Hello all, hope everyone is having a fabulous Sunday and wonderful weather :)!
So about a week ago I had posted a question on my Facebook page asking what everyone would like to see me blog about, and from the great questions I got, this week's blog was born. I was asked how I came to be in this business, my passions, and what I like/dislike about being a business owner. Since some of you may be new to my blog/Facebook/Twitter and business, I thought I would make this week's blog about how I got started making natural bath & beauty products.
I've always has a preference for natural versus your standard commercial products. As someone with very sensitive skin, I find that alot of the chemicals and preservatives used in commercially-produced products really irritate my skin. And to be honest, I also tend to be really picky about things like consistency of products :P! Another issue I often have with most products is the scent. I have a pretty strong sense of smell, and because of that, often find that the scents used in perfumes & lotions are abit strong for me. I like to smell nice, of course, but I don't like the whole "walk away and leave a scent trail thing". You know when you talk to someone wearing a strong perfume, and for like 10 minutes after they leave, you still smell their perfume? I'm not a big fan of that, personally.
So, with all of this in mind, I decided one day to give it a try doing it myself, since I couldn't find anything that was natural, that was in my budget (I really can't justify spending $50 on creams, ya know?), and that was exactly the scent I was looking for. Since I've been working with essential oils for various purposes for years, being able to blend these comes pretty naturally to me; this was the easy part. There was some definite tweaking of recipes for my lotion & body butter bases, with the first batch I ever attempted coming out very, um, firm (we're talking shellac, people). After one or two rounds that did have to be tossed, I had it down.
I keep a recipe book, so to speak, of my final formulas for all products. I look at this as more of a base idea, as I'm always trying to improve my products, by adding in extra antioxidants or even changing out one ingredient for another if it's beneficial.
Anyway, I hope this has given everyone an idea of how I got into the natural bath & beauty products game. I love coming up with new blends and formulas, and am always working on new and different things, so check back often for new products!
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