Back before we had kids, my husband and I had matching shirts. We loved those shirts and wore them faithfully, sometimes even on the same day. [I'm sure I have friends cringing at the memory, already.] The shirts we got at the Toronto Green Show, which is an annual event of enormous size and with palpable positive energy and real will to change.
Our shirts were earthy brown and said in simple white letter, “Be the change.” And those three words mean so very, very much. We still have the shirts, he still wears his, but two kids later, I doubt mine will ever fit again, but I’ll never get rid of it because it’s kind of my motto now.
Living off grid was a big step for us in being the change. Switching to all natural products, another. Starting Simply Gorgeous – yet another, but it’s been much more complex than making decisions on a small, family scale. In order to get things off the ground, other than ensuring every ingredient was natural, some of my ideals had to put aside for a while. Now that I’m approaching the end of my first year in business, I’m able to make greater strides to be more the change I’d like to see in the world.
In the very near future, all beeswax used in my products will be from Nova Scotian bee keepers! Dried herbs and flowers I use will be increasingly sourced from my own garden, and the bulk of my raw ingredients will be coming from a local wholesaler. Most of the amazing, nourishing ingredients used in natural skin care, don’t grow in our climate – so importing them is the only way to go. My new wholesaler ensures all the products she imports are ethically sourced, fair trade and organic. That’s certainly a start! My recipes will remain the same, but you might see a difference in texture or consistency while I work to adapt to new sources. Any changes in the product will be coming as a result of using ingredients in a more raw form, and should only net positive results on your skin.
I’m so very excited to be incorporating more local in my business. There is an amazing network of like-minded folks out there, and Simply Gorgeous is allowing me to connect with so many of them.
What other changes can you look for with SG? We’re working with a local paper crafter on some great, unique tags & cards, getting involved with the dreaming phase of a local all-natural expo, planning gardens, and will soon be introducing a new product whose proceeds will be donated to a charity I’ll soon be launching! I’ve got some new ideas up my sleeve, at your request, I’ll soon be selling a gentle face scrub, exfoliating body scrub, shaving cream and a few other items. As always, I’m looking for ways to reduce our carbon footprint, support local, and connect with awesome people.
If you have any ideas, I’d love to hear them. Here’s to a big, exciting year! Thanks for taking the journey with me