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Hi, I’m Kirsten Connor.
Originally I began making products just for me and my sensitive skin.
I wanted to have as few ingredients as possible and as many scents as I could imagine. I would sit for hours playing with different essential oil combinations and after some time I noticed that certain scents would match with a corresponding color. That was the inspiration behind our rainbow of label colors and our inspiring scent palette.
I’m a huge fan of balms. They are a no frills way to deliver a dose of butters and oils to your skin. But I love the more sophisticated feel of a crème or a lotion too! I wanted to create body care with fewer ingredients because fewer ingredients=higher potency. Smaller batches means more control over the process of blending, creating and packaging. Herbs are steeped(slowly), oils heated gently to retain nutrients, mixing/blending and cooling happens slowly. It’s a true “slow apothecary” process.More
I’m a huge fan of balms. They are a no frills way to deliver a dose of butters and oils to your skin. But I love the more sophisticated feel of a crème or a lotion too! I wanted to create body care with fewer ingredients because fewer ingredients=higher potency. Smaller batches means more control over the process of blending, creating and packaging. Herbs are steeped(slowly), oils heated gently to retain nutrients, mixing/blending and cooling happens slowly. It’s a true “slow apothecary” process.
Hair care gets a bit trickier. Years ago, when I first tried to make shampoo I wanted to use liquid soap. To me, that was the purest form of cleanser and being an experienced soap maker I could make the entire batch from scratch. It took me many, many bad hair days and a whole lot of research to understand why soap is awesome for your skin but not so much for your hair. (Read more about this here) I dedicated a crazy amount of time to researching ingredients and the way they interact (cationic, zwitteronic charges) and why some ingredients (that aren’t commonly understood on the label) are considered safe and some are considered bad. I also questioned labels that were chock full of so many ingredients (many from factory shelves) how potent could they be?
My first “successful” shampoo back in 2006 was our Honey Blossom-(reminiscent of Faberge Organics Wheat Germ Oil and Honey shampoo)-and it had just 5 ingredients. It was awesome and several other versions quickly followed. Over the years we have added in some stellar ingredients and made some adjustments to make our hair care “salon worthy”-color safe, salt free, pH balanced and healthy for your hair and scalp.
Flourish means to grow in a healthy or vigorous way, especially as the result of a favorable environment. We practice this every day using our “Slow Apothecary” process, staying true to our recipes, sourcing ingredients that are organic, Eco Cert and sourced from Vermont farms and beekeepers and most importantly, feeling inspired while doing it!See if we have something for you
Flourish Signature Scents
Honey Blossom+Marshmallow Root
Honey helps you regain your glow! Featuring locally sourced pure Vermont honey and marshmallow root this is an extremely soothing, comforting, enveloping treatment.
Who it is for: clients sensitive to scents, nature lovers
When: Summertime through September
Lavender Mint+Red Clover
Our soothing yet tingly blend of essential oils, this is a more energetic treatment and tends toward a light, silky, cooling feel.
Who it is for: lively, spirited clients
When: year round but especially in the heat of the summer!
A sweet, floral woodsy scent with a hint of black pepper for a spicy aphrodisiac quality helps you slow down and relax. This very special treatment with the most beautiful of flowers helps to recapture your feminine strength.
Who it is for: pre wedding treatments, romantic getaways
When: year round as a special occasion treatment
A warming, spicy scent with a mentally soothing impact. Blended with arnica for deep muscle relaxation.
Who it is for: anyone needing muscle relief post workout or a warming treatment during winter
When: good for relaxing muscles year round but especially during the cold winter months and waiting for spring
An uplifting, grassy citrus scent. Balances the astringency of lemongrass with the calming soothing benefits of lemon balm.
Who it is for: suitable for both men and women
When: year round
A triple infusion of lemon, lime and tangerine plus the added benefits of hyssop-a nerve tonic that feels like a breath of fresh air. A Vitamin C pick me up when you need it most.
Who it is for: both men and women
When: as a mid winter boost; summertime with an appealing lime scent
A dense chocolate scent with warming coffee and spicy herbal notes this is the ultimate in decadent richness with a drop of aphrodisiac activity. A comforting, grounding and balancing treatment. Comforting as a cup of cocoa without the sweetness.
Who it is for: anyone needing a warm, comforting winter treatment
When: seasonal special available October through February
Aside from our Vermont-farmed and wild-crafted ingredients, we rely on organic oils and butters to create our recipes.
Ingredients like coconut, olive, argan and cane sugars grow best in tropical or Mediterranean climates. When we have to source our raw materials from afar, we place an emphasis on finding fair trade and certified organic ingredients.
Some of our other ingredients arrive to us after being processed in a laboratory. These would include our cleansers, preservatives and emulsifiers. In this case, we follow EcoCert guidelines to choose the safest and most effective ingredients.