meet huna

Meet Heather Urquhart

Founder/Formulator

huna Natural Apothecary and the approach to simple.skin.nutrition was founded by Botanist, Chartered Herbalist (in-training), Natural Cosmetic Formulator + healthy-living enthusiast Heather Urquhart. Heather is the Master Formulator at huna Natural Apothecary, and she commits her expertise to personally + meticulously formulating all huna skincare products, while she heads up huna’s Botanical Science R&D, Innovation and Marketing functions on the day-to-day.

 

 

Before founding huna, Heather spent several years working for a major multinational luxury skincare brand, followed by a few years within the Medical-Pharmaceutical and Consumer Goods industries. Combining Heather’s passion + background in Botanical Sciences, Luxury Skincare and Human Health & Nutrition, with her experience working for big-player international companies inspired her to create a skincare company that offers something truly different to consumers.

Besides being a pure-plant lover, devoted yogi, meditation-fan, and lifelong student, Heather is an active contributor to the Canadian and International Natural Skincare + Cosmetic industry, member of the Handcrafted Soap and Cosmetic Guild (HSCG), and member of the Manitoba Herbal Society.

Heather holds a B.Sc. and B.A. from the University of Manitoba, a diploma in Natural Cosmetic Formulating and certificates in Natural Cosmetic Preservation and Anti-Age Skincare Formulating from the world’s top organic cosmetic science school Formula Botanica.

To read more about why Heather created huna Natural Apothecary, read her blog “Welcome to the Lab”.

 

Organic ‘skin nutrition’ Botanical Garden

Explore the huna Homestead

Did you know that huna Natural Apothecary actually GROWS our very own botanicals for use in huna skincare? That’s right! The huna Homestead is located in beautiful Southeastern Manitoba. This is the site of huna’s Organic ‘skin nutrition’ Botanical Garden, where we grow our very own organic skincare botanicals for exclusive use in huna skincare. This year’s crop includes organic Chamomile, Lavender, Calendula, Borage, Licorice root, Echinacea and more!

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We incorporate our homegrown botanicals into huna’s unique line of ‘skin nutrition’ skincare. Our in-house proprietary ‘skin nutrition’ complex, is an exclusive blend of carefully selected botanicals combined to deliver targeted results to your skin.

huna Natural Apothecary’s Age-Grace ‘skin nutrition’ complex is a unique blend of nature’s potent anti-age power sources- delivering botanicals specially selected for their unique abilities to firm, tone, smooth fine lines, calm inflammation + effectively reduce the appearance of age spots.

 

WELCOME TO THE APOTHECARY

Welcome to huna’s Natural Apothecary

Welcome to our sweet lil’ apothecary – we are delighted to have you here! huna’s Natural Apothecary is located in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, while our Organic skin nutrition Botanical Garden is based in beautiful Southeastern Manitoba. The huna Lab only works with natural, healthy ingredients, most of which are plant-based, and all of which have been deemed safe for use according to EWG’s Skin Deep cosmetic database.

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It All Starts with Research + Development

Many people have asked how huna Natural Apothecary goes about creating new botanical skin wonders. Well, we’re not about to give away all of our secrets, but we can tell you that all of our formulations begin with a specific skin concern to solve, followed by hours of R&D, where our methodology includes extensive research in the areas of botanical science, herbal medicine, human nutrition, and dermal (skin) health.

Then Back to the Lab

After research is concluded, we move our work into the Apothecary where the real work begins- formulating an actual product and several (many!) rounds of testing. Once we’re satisfied with a new skin nutrition product, we’ll take it to our panel of human product testers, as we never test our products on animals. Most products will go back into R&D to refine based on product tester feedback, before moving on to further internal and external testing, qualifications, and quality assurances.

Our Strict Quality Standards

We have created internal standards and qualifications to ensure all huna Natural Apothecary products embrace the concept of healthy, mindful + conscious-living. That means all of our products are created to be:

  • Biodegradable
  • Earth-kind with recyclable/reusable packaging
  • Ethically + sustainably-sourced
  • Organic, minimally-processed or unrefined (wherever possible)
  • Locally-sourced (wherever possible)
  • Cruelty-free (absolutely no animal testing)
  • Human-safe (According to EWGs Skin Deep database + our human product testing team)