How it all started..
As a teacher I am always washing my hands and have severely dry skin. I have tried to find an organic lotion that would heal my skin and I couldn't. I went to health food stores and there were still ingredients that I couldn't pronounce. So I decided to just make it myself.
Mermaid Butter is handcrafted with all natural, organic ingredients, and without any synthetic chemicals. Five out of six of the ingredients are certified organic by the USDA. The 6th ingredient is beeswax and it is organic, but it is not certified by the USDA. I add pure essential oils. It is best to use after showering when the pores are open so that you lock in its moisture. It may feel a little greasy at first, but it quickly soaks in. I like to run the little excess through my hair! Many of my friends and family put it on their face before bed, and we all agree that we can’t sleep without it!
About the logo..
Many of us Long Islanders share a similar passion and love for mermaids! Not only do we love them because they get to swim in the ocean all day, but because of their beautiful hair and glowing skin! This was all an inspiration for creating the name, "Mermaid Butter." My mother who is a very talented artist drew the mermaid and brought my vision to life! The colors were inspired by the shades of blue in mussel shells and mother of pearl tones. Her wavy hair and wave-like flukes are to remind us of the ocean and resemble the whipped cream-like body butter. This beautiful mermaid without a face was colored by another very talented artist that I was lucky to have connected with!
Research shows that the average adult is exposed to about 168 hazardous chemicals each day. Some of the chemicals that are commonly used in cosmetics and skin care are sodium laurel sulfate, parabens, phthalates, etc. These are known carcinogens or toxins that affect your immune, reproductive, and endocrine systems. Lotions are absorbed very easily through the skin and travel throughout your bloodstream. Parabens are in almost 100% of drugstore skincare products. Cancer has unfortunately touched our lives in some way and when we hear about these chemicals being "cancer causing" we need to pay close attention to what we are putting in and on our bodies. Most parabens have been banned in Europe. These chemicals can be especially harmful to pregnant women and their unborn babies. Non-organic cosmetics only provide a temporary mask for your skin and hair and do not give them the vitamins they actually need.
Many people think that organic products are just too expensive. In department stores you will find that the prices of some of the big names are way more expensive then organic products. So ok some organic products are not as cheap as mass produced chemical-filled brands, but wouldn't you rather spend a few extra dollars and get something healthy for your body? While keeping this in mind Mermaid Butter is offered at the lowest price possible!
Treat yourself to the best skincare because you are worth it! <3
About the process..
Mermaid Butter is handcrafted in small batches to ensure that you get the highest quality. It is also on a "made to order" basis to guarantee freshness. The cooking and whipping process is a very controlled environment from start to finish. Since this is a preservative-free product it's important to keep germs, bacteria, and water from the butter. After everything is sanitized the ingredients are heated using a double boiler. I don't use direct heat on the ingredients. This is so that the butter and its medicinal properties are not harmed. It's also "cooked" perfectly not to exceed a temperature that will destroy any of the medicinal benefits. The essential oils are very delicate. After the butter has been whipped the essential oils are added and then the butter is gently whipped just to combine. The butter is then stored in an airtight container.
About the packaging..
There are a variety of jars available to suit different needs and preferences. The packaging was determined with a medicine lab in mind and also the environment! 95% of the jars are colored glass!
The small tins are great for during the cooler months. They are made of aluminum and do not contain any chemical liners. Be aware that these tins can warm up the butter quickly when carried in your pocket since aluminum is a great conductor of heat. By dramatically changing between hot and cold temperatures affects the butter. For this reason, tins will not be available during summer months.
PET plastic containers are only available in a 1 oz. size for convenience. These jars are BPA free. They are colored to protect from the sun and light.
Glass is the preferable packaging since it non-porous, and holds up to any ingredient. The colored glass jars give the butter extra protection from the sun and light. Glass is available in small, medium, and large sizes.
Clear glass flip top lids are available in large sizes. These jars are sourced locally to reduce our carbon footprint! They also look super cute in your bathroom!
Please recycle your container!
How to care for your butter..
Since the butter is preservative free it's important to care for it so that it doesn't spoil. It should be kept away from direct sunlight and heat. During the summer months I like to keep it in the refrigerator. By scooping out the butter with a spoon will help to keep contaminants out. Be sure not to introduce any water into the butter since it will create a breeding ground for bacteria. Although a little goes a long way, it is best to use within 6 months! Also, receive a special discount when you repurchase online and/or refill your jar. More information will be available soon about how to refill your jar. We believe in recycling, reducing, and reusing!
Are you ready to try it?..
Please contact me or visit any store Mermaid Butter is sold in for a sample. I have also attached a small sample to my business cards, which you can also find in the stores. Please also recycle/reuse these containers! :)