The spark behind The Grapeseed Company began when Kristin moved to Santa Barbara, California after a two-year adventure sailing from Boston to the Caribbean. Living off solar power, fishing for food, and rationing the fresh water supply, she gained a deeper respect for treading lightly on our planet. During the ocean passages, she studied herbs, essential oils and the craft of making natural skin care products.
When the sailing adventure came to an end, Kristin settled ashore in Santa Barbara. After falling in love with wine country, she began experimenting with the benefits of grapeseeds and creating formulas. In 2004 she launched The Grapeseed Company, creating the first vinotherapy line upcycled from the byproduct of the local California wine industry. Today, The Grapeseed Company creates over 100 vinotherapy skin, hair, bath & body products utilizing fresh, local ingredients. The Grapeseed Team operates a retail store in downtown Santa Barbara.
The Grapeseed Company uses aloe juice instead of water in their lotions; water is natural, but also a cheap filler that causes bacteria growth and the need for harsh preservatives. Ingredients are purchased through local sources wheneverpossible. The Grapeseed Company products are freshest when used within 12-18 months from purchase.