I have received product to help facilitate my review.
Katie Ellis, Soap Whisperer
I grew up in rural Georgia and moved to Texas when I was 18 to be with my now hubby (he’s from Mesquite.) We were high school sweethearts and have been together for 10 years. Our daughter, Charlotte is 6 weeks old 🙂 We have just recently become city dwellers, having spent most of our time living in East Texas on 15 acres, raising chickens, cows, horses, tortoises, snakes, geckos – you could say we’re animal people!
My journey to My Dearest Danae (my middle name is Danae- rhymes with Renee) began when I challenged myself to make my Christmas gifts by hand for all of my friends and family. I did a few different “creative” things that year but really fell in love with soap making! My friends and family all encouraged me to try my hand at a craft show. To my surprise, it went extremely well! Over the years I’ve grown my business to include an online presence and retail locations that carry my products. I still attend local farmers markets and shows because I love seeing my customers in person!
At the beginning of this year (2015) I began a rebranding process. I wanted to start using locally sourced and sustainable ingredients. My products were always all natural but I felt I could take it a bit further. I wanted the ingredients to add a depth to my brand that my customers couldn’t find anywhere else. I chose to spotlight the stories and origins of each one. I want everyone to see the evolution of taking raw, quality sources and making them into products that feels good when using them. I also felt that using sustainable ingredients meant giving back to the environment we borrow from. I started partnering with One Tree Planted to aid in reversing deforestation around the world. For each dollar of our profit we donate to them, a tree is planted! Finally, on each product you’ll find an “Origin ID.” By inputting this number into my website, you’ll be taken to a page detailing the making of the product, complete with pictures and the date it was produced.
I offer three different product lines- My Dearest Danae is the main brand, with Baby Dearest being my “mommy and me” line and Corks & Jagger offering products for men.
My website is www.MyDearestDanae.com, and I can be found on social media at Facebook.com/MyDearestDanae.
Wasn’t that a neat story? I always find that people who make and sell their own handmade natural products are always so down to earth and care so much about the land in which we live. For Katie to go a step further and buy local sustainable ingredients proves that she cares about other businesses that are in her same space.
I thoroughly enjoyed sampling all the products Katie sent me. Her packaging is very professional and I love the colors of her labels. I use only natural soaps, so she sent me 2 – Tangerine Clove & Lavender Lullaby, both 5 oz. They were wrapped in plastic as you can see in the photo below…and I could smell them practically through the postal packaging!! Very excited to have received a toner because I use that almost daily. I had made my own, but it doesn’t compare to her Rosewater Refreshing Facial Toner. The Energizing Citrus Body Butter and the Litsea Lemon Moisturizing Lotion Bar is out of this world awesome and makes my body feel so soft and smooth!
If you like all natural products that promotes wellness, and doesn’t contain any artificial fragrances, dyes, additives, or preservatives – give hers a try!!
Consider buying your natural products from Katie at My Dearest Danae!