A single bar of soap on Etsy sparked Merilyn Konnerth’s imagination after her design company closed in as a result of the 2008 Economic Crash. She submersed herself into the soap making process and in 2010 launched Utopia Bath, Ltd, a featured vendor participating in our Holiday Market.
This isn’t the end of the story. Merilyn told us that two weeks after she launched her new business she was diagnosed with breast cancer and needed to formulate gentle lotions and creams to sooth her skin, which was suffering from the effects of chemotherapy.
“Interestingly enough, I’m from three generations of Chemists, so formulating comes naturally to me,” she said.
Emily Trower-Young knows skin. She founded Sustainable Shanti as an experiment, giving samples of her personal daily face moisturizer to her family and friends, who kept asking for more. It has since become a full-fledged business.
As a person with super sensitive skin, I know first-hand how important it is to actually be able to understand the ingredients on product labels, when most creams sold in drug stores are made with artificial colors, preservatives, and chemicals. All of Emily’s products are completely (like, actually) organic so if you’re worried about animal testing and environmental impact, look no further.
She describes her face salves as a “face game changer.” It’s made with raw coconut oil, sweet almond oil, tea tree, and lavender…so if that’s any indication, we can guess that it smells heavenly to boot.
We sat down with Emily to get the inside scoop.