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“EVOHE is built upon sustainable, cruelty-free lifestyle choices that have the power to change the world.”
Meghan Kurts, EVOHE Co-Founder & Natural Skin Care Pioneer
EVOHE (pronounced E-VO-HE) skin care is a revolution in natural and luxurious skin care that is palm oil free, vegan and completely naturally preserved. EVOHE joins a new generation of independent businesses that are serious about an evolution in ethical and sustainable business practices and the production of quality, natural products that have minimal impact on the environment.
Each product is handmade with love in Australia utilising the best available Australian extracts. All of our ingredients are carefully selected to ensure they are high quality and potent with the power to completely nurture your body. Infused with Australian Bush Flower Essences for an uplifting experience our products are not only eco friendly, they smell like nature. We believe in a skin care range that has no rules, our products have multiple uses so you can choose what works best for you. EVOHE lets you be the real you!
The world now wants powerful, innovative natural skin care – not empty promise. Consumers are tired of airbrushed marketing campaigns and endless lists of unpronounceable chemical ingredients. Finally, there is an exciting, indulgent alternative in EVOHE, where the philosophy of ‘sustainable luxury’ guides everything we do.
What's in a name?
EVOHE (pronounced E-VO-HE) is a Greek word of Ancient Egyptian origin, meaning ‘Celebration of Life’. EVOHE embodies our belief that we are not separate to our environment, but intrinsically connected – an equal component of the biosphere. As such, the name EVOHE acts as a guiding principle and serves as a daily reminder for us, to respect and promote the balance between man, woman and earth.
The EVOHE logo supports this concept of ‘oneness’, depicting Ouroboros – the circular snake. As one of the most ancient symbols on earth, the Ouroboros represents the eternal cycle of renewal and our desire to create indulgent, sustainable skin care.
‘EVOHE’ epitomises the groundbreaking feats that are possible when two or more people of like mind, join together and dedicate themselves to creating a tomorrow more beautiful and radiant than today.
Ingredients matter a lot to us. And we know they do to you too. It’s our mission to formulate the highest quality, most nutritious and purest skin care and cosmetics so you can nourish your skin in the safest and healthiest way possible. We do this by vehemently avoiding cheap, harmful ingredients that should never be found on the skin.
All our products are 100% free from palm oil derivatives, palm derived glycerine, synthetic fragrances, colours or preservatives, parabens, animal derivatives, soap, retinol, sulphates, mineral oils, petrochemicals, propylene glycol, lanolin, triethanolamine or phthalates.
Mother Nature is an incredible treasure chest of natural ingredients – in fact, she really has done all the hard work for us. We deliver complete nutrients from the plant to your skin, meaning our products are real and all natural. The ingredients are formulated with minimal processing so they can remain bioactive – that is, they have an active and potent effect on skin tissue and cells that works to plump, nourish and hydrate.
The skin thrives under natural ingredients like floral, berry, butter and nut extracts, which are synergistic with the skin and deliver essential fatty acids, vitamins and antioxidants that work to positively address many different skin types and issues. Your skin will reap the benefits of densely packed concentrations. They work on the whole family, regardless of gender or age.
“When we began EVOHE, we didn’t want to conform with what every other skin care brand was doing. We observed practices that weren’t ethical. Tricks of the trade that meant you could avoid declaring preservatives, for example, underhanded methods that the consumer would never know about – but we would.”
Barry Forrester, EVOHE Co-Founder
It’s important to us that you trust everything about EVOHE – including those we collaborate with. So, for every extract, raw material and essence that goes into an EVOHE product, we conduct an extensive supplier audit, ensuring their ethics, sourcing methods and day-to-day actions in business are aligned with the EVOHE Conscious Living Checklist.
We have abandoned many opportunities that made ‘good business sense’ on paper, for collaborators and suppliers whose main concern was the bigger picture (sustainable, cruelty-free practices) – NOT just the bottom line.
At every stage of EVOHE’s evolution, we have steadfastly held to our values. Many times, it would have been easier to go with a cheaper, less effective ingredient. Even when faced with seemingly no option but to compromise, we’ve resolutely held our ground. In the process, we’ve discovered groundbreaking ways to create more efficacious, kinder skin care.
When you use EVOHE, you know unequivocally, that the true cost of your beautiful, glowing skin, really does begin and end with the price tag.
The EVOHE Conscious Living Checklist has evolved out of personal lifestyle choices to live consciously in relationship with local and global community and with the natural environment of our earth. Our commitment to the checklist creates our strong foundation.
What EVOHE believes:
- We believe that nature knows best.
- We believe in using 100% natural ingredients of the highest quality.
- We believe that our biosphere should not be compromised by any human endeavor – especially the quest for beautiful skin.
- We believe in practising and supporting ethical, sustainable and fair trade business methods.
- We believe in unwavering honesty – with ourselves and others.
- We believe individuals, making conscious, informed choices, can change the world.
- We believe in creating innovative products, powerful enough to have multiple applications.
- We believe in pioneering new, compassionate ways of operating in the beauty industry
- We believe in letting our products speak for themselves.
- We believe your skin is ready to have its luminous potential revealed!
