July 9, 2024
Boldijarre Koronczay

How Eminence Organics Came To Vancouver, Canada

Written By (old):

Alisha Whitley

Eminence Organic Skin Care has come a long way from our humble beginnings in Hungary. Since 1958, our mission to enhance your well-being naturally through extraordinary products and extraordinary service has taken us from the Hungarian countryside to Vancouver, Canada and beyond. Today, we have roots in Hungary at the Eminence Certified Organic Farm, a growing team at our central office in Vancouver and thousands of Spa Partners that carry our results-driven, organic products worldwide. Here is a brief look at our incredible journey.

Boldijarre Koronczay childhood photo

Eminence Organics President, Boldijarre Koronczay, as a child

 

Our Roots: The Eminence Organic Skin Care Story

Eminence Organic Skin Care is based in Vancouver, Canada. Founded with Hungarian traditions in mind, our brand is led by brothers Boldijarre and Attila Koronczay

Eminence Organics began years ago with the organic ingredients and natural skin care techniques used for generations by Koronczay family estheticians. The defining experience that led Boldijarre and Attila to join their family in the skin care industry was an unlikely one. At the age of four, Boldijarre was diagnosed with an extremely rare form of leukemia and was given a 0.1% chance of survival. His mother and grandmother turned to organic nutrition to help his body heal. Incredibly, Boldijarre made a full recovery and since the brothers have been on a mission to share their appreciation for all things natural and organic.

Years after his recovery, Boldijarre followed in Koronczay family footsteps and became a trained esthetician with a passion for natural and organic ingredients. It was nine years before Eminence Organics took off in North America. Our operations in North America started small, with Boldijarre working at a local spa and sharing the skin care line with his private clients. Word of his organic facials and Hungarian-style massage techniques quickly spread, and he soon had a lengthy waitlist. With his background in engineering and logistics, Attila stepped in to oversee business operations, bringing Eminence Organics products from Hungary to North America. Today, Boldijarre is a spa industry icon with an unparalleled reputation as a Master Esthetician. He has been instrumental of the development of skin care products that have attracted A-list clientele, including Katherine HeiglLaura Dern and Kristen Bell

In 1996, with the goal of bringing organic skin care worldwide, he and Attila set their sights on Vancouver, Canada. Boldijarre says: “We particularly chose Vancouver due to the healthy lifestyle that the city could provide, as well as [it being] one of the greenest cities in North America … We were also looking for a place that had a mild climate all year long, due to having natural and heat-sensitive products.”

While first navigating their entry into an international market, the Koronczay brothers worked minimum-wage jobs … Attila remembers: “We dealt with years of rejection while the market wasn’t ready to understand the benefits of organic. Even the spa industry wasn’t interested in organic products … My brother and I shared a sofa bed for almost a decade. But, we shared the same dream and same dedication to our ideas and to each other.

Boldijarre and Attila Koronczay

Brothers Boldijarre and Attila Koronczay

Why Does Eminence Organics Choose Natural Ingredients?

For us, organic is a way of life. Our products are free from harmful additives like parabens, petrolatum, mineral oils, propylene glycol or sodium lauryl sulfate. From farm to skin, our products are certified cruelty free. We choose organic because we know that natural botanicals have the power to transform skin. To craft each cleanser, serum, moisturizer and masque, we choose to use the best ingredients available – which are organic! Studies have found that organic crops contain higher levels or essential nutrients, including vitamins and antioxidants. Eminence Organics has harnessed the power of these pure and potent ingredients in the luxurious Beyond Organic Collection, which is hypoallergenic and suitable for sensitive skin. This skin care collection includes products formulated with ingredients from Demeter International Certified Biodynamic® farms as well as products that are certified Biodynamic, like our Facial Recovery Oil. You can learn more about our Biodynamic ingredients here. Or, you can watch Lead Skin Care Trainer Natalie Pergar as she shares the background of Biodynamic farming and our products that are Beyond Organic. 

 

What Does Organic Skin Care Mean?

Though you may be familiar with the term, you may be in the dark about what exactly organic means. Organic refers to agricultural practices that excludes the use of harmful, synthetic pesticides and fertilizers to maintain soil fertility and to produce higher-quality crops. Organic practices support the health of flora and fauna to protect biodiversity.

Organic practices prohibit:

  • Synthetic and/or toxic fertilizers and pesticides
  • Genetically modified (GMO) seeds
  • Artificial color, flavoring or preservatives
  • Hydroponics
  • Growth hormones and antibiotics

Instead, organic agriculture relies on:

  • Crop rotation
  • Green manure rich in nitrogen
  • Using beneficial insects or manual techniques to control pests

Where Is The Eminence Organic Farm?

Our award-winning and educational Eminence Certified Organic Farm is located in the Hungarian countryside. At the farm, visitors are transported to a simple way of life as they learn about traditional farming practices that honor our deep Hungarian roots. While exploring the landmark heritage farm, visitors can touch, walk amongst and even taste our collection of organic plants.

Since its inception, the Eminence Certified Organic Farm has been devoted to regenerative farming. We’re proud that we can transform eroded and polluted land into a lush landscape teeming with biodiversity! 

Whenever possible, we rely on regenerative agriculture, whether it’s the botanicals we choose for our products or the practices we employ on the Eminence Certified Organic Farm. These techniques result in richer soil, healthier water and increased biodiversity while combating climate change. We’re proud to do our part! 

Are Eminence Organics Products Made In Hungary?

Our central office is in Vancouver but we keep close ties to our Hungarian roots. At Eminence Organics, people often ask, “Is Eminence Organics really made in Hungary?” All of our products are, in fact, formulated in Hungary, where the majority are also manufactured then sent to Canada for hand pouring. Although a variety of our natural, organic and Biodynamic ingredients are globally sourced, the majority are still grown in Hungary.

What is Forests for the Future™?

Forests for the Future is our in-house charitable initiative focused on improving the environment. In partnership with Trees for the Future, Eminence Organics plants a tree for every retail product sold. As of 2024, we have planted 25 million trees in communities that need them most.

This program also trains farmers in the communities that we’ve served, giving them the tools they need to establish a reliable food source and increase their income. To increase regenerative agricultural practices worldwide, we train them to introduce forest gardens – an agricultural method that mimics natural biodiversity – to their farms. Together, we’ve been able to help communities in Kenya, Senegal, Guinea and beyond.

Eminence Organic Ingredients For Success

Boldijarre tells Dermascope: “Success is working all the time and making it look easy. It’s only through decades of hard work, late nights, sacrifices, uphill battles and hundreds of miles spent on the road each year that have made Eminence Organics into the global brand it is today.”

How long have you been a fan of Eminence Organics? Share your story with us in the comments below or learn more about our products at your nearest Eminence Organics Spa Partner. 

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