meet the founders (old)

MICAELA HOO (right) Micaela is a sufferer of chronic illnesses. She's dealt with eczema, bloating, stomach aches, and constipation ever since she can remember. In 2014, Micaela started proactively searching for a diagnosis. After seeing a nutritionist and gastroenterologist, she was initially diagnosed with idiopathic leaky gut and dysbiosis (an imbalance between the good and bad bacteria in the gut). This forced her to reevaluate her choices of food and skincare products. Soon thereafter, she started homemaking body butters — now known as Drifter Organics — with her mother, Dawn Marie Hoo. After seeing numerous specialists and getting various tests done, in 2019, Micaela was officially diagnosed with gastroparesis which means her stomach is partially paralyzed. It's been a rollercoaster of a ride and she's currently still searching for more diagnoses that will solve the missing puzzle pieces of her chronic issues. Shifting to a plant-based diet and using homemade skincare products cleared up Micaela’s skin and digestive issues and thus changed her entire outlook on life. Micaela’s mission is to prove you can live a holistic life without sacrificing style. She also runs a lifestyle brand focusing on ethical fashion, sustainable living, and wellness.

DAWN MARIE HOO (left) Dawn Marie has no known allergies or health issues. She’s also never broken a bone, sprained an ankle or had chickenpox, mumps, measles, rubella, or whooping cough. However, Dawn Marie still wants to maintain a healthy lifestyle. The determination to heal Micaela’s gut took their awareness of healthy food and skincare choices to the next level. Unsatisfied with the “high quality, dermatologist recommended” skincare products on the market, Micaela and Dawn Marie started homemaking body butters together. And so Drifter Organics was born.

We like colors, patterns, and a whole lot of irreverence and quirk. We're mindful, but we thrive on the energy of the city. We also love puns and guessing each other's emoji sentences. You don't need to live in a cabin in the woods to live a truly natural and holistic life. The Drifter girl is smart, driven, witty, and young at heart.