Olive My Skin
Tell us about your business.My products came out of necessity. As a teenager I was unable to use commercial skin care products, I have sensitive skin. So I started to experiment with my own recipes. When I was a college student, I gave my creations as gifts, and everyone loved them. Went on to a successful career in the IT field but kept up with my hobby. In 2002 someone suggested I sell my products. I signed up for a Holiday Fair at the firehouse and Olive My Skin was born. I now am a full time maker at my studio in Connecticut. I sell at farmers markets around the state. Most of my business is wholesale to gift shops, florists, & I just got into Whole Foods :)
Tell us about your workspace, shop, or studio.My studio is in the basement of my home. As the business grows, so does my need for larger space. I love being able to work in my home, I am around for my 3 teenage kids, can work when I need to, all 25 hours of my day.
What inspires you?I am inspired by other small business owners, my peers in our online "support groups" and a fabulous mentoring program that I belong to. I love talking to and educating people about the use of all natural skincare, so many don't know what they are actually putting on their skin. Customer feed back inspires me to keep on with my dream. Kind words from strangers are incredibly powerful when you are perusing your passion.
What makes your business stand out?My enthusiasm. I love what I do and it shows in my products. I use the best ingredients I can find. I love to inform & educate my customer.
What advice would you give an aspiring creative entrepreneur?Don't be afraid to ask questions. Find other makers, we all help each other. Network, tell your story, no one has the same story as you.
What does American Made mean to you?American made means to me that it was started with a dream, a passion. I can do this, gumption, a fire inside that makes you do it. Makers are different people, visionaries, believers, dreamers. And we keep moving forward. We want all makers to succeed
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