My passion (read: obsession) began when I became pregnant with my first child in the 70s, and I went into overdrive about everything I consumed, including what my skin absorbed. I had an "ahha" moment asking myself, "What is my skin eating?"
Do you remember the first piece you ever made?
Yes, it was a simple cocoa butter formulation for my "ever-increasing" belly during my pregnancy! lol
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Every Artist has a creative process, can you explain yours?
It starts with the "need" -- my need or a client's need - and I dive into research to determine the proper carrier oils/butters, herbs and essential oils that will make the improvements for the particular need.
When people start doing their craft/art, they tend to try a lot of different things before settling down to something that resonates with them. How has your work changed since you began?
I started with carrier oils, butters, herbs and essentials oils and pretty much stuck to them, with some variations with extracts, but I haven't changed much from the basics. I've tried alternatives and each time have come back to the basics, which really, REALLY work. :)
What inspires you creatively?
My clients! They tell me what they need and it makes me want to be better!
|Silk Suga' Body Scrub|
Most recently my products are being displayed at the 2012 GBK Academy Awards/Oscars Luxury Gift Lounge in association with The Artisan Group and they are being distributed to 100 of the celebrities. I was also part of an international Monoi de Tahiti contest and among the 81 finalists.
As excited as I am about the above goals, creating products that really work and making my clients happy are truly my most important goals. :) On that note, I'd like to share one of my favorite stories about how one of my products was created. Throughout the years I've had serious issues with shooting legs pains during my menstrual cycle. About 10 years ago, I'd had enough and went into "chemistry mode" and came up with my current formula. I applied my new formula to my legs. I didn't notice anything . . . at all . . . until about 30 minutes later, and it was SO obvious, I got up and did a dance~! I had NO PAIN! lol YA~! Thus, the name . . No PainYa! Silly, perhaps, but it worked AND still works!!!
Who are some of your favorite artists/crafters and why?
No one in particular, but I love checking out other formulators to see what they make, because it always gets my creative juices going.
Any goals for the future you would like to share?
I would love to see my products being used on a large scale around the world!
I would also love to be on Oprah. lol Does that sound silly? Perhaps, but I believe once she tries my products, she will LOVE them and that would be a huge endorsement.
|Zit Zapper - Blemish Gel|
lol - I don't have much spare time. I do a lot a research, which I love to do, but I also love gardening, yoga, photography, bicycling and time with family.
If you are displaying or selling your craft/art? Where?
2012 GBK Academy Awards/Oscars Luxury Gift Lounge in association with The Artisan Group and I also have an online store: http://www.edensongskincare.com
If you sell online or at physical store. How many hours per week to you spend in the creative side versus the business side?
Most of my time is spent on the creative side, filling orders or researching; however, I have been spending more time marketing lately, so it's about 60/40 at this point.
What advice would you give to someone who want to start out or start a business in their craft/art?
Be your passion and it will guide you.
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