What is Elegance? Soap and Water!
What is Elegance? Soap and Water!
At Makes 3 Organics Wellness, everything we do is about helping you create an organic life filled with happiness and wellness for your body, mind and spirit and what could be more elegant than that?! Our business naturally grew out of our own family’s journey from unconscious living and serious health concerns to an integrated and organic lifestyle that is built around intentional and balanced choices made to nurture our lives.
Many of you have not been introduced to our personal story yet, so I thought I would share it again either as a first introduction or as a reintroduction to all of our wonderful subscribers.
Health Issues Hit Our Family
When our daughter, Alice, was three years old she had her first asthma incident which rocked our family. Another year later she developed eczema and other symptoms which brought us to an allergist. We were stunned to find out that she was allergic to hazelnuts, birch trees, cats and dogs.
The animal allergies we were expecting but neither Dan nor I had any food allergies and we were in shock. We felt horrible. How could this happen to our daughter? How were we going to protect her in a world full of delicious hazelnut spreads? How would we manage all of this with her school years starting soon?
My Mother had also developed a deadly allergy to pine nuts. Could this be related genetically? Alice’s allergist said something to me that day that I will always remember. He said, “I can’t show you the data, but after fifty years of practicing is an allergist I can tell you this is environmental. Clean up her diet, pay attention to the ingredients on the products you are bringing into the home and minimize the toxins as much as you can.”
Her physician went on to remark that although there is a genetic predisposition to Alice’s triple threat of allergies, asthma and eczema, not all predispositions are expressed. It’s the environment that triggers the expression of the illness. Wow.
We Started Learning
This was a huge wake up call for Dan and myself and really got us thinking about our lifestyle and shopping habits. We were minimizing the processed foods and were buying shampoos and lotions from the local organic food store but we really weren’t focused on ingredients. Why did one product irritate Alice’s eczema while another did not?
Once we really started looking at the ingredients in our soaps, shampoos and other personal care products it became pretty overwhelming. Even products carried in health food stores were full of ingredients that we could not pronounce and we learned by searching the Environmental Working Group online database could be harmful to our bodies.
We dove into this subject and learned that each of us is carrying hundreds of chemicals in our bodies from our environments, some are natural but increasingly in our post-industrial and chemical age they are man-made. These are industrial, agricultural and cosmetic chemicals that have only come into existence in the last fifty years or so and their collective presence in our bodies is now known as the Body Burden.
Again, we were overwhelmed. What were we to do? Live in a bubble? What’s more, since Alice’s initial diagnosis, she developed additional food allergies and sensitivities that now shape her life and how she interacted with the world.
Other Life Factors
Many factors contributed to Dan and I starting our organic products brand, which was the first phase of the business. During the period of time that we were learning how to adapt to Alice’s health issues, I quit my job as an attorney. I worked for years in Big Law in Chicago but when Alice was born I no longer wanted to continue with the lifestyle of working twelve-hour days and I said goodbye to the profession.
I needed a direction for my passion and talents and we saw a need to help families make informed and healthy choices about the consumer products they are bringing into their homes.
The Big Decision
Modifying our food choices for Alice and buying organic food was a gateway into the world of organic personal care products and because we love scents and soaps, exciting ideas started coming into our minds. So it wasn’t only a crusade to bring healthy personal care to the market, it was also our love of scents and aromas and soaps that inspired our first products.
The foundational idea for our business finally sparked when we realized we could combine our love of scents and soaps with our passion for helping families and giving back to our communities. Our focus on families sparked a brain storm and the phrase "you and me and baby makes three" came to mind and the name Makes 3 Organics was born!
Starting with Soap
It occurred to us that the best way to bring good health to our daughter and ourselves is to make one healthy decision at a time and we realized we want to help other people do the same thing. We were inspired to begin with the basic, most fundamental practice of how we clean our skin.
Each of us starts our morning with a bath or shower and the soap we use can set a tone for mindful and organic decision-making for the rest of the day. We started making and producing soaps for the whole family because we should be just as picky about what we put on our own skin as we are about what we put on our children’s skin.
We use only organic oils and blends of those oils and always retain the natural glycerin that results from soap making so we can give you natural lather and long-lasting moisture. We use only essential oils to create fragrance because that is the natural way to create aroma and receive aromatherapy benefits of scents. Finally we use only hand-crafting techniques in small batches with ancient methods for the most simple, most pure results.
By refusing to strip away the natural moisture of the soap to monetize the glycerin in other products, by refusing to add chemicals to create lather or hardness and shelf life, and by refusing to add synthetic fragrances to keep our cost of production low, you can be sure we are producing the safest and best soap on the market for you and your family and to help you reduce your Body Burden.
Think of it this way, if your Grandmother wouldn’t make soap with it, neither will we. We are committed to these methods for the long haul and for all of our product categories. You will always be able to count on the us to bring you simplicity, quality, truthfulness and peace of mind. Everyone can live an organic life and we intend to help show you how.
Thank you for being with us on this journey,
Kristine Sperling and the Makes 3 Organics Wellness Team
Kristine Sperling is a wellness enthusiast and co-founder of Makes 3 Organics, an organic brand dedicated to providing consumers organic alternatives to conventional personal care products. She lives in Santa Barbara, California, with her co-founder husband, Dan, their teenager, Alice, and their blue Shih Tzu, King.