Elisabeth from Lo & Behold Naturals
Describe your style, influences, inspiration, and what you plan to bring:
My style is reflected in the products I create, I like anything vibrant, bright and colorful. I am inspired by nature and the local food movement. I was influenced by an herbalist Pat Bush who I worked with in college, she taught me the healing power of plants and I continued to study herbs with Will Endres years later.
I was also influenced by my parents who always encouraged creativity and didn’t scold me as a child when I would mix random household things together non-stop! My mom was also very patient when I became obsessed with natural ingredients as a teenager and would spend hours at the co-op trying products and reading labels. I am inspired everyday by my loyal customers, family, and the community of hard working and talented makers, farmers, and small business owners here in the Triangle.
We will bring our entire line of 100% natural and handmade skincare! The line includes the following products in a variety of scents: lip balms, cuticle cream, hand and foot salves, body butter, body oils, body scrubs, facial care, beard and shave oils, aftershave, bug spray, and bath soaks. Our best sellers are our: Lip balms, whipped body butters, bug spray, face toner, face serum, and face masks.
In your experience, what has been your best venue for selling your work:
I am lucky to have a lovely mix of wonderful avenues for selling. Our regular Chapel Hill Farmers’ Market, seasonal craft shows, and our very best avenue is wholesale through local independently owned stores, as well as our online store!
What is your favorite way to put yourself in the mood for creativity?:
This is a great question! I am always in the mood to be creative, I literally dream about making new products! When I have the time to work on new formulas or just whip something up for me, I like to listen to Paul Simon or Johnny Cash in my home studio that is flooded with natural light.
What is the weirdest job you have ever had?:
Tie between seasonal position making Christmas wreathes and being head of sanitation at a small food business. However, they were beautiful locally made wreathes and the sanitation was good experience for my business, so weirdness level isn’t totally random.
Which artist at The Handmade Market are you excited to see/meet?:
I am always excited to see Lysandra of Geek Chic Clothing! Her designs are my absolute favorite and I might be addicted at this point. I have two of her skirts, and two shirts, and I have bought a few as gifts for my sister and best friend as well. They fit everyone and are the most comfortable!
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?:
I would tell an artist starting out to work hard and believe in yourself non-stop! The best advice I received was from Jenny Mac, the owner of Sling Shot Coffee. She told me to focus on making the best products possible, and then success would follow. I apply that daily, including an upcoming formula update for our bath soaks! The other best advice was from my former supervisor John Spencer who told me just to do it, he said anyone can think of a business but only some go for it.
What is the best comment or compliment you have ever received for your work?
Every time a customer tells me how good the product made them feel, or how well it worked, it feels like the best compliment ever. Recently a young woman told me she was able to stop wearing makeup because her acne cleared up so much from my face toner, so right now that feels like the best compliment ever.
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