CLEANSING ESSENTIALS: HOW IT ALL BEGAN
Updated: May 11
In 2017, my son started developing severe eczema on his hands. I tried dermatologists recommended products, which were full of steroids and harsh chemicals, and they just seemed to make it worse. Nothing we tried worked, or it worked for a short time, and then the eczema would resurface. I began a diligent search for products that would relieve his symptoms.
I came across organic shea butter and read about its wonderful skin benefits. After all the research that I did, I realized that I did not want to purchase processed shea butter from the store, with added preservatives, parabens, sulfates, and phthalates. I decided to create my own Organic Shea Butter formula with organic coconut oil, organic castor oil, and essential oils, and it totally worked.
I began to notice that part of the reason why my son had eczema on his hands was his extreme hand-washing habit. So, even though the shea butter was working, his hands were still a little dry due to all the washing. I decided that if he were going to keep washing his hands excessively, he was at least going to do it with a natural soap. I decided to start making Natural Soaps using only natural and organic ingredients so he could at least wash with a good soap.
I started playing with different recipes and I stuck with the base of extra virgin olive oil, raw organic shea butter, pure coconut oil, castor oil, and various essential oils. The combination of these ingredients made a tremendous difference, to the point that his eczema completely vanished. He still uses my Shea Butter every day and night and only uses my soaps at home.
Soon after, I fell so much in love with the art and craft of making soaps that I started making them for friends and family. They loved my creations so much that I decided to start selling my soaps so I could help people who were having the same problem as my son. On October 1st, 2018, Cleansing Essentials was officially born.
Little by little, I started creating more products with the intention that they might also help someone, even if it was one or two people. Little did I know that, within a year, I would have a small business, and a website, that caters to people wanting natural and organic products to improve their skin.
A year into my business, my husband remodeled our garage to create my workspace! I finally have my own soap-making studio! (Sorry, that still hasn't fully registered.) I'm no longer working at the kitchen table or storing products in the hall closet, hallways, and laundry room.
I never imagined that my two products (first produced to help my son) would turn into the little business that is still growing. In addition to adding soaps in a variety of different scents and colors (using clay, not artificial colors), I have also added 20+ natural and organic skincare products that have helped many people, including my family and me.
I handcraft everything in small batches using the highest quality organic and vegan ingredients, and I package everything in reusable/recyclable glass containers. I am committed to providing products with full transparency so our customers know what they're getting in every product.
Each product consists of natural and organic ingredients. Using vegan and sustainably-sourced products helps protect our environment, which is the mission of Cleansing Essentials. So, whether you have been on this journey with me for the previous year or just one week, THANK YOU! Thank you for making this mama's dream come true.
As Cleansing Essentials grows and expands, a percentage of the proceeds will be donated to The Ocean Cleanup, to help clean our oceans and help save our marine life.