Today I’m doing something a bit different—an interview with fellow Canadian Jess Lafleur, the owner/founder/maker of Stark Skin Care. She’s doing what a lot of us dream of doing in running her own brand, selling her own specially formulated creations using high quality, natural ingredients. I’m thrilled she’s let me pick her brain about what it’s like to be a true DIY pro and share her insights with all of you. Enjoy!
How did you first become interested in natural beauty products?
I honestly can’t even remember. As a little kid, when other little girls were discovering and playing with makeup, I was always more interested in skincare. Natural skincare was an early discovery for me, as I used to spend an inordinate amount of time in my town’s health food shop…it was my favourite store! (And in my hometown, I maintain that it’s still the only nice shop around.) Here, not only did I discover natural brands like old school Burt’s Bees, a brand called Rachel Perry that I think no longer exists but had beautiful, gypsy-inspired packaging and a smattering of simple, local handcrafted stuff, but I discovered pure, single ingredients, like different types of clay, pure Shea butter, beeswax and, of course, essential oils. This was back in the early ‘80s. It feels like natural skincare has always been around for me. I didn’t really have one of those wake-up moments where I knew I had to make a switch from conventional to natural; I was a born convert.
OK, so you’ve found yourself heading for the deep end of the DIY pool. You’ve got a great pantry of carefully selected ingredients—ones with many uses and reasonable price tags. But now you’re itching to try some new things. Some fun, slightly more pricey things. There’s certainly no shortage of ingredients to try, but not all of them are worth the investment. Here are some I’ve really enjoyed playing with.
Silk is probably my favourite luxury ingredient—I add it to a lot of recipes, and I’m always amazed at its versatility. It improves the performance of lotions, serums, and masks. It helps manage moisture (both too much and too little!), encourage healing, and adds a slight sheen to hair and skin. To be honest, I can’t think of anything off the top of my head that you couldn’t add silk to.
It’s nearing the end of July, and if you love running about barefoot in the summer as much as I do, your feet probably need a bit of TLC. Lucky for your feet (and mine), this awesome scrub is just the thing.
A few months ago I got to thinking about princess soap. Something the littler ladies would love. Something with a bit of sparkle and swirl, and some pretty colours. Something that would smell pretty and be perfectly at home with a Disney Princess shower curtain and toothbrush, but something grown-ups would love, too. This is what I came up with.