There is something strangely appropriate about starting with Thoreau, to mark our entry into the U.S. market, with our Midsummer Rose series of natural cosmetics. And, while we will have more to say about this 19th century author, poet, philosopher, abolitionist, naturalist, surveyor, and historian, as well as about our new American adventure, for the moment, we begin with a portrait and a provocation:
Truths and roses have thorns about them.
— H.D. Thoreau