This is the story of SongCroft Naturals and how I came to be a farmer, product formulator and owner of a skin and body care company.
It might surprise you to know that I am a very passionate woman. I am passionate about growing my company’s ingredients or sourcing fair-trade, organic, sustainably farmed ingredients when I can’t grow them myself. I am passionate about formulating nourishing products that are handmade with love. I am passionate about educating others on healthy living and healthy skin. Creating safe and healthy personal care products has been my passion for decades.
I am not a cosmetic chemist, a dermatologist or a celebrity, which are the tickets one must have in order to step onto the national stage of being a cosmetic industry player, but I’m okay with that. SongCroft Naturals has stayed small, concentrated and pure in its mission and ethics.
My formulas were perfected by working with other estheticians, customers and labs. I began formulating after studying as an esthetician with one of the most well-known companies in the world, and by learning first-hand how toxic ingredients can affect our health. It has been more than two decades since I pledged to create products that nourish our bodies while enhancing our beauty, rather than harming us. My passion for truly healthy products and the health of the planet has always been my primary motivation. That is very different from most big corporations.
ARTISAN MAKER vs. CORPORATE AMERICA
“Most cosmetic companies are owned by the same three corporations, and their bottom lines come first. You might want to think this over before hopping from counter to counter because in the end, you may be chasing false hope.”
SongCroft Naturals ethics are based on providing healthy products and caring for the earth while educating people on healthy living.
Corporate America puts profit over anything else. They have board members, stockholders and investors to keep happy and rich. That’s why there are many products that make a lot of claims, yet, do very little. Actually, many of them do more harm than good.
With that said, here is the our truth about how to look younger and live healthier: Eliminate processed foods from your diet, drink water, take a daily probiotic and omega 3 fatty acid supplement, get at least eight hours of peaceful sleep, exercise, manage stress with yoga or meditation, and use plant-based skincare. That’s it. And of course, if you smile and believe you look fabulous, you will. A good attitude is everything, and a smile can make a huge difference.
Just because companies claim there’s a secret weapon to fight against aging, doesn’t mean it’s true. It’s no secret that taking good care of yourself makes a big difference. There is no “Silver Bullet”.
I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with making a living or a profit. Heck, my family likes to eat. It’s just that it shouldn’t be at the expense of doing what’s right. It’s good to remember that we vote with our dollars each time we purchase a product. We’re smart enough to see through the corporate propaganda.
By the way, did you know, most cosmetic companies are owned by the same three corporations, and their bottom lines come first? You might want to think this over before hopping from counter to counter, because in the end, you may be chasing false hope and making some CEO very rich in the process.
WRINKLES AND SMILES
“Nothing ages you faster than chasing youth.”
This comment was made by a dear friend of mine and I can’t agree with her more. What if we simply took care of ourselves and sought happiness rather than youth? I would like to think that being happy and present in our lives, being in the moment, beats always looking for a “silver bullet” to stop wrinkles. And if anything is a “silver bullet”, I think it is a smile and the cute little wrinkles that come with it.
THE SHELL GAME
“…ask yourself, “Where is the money coming from?“
It isn’t surprising that people are being exploited. There’s always some authority saying there’s something “bigger and better”, “new and improved” or “high tech”. This largely stems from marketing moves and it all comes down to one thing. Money. Before you listen to claims, ask yourself, “Where is the money coming from?“
Here’s a look at where most people get their beauty advice:
Beauty Magazines: Magazines make their money selling ads to cosmetic companies. Items that are featured as the “Editors Favorites” are usually those of companies that are spending mega-money on ad campaigns.
Celebrities: Celebrities are paid to talk about products, be the face of a product and even work product placement in the most seemingly simple photos. Celebrities have “sponsorship” fee schedules for being associated with products. Also, when you see those ads with celebrities, don’t forget that they’ve been retouched, photo-shopped and have had an entire crew working on hair, make-up and wardrobe. Let’s not hold ourselves to standards that don’t exist.
Doctors: Companies love to use doctors as their spokespersons. After all, they do have a lot of school under their belts and they’re our health authorities. However, this doesn’t mean they can see the bigger picture, understand the effects of nutrition, skincare, a low stress lifestyle and the simple act of being hydrated. Most doctors have been trained to treat symptoms but aren’t well versed in prevention. I’m not saying doctors are bad or don’t know a lot, someo f my best friends are doctors but they will be the first to say they didn’t study nutrition, botanical medicine or prevention and they wish they had! Besides that, I have had many women tell me that when they spoke to a doctor about their skincare and wrinkles, the suggestions they received were injections, pills and surgery. If skincare is suggested, it’s usually whatever a company’s sales representative has suggested, rather than the doctors understanding of the products and how the ingredients work.
Let’s not forget, it wasn’t that long ago that doctors suggested cigarettes were good for you.
THINK FOR YOURSELF
“This goes beyond organic.”
Being in the skincare industry opened my eyes to a shocking truth. Most of what people are paying to have massaged and smoothed over their skin is toxic. The skin absorbs these ingredients into our bloodstream. You might think that if it’s for sale then it must be safe. If that were true, many processed food and beverage companies would be out of business.
When I committed to creating my own product line, I took this experience deeper by studying Clinical Herbalism, Ayurvedic Medicine and Botany. I sought out mentors, educational programs and basically lived and breathed plant-based skincare for decades. I have worked with healthcare providers, estheticians, herbalist and the general public this entire time. I have studied and worked to get to the level of understanding that I have of skincare and products so I can provide the best products available. We use simple ingredients to obtain amazing results, while all the time, maintaining our standard to ethics.