Palm Oil Free
Our creativity and passion has supported us to uncover luxurious, sustainable alternatives to palm oil (and its by-product glycerine), the cultivation of which is forcing orangutans to the brink of extinction and orphaning their tiny babies. We have done extensive research to ensure that none of our ingredients include, promote or support the use of palm in any way!
Help us support orangutans. Here are a few organisations that can give you some practical steps that will make a difference.
Orangutan Foundation International (OFI)
If you have yet to hear about wonderful organisations that are directly helping Orangutans on the ground in Indonesia, you may wish to visit www.orangutanfoundation.org.au
Orangutan Foundation International Australia’s (OFIA) mission is to support and continue the orangutan and forest conservation efforts initiated by Dr. Biruté Mary Galdikas in Kalimantan, Borneo. Dr Galdikas, who is Patron and a Board Member of OFIA, is an internationally renowned environmentalist, anthropologist and orangutan expert. OFIA has two core campaigns; caring for orphaned and displaced orangutans at the OFI Care Centre & Quarantine in Pasir Panjang Village, Central Kalimantan, Indonesian Borneo; and, securing habitat for their future release.
OFI currently care for 330+ orangutans at their Care Centre. These orangutans have been orphaned due to the destruction of their habitat for palm oil plantations, illegal logging, & mining. Without the OFI Care Centre, these beautiful, gentle apes would be homeless and more than likely dead. The Care Centre is a half-way house for orangutans, providing them with food, shelter and love along with the skills they will need when they are old enough to be released back into the wild.
If you wish to make a direct difference to this urgent cause, you can support either of these outstanding organisations – even small donations are welcome.
You can also use the code: LOVE10 to support OFI and donate 10% when you order
Read more about Palm Oil here
Natural & Organic Ingredients
Our preservation system varies with each product but in general, the preservation system is a blend of herbal extracts and essential oils, that are well know for their antibacterial, yeast and mould properties.
We are clear about the percentage of Certified Organic ingredients we use throughout the EVOHE product range. However, we do not choose an ingredient simply because it has a “certified organic” stamp on it. Our investigation of ingredients goes beyond this. There are some ingredients in our range which we consciously chose in favour of a Certified Organic option. For example, our White Clay is Australian however not Certified Organic. We preferred in this instance to use an Australian ingredient. Our herbs are Naturopathic Grade NOT the certified organic cosmetic grade versions. This is because we believe that the naturopathic herbs are a lot more potent and beneficial in our topical treatments. We also use Colloidal Silver which is not available Certified. We did not want to omit a fantastic ingredient such as this simply because it didn’t have Certified Organic status.
Fair-Sourcing of ingredients, is an important value. Our Brazilian ingredients, for example, are from a company who has been involved with the local communities in Brazil for over 50 years. They have assisted 1000’s of families out of poverty and provided alternative income sources to cutting down the forest for money.
Vegan & Cruelty Free
EVOHE products have the Vegan tick. Not only for the fact that we do not use animal derived ingredients or ingredients which have been tested on animals but for the element of compassion which is associated with the Vegan philosophy. EVOHE is an Accredited Cruelty-Free Company.
EVOHE is serious about being cruelty-free and we will never test our products on animals.
We test our products on willing participants and staff members.
Australian Made & Owned
“I wanted to create a beautiful skin care range that was as luxurious as top global brands, but wouldn’t harm the environment, was kind to animals and did not use animal products. A skin care range that women with valid ethical concerns, could embrace as a viable alternative to mainstream skin care. If EVOHE’s decisions had all been financial, instead of personal, we wouldn’t be where we are today. Not only does every product possess incredible purity and efficacy, they offer an indulgent experience and afford us and our much-loved customers, the luxury of radiant skin and a clean conscience.”
Meghan Kurts, EVOHE Co-Founder & Natural Skin Care Pioneer
In her early 20s, Meghan dabbled in the luxury skincare market and discovered some ugly truths. This lead her to question her whole philosophy on life and she found herself giving away all of her possessions and heading for the hills in Northern NSW. A complete contrast to the bleached hair, red lipstick and high heels that once made up Meghan’s ‘costume’.
Fast forward 20 years or so and you will find her in clothes that can be napped in, shoes that can be danced in, and grateful for messy buns ‘being on-trend’. Life didn’t quite work out how Meghan planned but who can say theirs has? “This is what makes sharing our stories so interesting”. Meghan says.
With her warm and engaging presence, Meghan inspires real & uplifting conversations. She believes that life is too short to muck around with faking it, comparing, competing or being hard on ourselves. Many of her insights were inspired by her late husband Baz who passed just a few years ago after a long and intense cancer journey.
“It’s all about relationships, being an authentic participant in life and celebrating every moment.”
Meghan infuses this with a passion into her Natural, 100% Palm Oil Free skincare company EVOHE, which she started with Baz over 10 years ago. EVOHE now represents a platform for Meghan to share her many Self Nurturing tips and stories, some that make you cry and some that make you laugh. Meghan believes that through a consistent practice of Self Nurturing we can fill our cups and overflow into the rest of our lives.
Learn about Self Nurture Events & Tea Circles held by Meghan here