Artist Inspirations - Milk & Honey Naturals

I found Courtney Jo's all natural products via her blog. I am a fan of her mix of stories about her family, her products, and  what every comes to mind. Thanks Courtney Jo for taking the time to share with us what inspires you to create your all natural products.

Courtney Jo - Milk & Honey Naturals

I have been creating my own natural products for over a decade. I can remember as far back as 11 years, making cabbage acne masks from a book all about natural cures from the bible. I really pushed myself to create after I had a few unusual reactions to synthetically produced products. After struggling with problem after problem for years, I finally turned to only natural care. Most of what was available in stores was unscented or medicinal smelling, boring and flat out bland. Over the years I have done a lot of research on holistic medicine, herbal therapies, natural cures and have learned a lot about how earth products nurture, nourish, heal and cleanse. I started experimenting with herbal infusions for color, pure essential oil blends for punches of amazing natural aroma, swirling, layering and sprinkling for visually interesting effects. With a small nudge from my husband, Milk and Honey Naturals was born.

Mandarin Truffle Lip embellishment
I started my business with a head packed full of knowledge, college training in business, hands that love to create, $200 and a big dream. I'm really scrappy when it comes to wise investing, researching the market, putting together a workable business plan and I learn fast. After the first year of exhaustingly hard work and a lot of seed planting, I was able to stay home with my twin boys and help support our family for what looks like the foreseeable future.

The biggest inspirations behind my shop are family and health. They really go hand in hand. When I read the ingredient lists on regular store products, it irks me to no end. I've become even more fussy about ingredients since having my kids. I remember finding a baby lotion that actually boasted "no essential oils, only fragrance." There is a long list of essential oils that are not only safe for kids, but can actually help with conditions like colic. I dream for my family, I create for my family, I work hard for my family and I share my creations so that all people and all families can have access to quality natural products.

Pamper Me gift Set 
My process first starts with the functionality of a product. I always ask myself what I would like to get out of what I'm trying to create. I research and find the natural ingredients I need to get the results, then it's on to design. I take visual inspiration from anything and everything around me. It can be a slice of cake from a European bakery, to the colors created by light peeking through fall leaves all the way to a beautiful marble floor I remember from childhood. I compose ways to use the necessary ingredients to create my design and with a light hand, leave it at what naturally occurs.

Honey Almond All Natural Handmade Soap
Visit Milk & Honey Naturals and see all the wonderful products Courtney Jo has to offer. Don't forget to stop by her blog as well and get to know Courtney Jo the mother, wife, and artists.

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  1. Courtney Jo's blog always makes me laugh. The twins are so adorable. Her soaps are so beautiful and natural is the way to go!

  2. Yay ~ I'm already a follower and fan of Courtney. :) I do love her blog, I never know what tidbits I'm going to find, and often she has me laughing out loud! And of course, I'm always thrilled to find products that don't have chemicals as their first, last and everything in between ingredient. Go get'm Courtney! :)

  3. Very nice interview. I love natural items more and more so I'm really looking forward to looking at her shop and seeing the possibilities!

  4. Wonderful interview. I guess I knew these things about Courtney-Jo already, but to read it in her own words is inspiring!

  5. Her shop and products sound amazing. I will certainly check it out as I am all for natural cosmetics. The fewer chemicals the better. :)

  6. hi valerie, happy to find you via courtney jo's blog. i'm a fellow etsian and blogger. Great profile on Courtney Jo!!!

  7. The last picture is awesome! At first I thought it was a few nice chunks of cheese lol. Found you through Courtney!

  8. Wow, great guest post, Courtney! It's always so nice to come across someone who uses natural products - and even nicer when they create and successfully sell those products! Your soaps are gorgeous, and it was great to read a condensed version of what inspired you to start making them. :) Fabulous post!