BREVARD COUNTY — Protecting our skin should be second nature, especially as we live in a hot climate with an unforgiving sun.
Instead of lathering on lotions and soaps with chemicals that can give an unpleasant reaction, using products with natural ingredients can only benefit our skin.
Shop owner Tawny Brown of Island Girl Natural Beauty first got into using natural remedies for her own personal battle with sensitive skin and eczema.
“I’d been making natural products for many years as a result of my own skin sensitivities,” Mrs. Brown said. “After I lost my job of 24 years, I was invited to set up as a vendor at a local health event and that's where my inspiration began.”
Shortly after starting Island Girl Natural Beauty, Mrs. Brown partnered with massage therapist Shacara Wynn, who specializes in deep tissue, cupping and relaxation massages.
While currently located at the Merritt Square Mall, Island Girl Natural Beauty will shortly move to an online presence when its lease is up on July 31. Moving products online will allow Mrs. Brown and Ms. Wynn to attend more local events, such as Trade Shows, Bridal Shows, Expos and other events throughout the state.
“We make natural bath, body and skin care products, such as salt scrubs, whipped body butters, lotions, soaps, bath soaks and soy candles," Mrs. Brown said. "Our aromatherapy jewelry is pretty popular. We offer monthly ‘make-and-take’ classes for jewelry, perfume and soaps.”
Patrons will find essential oils and natural, organic ingredients in each product, according to Mrs. Brown.
The prices at Island Girl Natural Beauty are very competitive.
"We like to make our products affordable so the average person can enjoy them," Mrs. Brown said.
While salt scrubs, tank tops and body butter costs are in the $20-$25 range, items such as insect repellent, soap bars and pain relief cream can range from $6-$10.
Island Girl Natural Beauty offers a range of jewelry from earrings and necklaces to bracelets. The aromatherapy jewelry is hand-made using lava stones as the diffuser.
"I've spent many years learning to make products for myself and my family, and spent a lot if time researching to find the best ingredients to create products that help address various skin conditions, as well as offering our customers an in-home spa experience," Mrs. Brown said.
"Our most popular selling items are our ultra moisturizing whipped shea and coconut body butter and our soaps. We have goat milk and oatmeal and shea butter soaps," she added. “So many products on the market have harsh chemicals and ingredients that can cause a lot of problems. What I learned over time is a lot of the irritations I was feeling on my own skin was a direct result of the products I was using. That prompted me to start making the products for myself."
Island Girl Natural Beauty is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and from noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday. It is located at 777 Merritt Island Causeway, Suite No. 149 (next to Macy’s) until July 31.
From August and on, you can find Island Girl Natural Beauty products online or at local events by visiting www.islandgirlsnaturalbeauty.com.
For more information, call (954) 856-9252 or visit the website above.