Hey, I’m Brandy Searcy, the founder and formulator here at Return to Eden Cosmetics.
Red clay and dirt are as interwoven into my being as memories of fireflies twinkling at dusk, my sister and I playing among oaks and pines, fishing with my grandma along river banks, and helping my grandfather in his garden as he transformed plants into one another (yes, he was a master gardener).
Nature has always been a huge part of my life because I was raised IN it. And, to this day, if you ask me where I want to be if I could be anywhere in the world, my answer is quite simple: Outside.
I'll do pretty much whatever it takes to maximize the amount of time I'm able to spend outside including pruning my skincare routine down to almost nothing.
Of course, minimizing a skincare routine means the products I use have to be multi-functional and nutrient rich. My skin has one extra requirement: I have "problem" (read: acne prone) skin, so finding all-in-one products on the market that don't make me break out is nearly impossible.
As a nature lover, shopping for skincare doesn't stop when I find a product that I'm comfortable using on my problematic skin. The product also has to pass through my sustainability filter.
Yes, shopping for skincare was an exhausting ordeal for me, and I started thinking it would be less time consuming if I just started making my own products. So, that's what I did.
I've been making my own skincare products since 2008, and I decided to start this business because I think you might be like me - struggling to find sustainably crafted all-in-one skincare products that you feel confident using.
We hold these truths to be self-evident:
We are all connected and are not beings unto ourselves. We understand that nature is sacred and that humankind holds the responsibility of maintaining the beauty, vitality, and wonder of this great planet.
We have felt the power we receive from Mother Earth. The heightening of our senses as we wander deeper into the woods, the nourishment received from streams of sunlight, the enchantment felt as lightning bugs twinkle at dusk.
We know how it feels to leave the world behind. To be surrounded by nature instead of civilization. To hear cicadas humming at dusk, the melody of songbirds at daybreak, the soft croak of frogs after a rainstorm.
We have experienced the impossible feeling of weightlessness as we shift into nature's rhythm becoming keenly aware of just how connected we are to the earth beneath our feet and the life around us.
We know that nature offers us room to breathe, a vast expanse to explore - whether in the microcosm of a garden plot or in an enveloping forest - and space to find ourselves.
And, in that space, we will be there with you.
Sustainable & Ethical Skincare
Ingredients and Packaging
We are committed to source our ingredients from the most eco-conscious route possible and are equally compelled to ensure that every pair of hands involved in the creation of those ingredients, from the farmers to the harvesters to the workers pressing the oil from the fruits and seeds, is paid a living wage.
We also know it’s not enough to merely ethically source our ingredients. We must ensure that we create the smallest environmental footprint possible when manufacturing, packaging, labeling, and shipping our products to you.
Because we have a responsibility to those who come after us and to the flora and fauna that co-habit this planet with us, we strive to maintain a minimal carbon footprint, and beginning in 2020, we are offsetting our carbon footprint.
We're rolling out exactly what that program looks like in the coming weeks, and we'll link to the full program here once that article is ready.
If you're a member of our community, you'll receive updates on how we're offsetting our carbon emissions throughout the year, so be sure to:
Cruelty Free Skincare
Almost all of our products are vegan, and there's absolutely zero testing on animals - only friends!
"I've been using Return to Eden Products for a year now and have really seen a difference in my skin. I feel good knowing that Brandy has researched everything so carefully, and I highly recommend her products!"