“Urban life is very stressful, and nature provides an escape for us to reconnect with ourselves,” Jose says. “I also believe in the power of fragrances to transport you to a particular place, a memory, and I think we’ve all experienced that. When you do experience it, it’s something very visceral, something very emotional. So I wanted to start a line of fragrances that transports you to the natural world.”
Jose grew up in Nicaragua, surrounded by what he calls “very virgin nature.” He fell in love with beaches and surfing in his home country. When he moved to New York City, he found that he came to miss nature, so he began traveling across the country and fell in love with the natural destinations around the U.S.
“All these destinations that I fell in love with ended up being the inspiration behind each one of our fragrances,” he says. “I also wanted to ensure that we were protecting it – leaving Mother Earth in a better place than without it. So the first thing we did was ensure that all of our ingredients are sustainable.”
For example, for the brand’s sandalwood scent, a green synthetic ingredient is used instead of actual sandalwood, a tree that takes a long time to grow. Likewise, recyclable parts of grapefruit are used for the brand’s Montecito scent. Even the products’ glass containers and boxes are recyclable.
Another Abbott commitment is to avoid any ingredient that could adversely affect consumers.
“This means no parabens, no phthalates, no hormone disruptors, no carcinogens,” he says. “If you look at most perfume ingredient lists, they’ll just put all the perfume in alcohol. We list our full list of ingredients. We believe consumers should know what they’re putting on their skins.”
The idea for the fragrance line began with his travels. Jose and his co-founder Michael Pass used trips to escape their high-pressure careers. A shared passion for fragrances led them to connect the dots.
In Part 1, Jose talks about:
* Gratitude to his first boss out of college, which gave him a shot working on Wall Street even though he lacked the traditional Ivy League credentials.
* Our emotional connection to nature.
* His childhood in Nicaragua and how moving to New York changed his perspective.
* How he fell in love with natural destinations around the United States.
* The need to make products with sustainable ingredients.
* The brand’s work with charities.
* The need to make scents unisex.
* How he and his co-founder turned travel into a brand.
* How their career success to date helped them gain an advantage with potential investors.
* How he re-engaged the creative side of his energy.
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