With a mix of artistic inspiration and love of nature, Erika Hollen started making organic products over 15 years ago, after seeing recipes in Sassy Magazine. Inspired by those recipes, Erika began reading every book she could get her hands on about herbs and started her first herb garden.
The start was simple recipes with lemon juice, mashed apples, items from the fridge and herbs found in her Mother’s cooking cupboard. Today, what once was a school girl’s experiment has transformed into Jackson Sage Botanical Skin Care featuring more than 40 luxury botanical products ranging from soaps, skin creams, body cream and even canine care.
A Houston, Texas native with a natural talent for gardening and art, her career started following a more artistic path.
Before pursuing Jackson Sage, Erika spent time studying art and art education. All the while she was constantly experimenting in her kitchen with soaps and skin care. Erika wanted to create a natural skin care line crafted from fresh ingredients for maximum potency. Her goal was to create products from nature, that respect nature, and restore nature.
Continual research and testing of essential oils, plant extracts, and other botanical ingredients led to the launch of Jackson Sage Botanical Skin Care in 2006. The company gained it namesake from several sources but it means “Guidance into the unknown.” Transforming part of her house into a studio, that includes a full kitchen, she began to make and sell Jackson Sage products at local markets and shops. Upholding Erika’s original goal, she continues to make every product by hand and from scratch, including the extracts, infusions, and decoctions.
Today, Jackson Sage Botanical Skin Care is sold across the country. Erika Hollen splits her time between Richmond, Virginia and her hometown Houston, Texas. She shares her life with Scott, her husband, 2 cats (Chloe, Zelda) and 3 dogs (Eva, Jasper and Buttercup). Erika’s mischievous YorkiePoo, Buttercup, is the CEO (Canine Executive Officer) for Doggie Sage, Jackson Sage’s canine care line.
Erika remains dedicated to developing new products and updating existing blends as new botanical research becomes available. Her dream is to provide the, “the freshest skin care products on the market.”
Photo credit Heidi Hess Photography