Get to know our Founder and Formulator, Heather Grace Nelson!
Q: Tell us a bit about your journey into skincare? Is it something you’ve always been interested in?
A: My interest in skincare really started in my teens. I would experiment with making face masks using yogurt and honey or avocado and honey. Half way through college i became a cosmetologist, yet truly only enjoyed studying skincare. I continued my education to include cosmetic chemistry and natural formulation. Throughout the years I would make DIY products for family and friends. But it wasn’t until I left a career in HR Management at 37 that I was able to develop my passion into a viable business. A friend of mine was starting a candle company and offered me to join her in bringing a skincare line. After selling with her for about a year, I gained the confidence needed to build and develop my own brand.
Q: How has living in the beautiful wine country of Santa Ynez, CA influenced the brand or product line?
A: Living in wine country has really inspired me to create products with the perfect balance of science and nature because the beauty of this town. Santa Ynez reminds me why I strive to create products made with clean ingredients. Every day I walk out my door I’m greeted with fresh air and I’m surrounded by serene views. When I take in that deep breath of air, I smell scents I know people will love in a body butter or lotion.
Q: Why is it important for your products to be cruelty-free and non-toxic?
A: I have set a standard of ethics and quality for Heather Grace Skin Care. We source only ingredients that are cruelty free. As a HUGE animal lover, I believe in ensuring each ingredient that goes into my skin care line be completely cruelty free! Not one ingredient that goes into our products has ever been animal tested. Each ingredient we use is recognized as safe according to European standards and are either EcoCert, Cosmos or Whole Foods approved, and each ingredient sourced is of the highest quality. Our intentions are to be inclusive and create something for everyone and every skin type. I think what people love the most about our skincare is that it’s effective, clean and safe for your skin.
Q: What’s your #1 skincare tip?
A: My #1 skincare tip would be to exfoliate, whether it be with your daily face wash or our Rosie Glow mask. Exfoliation helps to keep dirt, debris and dead skin cells from building up…which can cause a whole bunch of skin issues, like blemishes, clogged pores and premature aging. There is just something so invigorating to me about washing away your day, your week, and just hitting restart. I would recommend using our Rosie Glow Mask two to three times a week.
Q: If you had to choose just ONE of your products as your favorite, which would it be and why?
A: I love the Daily Repair Serum because it gives you a boost of vitamins with each application. One of my favorite ingredients in this product is Rosehip because it’s packed with vitamin c and this will help brighten and tighten your skin over time.
Q: Are there any upcoming events or specials that we can look forward to?
A: I do offer specials throughout the year! I typically announce them on social media. I’d love to connect with you on Facebook and Instagram, and keep your eyes open for an upcoming giveaway and promotion in July ;-)
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