Today I’m excited to share an interview with Lorraine Dallmeier, the owner & CEO of Formula Botanica. I completed my Formula Botanica Diploma in Organic Skincare Formulation in 2018, and shortly after I attended the Formula Botanica conference in London, England. The conference was wonderful—it’s not often you can meet so many new people who all love talking about formulation! I also got a chance to meet Lorraine and many other Formula Botanica Staff members, and it was just a lovely experience overall. We’ve stayed in touch (I’ve since done some design work for them as well, designing their 2019 yearbook!), and I’ve recommended their courses to many readers. As enrolment opens for their summer term, I wanted to share an interview with Lorraine for a bit of a peek behind the green Formula Botanica curtain. Enjoy!
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!
“One side of my compact work space … It’s a creative mess!” -Jess
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.