If you follow my Facebook Page you have already seen the launch of my new project: SeaBerry Studios. The SeaBerry Team (my friend Elisabeth and I) will be offering workshops on the art of creating superior all-natural skincare products.
For a few years I have been toying with the idea of teaching the tricks of the trade. My skincare-making path started by researching and making products for family, friends, and myself, after learning about the many suspicious and unnecessary ingredients our cosmetics carry. It was difficult to come across a 100% natural line in St. John’s and the so-called “green” brands were quite expensive. Once I gained experience and confidence, I launched Olivia Canela. More than selling moisturizers and balms, I wanted to show that it is possible to have good quality, all-natural skincare that is affordable. Olivia Canela is more than a cosmetic line. Olivia Canela is my approach to an earthier and more conscience lifestyle. Sharing that through this blog is an important step to stay motivated, and hopefully motivate others.
In January, Elisabeth came to my house to teach me soapmaking. We quickly realised that we would both love to teach how to make skincare products. By combining our expertise we could offer first-rate workshops. From then on, we have been meeting regularly to work on themes, ingredients, formulations, and a name for our new project. SeaBerry depicts the ocean that surrounds our island and the abundant berries that populate its soil. Water and Earth – Newfoundland and Labrador style. When we enlisted Justin Stacey to do our logo, we also found out that sea berry is another name for sea buckthorn, a highly prized berry in the cosmetic industry for its high levels of vitamins C, E, unsaturated fatty acids, and essential amino acids. The logo had to pay homage to such valuable berry.
On Sunday, we had our first photo shoot with Malin Enstrom, brilliant photographer and certified aromatherapist. The photos will be used on the website and in the manuals that will be given out at each workshop. We had so much fun! Malin’s passion for photography and her aromatherapy knowledge were palpable. I can’t wait to share these photos with you!
Our first workshop will be mid-June in downtown St. John’s. All the details will be posted on our SeaBerry Studios Page in the next few weeks. Maybe I will see and meet some of you then.