How Kosmerta came to be
My entire life, I have had very sensitive, eczema prone skin. As a child, store bought soaps would cause me to break out into rashes all over my body, so from a young age doctors told my parents to only use the gentlest cleaning agents on my skin. As I got older, I became more concerned with the ethics of the products I consumed. I wanted products that were made without killing animals, and were safe for the environment. I switched to natural soaps made by other artisan soapers- and found many had the same negative reactions on my skin as the store bought soaps. I remember in high school, friends would ask me about the bright red dots on the insides of my arms. It was eczema from the "soothing" natural oatmeal soap I switched to. In winter my hands would be bright red from handwashing.
When I was 18 I decided to start making my own soap. I wanted products I could use without a skin reaction, but that I also knew were made without the killing of animals or destruction of the environment. Over the years I've tweaked and altered my recipe until I found the perfect blend.
I decided one year to gift my family and friends bars of my fancy soap, and after hearing their exciting feedback about the wonders it did for their winter dry skin, I decided to start selling my soaps. My goal is to give everyone with sensitive skin, and dry skin options for gentle, ethically sourced products. (It does hurt if they look and smell good too!)
I create all of my products by hand, and I research my suppliers before using them. All of my products are 100% vegetarian, meaning they are made only with plant-based oils and fats. Many of my products are vegan as well, but some contain honey which I source only from local beekeepers. By sourcing local, I know that the honey I use is from bees that help pollinate the agriculture in my community, and not from bees kept in a factory. All palm oil I use is sourced only from suppliers who are approved by The Roundtable On Sustainable Palm, a non-profit organization that works with farmers to create a fair-trade supply chain of palm oil, harvested from sustainable, controlled growing conditions.
I am so thankful for all of my friends and family who encouraged me, and helped me make it this far, and I look forward to seeing Kosmerta grow.
Owner of Kosmerta