Azar Moayeri, the founder of Parissa, was the first female Chemical Engineer to graduate from the University of Edinburgh. After this rare accomplishment, she returned to Iran to work as a top project manager at the National Petrochemical Company. As the lead of an otherwise all male team, she initiated and brought to completion numerous successful projects. Because of the remarkable success of these projects, she was continually promoted to positions usually reserved for men many years her senior.
Image: Azar graduating from the University of Edinburgh.
Azar continued her success in the male dominated business world until political turmoil lead her to leave Iran with her husband and two young children. The Moayeri family arrived in Vancouver, Canada in 1981 where they started to build a new life.
In Canada, Azar noticed that only chemical hair removers were available in the market. Nowhere was she able to find the natural or alternative hair removal products that provided performance without the use of harsh chemicals or toxins. This is when she saw the opportunity to start a new home based venture. From her kitchen Azar formulated Canada's first all-natural hair removal product. Her husband manufactured the products and her kids packaged at home after school. The family would regularly go to community shows, drug stores and other outlets to meet with consumers and cosmeticians to demonstrate and sell the their natural products. Success in the local Shoppers Drug Mart and London Drugs stores spurred interest across Canada which grew the family business. This led Azar to formulate new innovative products and grow the Parissa product line substantially.
To this day, Parissa remains a family affair, albeit an extended family that includes a wonderful team of employees, suppliers, customers, and product users who share a strong commitment to local community, the environment, and socially responsible practices.
Over the last 35 years, Parissa has expanded internationally yet continues to manufacture, package, and ship products from its environmental award winning facility on the beautiful North Shore of Vancouver. Today Parissa is known as the expert in natural hair removal, offering smooth skin, clean and simple.