Seven years ago, Beth Rouin of Simple Blossom skincare needed a change. She decided to adopt a vegan lifestyle, get in better physical shape and take a beautiful trip to Europe that would forever change her career path.
During the trip, she took classes on soap making to learn first-hand from the pros. Having prior experience working with herbs and natural fragrances, she decided to mix this knowledge with the skills she learned in class to pursue her dream.
“I was at a place in life where told myself to go ahead and do what makes you happy. I was already working at a farmer’s market and loved it, so I decided to start selling my lotions and then went to body scrubs,” Rouin said.
With her company Simple Blossom off the ground, she decided to expand the line. Today she offers soaps, lotions, scrubs and body butters all using natural ingredients. For the base of her scrubs, she uses pink rose clay from Brazil, yellow desert clay and purple clay that help detox the skin and pull out impurities. She then adds in ingredients such as cucumber extract, coco butter, cranberry extract and prickly pear cactus extract.
“Our skin is our largest organ, so what you put on it gets absorb into your body. It’s important to use products that are free of cancer-causing chemicals and that are sustainable. My products are also cruelty free, and many even have a low-level of natural SPF just from oils like coco butter and avocado oil,” Rouin said.
Health benefits aside, she notes the impact that supporting local businesses at the Downtown Chandler Farmers Market has long term.
“When you support a small business, the money goes back into your town. It can go toward parks, schools and road improvements in your actual community,” she said. “It’s also really fun to come out to the market and make a connection with the vendors. You can talk about health, herbs and nutrition because a lot of the vendors are experts on that.”
As for the location of the Downtown Chandler Farmers, Rouin couldn’t be happier.
“You have 100 years of history right next to the market and it’s so beautiful. I live in Chandler and I just love it,” she said.
Interested in scooping up Simple Blossom skincare? Stop by the Farmers Market every Saturday through May from 8:30 a.m. – 12:30p.m. in Dr. AJ Chandler Park – West. You can also visit the website and follow along on Instagram.
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