Kvell Brings Oceanwell Skin Care to U.S.


ST LOUIS—Kvell Cosmetics LLC partnered with Kiel, Germany-based oceanBASIS as the exclusive U.S. distributor of the algae-based, NaTrue-certified skin care line, Oceanwell, formulated bioactive molecules extracted intact from laminaria algae (brown algae).

“The Laminaria alga is resilient, regenerative and withstands harsh environmental conditions," said Jeff Ellebrecht, mechanical engineer and general manager of Kvell Cosmetics. “These properties continually impressed the marine biologists at oceanBASIS as they were researching wound healing and cell repair innovations. The Oceanwell line was a byproduct of marine medical research."

This research has carried over into the harvesting process. First, algae from the Baltic Sea are harvested by oceanBASIS divers. Then, in an all-natural process, the algae are multiplied, and the bioactive molecules are extracted. It then enters the Oceanwell manufacturing phase before being shipped to Kvell Cosmetics in St. Louis.

Kvell Cosmetics plans to make Oceanwell lines available to organizations that provide premium skincare services and sell associated products (spas, salons, laser hair removal facilities, medical spas and more).