Meet the Girl Chemist Who Is Impacting the Skincare Industry Averr Aglow

Meet the Girl Chemist Who Is Impacting the Skincare Industry

Sometimes you come across an extraordinary person doing extraordinary things. Erica, a senior-level chemist at Averr Aglow, certainly fits the bill.

senior-level chemist at Averr Aglow

From skincare to cosmetics, she has experience in all things science, and she's using her superpower to make the process behind skincare accessible to all. In a recent interview with her, she shared her thoughts on natural-based skincare, women in science, and why working for Averr Aglow was her dream job.

  • Shiloh: How did it all start?
  • Erica: When I was in college, I read an article by Bobbi Brown and how she created her own brand. I thought that was amazing, but I wanted to know if it really was as fun as it seems. What did the actual day-to-day look like? So, after talking with my friend (whose mom was the head chemist at Revlon for years), I became curious and just got into the industry. I spent four years getting my bachelor's and 2+ years getting a master's. And you know what? It is actually as cool as it sounds! I love what I do.
  • Shiloh: Why Averr Aglow?
  • Erica: I'm creative and wanted the opportunity to express that more. I've worked at big brands, and there wasn't a lot of freedom. The product doesn't always come first at big brands, especially if it's a clean product.
what is clean beauty

Clean products are more of a challenge than products that aren't clean. And formulating clean products with a specific focus on natural ingredients makes it even more challenging. But, I like the challenge. When I first started applying, I knew that I wanted to work for a clean brand. The ultimate deciding factor, however, for choosing Averr Aglow was honestly the people. Everyone was genuinely happy to work here. You can go to other places, and people put on a smile for you. You don't really know if it's real, though. I saw people hustling at Averr Aglow because they were passionate about what they were doing. It didn't seem like they were just working to get a paycheck. After meeting Cami and Levi, I knew that they cared about their employees without the overly corporate feel. That made the difference for me.

Another big factor is the way we, at Averr Aglow, make products. We don't care about the price of the product. At other big brands, it's about not going over a specific price per product. So, they won't use certain active ingredients that are more expensive. Or they'll put just a sprinkle of the ingredient in the product so that they can say it's included. It's not always in the amount that's advertised. At Averr Aglow, however, Cami is always saying to put more in... use more. It's so crazy! You usually don't hear that as a chemist. It's the most creativity I've ever had at any place, and the products are a steal compared to what other brands charge.

Everything is efficacious here. We're never just claiming stuff to try and sell it to you.

  • Shiloh: What Makes Clean Skincare Different?
  • Erica: With clean skincare, you can feel better when it comes to the environment. Non-clean skincare has a lot of micro-plastics in them so that you can get the matte finish or the soft feel. If you buy clean, you don't have to worry about that. Also, people's skin reacts differently. With non-clean products, the skin can have unforeseenreactions. So if you're more conscientious of what you're putting on your skin, our products are for you.
  • Shiloh: Why is it important as a woman for you to be doing this kind of work?
  • Erica: When you go into the science field, it's more male-dominated. So, essentially, you're in a field with more males, but you're making makeup and skincare for mostly women. Women need to do this kind of work and contribute their voices. It's very empowering, especially for women in the field. At other places, they'll say, "It's just makeup or skincare. You're not saving the world." But to make someone feel beautiful is very rewarding. It's what I care about the most.

When a new product launches, I love to see the comments and how it affects people for the better.

  • Shiloh: What is your favorite Averr Aglow product, and why?
  • Erica: I like the nectar. I don't necessarily use it like other people because I don't have a lot of acne. But I like to use it as a makeup remover, and I just rinse it off. It feels nice, it takes off the makeup so well, and my skin feels amazing afterward. When I started working here, my husband said, "Your skin's glowing!" I loved that!
  • Shiloh: Who is Averr Aglow, and who is it for?
  • Erica: We're a brand that cares about our consumers. We also want to give our customers confidence in their skin. Everyone is beautiful, but you can't deny that when your skin is acting nice, you feel even more beautiful. It helps you with confidence and in other aspects of your life. Male skin, female skin, the products can help everyone.
  • Shiloh: What is next for you?
  • Erica: Averr Aglow-wise, we have so many products coming soon, and it's exciting. We will also have lab techs from time to time from a local high school come in. We're going to work with them, and I'll be a mentor. I am very excited about that! I get to share my passion for these things, and I can tell that they are really excited too. I can remember myself in their shoes. I can see that spark in them, and I want to keep it alive.
product making girl at averr aglow


Natural Solutions for Acne: Ditch Benzoyl Peroxide

Benzoyl peroxide is a widely used topical medication primarily used to treat acne. It belongs to the class of medications known as keratolytics, which work by unclogging pores and reducing bacteria on the skin's surface. Keep reading to learn natural alternatives to Benzoyl Peroxide.

Read more
Does Vitamin C Help Acne

Vitamin C can indeed help with acne due to its antioxidant properties and its ability to promote skin health. It can be a valuable ally in the battle against acne. Thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties, vitamin C helps soothe irritated skin and reduce redness associated with acne lesions.

Read more
PCOS Acne

PCOS, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, acne refers to acne that occurs in individuals with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. PCOS is a hormonal disorder that affects people with ovaries, and one of its common symptoms is acne. PCOS acne tends to be more severe and persistent than typical acne.

Read more
Does Spearmint Tea Help Acne?

Spearmint, which restores balance to the body when your hormones are out of whack. Spearmint tea also slows your production of sebum or skin oil. Keep reading to get more into the benefits of spearmint tea for hormonal acne treatment.

Read more
Butt Pimples

Butt pimples, also known as buttne, is a skin condition that can be both uncomfortable and embarrassing. We'll explore what butt pimples are, what causes it, how to get rid of it, how to treat it, and how you can prevent it.

Read more
Fungal Folliculitis

Fungal folliculitis, also known as fungal acne or pityrosporum folliculitis, is a skin infection affecting hair follicles. It occurs when hair follicles become inflamed due to an overgrowth of yeast or fungus, specifically the Malassezia species. This condition typically presents as small, itchy, red bumps or pustules that resemble acne, but unlike traditional acne, fungal folliculitis is caused by a yeast overgrowth rather than bacteria.

Read more