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Narelle, Colin & Alf. 1999. 2nd meeting. Pre-Miessence formation. 

Miessence began when  Co-Founders Narelle and Colin Chenery and Alf Orpen met in 1999. Narelle was producing her own skin care range at the time when she and her husband Colin met Alf. Something clicked at their first meeting and in literally minutes they had agreed to go into business with the intention to create the worlds first certified organic skin care range.

In 2003 John Hunter, who had considerable experience in the direct selling Industry joined the group. With the support and enthusiasm of many Affiliates around the world (called Representatives at the time) Miessence has grown into what it is today.

Naturally each participant has a more detailed view of how Miessence evolved for and from them. It’s really like a few streams flowing together to form a river, each stream has a different origin and therefore story. 

Our core purpose

Is expressed through
2 of the co-founders own words.

Narelle Chenery Co-Founder Miessence 
My mission is to seek out the most pure, potent and beneficial ingredients in nature to create innovative, certified organic products that support vibrant health, total well-being, and natural beauty for our customers who absolutely love using our products!

Alf Orpen Co-Founder Miessence 
To be in business for the sake of business I personally think is not only a waste of time, but increasingly destructive to people’s health and the environment.  If however, we can make a difference, create something beneficial for people & the environment and overtime increase that benefit, then to be in business is something to be grateful for.

Our core Business

Our core business has evolved over the past 20 years around the definition of what natural & organic really mean.

It has stood the test of time as it is now the way organic certification agencies define the difference between natural and naturally derived synthetic ingredients.

What is Natural?

Our Definition of Natural

Existing in,
or formed
by nature;
not artificial

Industry Definition of Natural

Any ingredient
"derived from"
a natural substance

Truly Natural

Food grade

So Called "Naturally Derived" / "Naturally Sourced"

Chemical process
Synthesized with synthetic chemicals & mined minerals
unsafe synthetic chemical

What is Organic?

The word Organic means something very different in chemistry than it does when you're talking about skincare and food.

Our Definition of Organic

Grown, cultivated and stored without the use of GMO's, synthetic chemicals, herbicides, pesticides, fumigants or other toxic substances

Industry Definition of Organic

Any compound containing carbon