Elique’s founder Elisha Reverby is an esthetician and chef who was taught from early on that quality over quantity was a core value in the house. Though growing up there may not have been plenty of something, what was available, whether food or the shoes she wore was always the best. No compromise.
Being that Elisha has been cooking in the kitchen with her mom and grandmother from an early age, being a chef inspired brand didn’t really take form in a cohesive way that she could understand until she worked front of house for Jean Georges Vongerichten in 1999. Watching him create the most delicious and beautiful foods from few standout ingredients, a masterful technique and little manipulation inspired what she had in mind for Elique but could never articulate. Observing him in his element encouraged her dreams to rely on that same foundation: technique, quality, simplicity and a respect for ingredients. This is what allows Elique to shine in her most authentic expression and essence and manifest into a product unlike any other.
Elisha takes great care to source the best. Our honeys come from beekeeper friends that maintain an ethical practice that is mindful first of the plight and health of our honeybee friends. Acids or other chemicals are never used in the hives, their bees are never fed a diet of sugar or high fructose corn syrup and only surplus honey is harvested from the hive, meaning only what is left after making sure the hive has plenty, is taken for human consumption. Lastly, our beekeeper friends would never exploit the honeybee for profit, sacrificing her immunity in the process by forcing her to pollinate monocultures that are sometimes hundreds of miles away from their natural environment. Honeybees thrive in a diverse space with nectars and pollen from a variety of flowering plants.
Our precious hydrosols are certified organic and come from either Washington State or Santa Barbara and our oils are chosen for their clean extraction process, superior taste and character and most of the oils included in our Beauty & Brains collections come from Elisha’s farmer friends in Southern California. The vitamin E we use to stabilize our creams is in a non-gmo soy based oil and our grapefruit seed extract is food-grade.
Elisha chooses ingredients with the same exact standards as she would the food she eats.They are either certified-organic, fair trade, sustainable and/or wild and come from trusted and respected farmers, distillers and suppliers that Elisha has come to know over the course of her entire career. When someone new joins the Elique family, like the Bulgarian rose farmer friends that supply our rose absolutes and waxes, blue yarrow and apricot kernel oil, Elisha let’s her experience and intuition guide her in that important decision making process
It is because of these standards and Elisha’s promise to herself to never cut corners that Elique will always remain a boutique and sought-after brand. We have limited products because we respect the great challenges facing Mother Nature and so if that means we have to maintain a production that honors Her first, we happily oblige.