Our Team

At ORESTA, we believe in healthy, natural beauty. We believe that no one needs to compromise their health for beauty. We believe that an educated consumer is a healthy consumer. We believe that self care is self love. We are committed to educating & empowering you to understand ingredients and make healthy beauty choices.

Oresta  founder, owner, holistic aesthetician

Where you will find me: ORESTA confectionery in the Glebe and sporadically at the other ORESTA locations.

My beauty motto: There is nothing more beautiful than a woman who is comfortable with her perfect imperfections.

My beauty ritual: Living Libations Best Skin Ever Seabuckthorn Oil Cleanser, Will Hill Botanicals Nootka Rose Toner, Laurel Antioxidant Serum + Laurel Daily Balm, Afterglow foundation in Beige, ILIA lipstick - Perfect Day

The product I cannot live without: Afterglow Cosmetics Triple Eye Treatment in Praline is a 3:1 eye cream, concealer and brightener. I love the creamy texture, ease of application and how it conceal the darkness around my eyes and illuminates my eyes.

When I’m not working: I’m happiest when I am travelling (or dreaming of travelling) to faraway places with my family.

Why organic? During my struggle with adult acne, I realized that you really are what you eat and that you need to nourish your skin with healthy food. I want to educate not only my daughter but all women that it just doesn’t make sense to compromise your health for beauty. We need to be good to ourselves and to your planet.  

Laryssa owner, holistic aesthetician

Where you will find me: ORESTA apothecary in Hintonburg.

My beauty motto: A smile is the most beautiful curve on a woman’s body.

My beauty ritual: Kahina Facial Cleanser, Laurel Sun Damage Repair Serum + Restore Nightly Balm, Vita Liberata tanning lotion, Fitglow Eye Bright, Ilia Vivid Foundation in Gobi + Ilia Lip Crayon Karma Chameleon. Rahua Shampoo + Conditioner.

The product I cannot live without: Laurel Restore Nightly Balm.  A luxurious part of my evening beauty ritual that leaves my skin softened, plumped, radiant and relaxed.

When I’m not working: I’m learning to be a kid again with my two wonderful daughters

Why organic? My years as a registered nurse helped me to understand the damage of chemicals in synthetic beauty products on my skin and on the environment. I made the switch to organic products and found them to be more effective for my skin, hair and overall health. 

Tara-Lynn manager + online store manager

Where you will find me: ORESTA gallery in Beechwood

My beauty motto: The beginning of beauty is knowing and loving yourself.

My beauty ritual: Everybody Loves the Sunshine Best Skin Ever, Laurel Oily Combo Elixir, All Seeing Eye Cream, Laurel Antioxidant Serum, Eminence Coconut Moisturizer and Elate Full Tint Foundation. My hair care consists of Yarok's Feed Your Moisture Shampoo + Masque, Feed Your Ends Leave in Conditioner + and daily touch ups with Yarok's Feed Your Style.

The product I cannot live without: Laurel Antioxidant Serum. After balancing my inflammation, my skin has never looked healthier or more clear.

When I’m not working: I'm binging Netflix with my 2 dogs, working on my portfolio for web development + education or lounging in a hot bath to relax.

Why organic? I have been struggling with acne since the age of 14. I have tried everything under the sun for commercial treatments from aggressive chemical peels, microdermabrasion and Accutane which were disastrous for the normal function of my skin. I found that any attained results deteriorated quickly and caused peeling, cracking and abrasions. I chose organic because of the philosophy behind being mindful and good to yourself while caring for your largest organ. 

Meghan manager

Where you will find me: ORESTA confectionery in the Glebe.

My beauty motto: Beauty is about enhancing what you have. Let yourself shine through!" - Janelle Monae.

My beauty ritual: Eminence Stone Crop Gel Wash, Stonecrop Fizzfoliant. A few sprits of Wild Hill Fireweed Toner, a few drops of Laurel Anti-Inflammatory serum, and a bi-weekly Eminence Calm Skin Masque.

The product I cannot live without: Afterglow’s Triple Eye Treatment/Concealer. It helps cancel out any bags or dark circles under my eyes, while keeping them happy and avoiding congestion.

