As a teenager, I loved wearing makeup and practicing different styles and techniques in my free time but since I struggled with sensitive skin this often led to an array of breakouts and dry patches. As I got older the look of wearing makeup was not worth the everyday battle with my skin, so I gave up. But after a while of people asking me why I didn’t wear makeup anymore I decided, why shouldn’t I wear makeup? Why can’t there be makeup on the market for people like me? So I decided to go to Acadia and get my chemistry degree to design makeup for people like me. People who can’t afford the high-end natural products but cannot wear 99% of the products from Walmart.
I am hoping by starting Sea Spray cosmetics will allow more people the ability to afford products that are gentle on their skin. Eventually moving the cosmetic market away from selling cheaply made products and to care more about their consumer's health.
As of right now, I am testing a cream highlighter on the market, it is called sun-kissed skin balm and is made with the simplest ingredients and natural preservatives.
When making natural products the most important part is finding the right raw materials to formulate with. Not only do they need to fit my values, be made sustainably, and be high quality but they also have to be within my budget. So finding materials can be hard especially if I want to buy and support locally.
Balancing both the start-up of my business as well as university. Both university and a start-up are full-time jobs so I find myself often completing my studies during the day and working late at night on my business idea. This brings me to another obstacle, staying focused and not being too overwhelmed which also comes from finding the right balance of work and enjoyment every day.
My biggest success would have to be the day that I found the perfect formula for my sun-kissed skin balm. It came out perfectly stable and did exactly as it was supposed to after many trials.
My other success would be the website I have built over the last four years called www.honestlyhomemadebeauty.com.