All About How Using Naturally Made Skincare Benefits You and Me
My name is Michelle, and I have extremely sensitive skin. Years ago my head had itchy, red, painful bumps that were turning into little blisters from chemicals in shampoo. I have had scalp growths (that weren't a bother) since I was a kid which disappeared as I grew older. However, my scalp sensitivity returned in my 30's. I tried to ignore it, but the bumps on my head hurt and weren't going away. These bumps would cause pain when I would brush or comb my hair. I was no longer able to use liquid organic shampoo much to my dismay. I had to figure out something because the bumps were getting worse and nothing I switched to helped until I started formulating my own skincare & shampoo bars made from 100% natural and raw plant based materials. I began studying chemistry and didn't stop test batching my own formulations until I was successful in using them on my own face (no red or drying spots) and my sensitive prone scalp. It worked!
My Background I grew up 100% plant based. It was called "vegetarian" when I was growing up but today it's called plant based or vegan in some circles. I have adopted a "whole food" plant-based lifestyle today which I enjoy for health, ecological, and humane reasons.
Growing up, it was rare for us to go to the doctor even as very young children. I was given healthy food and herbs instead of medicine. I was taught about the benefits of foods, herbs, sunshine, prayer, and exercise as a preventative "medicine" and was never sick. The first time I became sick was when I tried sugar in the form of a candy bar and I was 8 years old. No sugar- no illness. Sugar caused the flu. Today I try to avoid the Dr's office and avoid the "You're ill, here's a pill and pay the bill!" Natural living helps me enjoy less down time and more time to enjoy health & wellness.
In our house as a kid we didn't go to the doctor for poison oak or skin issues. Our family knew about an herbal poultice that could be applied to the skin to take away poison oak/ivy itch. Now I know after studying that there are many other herbs that help with poison ivy and oak itch and rash such as tea tree, clays, charcoal (very helpful) and many more.
The education of herbs and healthy food choices along with the knowledge about the human body and its "systems", educated me at an early age as I was taught all about how food effects our cells and immunity. By age four, I was fascinated by an anatomy book with see through pages of the human body. I remember being fascinated by all that was inside of us! I was a blessed kid thanks to where I grew up and for my elders who passed this knowledge on to me so early in life.
Finding the solution! I wanted to get laser focused and apply the things I had learned about as a child to my current health situation. I started studying and expanding my knowledge about essential oils, herbs, plants, and chemistry and began formulating my own all-natural holistic skincare which helped my skin return to it's natural normal healthy state. I purposely left out the irritating detergents, sodium laurel sulfates, BHT, propylene glycol, chemical fillers, and artificial colorants & surfactants, found in most soaps and skincare. I added fresh virgin organic cold pressed oils, natural botanical herbs, flowers, clays, and found that using my natural formulas did more than help heal skin, it also helped shrink my pores. The formulations balanced the dry and oily parts of my delicate skin and gave my skin a healthy smooth appearance. My scalp issues calmed down until they were completely gone- and that's when I knew I had found my panacea-plant based skincare regimen!
Formulating for the world. It took me a few years to perfect my formulas. I worked and worked until I finally came up with a formula so gentle and effective that even people with more serious and sensitive skin issues than my own found treasured relief. My soaps and lotions caught on to my friends and family. The bumps on my head went away, our friends, relatives, and co workers who had skin issues found relief, and we started getting repeat orders. It was so exciting to be able to use my knowledge to help other people find peace and health! Truly life changing for all of us.
From small beginnings to today! My husband finally left his job to come help out with Me and a Tree Skin Care in 2010 as we were growing and I needed the help with my new business. We are today a female owned and family operated business. We love what we do, and we have finally purchased five acres and are beginning the next phase of Me and Tree. I have always dreamed of owning land to grow all of our herbs and expand our company into a health and wellness utopia!
Our blogs have a lot of helpful health based information from recipes, to gardening, to skincare, and other related topics that we blog and update on regularly. Since the pandemic we were forced to completely shut down for over a year and we had to pivot fast or lose our business as all of our farmers markets were 100% shut down- just like that overnight. For a small business (or any business) staying IN business is next to impossible when everything shuts down for so long but... WE DID IT! Thanks to people like you who continued to support us online and our move to Tennessee! Thank you so much for your support! Without your loyal support, we wouldn’t be here today and wouldn't be able to continue to offer natural alternatives so, thank you so much!
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A Quick Generous Thank You! I'm very passionate about health and making artisan eco-friendly & cruelty-free products for people like you, who care about the health and well being of not only yourself but also the well-being of your friends and family! Thank you so much for continuing to support an American based female-owned family run business like Me and a Tree Skin Care. When you support American-made companies like ours, you help create jobs in the USA during a very up and down economy. By supporting us you are also supporting growers and small family farms too. So, from our family to yours-thank you so much for making a difference and caring about small artisan businesses like ours!
Skin Care Formulator/Owner
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