I recently had the pleasure of meeting and talking with Denine. I found her to be such an amazing person, I wanted to share her with you. You will quickly see why we got along so well. Below is an interview with her so you can decide for yourself how inspiring she is!
1. What is your job/jobs?
As a virtual registered dietitian consultant, I work my full-time job with Elevance Health, formerly Anthem BCBS. I also work at my integrative and functional nutritional consulting practice, Living Healthy. On top of that, I also have an e-commerce homemade natural botanical and food blend soaps and skincare products store called Living Healthy Skincare.
2. How did you get interested in making soap/scrubs?
I started when my sister and husband complained about the lack of good quality natural soaps and skincare products. My sister has acne, and my husband has severe eczema. It was hard to find the right products for their skin type. Since I am a registered dietitian, I have always been interested in the connection between food, nutrition, and skincare. It started as a hobby to help my family. I then decided why not combine them to see if this would help them. Research has shown that what you eat can affect not only the inside of your body but also the outside. So I started doing an old-fashioned natural soap-making process called Cold Process and added real raw fruits, vegetables, plants, flowers, herbs, spices, milk, nuts, oats, honey, essential oils, and luscious butter. The reactions when my clients use these products have been incredible!!
3. What are the most important characteristics you look for in your final product?
The essential characteristics that I look for in my products: how does it smell ( does it smell sweet or citrusy or woody), how does it feel (I prefer for my kinds of butter creams to feel non-greasy and my soaps to give a clean and moisturizing feel) and how does it look (For my soaps I use only natural colorants such as clays, fruits, vegetables, herbs, spices, etc. and add natural oils to give it that popping colors).
4. What are your future plans for your soap biz?
I would love to take my business mainstream and have educational classes on nutrition and skincare. I would have my lessons based on understanding why it is essential to eat wholesome foods to get healthy skin, and it will show you how you can create your skincare regimen with natural healthy ingredients.
5. Where can we learn more, shop, and follow you?
You can learn more about me at my integrative and functional nutritional business - Living Healthy - www.livinghealthy1.org, and to check out and purchase my soaps and skin care products, you can go to my Living Healthy Skincare website at https://livinghealthyskincare.com/
Over the course of the past 10 years or more, I have be working on developing more sustainable practices at home to reduce waste (including recycling). I have also been on a mission to swap out cleaning and personal care products with safer versions (products that limit exposure to environmental toxins).