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By Evita B.
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Family-run, minority-run, women-run business that started out of necessity and curiosity after our Mom, Deborah, was diagnosed with, and survived breast cancer. During her treatments, her skin was raw and she was very sensitive to many commercial personal care items. Her doctors told her to use a well-known cleanser that smelled horrible, but seemed to not bother her skin. I was already making candles as a hobby, and had a few essential oils that I could also use to make soap. So, I began reading and experimenting, and after months of testing I created a soap recipe that my Mom could use. And guess what? My soap smelled delicious! 

My Mom also used to have terrible allergies to fragrances and perfumes, and for most of her life she assumed that she could not wear perfumes, use "smell-good" soaps, or burn candles in her home without taking an allergy pill and still suffer through the headaches, stuffy nose, and mild coughing.

WRONG!

With our thoroughly self-tested products that are hand made with carefully selected plant ingredients, she can do all of that and she hasn't taken an allergy pill in months

We started selling our home fragrance and personal care products in the local Montgomery Metro Area flea markets. We were in Prattville Pickers, Eastbrook Antique Mall, and Wetumpka Flea Market. We moved on to a kiosk in the Maxwell Base Exchange where we had a kiosk for a year and earned a storefront contract for an additional year.

While we love our current location, and appreciate the Exchange and its customers for giving us a chance, we feel that in order to grow our business and to better serve all of the residents of the Montgomery Metro Area, we need a space outside of Maxwell. 

So far, for the past 5 years, including all of the research and development, everything has been bootstrapped and self-funded without the use of bank loans or investment channels. If possible, we would like to expand without the use of bank loans, by reaching out to our great customers and their friends! 

Risks and challenges

We've been making and selling our plant-based products for 5 years. We've been searching for a great space and we've finally found it! The biggest challenge would be the actual build out of the store. We want to use local or regional businesses to help support our local economy. Sometimes this isn't always possible with limited funds, but we've come up with possible trade-offs and more synergistic solutions to approach any possible issues.

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    Gift Set Includes 2 Wooden Wick Candles, a bar of Red Palm Artisan Soap, 8 oz Bottle of our Silky Smooth Body Lotion, our AAA Body Butter Sugar & Sea Salt Scrub, our Signature Body Butter, Massage Oil, and a handful of our herb-infused Mini Bath bombs.

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