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Meet the Owner - Herban Lifestyle

posted Tuesday, August 02 by Andrew Moreno
 
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Meet the owner of Herban Lifestyle, which specializes in handcrafted herbal bath and body products for adults and children, made from truly natural and organic ingredients. They offer lip balms, body balms, bath salts, bath oils, soaps, diaper rash salve, baby wash and more.

Business Name: Herban Lifestyle
Owner/Contact: Mary Kearns

How Long Have you Been a Business Owner?
Herban Lifestyle will be 3 years old at the end of August

How did you get into this business?
I originally started creating herbal bath products about twelve years ago. I had sent away for a kit that included raw ingredients and recipes, and it was so much fun that I began creating my own formulas and researching the properties of various ingredients. My life was very stressful at the time, and I found this work very centering – working with the herbs and essential oils was very relaxing.

People responded well to my products, and I started selling them online (on my very rudimentary website), as well as at my local farmers market. Then, my life got even more hectic, and I let my company go, returning to just making my products for myself, friends and family.

In early in 2008, I started formal herbalism studies, and it inspired me to re-start my herbal bath and body product business.

What did you do in a previous life? What was your first job ever?
I have a BA in Fine Arts/Communications and a doctorate in Developmental Psychology, with a focus on Health Psychology. In addition to running Herban Lifestyle, I work as a consultant in the scientific review of health promotion research. As I just mentioned, I have also studied herbalism. So, Herban Lifestyle is a way for me to combine my interest in health and wellness with my need for creativity.

Is this your first entrepreneurial experience?
Did you always want to be your own boss? My first entrepreneurial experience was when I was 8 and a friend and I put together a fundraising event in my backyard to raise money for a children’s charity. I have always enjoyed the creativity of entrepreneurism. Over the years I have had a few different businesses, including graphic design when I first graduated from college, a smaller version of Herban Lifestyle about 10 years ago, and more recently a wellness consulting business which I stopped when I started Herban Lifestyle. So far, this Herban Lifestyle is my favorite. It combines my art and wellness backgrounds in a nice, tangible way.

Why should customers choose you?
What makes your business different from you competition? My products are handcrafted in small batches, using only the highest quality organic, natural, chemical-free ingredients. The integrity of my products and business processes have been vetted by Green America, Live Green, Leaping Bunny and PETA as sustainable and cruelty-free. Plus they are super yummy smelling and work great!

The best part of doing business in DC is…
People in DC are well-informed about the advantages of buying local and sustainable products, so it makes my job easy. Plus, this area is also very supportive of small businesses, and there are tons of resources and networking opportunities especially for green businesses.

What are your upcoming events?
I will be demonstrating my products at CARBON on August 6, from 12:00pm to 4:00pm. People are invited to try out my various products to see how they smell and feel, and ask me questions about them. CARBON (located at 2643 Connecticut Ave, NW) specializes in clothing and accessories by local and sustainable designers.

Also, there is a new store opening on August 1st in Falls Church, called Local, which will specialize in all local products, and they will be carrying my products.