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, and any chef’s same foundation:a strong understanding of technique, quality of ingredients and simplicity.
Elisha’s standards are impeccable when it comes to sourcing ingredients. Our honeys come from treatment-free beekeeper friends that maintain an ethical practice and are 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.
We are currently sourcing our 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 to produce the finest, most healthful honey.
Alisha’s honey has been 3rd party tested and is FREE of GLYPHOSATE contamination. Her honey is warmed just enough (the same temperature as the hive)to flow and it is screened, not filtered. This means the honey’s active pollens, enzymes and healthful compounds are available to promote your health.
Our hydrosols are certified organic and come from either Washington State, Bulgaria and France. Our distiller in Washington State supplies such a spectacular product that almost every online source of certified organic hydrosols comes from them. Our oils are all certified organic organic, 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 that we use to stabilize our creams 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 chooses ingredients with the same standards as she would the food she puts in her body. 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 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 is a sought-after brand. We offer seasonal preorder products 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.