Meet the Founder

Max Kater

This picture was taken by my eldest son in our backyard, during the COVID-19 quarantine. I was never a “classic beauty”, but I like this photo because it’s very me: I'm wearing my hair straight back in a ponytail, minimal makeup, in comfy shoes, white jeans, and a 20-year-old jacket from H&M. Mostly, I like it because he made me laugh! It also reminds me that even during the darkest times, we can always find ways to be happy right where we are. I think a happy face is a great face, no matter what. Here’s to less “perfection,” and more being happy with our genuine selves.

Max started her career as a Fashion and Beauty Editor in Los Angeles and eventually, Hong Kong and Singapore. After 12 years of traveling the globe for Fashion Weeks and running a stable of magazines as an EIC, she decided to become a stay-at-home mother in Sydney, and a new chapter of her life began. She founded Murchison-Hume in 2008, and never looked back. 12 years later, Heales Apothecary was born out of her desire to bring clean, no-nonsense skincare with amazing Australian native botanicals to the US. She lives with her husband, 2 sons, and 2 whippets in Los Angeles.