We are saddened by the passing of Aubrey Hampton, founder and CEO of Aubrey®. Aubrey died peacefully on May 9th after a brief illness, surrounded by friends and family.
A pioneer in natural hair and skin care, Aubrey paved the way for a fledging natural products industry 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. In 1967, Aubrey founded Aubrey’s Nature Labs with just two products — Relax-R-Bath and GPB Glycogen Protein Balancing Conditioner — simple beginnings he quickly grew into the multi-national, multi-million dollar company that bears his name.
A prolific author, Aubrey’s books include Natural Organic Hair and Skin Care
, a seminal text on herbal cosmetic products, now in its sixth printing, What’s in Your Cosmetics
, and The Take Charge Beauty Book
, co-authored with his late wife, Susan Hussey. He was publisher of Organica: A Magazine of Arts and Activism, a free publication which has featured the work of such literary figures as Gore Vidal, Noam Chomsky, Naomi Shihab Nye and W.S. Merwin.
Multi-faceted and multi-talented, Aubrey enjoyed a successful second career as an award-winning playwright and theatre producer. In 1990 he founded the Gorilla Theatre
, Tampa’s only Equity theatre, with his wife Susan, also a playwright. He published two books of plays, GBS and Company
, based on the life of George Bernard Shaw, and Wolf Trilogy
, a collection of three thematically linked one-act plays. Of his many accomplishments, he was perhaps most proud of his Young Dramatists Project, a playwriting competition for middle and high school students, now in its 11th year, which awards full-scale productions of short plays to budding playwrights.
Aubrey is survived by his two sons, Mitchell and Trevor, his sister Millie Newman, and the large extended families of Aubrey Organics and Gorilla Theatre. At the heart of his legacy is his joyful and generous spirit. He will be deeply missed.
Aubrey Hampton: An Organic Legacy for our Future
By Trish Riley