Aubrey Organics, died on May 9 in Tampa, FL after a short illness according to this blog. The natural ingredients guru contributed so much to our industry that I felt compelled to honor his life here. I'd never met Mr. Hampton personally, but when I spotted his pioneering bible Natural Organic Hair and Skin Care at Half Price Books in the late 80's I remember snatching it up thinking....some fool gave THIS up? Wow. Their pain, my gain! I still have that book in my reference library today. I also remember being thrilled when my friend Donna Maria, founder of Indie Beauty Network, had him on one of her informative Beauty Calls, and I was even lucky enough to catch one of his rare TV appearances a few years back.
Besides being impressed by his incredible working knowledge of natural and organic cosmetic ingredients, (way before green was "in" I might add)....and what to avoid, I remember that he was a snappy dresser which gave him a certain touch of class. Most importantly though, he was a profoundly gifted teacher. A man of great vision.
Thank you Aubrey for your huge contributions to the world of natural cosmetics! I hope you know how much you inspired myself and others. And I hope you're able to stir up a few organic creams and lotions in that big laboratory in the sky.