There was a famous slogan by now an infamous product that still resonates today: “You’ve come a long way.” Coined in the 1960s by the advertising agency for Virginia Slims cigarettes, it was meant to hail the modern woman who, in droves, carved out her own life, living it the way she wanted to, while recognizing just how far women had come.
Well, we have gone much farther and I am both proud and humbled to join the millions of other women who carved their own niches based on vision, fortitude and an uncompromisingly outstanding work ethic.
In 2001, I founded my company, HP Ingredients, to provide herbal solutions for the rapidly growing botanical supplement industry. It all started with Tongkat Ali from Malaysia, where I grew up. I was intrigued by this herb, which was popular in traditional use, notably by men who wanted to remain virile. Well, one thing led to another, and I was the first to bring it to the US, and organize research to back up the claims and use by our local people, the Orang Asli.
I then formed an alliance with Dr. Juan Hancke to provide Andrographis paniculata along with the research. Then, working with H&A in Calabrian, Italy, I brought over bergamot for cardiometabolic support. This model continues, and we just launched a new ingredient for women, Nu Femme™
I am very passionate about diving into studies and working with researchers to reveal the power of the herbs and their constituents. I have always liked the quote from Francis Bacon: “Knowledge is power.” In our case as a botanical ingredient specialist, this knowledge helps brands formulate safe and effective products. Also, I love to caretake the caretakers; those indigenous people who tend and cultivate the herb and plant we use to create our ingredients. We support those people and their communities.
In 2020, we proudly became a certified Woman-Owned Company.
International Women’s Day is highly meaningful for me, as a goal of mine is to continue to deeply empower and enrich women not only in our company and industry, but whom I encounter in my other endeavors.
After more than 20 years at the helm of my vision and now reality, HP Ingredients, I also want to take this opportunity to thank you for being a part of what we do.