I’m so thrilled to share today’s Talking Shop with you. I’ve invited Krista from Miss Violet Lace over and she has allowed me to pick her creative brain. As you may remember from Monday’s blog post, Miss Violet Lace is a lovely shop specializing in creating organic and botanical beauty products. I’m such a fan of their shop and am so happy to have Krista over today sharing some incredibly inspiring thoughts about living a healthy life as well as some fun behind the scenes of working with organic ingredients. So, let’s get to it!
1. Tell us a little about the two of you.
My name is Krista and I consider myself fortunate to be able to share my business with my mom, Sandy. We’ve been involved in various forms of hair artistry for 5 years, and only recently as of Autumn 2014 shifted our focus to natural, botanical hair, beauty and skincare products. Our studio is nestled in the countryside, surrounded by fields, woods and an ever-growing source of inspiration and ingredients, so it was a natural progression to handcrafting products sourced from the earth.
We are both self taught, and thoroughly enjoy studying plants, herbs and their remedial and medicinal uses.
2. What inspired the launch of Miss Violet Lace?
Miss Violet Lace came about from a personal experience. After a disastrous haircut I sought a realistic and fashionable hair piece, but was unable to find what I was looking for on the market. I decided on sharing my work with others after extensively reconstructing and hand-altering a hair piece for myself. We developed a small assortment of hair products for both wigs and real hair early on, and released a line of products designed for men years later. MVL has gradually and organically evolved into a lifestyle brand, and is something we are both very passionate about.
3. What’s the philosophy behind the brand?
We believe that beautifying and caring for your body shouldn’t mean sacrificing health and wellness.
The shift to botanical products has been due in part to my own realization of the impact that traditional products can have not only on your body but the environment as well. It is immensely rewarding to create products that contribute to a smaller carbon footprint and a healthier lifestyle.
We believe that nature and skincare are symbiotic, which is why each and every one of our products is crafted by hand in small batches using the finest ingredients, with a focus on beneficial and nutritive, sourced from the earth ingredients.
We strive to use ethically harvested, wild-crafted and certified organic ingredients when possible. Most of our products are vegan (aside from the balms, which currently contain beeswax but we are looking into a soy based wax).
4. Can you give us a sneak peek into your creative process?
Many of our products were created to fulfill a genuine need for healthy, eco-friendly skincare alternatives. Our first goal when starting up was to create the basics of all skincare regimens — products to tone, exfoliate, detoxify and cleanse. As we continue to expand our line of products into hair and beauty, we aim to inform and share with others that you can still adorn and beautify your skin and body without unnecessary, harmful chemicals.
When designing new products, one of the main points we focus on is to create something entirely unique, but most importantly, a product that will offer the user a calming, ritual experience. All of our products are formulated to not only serve a specific purpose (cleanse, brighten, etc.), but to create an aromatherapeutic olfactory and sensory experience that resonates with the wearer.
5. What’s the most rewarding aspect of your line of work?
Being able to share botanical beauty with people of all ages has been and continues to be the most rewarding part of this business. It brings us immense joy to be able to spread the word about healthy, natural skincare.
6. What’s your favorite natural ingredient that you have worked with and why?
It’s impossible to choose one! My favorite ingredients are a handful of essential oils — rosewood, vetiver, patchouli… the list goes on. These are the basis of the scents — no synthetic fragrances — and the amazing part about them is that they are so much more than just a scent. Essential oils are quite literally, the essence of plants. They are highly concentrated and have been used for virtually any purpose you can imagine, from cleansing and toning to easing anxiety, boosting immunity and so much more.
Sandy’s favorite ingredient is mica, a fine silicate mineral that gives off iridescent, subtle shimmer when applied to skin. It reminds us both of vacations our family took years back — we would often find mica along hiking trails and would take home a small piece as a souvenir. Intertwining personal experience with our work makes each part of our business memorable and meaningful.
7. What are the future goals for Miss Violet Lace?
As our brand grows and evolves, we intend to continue expanding our line of products for both men and women. Our products are currently available in several retailers, and we aspire to share our brand with retailers nationwide.
I can’t thank Krista enough for stopping by and allowing me to pick her brain. I truly enjoy chatting with creative folks and the ladies behind Miss Violet Lace are truly that! And to top it all off — they’re giving one lucky Of Trees and Hues reader $50 store credit towards their shop! Simply click below to enter.