Anne Lawoyin from Annes Apothecary
Describe your style, influences, inspiration, and what you plan to bring:
I started Anne’s Apothecary after I moved to the US ten years ago and was alarmed at the number of ingredients in all the skin care products and how none really worked for us. My husband’s eczema resurfaced once we moved to the United States so I had to start whipping butters at home to solve the problem.
How did you learn your craft?:
I taught myself how to make cold process soap by reading old materials from homesteaders.
I read countless of books and tested out recipes for practice and eventually developed mine.
I am a nurse by training and I’m also working on my Nurse practitioners masters degree presently, so I’m always reading research articles particularly on holistic medicine and evaluating practices and ingredients that are beneficial to us with no harmful side effects. My medical background also helps me balance fact from fiction or fear which has almost dominated the natural skincare market.
I approach my craft with truth and I’m open to exploring practices from other culture’s particularly, south american, African and Asian to enhance today’s blended skincare routine.
What is your favorite way to put yourself in the mood for creativity?:
Music or a podcast. I create better alone but I’m learning to work together now that my team has grown.
What advice would you give to an artist just starting out and/or what is the best advice you have received for your art & business?:
Just do it. Sometimes we spend the initial phase thinking it over and over. You cant learn until you go out and get feedback. As long as you grow, you will be fine.
If you have sold or attended before, what’s your favorite Handmade Market memory or purchase?:
I have only attended one market and it was jewelry that I loved the most.
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