Kirsten Connor: Creator and Formulator at Flourish Natural Body Care
Kirsten, the founder and formulator of Flourish Natural Body Care, discovered her love of making “things from scratch” at an early age. As a young child, weekends were spent baking cakes, breads and making soup. That interest in creating delicious edibles led to work in professional kitchens where production, efficiency, time management and attention to detail were brought into focus. As a young mother and Kindergarten teacher the importance of natural, pure and organic ingredients came into consciousness.
The creative process began with learning the science of cold process soap making. Once mastered, the possibilities were endless. Liquid soap, balms, sugar polish, fizzy bath salts, and then lotions and crèmes. Shampoos and conditioners however remained elusive. Liquid soap style shampoo did not have the desired effect-leaving a heavy residue. With all the hype about “harsh detergents” out there the unfamiliar ingredients names seemed intimidating. What was in all of the “organic” shampoos that made them better than mainstream brands?
Curiosity and determination led to researching, creating and experimenting with a variety of products and ingredients. Her focus grew on innovating products focused on EcoCert and Organic ingredients that were beautiful and effective. Incorporating the power of herbs with the intensity of essential oils and the fact that every batch is truly hand crafted sets Flourish above.
With over 12 years experience as a formulator and a life long interest in herbalism and aromatherapy, gardening is a natural extension. In the spring of 2015, all of the herbs used in Flourish’s formulas will be grown and harvested on our own farm in Woodstock, Vermont.