I'm Danika and I'm so honored that you're taking a peek at Oak & Ashland. Many of you want to know where the name Oak & Ashland comes from, so let me fill you in. Much of my inspiration, work ethic and passion for creating ingredient-conscious beauty products, comes from growing up in the very quaint and eco-conscious town of Ashland, Oregon. Nestled up in the hills, this gem of a city is extremely rich in culture, the arts, mouth-watering garden-to-table eateries and talented artisans. So there you have the history of the "Ashland" part of the name. The second half is named after a cozy street in Ashland that I grew up on (which as you may have guessed it by now) is named "Oak" street.
Prior to launching Oak & Ashland, I spent over a decade practicing as an esthetician (a licensed and trained skin specialist). For the first four years, I worked in a cosmetic surgeons office in Oregon where I did everything from facials, to brow shaping, to laser treatments. After that, I landed an esthetician's "dream job" and relocated to Los Angeles to work at the renowned Kate Somerville Clinic. Tending to the skin of Oscar Award winning nominees and Grammy Award winning musicians had quickly become my ordinary work day. I remained at the ultra-chic Kate Somerville Clinic for the next seven years, absorbing priceless information about the skincare world and working alongside some of the best estheticians in the industry. A question I repeatably got asked by clients was "can you suggest any NATURAL products that work?" That request along with my passion for living a clean lifestyle, really sparked my interest in creating my own products someday. Fast-forward to the present and here I am creating my own line of ingredient-conscious products in the beautiful Sonoma wine country.
When I'm not working, I love to take in the beauty of wine country. This swing session made me feel like a little kid again!