All The Beautiful Things / Women Owned
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I’m very confident that 2021 is going to be a wonderful year because Koi is growing and changing to serve you better! I’ve recently earned my Master Herbalist certification! I’m combining this new credential with my degree in biology; 17 years ‘of experience in clinical and research laboratories, Health and Wellness certification and lifelong dedication to proven natural processes, botanical ingredients and current skincare science to deliver something better, bigger, stronger and more beautiful.The pain and hardships of 2020 have inspired me to work harder than ever to apply all my experience, knowledge and training to develop Koi products that are the gold standard for effective, all natural and socially responsible skincare! To properly reflect this subtle, but important shift, by February 2021, we will change our name from KOI Beauty Bar to Koi Botanicals. Along with our new name, you will see a higher energy company with updated formulations and exciting NEW products and services.The Updated LineupTurmeric Cleansing Bar will become SOOTHE Turmeric Infused Artisan Soap.Wheatgrass Cleansing Bar will become RENEWAL Wheatgrass Infused Artisan Soap.Purple Corn Cleansing Bar will become RESTORATIVE Purple Corn Infused Artisan Soap.Bare Cleansing Bar will become GENTLE Nourishing Artisan Soap for Sensitive Skin.What is Changing?Hydrating Face Cream will become Restorative Beauty Moisturizer. Reformulated with a base of Rose Water, we use the finest and freshest ingredients we could find, for a more effective beauty formula. Great for all skin types.Pore Tightening Toner will become Refreshing Toner. Our toner will still have the peppermint you love! And with the addition of Witch Hazel, you’ll find a more effective formula that will positively impact the appearance of pores, while controlling oil.Tree of Life Oil will become Flawless Facial Oil. This will still be our prized Baobab Seed Oil, but we are infusing it with Hibiscus! This encourages an all-round younger, smoother looking complexion.What’s NEW?Hydrating Eye and Face Serum! After much research, we felt it was necessary to add a serum to our collection. You can use serum after cleansing, but before moisturizing with the intent of delivering powerful ingredients directly into the skin. Serums are particularly suited for this because they are made up of smaller molecules that penetrate deeply into the skin to deliver a very high concentration of active ingredient. We added powerful ingredients such as Vitamin C to fight free radicals and support natural collagen production along with hyaluronic acid to plump your skin and reduce wrinkles!Herbal Jelly! The un-petroleum jelly! Petroleum is a byproduct of the oil refining and petroleum jelly is highly refined. It can clog pores, and trap bacteria under the skin. Our herbal jelly has only plant oils and herbs making it an effective and better choice over petroleum jelly where intense moisturization is needed.Last But Not LeastAs Koi was restructured, it was important that we work with other small businesses. I am proud to say that nearly 80% of the companies we work with to bring you the most effective skincare are small, family run, female controlled and minority owned businesses!! So, when you buy from Koi Botanicals, not only are you supporting my small business, you are supporting other deserving, hardworking companies as well!Thank you for your continued support! And please be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram and sign up for our newsletter for the latest Koi news, great deals and FREE stuff...and remember to Keep It Beautiful!XOXOHeather
Ciara and I met recently in a women's entrepreneurial group. She has a mommy lifestyle blog telling her story of motherhood, the joys and struggles, and postpartum depression. Having a really hard pregnancy, a boyfriend that was deployed, and feeling very alone; Ciara began to journal throughout her pregnancy. She never wanted another young mom to feel the way she felt. I have her with us today to tell us her story and journey through motherhood!
KOI: How did the idea for mom2mom come about?
Mom2mom: My pregnancy was really difficult and I cried basically everyday for the first 6 months. After I had my child I was overwhelmed and I struggled with really bad Postpartum Depression (PPD). I journaled throughout my entire journey and I realized that other young or first-time moms probably feel the same way I do. I decided to start Mom 2 Mom so that other mothers could have a community to express themselves and experiences. I share my stories so that they know they aren’t alone and to inspire them to share theirs. My driving force is knowing that my stories can help them when they are feeling down and that’s super important to me because I felt like I didn’t have that community when I was pregnant. Yes, all of my friends were super supportive, but becoming a mother is something only another mother can relate too.
KOI: What is motherhood to you?
Mom2mom: Motherhood is a constant balancing act. It is the most rewarding thing in the world, but it’s also the most stressful.
KOI: What is one thing you want your readers to take away when they read through your blog?
Mom2mom: I really want first-time/young moms to know that they are not alone! My biggest reason for being transparent and sharing my story is so that hopefully I can help them feel like they have someone they can talk to if they wanted.
KOI: What is your favorite thing about being a mom?
Mom2mom: My favorite thing about being a mom is watching her grow and learn new things literally everyday. Sometimes I will look at my daughter complete or do something that she couldn’t do a month ago and I literally cry. It’s so rewarding because I created her and I love every single thing about her.
KOI: What is something that surprised you about being a mom that you weren’t expecting?
Mom2mom: So I have always had multiple things on my plate at once and I never really slept a lot, but the lack of sleep you get when you have a baby is so different! You are so EXHAUSTED as if you ran a marathon and you’re like that every single day! Also, I had to learn to make a bottle and hold a crying baby and I just was not prepared lol.
KOI: Who has influenced you most when it comes to how you approach parenting?
Mom2mom: Definitely my mom. Growing up I didn’t really understand why she instilled certain values in me, but now being a mom I really want to teach my daughter the same things.
KOI: What is the best advice you have for the parent of a trying toddler?
Mom2mom: Don’t forget that they have feelings too, they have bad days just like us and they are still learning so you have to talk them through things rather than just yell at them. Yes, that’s better said than done but eventually it will become second nature.
KOI: What was the best advice on motherhood you have ever received?
Mom2mom: My child is MY child and only I can make the best decision for her and it doesn’t matter what anyone else says.
KOI: Where can followers find you online?
Mom2mom: IG: @ciaramom2mom
JUST FOR FUN
Best diapers for value and function?
Pampers! They we’re the only diapers she never leaked through!
Favorite children’s book?
Right now, it’s Baby Shark and the Family Orchestra
What’s the least useful baby item?
Bassinet; she only slept in it for about a month and honestly I let her sleep with me a lot lol
What’s the most useful baby item?
Diaper Genie! It was an absolute lifesaver!!
Favorite go-to dinner recipe when you are short on time?
Breakfast for dinner or chicken quesadillas
Natalie's journey began 16 years ago as a Pure Romance consultant. She loved empowering and educating women on sexual health. They would talk with her for hours; cry to her, vent to her. From then on Natalie realized she had a gift. People felt comfortable with her. So she went back to school to get her Masters in Psychology and decided to start her own business, Love Chat with Nat.