meet our team
Shilpi Chhotray, Founder & #GirlBoss
Welcome! I am an ocean advocate and social entrepreneur with deep love and respect for all marine life, from charismatic whales and dolphins to colorful corals and seaweed. I’ve struggled with dry skin and eczema for as long as I can remember and developed severe allergies as an adult. When irritated, my face and arms break out into patches of eczema, which is painful and frustrating. I quickly realized that traditional skincare products were full of synthetic compounds and chemicals that aggravated my allergic reactions.
I’ve always felt at ease in the ocean. I noticed after bathing in natural saltwater and seaweed, my distressed skin felt soothed and revitalized. I created Samudra Skin & Sea to concentrate the healing properties of seaweed, while respecting the sanctity of our ocean ecosystems. I also work at Mission Blue/Sylvia Earle Alliance where I advocate for Hope Spots or underwater national parks, special places that are critical to the health of our ocean. One of my favorite activities is harvesting seaweed off the California coastline and being one with the marine creatures that call the ocean home.
My favorite Samudra Skin & Sea product is the Lather-Rich Soap Bar. It’s been an incredible solace for my dry skin and eczema. I travel a lot to coastal areas so having something 100% biodegradable is important to me to keep our waterways clean and healthy.
Emily McGrath, Director
I am a health-conscious product aficionado with a holistic perspective on the beauty industry. For the past ten years I have been carefully researching the ingredients of the skincare products I use, making sure that they are not only clean and effective but sustainable and socially responsible as well.
I am excited to join Samudra Skin & Sea because our brand takes such a comprehensive and integrated approach to creating products. Commitment to effective and pure skincare is only half our objective...ensuring our products are actually beneficial to the planet is a crucial and indispensable part of our mission. Join me in celebrating the importance of oceans to humans and animals, and making choices that keep all the inhabitants of our little blue planet safe and healthy.
My favorite Samudra Skin & Sea product is the Restorative Face Cream. I love how fresh it smells and how my face glows after I use it.
Nora Potts, Marketing Coordinator
I’m a graduate of the Cinta Aveda Institute in San Francisco where I loved getting hands-on experience in skincare, especially giving facials! What drew me to the esthetician field is the health and wellness aspect of it. It’s incredibly gratifying to help someone feel more empowered in their own skin.
I was inspired by Samudra Skin & Sea’s mission of creating pure skincare focused on conservation after hearing our founder, Shilpi, speak at Cinta Aveda. I’m excited to be on the team in my role as a Marketing Coordinator, where I support social media.
My favorite Samudra Skin & Sea product is the Detoxifying Face Mask which actively removes impurities. After rinsing, I feel like I have brand new skin!