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Busy New York VP Loves Her Results from Sapelo!

Sapelo's 3-Step System helps Sherry Jacobson say good-bye to tired eyes!

Sherry Jacobson, Executive Vice President, TMP Worldwide Advertising & Communications, New York City

In New York City, my hectic lifestyle makes it challenging to maintain a healthy and healing skin care routine, but after I started using Sapelo products, I noticed a drastic change in my appearance: No more tired eyes! The constant jet lag, social demands and struggle to maintain a work-life balance affect my complexion, but Sapelo's simple 3-Step System brings it back in line. I am thrilled!

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Sapelo’s Cosmetic Scientist Reveals the Science Behind our new Seaweed Cleanser

Written by Stephanie Duttenhaver

Sapelo cosmetic scientist Michael Warshaw in his Savannah lab.

Photo credit: Kelli Boyd Photography

In a recent blog post, we introduced you to Michael Warshaw, Sapelo’s cosmetic scientist and expert on all things skin care. Michael, like us, is a Savannahian, and he loves working with local ingredients inspired by his life on the coast. Here, I chat with him about how a childhood curiosity of the coast developed into a career.

You love using marine botanicals; in fact, you are very experienced with using mostly natural ingredients. Where did you learn about them?
Those of us born and raised in Savannah consider ourselves to be children of the sea. We are surrounded by water: miles of warm tidal creeks, intracoastal waterways, and coastlines. In my life, I have had multiple mentors, and many have led me to love and learn about my coastal environment.

Tell me about some of them.
At 5 years old, “Uncle DeCoursey,” a family friend and marine biologist, gave me my first makeshift chemistry set as a birthday present. Then, while attending high school, Fr. Bertrand Dunegan, my biology teacher, led me and a group of students on hunts for marine fossils and critters while the marsh “pluff mud” oozed into our shoes. And before starting college, a marine biologist at the Skidaway Marine Institute gave me access to lab space and some of their facilities so that I could research botanicals and marine extracts.

When you developed Sapelo’s formula, how difficult was it to keep it natural, yet effective?
It was not difficult. I enjoy making skin care products that are natural and substantive enough so the skin will be kept in optimal health. I don’t work with dyes, silicones, high PEG’s, parabens, BHT’s, heavy glycols and other artificial compounds.

Let’s talk about some of the marine botanicals in Sapelo products.
With Sapelo, I looked for ingredients made from local botanicals like kelp, seaweed, marine extracts and honey. I was looking for different compounds from different marine extracts, but most of the marine botanicals in Sapelo are very rich, mineral-based compounds. The minerals are the catalysts for the vitamins and micronutrients that we have in the products. They are especially effective in cleansing the skin.

How do they work in our new Seaweed Cleanser?
The cleanser relies heavily on seaweed, a natural emollient that keeps the skin soft, conditioned and hydrated without stripping it of its natural oils. It is a soap-free system that gently lifts debris from the face. The seaweed used in Sapelo products has been tested for its efficacy in hydrating and conditioning the skin, preparing it for Step 1 of the 3-Step System: the Renewing Serum.

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Thrilled Sapelo Client Gushes Over Her Results!

Brenda Hermann reveals why Sapelo is her go-to skin care secret.

Listen for yourself why Brenda Hermann, a 40-year-old Sapelo client in New Jersey, loves Sapelo Skin Care. Our founders can’t wait to meet this beautiful woman who is “completely obsessed” with Sapelo products!

Click below to hear Brenda’s message to co-founder Cindy Edwards!

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Charleston Spa Owner Raves About Sapelo!

Kathryn Peters reveals why Sapelo is her go-to skin care secret.

Kathryn Peters, founder and visionary of Seeking Indigo wellness spa in Charleston, South Carolina


About a month after I started using Sapelo Skin Care, my friends began telling me that I looked 10 years younger! I am 52, but they say I look 40. They can’t believe the difference! My skin is smooth, supple and has a renewed radiance. Plus, my fine lines are starting to vanish. I have always used luxury products, but what I like about Sapelo is that it’s natural, and it gives my sensitive skin the same benefits of products with non-natural ingredients. I have the best of both worlds—and the products look beautiful on my bathroom counter!

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A Conversation with Michael Warshaw, Sapelo Cosmetic Scientist

Written by Stephanie Duttenhaver, Sapelo co-founder

Michael Warshaw, cosmetic scientist and founder of MW Labs

When we started Sapelo Skin Care, we knew we wanted to not only design our product line in the South, but to actually make our products here too. We turned to Michael Warshaw, a Southern-born chemist with a lab in our hometown of Savannah, and with his guidance, we created a luxurious skin care line inspired by the exact place we all live.

We recently sat down with Michael for some insight into how this Savannahian became such an expert on skin care.

Why did you become a cosmetic scientist?

If I follow the path of my life, I know that God has been directing me the whole time. In 1977, I was thinking about going to med school, and I was making rounds with a local physician. One day, we were in the ICU and I observed a patient suffering from severe skin problems. It really affected me. That was when I first had the idea to focus on improving the quality and well-being of someone’s skin, so I sought a more fulfilling avenue as a chemist.

How did you get started?

I worked my way into an R & D position for a large pharmaceutical company. During that time, my mother, Joy, had an issue with her eyes and the surrounding tissue: They would constantly tear up, swell and redden when she applied over-the-counter beauty products. She was frustrated and did not know what to do. She was also turning 50 that year! So I told her that I would make something for her to use, and I started experimenting with formulas.

And did your mom like it?

It was a hit! So, in 1985, I rented a small space and began to create skin-related products to help people with specific issues. I remember my next big project was for a little boy who ran into a barbed wire fence. I developed a nourishing cream designed to help heal his cuts and reduce scarring. And my skin remedies grew from there.

What inspires your work?

Each step I have taken along my career path was due to creating a product to help people. If I can change the life of one person for the better, then I have done what I was led to do. Healing skin issues—and the people who come into my life—has always been my inspiration.

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Sapelo Skin Care Featured on The Huffington Post as one of “8 Best Beauty Products from Around the World!”

The Huffington Post featured Sapelo Skin Care’s Rejuvenating Cream as one of the “8 Best Beauty Products from Around the World,” as selected by Travel Beauty. Our luxe cream was the only American-made product in this elite group!

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