Friday, March 13, 2009 at 8:17 a.m.
Times like these are tough for beauty junkies. Your heart yearns for the new, hot products at the department store makeup counters, but can you afford them? And are they really worth it? It's hard to tell. If times are tough for the consumer, imagine how it feels to be an entrepreneur on the rise. It ain't easy out there.
Now even more than ever before, we should support our local designers, mom-and-pop businesses, and beauty product mixtresses. There are benefits to buying locally produced brands -- not only are you giving back to the community, but you're coming out of the deal with a unique beauty product you can brag about to your friends. Let's not forget, once upon a time Lisa Price of Carol's Daughter whipped up products in her kitchen, and Maureen Kelly founded Tarte Cosmetics in her New York City apartment. You could be supporting the next big thing!
Without further ado, allow me to introduce you to Brown Olive Natural Skin Care
, a line of meticulously handcrafted, affordably priced, artisan bath and body products made right here in South Florida.
Brigitte Brown is the founder of the brand, and the idea for Brown Olive came from a quest to balance family life and the responsibilities of motherhood with the gut instincts that led her to explore her inner creativity.
Brown Olive is the result of years of research into natural skin care. Brigitte Brown drew upon centuries of ancient wisdom to create her line of soy candles, body polishes, massage oils, and bath bombs. Using Himalayan and Dead Sea salts, olive oil, olive butter, organic olive leaf tea, aloe vera and essential oils, Brown Olive includes products in decadent scents like cranberry rose, mango papaya
, and cucumber mint
If you're a local beauty entrepreneur and you'd like to contact Pretty in the City, e mail Patrice.Yursik@miaminewtimes.com, or firstname.lastname@example.org.