Oh, Oh Organics is owned by Gay Timmons and has been bringing certified organic and non-GMO ingredients from around the world to cosmetics and personal care manufacturers and beauty startups for 20 years.
Timmons, who is also Co-Founder and President of the Natural and Organic Health and Beauty Alliance (NOHBA), takes great pride in the quality of the ingredients she works with, which explains why she wasn’t first in the CBD game but instead spent time evaluating potential suppliers: “Bob [King]’s team on Maui ensures quality control standards are met at every stage of production – from complete analysis of the plant in the field, again during extraction, and after the final product has been blended and bottled on site. It’s a CBD product made responsibly with integrity – and one that supports Hawaii’s economy and fragile environment. That’s incredibly important to us,” Timmons tells the press.
Sourcing CBD from family-owned farms
Oh, Oh Organics partners with family farms and people who do the hands-on work of wildcrafting for many of the ingredients in its portfolio. For instance, Timmons works with family farms in Ecuador to source palm products, people wildcrafting essential oils in Madagascar, and co-operative farms in the Philippines for coconut oil.
And now, “in a continued effort to increase sustainability in cosmetics, support family farms and bring trustworthy ingredient options to clean beauty brands, [Oh, Oh Organics] will be offering full-spectrum hemp extract and other natural ingredients from Hawaii produced by Maui-based Kuleana by Maiden Hawaii Naturals, LLC,” according to this week’s press release.
Notably, Kuleana is the first commercial hemp farm in the US that is powered by 100% biodiesel—an obvious choice for the business as Founders Bob and Kelly King also own Pacific Biodiesel.
Supplying full-spectrum hemp extract to beauty makers
Kuleana extracts cannabinoids from hemp using supercritical CO2; this method means that no distillation is necessary and that no toxic solvents are used in the process. “The extract,” explains the press release, “is then blended with Hawaiian Macadamia oil or Maui Sunflower oil to ensure compliance with legal requirements not to exceed 0.3% THC.”
Timmons’ explains her choice to partner with Kuleana further saying, “I prefer full-spectrum hemp extract because it’s about the plant’s synergies – and tapping into benefits that are derived with all of the plant’s components working together as nature intended.”
“CBD,” she acknowledges, “has exploded in popularity as a cosmetic ingredient, but it’s still the Wild West in the industry with suppliers who are not delivering consistent product with reliable testing.”
“That’s the difference with Kuleana,” emphasizes Timmons. “Its founders and their total operation are focused on sustainability and mitigating waste while producing trustworthy CBD products for the cosmetic industry.”
The natural and organic ingredient space has always been an integral focus of Deanna Utroske’s coverage of the cosmetics and personal care industry. For this reason and more, hers is a leading voice in the beauty industry as well as in the independent beauty movement. As Editor of CosmeticsDesign.com, she writes daily news about the business of beauty in the Americas region and regularly produces video interviews with cosmetics, fragrance, personal care, and packaging experts as well as with indie brand founders.