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These are the answers to a interview I did. I thought it would make a great profile for the Etsy Website.


What is your business name and how did you come up with it? My business name is Pure Minerals Source. I came up with the name because the goal of my products offered is that they are all natural and contain no chemicals, chemical preservatives, harmful minerals, or harmful natural ingredients, artificial dyes, et-cetera. Containers are also recyclable or able to be repurposed :)

Website:www.puremineralssource.etsy.com

What is it that you make? 100% Pure Mineral Makeup. Natural Skin Care. Bath and Body Products, Herbal Tinctures, Botanical Extracts, Body Scrubs, etc..

Where are you located? North Carolina…

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  • Female
  • Born on June 23
  • Joined January 29, 2008

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Natural Minerals Essential Oils Natural Butters Tinctures Anything God Made and Not Man Not by products like Bismuth Oxychloride Parabens etc

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About

These are the answers to a interview I did. I thought it would make a great profile for the Etsy Website.


What is your business name and how did you come up with it? My business name is Pure Minerals Source. I came up with the name because the goal of my products offered is that they are all natural and contain no chemicals, chemical preservatives, harmful minerals, or harmful natural ingredients, artificial dyes, et-cetera. Containers are also recyclable or able to be repurposed :)

Website:www.puremineralssource.etsy.com

What is it that you make? 100% Pure Mineral Makeup. Natural Skin Care. Bath and Body Products, Herbal Tinctures, Botanical Extracts, Body Scrubs, etc..

Where are you located? North Carolina

How and when did you get your start? I began researching mineral makeup which I use regularly when my cousin was given a positive diagnosis of breast cancer. She is still with us and doing well, but endured a mastectomy at a young age. One of her statements that stuck in my mind and made me question many things I use daily was that she thought she had always lived a healthy life but now she just wonders what is in the food she eats, the makeup she wears, and all products she uses in her life that she does not know about. That's where I came up with my mission statement "Enhance your God Given Beauty Without Sacrificing Your Health!" She got me thinking about what was in my own cabinets at home. I began looking up ingredients on labels of things I had been told were all natural and was horrified! I then set out to find products that really were natural and honestly could not find much of anything. So I tried to figure out how I could make these things for myself, and here I am today :) many years later expanded and still going strong. I'm a Aromatherapy Student, who also tries to see how many extracts and tinctures I've made that I can incorporate into my skin care :) It's very satisfying and liberating to make something that is naturally preserved or requires no preservative due to its natural components and see how wonderful it makes not only the customer look, but feel by supporting their desire to live holistically.

What inspires you? Naturally Nature and all the Beautiful Diverse Women of the World. I'm a people watcher. I can always find the beauty in a person even if they aren't wearing makeup. I also just see the beauty in all of God's Creations. We live in a magnificent world.

What is your design process? It is pretty much all inspiration. I have a few colors named after friends, such as Jashoda. Jashoda is a real live lady from India who is a good friend of mine, very gorgeous and very exotic. Hence the color Jashoda was born. It is a rich carmel when applied. Just like her beautiful skin, and it has undertones of Blue and Turquoise which shimmer across the eye as you bat those lovely lashes. Those Jeweled undertones are also reminders of India and the beautiful vibrant colors you'd expect to see in a Sari. After inspiration strikes, I figure out which ingredients will make that color. Research the ingredients with my suppliers to make sure no nasties are in there before I order (many micas come premixed with things like aluminum and bismuth oxychloride - linked to alzimers, bismuth - linked to cancer, or are dyed with chemicals- Cancer again), some are even pre-sprayed with epoxy polymers (glue) to create different sheens, if you just order ingredients and do not reseach each one. It could have all sorts of things in it you aren't aware of and you are telling your customers unknowingly that your selling pure mineral makeup and YOU AREN'T. I'm very selective due to this knowledge. So if I cant get a mica that is pure and colored by nature. You wont see it in my store and inadvertantly on your vanity - PERIOD!

What’s your favorite thing about what you do? It's a creative outlet for me. I grew up drawing, painting, and most of all being imaginative, something I never outgrew. Then when I turned into a young lady I began to of course enjoy makeup and skin care. Overall however I feel like I'm providing a product which women of all economic classes deserve. Something healthy shouldn't cost you an arm and a leg because it has less toxins in it. And it makes me feel good that I am capable of helping assist with a persons quest to be healthy.

