“My desire is to extend Love through organic, handmade skincare products.”
When I first started, it was just a hobby, something to blow off steam and enjoy being creative. For a long time, I made natural soap just for my husband, he really loves handmade soaps. Everyone I gave them to said the same thing, that I should sell them at the farmers market downtown. So, I signed up to attend the Farm & Art Markets, and it was a huge success! I felt like this was my calling, and without hesitation, I quit my job as a Head Vet Tech and decided to work full-time on my business, WILD Organic Skincare.
I always made everything from scratch, no outside recipes, and only all natural ingredients, no fragrance oil. I was definitely in my element when I was reading, learning, and experimenting on my skincare creations. I started with soaps for acne, shaving, stinky arm pits, shampoo bars. That evolved into body oils and butters, face serums, bath bombs, sugar scrubs, lip balms, rehydrating mists and beard care products. I found out that I was really good at formulating skincare routines for friends with sensitive skin issues, and created a detailed reference guide you can check out here – SKINCARE 101.
A year later, on a hot summer day, my mother-in-law got very badly sunburned at the beginning of her long awaited beach trip. The vacation was ruined, she was too embarrassed to go to the restaurants she enjoyed, she wouldn’t go anywhere during the day, she could barely sit down without being in terrible pain. She asked me, “why did showering make my sunburn worse? ”
The answer is – the soap you use is really important, most soaps will exacerbate sunburn. Showering in hot water can make sunburn hurt more, even using a loofah can over exfoliate and lead to a longer recovery time. Unfortunately, she used the hotel soap and it made her sunburn a lot worse. Your skin absorbs the water and soap you use when you bathe.
I became obsessed with designing a natural soap that could wash away sunburn. I thought, “Why wasn’t something like this on the market already?” The short of it was, the info on the internet said it was impossible. Sure there were other soaps out there with aloe and other botanicals, but nothing specifically made to heal sunburn. So, for years and years, I researched, I experimented, I found all the wrong ways to make it, I even gave up once or twice…
But, I still had a strong desire to find the key, to find the missing link, so I would try again with different techniques, different calculations, I basically tried everything. My husband and I would go hiking to get sunburned on purpose, just to test out my newest prototype. After almost seven years, in 2020, I finally perfected the The Original Sunburn Soap, a soap that smells amazing and literally washes away sunburn! So, grab a bar, pack it in your outdoor gear, and never worry about sneaky sunburn again!
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