We also walk our talk but supporting causes such as the Pollinator Project (Bee Friendly Farming Project), Beads for Life (Uganda Cooperative from Uganda) and we do a lot of volunteer work.
We grow the plants, know them on a personal and energetic level and have studied their chemistry and formulations.
This goes beyond organic.
When we say that SongCroft Naturals products are artisan made and that each product is made by hand with love, we mean it.
People sometimes have images of big machines with conveyor belts moving body moisturizer tubes along within our production facility. The reality is that each tube, each jar, each bottle is filled by hand by someone who is happy in their work and glad to be bringing nurturing goodness to you.
Our processes are simple. We grow botanical goodness, blend artisan formulations, create our products by hand and send them off to you wil love. This is the way of our family farm business. We grow love.
Truly Simple, Amazing Results. That’s SongCroft Naturals.
It’s Shop Small Saturday and people all over the country are coming out to support small businesses. This is an important movement to help keep more commerce in the hands of small family businesses rather than just silently allowing large corporations to take over our neighborhood economies.
“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good (wo)men do nothing.”
Tonight, our family will go out and support a small local restaurant, buy tea from our favorite small tea shop, see the tree lighting in our sweet little town and if we are lucky, we will find the carolers that are spreading cheer. See things to do in Snohomish “Home for the Holidays”, here.
We are grateful for the many people who support us during this annual event. It makes a huge difference in our year and allows us to hold space for healthy goodness on our family farm. We appreciate you all for your support.
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We can’t think of a better way to thank all of our wonderful customers for their loyal support and encouragement than to offer a Buy one Get one Free sale!
Customers who shop on Saturday the 28th of November, wont risk missing out on our limited editions holiday gift collections and the fabulous DIY Herbal Medicine Maker Kit! These are products these products have received rave reviews and we know our customers love love them!
They will go fast so order early!
Join us November 28th– 30th for our ever popular
Buy one Get one Free Sale
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With Deep Gratitude,
The Richardson Family
I like to think of Thanksgiving as a celebration of a year of gratitude rather than just one day. In this post, I am going to share with you one of my secrets. It is one of the things that really make me happy. Let me know if you think I’m crazy or if you share my joy.
Several times each week on my personal Facebook page, I like to list at least three things I am grateful for. Sometimes I mention friends, sometimes I mention my family, sometimes it is a moment to rest but I often mention that I am grateful that I have choices in my life. Think about it, many people do not have choices. The choice of what to wear, what to eat, what book to read or whatever else.
I do not take for granted the fact that I have choices in my life. I remind myself how blessed I am every morning. I have a choice to smile through my day, spread peace and kindness and to make a difference in this world. Even the smallest things, like holding the door for someone or taking the time to listen to the response when I ask, “How are you.” These simple things are choices I can make to help make the world a better place.
One of my favorite things is to do little things for Ron. Ron is a veteran who stands next to the freeway exit each morning when I drive my daughter to class. He panhandles for his meals and life. I don’t judge Ron for what he does. I have no idea what his life path was like and how he got there. What I do know is that he is friendly and always polite and has a positive attitude. I am grateful that whenever I pass Ron, I can give him a dollar and sometimes a cup of coffee (it is cold outside here). This week, we plan to bring him a care package for the holiday. Something home-cooked with love. We will put a tag on it with his name, “To Ron”.
I can’t solve his problems but I can let him know that he is thought of, he is not invisible and someone thinks he matters. This is love. I can give Ron, a stranger, love and that is what I am grateful for. The choice to give love. I am blessed.
After writing this, it occurred to me to reach out to my community to see what people could put together for Ron. I posted a message on a message board where I don’t even know folks. I gave a brief description of Ron and how I would like to bring him some warm things and spread kindness to him. I asked if anyone would like to join me. Last night I got an email from a gal who knitted him a Seahawk colored scarf and donated a Seahawks hat. Another gal emailed with a Seahawks sweatshirt. A third gal offered her business card so he can come in and get a meal at her place. These folks are total strangers to me and to Ron. It goes to show that although we are being flooded with negative stories about the world, good still exists and even prevails. These strangers have made this Thanksgiving something to be truly grateful for. Thanks for “being love”.
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This is a great Autumn recipe and comes just in time for someone I know that is suffering from a nagging dry cough. The warming spices in this recipe are especially good for clearing a cough and for blocked sinuses. I hope you find it to be helpful and delicious!
Take advantage of the apples in harvest right now as freshly harvest produce contains more nutrients that produce shipped from afar and that is older. If you can, grow your own or go to a local u-pick farm to harvest your own. You can even press some of your own juice and can it for later use.
1/2 ounce fresh ginger root, sliced in 1/4 pieces
1 stick of cinnamon
3 clove buds
3 black peppercorns
2 cardamom pods
Place in a pot and cover with 1 pint of water. Bring this to a boil and then simmer for approximately 15 minutes, covered. Strain the beverage and add honey to taste.
Drink some of this beverage every two hours, diluted in warm water.
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Convenient for travel, the gym or work, these collections are perfect for a life on the go. Containing a solid lotion, deodorant stick, peppermint lip balm and our very popular shampoo and body bar, this collection is just the ticket for your next trip. These come contained in a wonderful little organza bag.
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Over the past couple of decades, I’ve tried a variety of natural deodorants. The crystal was fairly good but didn’t work as well as I needed it to. Powdered deodorants were a joke, or at least they were when I tried to apply them. Thank goodness no one made a video of it because it might have looked like I was the Swedish Chef trying to shake powdered sugar on to a ceiling fan! Then there was the putty and the paste. Let’s just say that finger painting my underarms just isn’t how I want to start my morning.
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