Happy Monday! Today, I am very excited to share my interview with Gianne of Organic Bath Company. If you remember from my Safe Skincare/Cosmetics Story I have skin sensitivities that make using most mainstream skincare products unbearable. In fact, I had completely given up on commercial body washes and scrubs. So, I cannot stress how pleased I was to find some bath products that are health conscious, organic and luxurious.
Beyond the products themselves, Organic Bath has made a commitment to give back to the community. Johnny and I admire them for their mix of entrepreneurship and social responsibility. After reading this interview I think you will understand why I have designated this company as a “Green Beauty All-Star”.
Now, let’s get into the interview:
Gianne, thank you for speaking with Honey Lemon Tea. What motivated you to go organic in your skincare and cosmetic choices?
I had always made an effort to eat organic foods when possible, but I never really put a lot of thought into what I was putting ON my body…that is until I started breaking out in hives from some of my beloved beauty products. I started doing research, following leaders in the green beauty community on social media and was surprised I didn’t have issues sooner!
What has been your greatest challenge in making a transition to organic? How about your greatest reward?
My greatest challenge has been finding substitutes for so many things that I never thought were an issue before. Deodorant, makeup, cleansers. I never realized all of the junk that is in most consumer beauty products.
My greatest reward has been converting the ones I care about most, my loved ones! I want them to be healthy and I want them to take care of their largest organ, their skin.
One of my girlfriends recently told me she forgot her Zesty Morning Body Butter on a trip so borrowed a friend’s lotion and it made her skin itch! Her skin had become accustomed to our wholesome goodness and the unnecessary fragrances, alcohol and toxins in the other product bothered her!
Another girlfriend (a stay at home Mom) has eczema and her skin cleared up after using Drenched for just a week! Her doctor prescribed her a steroid cream that she only used at night since she didn’t want to use it around her children so she started using our body butter instead.
I even got my parents on the organic bandwagon.
Tell us about Organic Bath. What inspired you to create an organic body care line?
I was really inspired when I began breaking out in hives. I couldn’t figure out what it was from and I even blamed it on my boyfriend’s dog thinking that I was allergic. After some investigating I finally figured out they were coming from something in my beauty products.
I found it shocking that Europe has banned over 1,300 ingredients from skincare lines while the US has only banned 11. I realized that I would have to start being a conscious consumer and reading the ingredients on everything! After speaking with family & friends I realized that I wasn’t the only one who purchased things that were labeled natural, fresh, etc. and expected them to be.
Jay & I wanted to create a line that people could trust with ingredients that were understandable. I also wanted to create an organic line of products that would appeal to someone like me…someone who likes to treat themselves. With that in mind, we made a promise to only use the best, ethically sourced ingredients. There are no mystery “fragrances” in our line; all our products are only scented by certified organic essential oils. You can pronounce everything on the label. We wanted it to be clear that we stand behind every single ingredient that goes into our product.
What items are in your current product line?
We have organic body washes in four different scents: Stress Less which is Lavender and Ylang ylang, Zesty Morning which is Grapefruit, Tangerine and Orange, RefreshMint which is peppermint and Naked which is fragrance free. We have Organic and Fair Trade sugar scrubs in the same scents, plus Java Jolt which is our delicious coffee sugar scrub. It smells like coffee and mint and is a great way to wake up in the morning. Plus it helps with cellulite!
We also have Drenched which is our 100% organic shea body butter infused with jojoba and argan oil. We have it in Zesty Morning and Stress Less too.
What can consumers expect from Organic Bath in the future?
We will be releasing our line of body oils in the next few weeks which I’m really excited about. We are introducing a new lighter body butter for the summer time and we are also coming out with travel sizes for everything. It’s great for someone who likes variety or travels a lot and doesn’t want their skin/health to pay the price!
If you could offer one piece of advise to someone considering going organic what would it be?
It would be make small changes and don’t beat yourself up. If you have made a small change that will benefit the health of you and your family, celebrate that and give yourself credit. I am still learning and finding green alternatives to my some of my favorite mainstream items. I’m always sharing my favorites on social media.
Is there anything else that you want Honey Lemon Tea readers to know about you or Organic Bath?
One of the main missions we had when we started Organic Bath was to build a business that would give back to our community and the planet that we live on. We have partnered with 1% for the Planet to help fund sustainable charities and the Global Soap Project which provides life saving sanitation to people in need around the globe.
Gianne, thank you both for agreeing to this interview and for creating such wonderful products!!
Ok friends, I think you now have some idea as to why I have fallen in love with this company and their products. These products have revived my bath time ritual and I encourage you all to give them a try. I predict that they will become some of your favorites as well.
Best Wishes to Gianne (and Jay) of Organic Bath Company! :)
*This interview is also linked to Mingle Monday.