My name is Michelle, and I have extremely sensitive skin. Years ago my head had itchy red, painful bumps that were turning into little blisters from chemicals in shampoo. I have had scalp growths (that weren't a bother at all) since I was a child and then they disappeared when I got older. However, my scalp sensitivity developed in my 30's. I tried to ignore it, but the bumps on my head hurt and were not going away. It would hurt when I would comb or brush my hair. I could no longer use liquid organic shampoo much to my dismay. I had to figure out something because the bumps on my head were getting painfully worse and nothing I switched to helped.
My Background I grew up 100% plant based. It was called "vegetarian" when I was growing up but today I have adopted a whole food plant-based lifestyle (no animal products or "vegan" as some people refer to it). Growing up, it was rare for us to go to the doctor even as very young children. I was given healthy food and herbs instead of medicine. I was taught about the benefits of foods, herbs, and exercise as a preventative "medicine".
I didn't go to the doctor as a kid from poison oak. Our family knew about an herbal poultice that could be applied to the skin to take away poison oak. ivy itch. The education of herbs and healthy food choices along with the knowledge about our human body and its systems educated me about cells and our immunity. By four years old I already knew about the anatomy of the body and how certain foods and herbs affect our cells and how to heal using a plants. I was a blessed kid!
Finding the solution! I knew I needed to get laser focused and apply the things I had learned as a child to my situation. I started studying and expanding my healing knowledge of essential oils, herbs, plants, and chemistry and began formulating an all-natural holistic skincare line that would help my skin return to it's natural normal healthy state. I purposely left out the irritating detergents, sodium laurel sulfates, BHT, propylene glycol, chemical fillers, and artificial colorants & surfactants, found in most soaps and skincareI. I added fresh virgin organic cold pressed oils, plants, and herbs and found that using my natural formulas did more than help heal; my pores shrunk. it balanced the dry and oily parts of my delicate skin and gave my skin a healthy smooth appearance.
Formulating for the world. It took me a few years to perfect my formulas. I worked and worked until I finally came up with a formula so gentle and effective that people with more problematic skin conditions than my own found great success! When I finally did, my soaps and lotions caught on to my friends and family. The bumps on my head went away, our friends, relatives, and co workers that had skin issues were relieved, and we started getting repeat orders. It was so exciting to be able to use my knowledge to help others!
From small beginnings to today! My husband finally came to work for me and left his own job to help with Me and a Tree in 2010 as we were growing and I needed the help. We are today a female owned and family operated business! We love what we do, and we have finally purchased five acres and are beginning the next phase of Me and Tree! Land to grow all of our herbs and expand our company into a health and wellness utopia! Our blogs have a lot of helpful information from recipes, to gardening, to skincare, and related topics and that will be expanding! Since the pandemic we were forced to completely shut down for over a year and we had to pivot fast or lose our business as all of our farmers markets were 100% shut down- just like that overnight. For a small business (or any business) that is next to impossible. But... WE DID IT! Thanks to people like you who continued to support us online! Thank you so much! You may purchase our products online from anywhere in the USA and may pick up products from participating stores in Florida and Tennessee (visit our locations page at the bottom of our website for more info).
Thank you! I'm very passionate about health and making artisan eco-friendly & cruelty-free products for people like you, who care about the health and well being of not only you but also your friends and family. Thank you so much for your continuing to support an American based female-owned small businesses like ours. When you support american made companies like ours, you help create jobs in America during a very up and down economy. Thank you for all of your support!
Skin Care Formulator/Owner
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