When I’m not working: You can find me strolling around Centretown with my boston terrier, Rosco. Frequenting/organzing small and eclectic music events, organizing and promoting women’s networks amongst peers, or grabbing a snack at Ottawa’s many trendy eateries.

Why organic? My skin has been my biggest insecurity through my adolescence and as a young adult. Converting to organic and all natural products improved my skins health, my attitude about myself, and my skins over all appearance. 

Cecilia manager

Where you will find me: ORESTA apothecary in Hintonburg.

My beauty motto: COMING SOON

My beauty ritual: [AM] Wild Hill Fireweed Toner, Laurel Anti-Inflammatory Serum and Eminence Red Currant Moisturizer SPF 32 [PM] Stone Crop Cleansing Oil, Stone Crop Gel Wash, Fireweed Toner, Anti-Inflammatory Serum and Eminence Lotus Detoxifying Treatment [Occasionally] Eminence Stone Crop Fizzofoliant, Laurel Detox Mask, Eminence Hungarian Mud Treatment

The product I cannot live without: Laurel Anti-Inflammatory Serum

When I’m not working: Watching Netflix with my cats, blogging, doing crosswords, playing video games or trying out the newest restaurant.

Why organic? I have sensitive skin that reacts to a lot of products and it just made the most sense after a long journey of everything else not working. It’s also important to me that while I’m taking care of myself, that as a consumer, I’m taking care of the world too. A lot of organic companies are passionate about a cause they are giving back to, are cruelty-free and environmentally-friendly! 

Jessica  holistic aesthetician

Where you will find me: ORESTA gallery in Beechwood.

My beauty motto: Today I will embrace the natural beauty in me.

My beauty ritual: I cleanse with Living Libations Seabuckthorn Best Skin Ever, a few spritzes of Wild Hill Botanicals Nootka Toner, followed by a couple drops of Laurel Anti-inflammatory Serum, Kahina Eye Cream and finishing with Pristine Beauty's Hooray for Brallywood Butta Moisturizer. Throughout the week after I have cleansed I will use Sow Your Wild Oats Exfoliator and Wild Hill Honey + Myrrh Mask.

The product I cannot live without: Coola Cucumber Matte SPF 30. I love the way my skin radiates, I am amazed how calms, soothes, and heals my skin. I find it hydrating and I live that it protects my fair skin from uva/uvb rays. Just enough tint to even my skin tone.

When I’m not working: I'm spending quality time with my family, we enjoy long walks with our dog, watching movies and camping. I love self care. I relax with a good book, or a sketch pad, a bath or meditating. I enjoy doing volunteer work.

Why organic? It has genuinely balanced my skin, it is healthiest it has ever been. Who knew all those toxins were causing my skin such issues.

Amy  holistic aesthetician + reiki practitioner 

Where you will find me: ORESTA confectionery in the Glebe

My beauty motto: Coming Soon

My beauty ritual: Coming 

The product I cannot live without: Coming Soon

When I’m not working: Coming Soon

Why organic? Coming Soon

Caroline  lifer 

Where you will find me: Any of the ORESTA locations 

My beauty motto: You only have one face, so invest in it!

My beauty ritual: I cleanse with living Libations everybody loves the sunshine and often mix in some eminence strawberry rhubarb dermafoliant, then tone with wild hill fireweed toner, massage in eminence calendula oil and then a layer of Linden calendula treatment in the winter months or another layer of everybody loves the sunshine in the warmer months. I also love my Rahua shampoo and conditioner when I get a chance to wash my hair. 

The product I cannot live without: Elate Creme Revealer for under my eyes.

When I’m not working: You will find me with my two wonderful young boys and husband, flipping the Airbnb in my basement, doing crafts for my DIY style co. Workshops, at yoga or wishing I was at yoga. And of course hanging out with my amazing mom!

Why organic? I got on the organic train in my teens as my mother was into a more natural approach to skincare and life in general. She educated me to take care of my skin because you only get one face, so organic was the best way I could do this.