Our Story

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Chef Jennifer Sanford’s lifelong curiosity with clean, handmade skin care originated during her teens to combat her cystic acne. Using only natural ingredients, she created treatments that greatly reduced the frequency and severity of the outbreaks. The dramatic results fueled an interest in the importance of choosing natural ingredients for skin care.

This interest accelerated when Jennifer’s infant daughter battled eczema. Through diligent trial and error, she discovered the harsh chemicals in their laundry detergent were the source of her condition, and she began to carefully curate the products they kept in their home. Over the years, she kept abreast of research findings about toxic ingredients in our skin and hair care products. Upon further research she found that even products labeled healthy or organic still contained undesirable preservatives and had potentially detrimental side effects. Many of them were removed, and then replaced with new preservatives, only to learn a few years later that these additives also had undesirable side effects.

During her 500 hours of training for yoga and meditation certification, Jennifer was introduced to the ancient healing techniques of Ayurvedic medicine. The use of herbs and oils for medicinal purposes and wellness enhancement further supported her experience that only fresh, preservative-free products can be fully trusted.

I’m passionate about changing the traditional way we care for our skin, scalp, and hair. Feeding our outer selves with the highest quality bio-available ingredients creates a natural shimmer on the outside that translates to a healthy shimmer on the inside.

S H I M M E R   S S E N T I A L S will forever change your expectations of your beauty routine. 

Jennifer Sanford

S H I M M E R  C H E F Founder

Armed with scientific knowledge and her Chef Training, Jennifer created SHIMME

ESSENTIALS, a revolutionary product line that is pre and pro biotic, organic, fresh, and chemical and preservative free. Just as the healthiest foods we consume come from nature, the same should be expected from our skin, scalp, and hair care routines so that we allow our bodies to work for us, not against us.

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Three years ago, Jennifer’s four daughters, now preteen through young adult, got caught up in the face mask craze. She was alarmed to discover the masks were laden with chemicals and preservatives for a long shelf life. This accepted norm suddenly became unacceptable. Common sense took hold: If you can store your beauty items in a cabinet for years, there’s a good chance it doesn’t belong on your body. This revelation fueled her quest to find 100% chemical and preservative-free products. Those products didn’t exist, and the journey to create the SHIMMER CHEF skin, scalp, and hair care line began in earnest.


Jennifer then returned to what she learned as a teen: true skin health comes from nature, prepared in the kitchen, not in a laboratory. To gain expertise in the health-supportive aspects of food, she became certified in Food Therapeutics, and trained as a Health Supportive Culinary Arts Chef by working a 100 hour internship at the organic, wellness-focused, fresh meal delivery service Provenance Meals. It was during her rigorous studies at culinary school where whole, plant based, living foods were prized as the key to wellness, Jennifer learned about the effects our diet has on our mental and physical well-being. Once again, the value of Ayurvedic principles was highlighted. The use of medicinal skin plasters for healing, and the importance of nurturing our internal and external microbiome struck a chord. The link between promoting a healthy microbiome through the use of superpower ingredients, potent plant sources, essential oils, and natural butters was reinforced by the growing field of scientific research: As our body’s largest organ and our first defense against environmental stressors, fortifying our skin and scalp are crucial.


Armed with scientific knowledge and her Chef Training, Jennifer created SHIMMEESSENTIALS, a revolutionary product line that is pre and pro biotic, organic, fresh, and chemical and preservative free. Just as the healthiest foods we consume come from nature, the same should be expected from our skin, scalp, and hair care routines so that we allow our bodies to work for us, not against us.

Our Products

Each fresh, handmade set of SHIMMER CHEF plasters and creams is alive with the highest quality whole food, organic ingredients, formulated with our Vitamin C Infusion to maximize nutritional accessibility. Created for all skin types, and all genders.

**All items in the SHIMMER CHEproduct line are alive with nutrients and must be refrigerated.  Use your Shimmer Essentials Set within one week.**

Each fresh, handmade set of SHIMMER 

CHEF plasters and creams is alive with the highest quality whole food, organic ingredients, formulated with our Vitamin C Infusion to maximize nutritional accessibility. Created for all skin types, and all genders.

**All items in the SHIMMER CHEproduct line are alive with nutrients and must be refrigerated.  Use your Shimmer Essentials Set within one week.**

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