Philippe Briot and Anna Dannfelt are the founders of Essential Factory and there's an interesting story. The combination of Anna's knowledge and creativity with Philippe's solid experience of business and innate understanding of the market-place creates a strong and expansive team.
Born in Japan, Anna's passion for plants, flowers and scents started at an early age. During her years in the Swedish forest her research and experimentation with wild herbs expanded to include essential oils. A mother of four, she used her plants and oils to keep her family healthy and strong. With time she grew interested in natural skin-care after finding existing products both expensive and filled with chemicals. She began formulating products both for private use and on a more professional level. Parallel to this she was one of the aromatherapy pioneers in Sweden. In 2005 she relocated to Luxembourg where she continues her work with cosmetic and perfume design.
Philippe, a Belgian engineer who was raised in a couture workshop, has a passion for food, wines and scents. Raising a daughter gave him a unique insight into the manipulation of the female beauty business. Over the years, Phil has acquired a world-wide industrial experience and thoroughness to detail when it comes to quality & safety issues within manufacturing and product validation. For Phil, finding top botanical materials is an on-going journey. He takes the time to search out environmentally conscious and passionate producers because he believes that good products are made by good people.
We couldn't do it on our own and so we've chosen some great people to work with who have helped us achieve our goals.
Graphic design: Linda Bos
Linda's talent and personality reflects in her work.
She turned our vision into reality.
Photographer: Denis Tombal
Denis' has a keen eye for detail and beauty... on any subject.
We love the pics he has done for us.
Sustainability advisor: Guy Bigwood
Guy is an experienced global advocate for sustainability on all levels.
He has been a massive help on minimizing our carbon footprint.
Website and content management: Dot Bekker
Dot is imaginative and straightforward.
She gives us the feedback and tools we need to create a personal communication with our customers.