At the age of 14, Horst began a three-year apprenticeship in the beauty and salon industry. His intuitive talent, creativity and dangerous charisma catapulted him to the top of the swinging sixties hair competition circuit. A rock star life followed, leading him to the U.S. where fate landed him in the Midwest. By 1965, he started his own salons and a product line called Horst.
In 1978, Horst founded Aveda Corporation, a global plant-based cosmetic company, and ushered a new consciousness into the world of beauty. Nearly two decades later, he sold Aveda to Estee Lauder. He shifted focus to Intelligent Nutrients, a health and beauty company that lives to the highest standards of 100% food-based, safe, non-toxic and organic ingredients.
A man of his time and ahead of it, he began his search into the world of greater wisdom and plant study in the mid-60s, adding aromatherapist, perfumer and Ayurvedic practitioner as the recipient of a honoris causa doctorate in Ayurveda from Gurukul Mahavidyalaya Twalapur, Haridwar University, India. In his continuing study of plant-based medicine, he collaborates with noted physicians, chemists and pharmacologists, as well as with experts and traditional healers throughout the world. Horst is on the Board of Directors at the Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital in Detroit, Michigan, and supports the Mayo Clinic’s Complementary and Integrative Medicine Program in Rochester, Minnesota.
Horst has authored four books, Minding Your Business, Rejuvenation, Aveda Rituals and Alivelihood. He was an executive producer on Hidden Medicine, an independent film that premiered at the 1999 Sundance Film Festival. A sought-after speaker and collaborator, he counts TEDIndia among his innumerable speaking engagements. He currently resides in Wisconsin and New York City. His organic farm in Wisconsin is solar, wind and geothermal powered, and he grows plant ingredients for Intelligent Nutrients products. His latest interest is in plant and human stem cell for anti-aging technology.