Fauna was created by Owner, Renee Garacochea. Renee grew up in the small town of Truckee, California just outside Lake Tahoe. She spent her summers in Los Angeles and became fascinated with the fashion industry at a very young age. The summer of 1988, Renee packed her bags and headed south to L.A. to pursue a career in fashion.

After a few years in fashion, her interests quickly shifted to the cosmetic industry. She worked for several industry-leading cosmetic and perfume companies before becoming the Vice President of Sales and Marketing for the famed Philip B. While at Philip B., Renee developed a keen understanding of the natural hair care business, which included extensive laboratory and market research. At the time, the industry had only mildly touched on all-natural products.

In 1996 Renee adopted a 2 month old chocolate Cocker Spaniel, Avo. She found herself quickly purchasing every pet product known to man, however, she could not find a pet shampoo that did not contain a warning label, “Harmful to Humans and Domestic Animals” or that simply did not work for Avo. She began researching dog shampoo products and discovered often times the ingredients listed were not in fact in the shampoos. She also started testing pH levels in dogs and cats only to discover they were similar to humans. She found that the utilization of essential oils and plant extracts benefit pets at an even higher level than humans. When experimenting with many essential oils, Renee discovered that the combination of Tea Tree oil and Lavender oil was an excellent natural repellent for fleas, itchy skin and hot spots. Avo was a wonderful test dog! Renee was also testing the same product on herself. For human hair and scalp, this shampoo provided moisture, intense shine, body and treated oily scalps without weighing the hair down.

It was through this research and a ton of baths for Avo that Fauna: Aromatherapy Hair Care For Pets & People was born, featuring the Tea Tree Oil and Lavender Shampoo, Shea Butter & Lavender Oil conditioner, Orange Oil and Lavender Oil detangling sheen, Marigold Petals & Lavender Oil Babies shampoo (can’t leave out the puppies and babies!), and an SPF 15 Citronella & Eucalyptus spray for the body and coat. All of the products, for both you AND your pet, possess active healing properties, as well as aroma therapy elements that heighten sensory stimulation, yet sooth and calm the soul leaving you and your pet with the ultimate bathing experience every time.

For the last 22 years, Fauna has been providing beautiful coats and hair to puppies, dogs, cats, kittens, horses and PEOPLE. Be sure to check out the Fauna Fans page and don’t forget to visit our SHOP page where our new Tea Tree Oil and Lavender Dry Shampoo is now available.


If It’s Good Enough For Your Pet, It’s Good Enough For You!


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