About Viriskin

The Viriskin name was derived from the Latin verb viridesco, meaning “I become green”. To us, becoming green means recognizing our effect on this planet and taking steps to improve it. In order for a true difference to be made for the betterment of our planet, companies need to step up to provide consumers with truly sustainable products.

The Viriskin brand was developed to provide effective plant based skin care products that are sustainably made and packaged. We work with vendors that source ingredients using sustainable farming practices and provide community development. Our products are packaged in 100% post consumer recycled aluminum with compostable labels. All of our shipping materials are compostable and recyclable.

We strive to be a brand that you can trust to be sustainable every step of the way. A brand that makes you feel great about your skin and even better about your environmental impact.

Jess Heilman

Founder & Formulator

When I used to think about what I wanted to do in life, developing skincare was not at the top of my list. To be honest, it wasn’t even on my list! In college, one of my internships was in research and development for topical over the counter (OTC) and cosmetic products. I loved learning about the science behind skin care and the complexity of our skin. It’s something that I previously didn’t give too much thought to when applying products, I just knew what texture and scent I liked. After that, I made it my career. I developed many different types of products over the years and eventually found my passion in plant based skincare.

In my personal life, I really began focusing on my environmental impact on the world. The impact of what I was buying and where I was buying it from became a daily thought for me. Everything I tossed into the trash made me wonder if it was worth the landfill space or if I could have spent more time finding a more sustainable option. “Can this be composted?” is something I asked myself constantly. Eventually I realized if I wanted to live a more sustainable life, I had to stop developing products for companies who do not make sustainability a priority. While there are so many options out there for natural and green skincare products, I still thought that there was room for improvement, especially in the packaging.

So I quit my job and spent every day for a year formulating effective products and researching packaging sustainability. I spent countless hours scouring the internet for post consumer recycled aluminum bottles. I even pushed the launch of Viriskin to make sure our products were in the most sustainable packaging available. While there are still steps we need to take to become even more planet friendly, I couldn’t be happier with how it went and where we are!