Mother’s Day is coming up, and , TerraNova would like to pay homage to our “mother” and founder, Jane Saunders, who founded Terranova over 45 YEARS AGO. We are grateful that a 50-year-old, stay-at-home mom, was able to push herself to start a business that has employed thousands of people over the years and inspired others to start businesses of their own.
Jane was a pioneer in the natural body care industry. As the founder of the original The Body Shop Store in Berkeley, California, she was the first to use natural ingredients such as aloe, vitamins, and jojoba oil (which she purchased directly from the Chief of a Southwestern Indian reservation).
She also loved to invent scents and spawned an entire genre of clean, fresh, & non-traditional scents that allowed the personality of its wearer to shine though. Some of our timeless customer’s faves come from our “Traditions Collection,” and include such classics as Rain, China Musk, China Rain and China Lily; which remain as popular now as they were back in the 70’s!
Jane also loved Hawaii, where she could float in Pacific Ocean and hunt for sea shells. The lush islands inspired her to create the most authentic tropical scents possible. Today, these fragrances are part of our “Island Escapes Collection,” and continue to have an incredibly loyal following throughout Hawaii, and around the world! Favorites include Pikake, the exquisite Jasmine wedding flower; Plumeria, the rich, buttery lei flower; White Ginger‘s spicy fresh blossoms; the heady aroma of Tuberose; and the classic, sensual Gardenia.
As her daughters, Ann Saunders (President) and Kathy Saunders (Vice President) will tell you, “Jane was a great mom! Though her business took up lots of her time, she always involved us in her travels, her decisions and we always had jobs (and so did our friends). Our friends thought she was the coolest mom in Berkeley (no small feat in the 70’s)!”
If you knew Jane and would like to post your favorite memories of her or those of your own mom, please include them here! We love to hear from you!