Dermstore Chats With Suzanne LeRoux of One Love Organics

BY Dermstore Editors · April 19, 2017

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For some, a great love story is one that beats all odds and ends in happy-ever-after. In the case of Suzanne LeRoux, it brought her not only a beautiful family but also a skin care line that truly lives up to its name and promise. Beauty from the heart is what guides One Love Organics. It’s a philosophy rooted in Suzanne and husband Chase’s belief that love, in its purest, is the most powerful force in the planet that can indeed conquer all. Made with and for love, One Love Organics is the very embodiment of everything that’s closest to Suzanne’s heart—her husband, children and her commitment to create wholesome, effective and socially and environmentally conscious products. Here, she shares the love story that started it all and the challenge that eventually led to one of their biggest victories.

Dermstore: You’ve built a successful beauty company with an amazing line of natural products. How did it all start? 

Suzanne LeRoux: I am passionate (some might say obsessed) about formulating from scratch the most naturally effective products on the market. I was born and raised on a farm in Georgia, where my pharmacist dad taught me the value of combining science and nature to create a holistic approach to health and beauty. Throughout college and law school, I relied on the grounding power of my self-care ritual to boost my physical and mental well-being. I loved it so much that I embarked on formal studies in aromatherapy, herbology and cosmetic chemistry while practicing law full-time. After having my sons, my commitment to health and wellness deepened and I was inspired to create clean products that were effective, luxurious, elegant and supported a healthy lifestyle. My husband, Chase, encouraged me to put my appreciation of nature, analytical abilities and serious love of a good serum to use to develop the brand. Since then, Chase has been involved every step of the way in building our team and in-house manufacturing facility, while serving as our company’s CFO. Partners in business and life, we believe that love is the most powerful force on earth. Choosing the name One Love Organics is a daily reminder to live and love well.

What was lacking in the industry that you wanted to fill with One Love Organics?

Women today want to look and feel as healthy as they do beautiful. I created One Love Organics to offer a simpler approach to beauty: a sensitive yet effective alternative to all those ubiquitous bottles and the mysterious stuff they contain. Our philosophy is focused on a few supreme, certified natural and organic plant-based and cruelty-free products that make skin care fun, easy, healthy and effective.

What challenges did you encounter when you were creating the line? How did you overcome them?

The best advice (and the biggest challenge) we have received is to manufacture our own products. When we first began One Love Organics, we started—as most people do—by searching for a lab. We met with a lab and began the formulation process. Almost immediately, the lab began substituting less expensive and less effective ingredients. We also found they lowered the percentage of active ingredients in order to lower the cost of manufacturing. We were passionate about our formulas and wanted to ensure we delivered superior quality. So, we took the wise advice and decided to make our products ourselves! It took a full year to learn how to best manufacture and preserve the integrity of our products. But what seemed like a daunting task in the beginning has proven to be our smartest business decision. We are not dependent upon the business acumen of a third-party lab. We can ensure that each batch meets our very high expectations. And we have created much-needed jobs in our local community. We also earned the license to manufacture natural and organic cosmetics under ECOCERT ® standards. One Love Organics now owns the only ECOCERT® licensed manufacturing facility for natural and organic cosmetics in the state of Georgia and is 1 of only 10 facilities licensed in the United States.

Tell us about your best skin care tip?

My best-kept secret to beautiful skin is to thoroughly wash your face. Washing your face every evening is a must for maintaining a healthy complexion and it is the foundation to an effective skin care routine. After cleansing, your skin will be perfectly prepped to receive the benefits of your favorite serumtreatment product or facial oil.

Feeling the love? Explore our favorite One Love Organics product picks, below!

One Love Organics Vitamin B Enzyme Cleansing Oil + Makeup Remover

A moisturizing and balancing cleansing oil and makeup remover that’s formulated for all skin types. Featuring vitamin E and nutrient- and antioxidant-rich pumpkin oil, this two-in-one cleanser helps keep skin glowing, youthful and protected from environmental stressors.

One Love Organics Brand New Day Microderma Scrub and Masque

Praised by users for its “gentle yet effective” formula, this all-natural exfoliant features a delicate blend of pineapple enzymes (reduce inflammation and boost circulation and collagen production), kaolin clay (absorbs oil and lifts impurities) and organic sweet pea flour (exfoliates). This water-activated exfoliator is safe enough for daily use, leaving your skin soft and luminous while protecting it from free radical damage.

One Love Organics Healthy Locks Dry Shampoo Powder

We love dry shampoo especially on long, busy days and One Love Organics offers a refreshing and volumizing powder that leaves no greasy residue. It features Georgia kaolin clay to absorb excess oil and hyaluronic acid to maintain moisture for healthy, touchably soft hair.

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