Are you ready for your Mother’s Day gift shopping? We are, here at the Doylestown Food Market, with our Producer of the Month, Christine Mauro, of Christine’s Garden of Beauty. Christine has combined a variety of skin care products that would make perfect gifts for moms such as a Body Serum and Body Polish Gift Bag and a very reasonably priced Foot Treatment Gift Bag that includes a pumice stone and balm bar.
Get Ready for Mother's Day! Sample Christine's Garden at the Market
- Sunday, May 1, from 1pm - 3pm
- Saturday, May 7, from 1pm - 3pm
Enjoy 20% off all Christine's Garden of Beauty Products in May.
Christine’s Garden of Beauty products are certified organic, non-GMO, cruelty free, and when not using local ingredients, uses fair trade ingredients such as organic cane sugar, cocoa butter, and shea butter from a women’s co-op in Ghana.
The home-based business has been up and running for just about five years. Still working full time as a school social worker, Christine uses evenings, weekends and the summers to tend to the business, including the garden she’s so passionate about. Her daughter, granddaughter, and “right arm” college intern help with packaging, marketing, and harvesting the herbs. Christine remains the only formulator and the only one who makes the products.
When asked about the beginnings of the business, Christine’s answer was quick: “A number of years ago, diagnosed with an autoimmune disease, I stumbled across some research related to the skin, and the moisturizers we use on our bodies. I was alarmed to learn how harmful many of the ingredients and additives are. When I was younger I just didn’t question any of that. I assumed the body products I used were healthy for me.”
With this new understanding Christine began making products for herself, with a lot of trial and error. “The more I talked about it, I had family members and friends that wanted to try the products. The business evolved from there. We started to do home parties and eventually we got the products into retail locations.”
Future plans include opening a small shop where Christine can offer her products as well as teach mindfulness meditation and maybe offer some aromatherapy treatments. This is when I learned that Christine is a trained mindfulness teacher and is also continuing her training to become certified in clinical aromatherapy. This summer she will be teaching mindfulness to children in special education, with autism. Like the skin care business, mindfulness training came about as a result of the autoimmune disease. “I started the practice when I was sick and in a lot pain. Now it’s just a matter of finding the time each day to incorporate the practice into my daily routine.”
Christine’s ultimate goal for the business is to be able to hire young people with autism and different abilities. “We were just able to offer our first vocational experience with the special education life skills program at Bensalem High School. Those students have been packaging the lip balms and have been selling them in the school store.”
Christine’s Garden of Beauty business slogan is: Kind to Skin. Kind to All. “The mission is philanthropic and we do a lot of work and fundraising for a local animal rescue farm. We’ve donated our lip balm to A Woman’s Place. It’s all about volunteerism being a priority and helping people in the community. I think that’s the most important aspect from both a personal and business perspective.”
Mark your calendar for two opportunities to meet Christine and buy some skin care products to pamper yourself and/or your mother: Sunday, May 1, 1-3 pm, and Saturday, May 7, 1-3 pm.
Remember, all Christine’s Garden of Beauty products are 20% off all month.
Learn more about the business from the website: www.christinesgardenbeauty.com.