Least favorite? I feel very blessed to have this thing off the ground. I can not really think of anything I dislike about my business.

What advice would you give to new indie businesses? Research, Research, Research. Figure out what your clientel wants and needs. Offer great customer service. If there is a mistake, this will most defenitely help you keep your customers happy even if it is your fault. And most of all make sure you are beginning a venture in something you enjoy. You will have to work hard long hours to get your business off the ground. If you don't like what you are doing, you aren't going to stick it out to see your business eventually flourish.

Do you have any new and exciting plans for your business or anything that you want people to know about? My main goal is to keep the line expanding and evolving. I have already added some bath and body products, skin care has been successfully incorporated and is still a growing line. I am currently working on becoming a vendor at some of our local farmers markets and look forward to working directly with the public on a weekly basis! It's a wonderful thing when you can get to know some of your customers in person. I've created many friendships through etsy with customers in my store as well and I love them. They are beautiful gorgeous people.

If you could trade places with any other person for a week, living or dead, real or fictional, with whom would it be? Well I've never wanted to trade places with a person. And as cliche as it may sound, I've only wished I could spend time with Jesus Christ walking through the streets he walked, and seeing what he saw in his day. Just learning from his vast knowledge. I'd never want to be him. Just be blessed to spend time with him.

What is the last book you read? Passages in the Bible.

What was the last movie you went to see? Rarely go to the movies, but the last one I saw was Jesus of Nazareth. It was a great movie. But I prefer to be in a social setting where I can talk with my friends. Maybe cook them a meal - or vise versa!

What is your most memorable travel experience? I went on a trip to Mexico with my sister. It was wonderful. The people are a dream. Everyone was so nice there, and it is very lovely. Wonderful beaches, towns, food. Just an amazing place. I've been to Australia which I love, the people once again are amazing. Some of the kindest you could meet. I've traveled to Hawaii to the Big Island which was also spectacular. I've been on many trips in my life, and blessed to have been able to do so and experience other cultures and other areas of our beautiful vast country as well. Things are so different even from region to region in the US & I love it. Our family is planning to travel to Colonial Williamsburg sometime this year, as well as Washington DC.

Do you have any pets? I have a Black Lab Mix named Chelsea, and two Kitty Cats, Mini Mew & Joy Anne. They are wonderful family members :)

What do you like to do in your spare time? I enjoy going on walks/hikes with my Dog Chelsea, spending time with family and friends of course. I'm big on family. My father is 1 of 8 kids, my mother is 1 of 3 kids. We have all for the most part lived very close to each other all our lives and I had the privledge of growing up with all my Cousins, Aunts, Uncles, Grandparents, and even a set of Great Grandparents I saw weekly. When I have time I enjoy camping trips, going to the beach.

What are your favorite blogs to read?I have to be honest I'm not much of a blog reader. I typically read research on naturaly occuring items which I could possibly incorporate into a product.

What is your favorite type of food? Anything digestible :) Well almost! I enjoy a wide variety of food. And try to keep my diet well rounded, although it could use some admited improvement - I keep tripping over cheese cake!

Favorite place to visit or place you’d like to visit? That is a hard decision to make. I love anything and any place that has an ocean or mountains or forests. I'd really like to go to Alaska, it has all three of these things :)

Tell us why you choose to use cruelty free materials in your work? Well it is quite simple. I love animals, and they are God's living creatures who also deserve kindness, love, & gratitude. And they don't normally wear makeup, use skincare or any of the other things us Humans are akin to. Nor did they volunteer to be treated in such an inhumane manner. If I need to know if a product is going to produce a breakout, or have any other type of adverse reaction, I'm going to apply it to myself to find this out since I have very fair and sensitive skin. I'm not going to support testing on poor unsuspecting creatures who are subject to whatever we just decide we want to do to them. All living things should be treated with the same respect you expect for yourself.

Do you sell your items outside of etsy (if so, where)? I currently sell at the Foothills Farmers Market in Shelby N.C., it is a wonderful place! Everyone who is able should come out and support the local farmers and entrepenuers.

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