincare line available in retail and luxury spas worldwide. She has participated in numerous legislative and grassroots personal care safety initiatives. She has over 35 years of spa industry and cosmetic development experience, exclusively in the field of natural and organic beauty.