I have been reinventing myself my whole life. From corporate finance and banking, to educator and guide, artist, naturalist, chemist, creator.
I had been crafting soaps and lotions for family and friends for almost 20 years as hobby until one day, in the summer of 2014 I launched Colorado Real Soap with a folding tabling, a stack of my Olive Oil soaps, a dozen jars of Paw Bliss and a pop-up tent at the bustling Crested Butte Farmers Market. I sold out in 2 hours.
I knew I was had just stepped onto a yet another new path in life.
I have since opened a boutique and no longer sell at the Farmers Market. My shop is located in downtown Crested Butte and my unique creations are now carried in a handful of stores in other locations.
My mission is many faceted! I thrive on helping others. I get great personal satisfaction when you get good results. And when you let me know you are happy, your skin's happy you are feeling good using my products, it inspires more than anything else to continue creating and learning about my craft.
Reconnecting people to the wild world is very important to me and this is a foundation of my mission as well. I came to this place almost 30 years ago - I needed some quiet time in nature to figure out what I wanted to be and do in life. I was 26. I had graduated college with a degree in finance and economics from the George Washington University in DC. I was recruited by a big bank so I returned to South Florida to work, then moved to NYC to work in corporate finance, then back to school for a degree in secondary education. I worked for a year in adult education during which time I became terribly depressed. I took up oil painting during this period of angst - I taught myself how to paint the mountains in my head. I was dreaming of them night and day. I knew I needed a visit the landscapes.
When I arrived in the Colorado summer of 1991 - the soaring peaks grabbed hold of me and have never let me go, I am captive here, and I want it no other way. I have become deeply entwined with this wild remote place. I can hear myself think, I feel alive and connected to the wild world. I left a lot behind and it was not an easy thing. It stills tugs at my heart strings that I am far from my family and old friends. I was just a square peg in a round hole, I had to find my place or else. Landing in Crested Butte was a happy accident.
The mountains here healed me, escaping the the urban world breathed life back into my heart. I knew I would never go back, I learned to climb and ski the mountains and rocks, ride the wild waves of the rivers, and began a lifelong appreciation for learning and discovering the magic and healing power of the natural world.
Sharing this world with you in a simple, sustainable way, healing way is now my mission in life. I carefully collect small amounts of medicinal plants from the mountains surrounding my mountain home. Infusing them into unique formulas which capture the power, quintessence and soul of this unique and special place. , , leaves, blossoms, petals, bark and roots find their way into my and It's my way of helping you reconnect with the healing power of the wild world from your place on the planet.
FRESH IS ALWAYS BEST. I am very fortunate to live in a place I can harvest FRESH plant material from pristine wilderness for my creations.
Few people have year round access to such a place. I use fresh leaves, needles, blossoms, bark & roots in ALL of my infused products - capturing the lively quintessence of the plants I collect. Using fresh plant material captures not just the healing compounds, but also a little bit of the wild forest for you to enjoy.
I strive to provide simple, nourishing ways for people of all ages and skin types to maintain healthy strong skin.
I craft everything with carefully sourced, organic and wildcrafted ingredients, in very small batches to ensure you are getting the freshest products possible.
I hope you enjoy my creations, get fabulous results, and want to share them with others!
I wanted to pursue an endeavor which allowed me to share my mountain home with others in a way which blended my wanderings in the wild world with my interest in nourishing traditions.