This month’s We Heart comes from our friend-turned-founder, Johnny Pachivas. He has a strong passion for plant medicine, clean beauty and chemical-free crafting. He has been honing his decades-long expertise as a distiller, woodworker, and forager.
Exousia Wild produces some of the purest wellness and skin adorning products we’ve ever come across.
Their process aligns closely with our values at Annmarie Skin Care: they forage precious botanicals from our own backyard here in California and source Amazonian plants through direct farmer-cooperative relationships. This in turn helps Exousia Wild preserve the forest, all while supporting local farmers.
A LOVE FOR WILDCRAFTING
Exousia Wild’s inspiration comes from both an appreciation for nature and desire to preserve it, to bring you the freshest, wild harvested, small batch formulas.
The Exousia Wild process
Exousia Wild operates with the fact that our resources are finite and limited in mind, and the perspective that it’s time we start preserving and sustaining the beauty that is our home.
They forage pure and precious botanicals from the coasts of California, in addition to sourcing plants that thrive in the Amazonians, through direct farmer-cooperative relationships which in turn will help preserve Amazon forests and support small, local economies.
Once plants are harvested, they arrive at their lab to be fresh-pressed and extracted to preserve the integrity and efficacy of the whole plant.
COMMUNITY OF ARTISANS
Headquartered in Oakland, Exousia Wild’s production takes place in an urban garden and makerspace where like-minded companies are all bringing products and ideas to market. It’s called the the O2 Artisan Aggregate community, with neighbors like Juniper Ridge, Den Sake, and Salt Point Seaweed.
Exousia Wild has been able to cultivate close relationships with local artisan farmers and ingredient suppliers, with transparency and sustainability, so that they can give back to the ones protecting the land.
And through collaborating with these companies, along with practicing their guiding principles, they are able to create the freshest and highest quality beauty products. Ones that transform your skin and the way you feel about it.
The Indiegogo Campaign
They’ve officially launched an Indiegogo campaign to help fund their Earth-first endeavor. And because their mission aligns so closely with our values, we are sharing this with our audience.
With the funds they raise, they will be able to upgrade their production space, purchase new equipment, and help pay back the farmers who made it possible.
For those who donate to campaign, there will be a menagerie of unreleased products to win and experiences to score if Exousia Wild speaks to your soul.
We're talking hand-foraged balms, group outings along the coast (hot springs included), energy clearing relaxation mists, or one incredible dinner that will come to you.
This is your chance to back an up-and-coming company that checks every box of our We Heart checklist. Go ahead and check out the perks below when you contribute to this campaign.