Stuart Thomson was the founder and principal researcher of the Gaia Research Institute in 1990. Along with his wife Lettie Thomson, their personal care business – Gaia Organics – the proceeds of which funded the independent, non-profit activities and research of the Institute. After Stuart’s and Lettie’s retirement in 2011, Lettie’s daughter Claudia Wantling, who had been actively involved with the company since 2001, became the Director of Gaia Organics. Claudia and her small team manufacture and distribute the Gaia Organics brand of eco-skin & health products worldwide. Environmental influences and especially in personal care products, may be as crucial as what we ingest, hence Gaia’s focus on benign, yet effective naturally formulated personal care products.