About Us Draft 1
In Portuguese, “Teadora” means adores you. At Teadora, we show our love for the world with natural and organic products made with the most powerful, unique and sustainable rainforest ingredients on earth. Our products let you experience the bounty and magic of the Amazon – all while helping to save this precious resource for generations to come.
I was born and raised in Brazil, adopted at only 1 day old by a mother who was a huge believer in naturopathic health and beauty and an avid rainforest conservationist. Growing up in Brazil, my mother believed strongly in using natural remedies, and instilled in me from early on that as Brazilians, we have a responsibility to protect the “heartbeat of the world”. After I moved to the US and started working for Apple, I often traveled back and forth to Brazil. Every time I came back, I would bring products that had amazing ingredients like cupuaçu (known to indigenous communities as the food of the gods), açai (fruit that cries), and buriti (tree of life). Friends could not get enough of them, but had to wait for me to go back to Brazil because they were simply unavailable in the US due to both the lack of familiarity as well as the very difficult process of identifying and responsibly sourcing ingredients.
Tom and I are former tech industry veterans and that’s where we met and fell in love… but Tom also had a secondary passion as a practicing massage therapist, and wanted to open his own spa. One day walking through our own rainforests in the Pacific Northwest an idea was born - what if we were able to create a spa experience for home that introduced these amazing ingredients, their benefits and story, to the public? We wanted to create a line of affordable, effective, safe and unique personal care products that reflect the incredible diversity and power of the Amazon Rainforest. We also believe strongly that there is no path to halting climate change that does not include preservation of the Amazon, which is disappearing at an alarming rate. Every day, plant and animal species disappear forever in the Amazon, and we are only just beginning to understand how this destruction negatively impacts habitat, new medicines, fresh water in the US, weather patterns, etc. We are on a mission to replant 1 million trees and preserve 75k acres in the Amazon rainforest – and every aspect of our business supports that work. We are here to change the face of the beauty industry, and have fully adopted the B Corp mantra using business as a force for good.
The line now includes Amazonian clay muds, scrubs, oils, butter, beauty butters, anti-pollution facial mist, shampoos/conditioners/cleansers, a men’s beard & skin oil and so on. It was a long path from creating our first scrubs in the kitchen to a full line of products, and customers now love the fact that they can have high performance products that are not just positive for the environment and community, but toxin-free, vegan and cruelty-free.
We have 3 grown children: Giulia, Sydney and Aidan, who are as excited about the business as we are. We live in Portland, Oregon with our cats Alex & Puffy and our Husky Zeus.
Love yourself, share your joy, find your passion.
Val & Tom