It was when Elisha worked front of house for world renowned chef Jean Georges Vongerichten and had the opportunity to observe him in action that her dreams and confidence to create a simple and pure product were encouraged and she came to rely on his foundation:a strong understanding of technique, quality of ingredients and simplicity.
Like any great chef, when sourcing ingredients, Elisha’s standards are impeccable. Honeys come from treatment-free beekeeper friends that maintain an ethical practice. They are mindful first of the health of our honeybee friends so acids or other chemicals are never used in the hives, bees are never fed a diet of sugar or high fructose corn syrup and only surplus honey is harvested from the hive, meaning after making sure the hive has plenty, humans get what’s left. Lastly, our beekeeper friends never exploit the honeybee for profit, sacrificing her immunity by forcing her to pollinate monocultures that are hundreds of miles from her natural environment. Honeybees thrive in diverse spaces with nectars and pollen from a variety of flowering plants.
Currently we are sourcing honey from our beekeeper friend Alisha Taff. Her Rock Front Ranch pure raw honey comes from the pristine interior of the Las Padres National Forest, a geographically isolated area that provides unpolluted air and rainwater and a rich bio-diversity of native flowering plants where the bees harvest nectar and pollen. Her bees produce the finest, most healthful honey that is always 3rd party tested and FREE of GLYPHOSATE contamination. Her honey is warmed just enough (the same temperature as the hive) to flow and it is screened, not filtered, Making sure active pollens, enzymes and healthful compounds are available to promote wellbeing.
Our hydrosols are always certified organic and come from either Washington State, Bulgaria and France. Our certified organic oils are chosen for their clean extraction process, superior taste, aroma and color. PLEASE NOTE: Our hydrosols are not preserved with synthetic preservatives or food-grade alcohol at this time. We source fresh distilled product from distillers that guarantee microbiological cleanliness and though in the future we may add a food-grade alcohol like vodka to ensure more long-term stability, we will not add this to our Cornflower, which we use around and in the eyes.
Our vitamin E is in a non-gmo soy based oil and our berry seed oils, after years of searching are finally certified organic; the blackberry seed coming from France and red raspberry seed from Washington state.
Elisha has the same standards when choosing ingredients as she does with the foods she puts in her body. 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 lets her experience and intuition guide her in that important decision-making process. She will also make more time for farm visits in the U.S. and abroad.
It is because of Elisha’s standards and integrity that Elique offers amazing results. Our products are seasonal because we respect the great challenges facing Mother Nature, so if that means we have to maintain a production that honors Her first, we happily oblige.