How did Born Fine Body Care begin?
Born Fine Body Care is a nature based body care line I developed while crafting winter gifts for a fundraiser several years ago. I had planned to bring gluten free baked goods but my kitchen wasn't available so I improvised and created some lip balm with a friend. Born Fine was born.
My guiding philosophy is that beauty is within each of us and we only need to take care of ourselves to be radiant. We are Fine from day one. In fact, we are our best when we are natural.
Now, I design handmade body products from natural oils, herbs and flowers. Currently I sell lip gloss, bath salts and face scrubs and masks. I am developing unscented body cremes and hair products by popular demand from my customers.
What inspired you to begin concocting?
Just a happy coincidence of having the right ingredients and running out of lip gloss. Then the creative juices started flowing for different flavors. Later on, I wanted to improve texture and the tint of my tinted gloss so I started to research how to do things properly.
Did you have a mentor?
I had the help of my experienced friend and local herbalist Elokin of Shooting Star Botanicals. I also call on my friend Elise Loschaivo when I come across a road block in a formula. She has a successful organic cosmetic line, Eden, in Maine.
Are there certain essences or oils that you especially enjoy working with?
As it turns out my coconut oil base makes my unscented products very popular. But chocolate and tangerine are my most popular flavors of lip balm. And I even find myself drawn in when I'm making them.
I love combining scents that are not often thought of, like Citrus and lavender together. Or finding compatible woodsy scents to make more earthy blends. I am working on a few new lip flavors like Birch and a moisturizing bath tea that uses violets and osmanthus.
I hope you enjoy your products as much as I enjoy making them!