A native New Yorker, Burnes gave up the fast-pace of the city and moved to Northern California’s wine country, where she resides with her husband and 2 daughters.
Combining her knowledge of chemistry and biology with a background in cosmetology, herbology, natural medicine and environmentalism, Burnes relies on her instincts as a working mother and beauty-industry insider to deliver a message of conscientious beauty to her customers. She synthesizes a vast amount of knowledge and experience from both the eco-sensitive and conventional sides of the fence, making her someone consumers can trust.
Representing the new face of green living—modern, multifaceted, Burnes is far cry from the hippie stereotype of 50 years ago. As the CEO and cofounder of sumbody, a skincare company dedicated to all-natural, eco-friendly products free of synthetic chemicals, Burnes has become the go-to source for legions of customers and has been featured on television shows including “Tyra,” “Access Hollywood” and TV Guide’s “Fashion Team” as well as in print in such magazines as InStyle, Lucky, Organic Style, W, and O The Oprah Magazine. In addition, she’s participated in many celebrity events including the 2007 Academy Awards environmentally-friendly Green Room and the 2007 MTV Movie Awards.