Aubrey Who We Are

Who We Are - Aubrey Hampton

Aubrey Hampton
A pioneer in natural hair and skin care, Aubrey Hampton paved the way for a fledging natural products industry in the 1960s by making plant-based, synthetic-free personal care products on his own terms. Today his hair, skin and body care line is sold all over the world, but his connection to natural ingredients goes back to his father's organic farm in southern Indiana, where his mother made her own herbal beauty products at home.

A phytochemist and herbalist, he founded Aubrey Nature Labs in 1967 with just two products — Relax-R-Bath and GPB Hair Conditioner — simple beginning he quickly grew into the multi-national, multi-million dollar company that bears his name. Through the years Aubrey created over 200 hair, skin and body care products, which are internationally recognized as the most natural herbal products available. Nearly every health food store in the United States and Canada carries his products, which are also sold throughout Europe, Asia and South America.

Aubrey's list of "firsts" in the industry is impressive. He was first to use coconut fatty acids in hair and skin care; first to formulate cosmetic products with jojoba oil, evening primrose, blue camomile, Rosa Mosqueta® and Matcha green tea; first to develop a natural preservative with citrus extract and vitamins A, C and E; and the first cosmetic manufacturer to be certified as an organic processor (in 1994).

A dedicated animal rights activist, Aubrey was strongly committed to operating a cruelty-free company, a commitment that continues at our company to this day. In 1990 he was named "Activist of the Year" by the Culture and Animals Foundation for his work against animal testing.

He was the author of many best-selling health and beauty books, including Natural Organic Hair and Skin Care (now in its sixth printing), What's in Your Cosmetics, and The Take Charge Beauty Book (co-authored with his late wife, Susan Hussey). An award-winning playwright, he published two books of plays, GBS & Company and Wolf Trilogy, and was co-founder of the Gorilla Theatre, in Tampa, FL. He was founder and publisher of Organica, an arts and environmental publication with 70,000 readers nationwide.

Aubrey passed away on May 9, 2011, after a brief illness, but his essential work continues. At Aubrey Organics, Inc. we strive to carry on his important legacy with natural, environmentally sound products that reflect Aubrey Hampton's philosophy, personal values and commitment to the earth.

Who We Are - Curt Valva

Curt Valva

Curt Valva began his career with Aubrey® in June 2000 after 17 years in the cosmetics industry. In his current position as General Manager, he is responsible for all corporate operations including sales, marketing, production, planning and development.

Looking to make a significant difference in the beauty industry, Mr. Valva joined Aubrey®, the leader in the all-natural products category. Mr. Valva felt he was in the right place to make an impact, describing Aubrey as "the most respectful brand in the natural personal care arena."

In his time with the company, Mr. Valva has helped establish a true brand identity across a wide spectrum of product categories, keeping it simple and effective for customers. His philosophy: “Know your customers and be true to them. It is important to understand their needs and expectations.”

Mr. Valva graduated from Hofstra University in New York and holds a BBA in Marketing and an MBA in Finance from the Zarb School of Business. He has recently been appointed to the Board of Directors of the Natural Products Foundation, where he will be instrumental in the development of standards for natural cosmetics. He is also an active participant in the Personal Care Task Force of the Organic Trade Association and on the Organic Personal Care Committee of NSF International, both of which are chartered with developing national organic standards for personal care products. Mr. Valva is also involved with IFOAM and BDIH to advise on the possibility of global harmonization of organic standards for personal care products.

Who We Are - Susan

Susan Hussey

Susan Hussey first came to Aubrey® in 1983 as a temp, typing invoices. Aubrey management quickly realized they would have to find something else for her to do, as data entry was not her forte. A master's degree in English literature, coupled with a strong interest in natural cosmetics served her well. Soon after, she took an active role in the company as editor of Aubrey Hampton's first book, Natural Organic Hair and Skin Care, which went on to sell more than 100,000 copies, and is now in its sixth reprint. In 1990 she was promoted to Vice President of Marketing and Advertising, in charge of all company literature—from brochures, catalogs and other sales-related materials, to preparing Organica Press books for publication and editing Organica, Aubrey's magazine of arts and activism. In 2000, she co-authored The Take Charge Beauty Book: The Natural Guide to Beautiful Hair & Skin with Aubrey Hampton, available from Organica Press.

Susan was a member of the Organic Trade Association's Personal Care Task Force, a committee working to develop organic standards for personal care products in the industry. A poet and playwright, she was editor-in-chief of Organica magazine, and co-founder, with Aubrey Hampton, of Gorilla Theatre, Tampa's only equity theater. Her plays have been produced in Tampa and New York City. In 1999 she married Aubrey, and three years later, she gave birth to their son Trevor.

In 2002, Susan took a back seat in the company to raise Trevor. In 2004 she was diagnosed with cancer and fought the disease bravely for five years. She passed away on February 18, 2009. Shortly before her death, she completed The Cancer Journals: Prose & Poetry, a collection of writings detailing her extraordinary journey through the medical minefield of cancer treatment. The Cancer Journals is available from Organica Press.

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