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Products Customers Love

Thursday, May 9th, 2013

fragrance oilsWhat’s your name & Your Company Name:  My name: Kymberlee Ricke  Company Name: Wizard at Work

Why did you decide to go into business?  What was your motivation?  How long have you been in business?  I’ve been crafting my whole life and I had a brief flirtation with soap making for craft shows about ten years ago.  When the economy hit me and I became unemployed I discovered that I suddenly had both time and motivation to re-energize my crafting and I began making soaps, candles and bath bombs and listing them on Etsy.  My shop opened in 2010.

3.  What products do you make and sell?  I primarily sell soap, candles, bath bombs and solid lotion bars.  I also toss in a few papercrafts like cards and gift tags and some of my photography and jewelry.

4.  What are your business goals?  My first goal is to make a product my customers love.  I use the minimal number of ingredients and avoid chemicals everywhere possible to make skin-friendly, child-friendly, wallet-friendly products.   On the financial side, this year my winter holiday season was successful enough that I can afford to go on one of my ‘bucket list’ photography trips this summer.  If I can do that each year, I’ll be thrilled.

5.  What are some products you use from Natures Garden; what are your favorite products from Natures Garden?  Of course I go through a ton of fragrance oils in my business.  Pomegranate and Peach are huge favorites with my customers.  I also use the Dill Pickle for something a little off the beaten path. And of course there’s always the good old stand-bys like vanilla, lavender and coffee. I use the 415 Soy Wax in my candles as well as in my vegan-option lip balms and solid lotion bars (it replaces the beeswax).fragrance oils

Website:  https://www.etsy.com/shop/WizardAtWork

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Wizard-at-Work/247746611938951

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/wizardatwork/etsy/

 

 

Using Herbs in Cosmetics

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

1. What’s your name & Your Company Name
Nieves Rathbun, By Nieves

2. Why did you decide to go into business? What was your motivation? How long have you been in business?
I have been in the natural products industry for two decades.  I managed the flagship store for V’tae Parfum & Body Care in Nevada City, Calif., and later worked at Zia Natural Skincare in San Francisco.  When my knowledge of cosmetic ingredients made finding products that I wanted to use myself increasingly difficult.  I decided to take matters into my own hands.  Abiding by the very simple philosophy that products can be made using only beneficial ingredients, I developed a line of products using wholesome time tested ingredients in unique formulations.  Happy with the results I started sharing them with friends and now I have a natural handmade body care line produced with organic ingredients and served with a twist.  I am delighted to be making a living doing what I love!

3. What products do you make and sell?
Handmade natural body care made with super natural ingredients, sassy sincerity and apothecary style.  Everything good, nothing bad.  By Nieves products are simple yet effective formulas that produce great results.  For an ingredient savvy person it’s a relief to read the contents and be able to understand what’s in the products.

4. What are your business goals?
I’d like to have more independent spas and boutiques carrying my products, and have more internet retail orders but I’m not really hunting the big guys, slow expansion feels right to me.  Currently, By Nieves, is only found in independent stores and employes 4 part-time employees in Petrolia; one part-timer in Oakland. I hope to grow to employ four to 20 people full time, diversify the economy in Petrolia (population 300) and I have a fantasy of it becoming worker-owned!

5. What are some products you use from Natures Garden; what are your favorite products from Natures Garden?
Healing herbs and spices like Burdock Root, Whole Anise Seed, and the DIY Starter Kits like the Vegan Lip Balm!

Your Website: ByNieves.com

Twitter: @ByNieves