Business has been great for the two Raleigh moms behind Klen Shop, a line of all natural body products - from lip glosses to lotions to even a lice prevention spray.
Since I featured Allison Mays and Leigh Noonan in September, the two have been busy, selling items at holiday markets; filling lots of orders; and creating new products. They are among the dozen local businesses featured in our Made by Mom Gift Guide, presented by Midwifery at Women's Health Alliance.
Mays and Noonan started Klen Shop after realizing just how many chemicals and other ingredients are in the tubes of lip gloss and other products that their families were using. That light bulb moment came after Mays took a look at what was in the tubes of lip gloss that her toddler daughter seemed to not only smear across her lips, but also eat.
"I started looking at all of the ingredients and thinking she's literally digesting so much junk," said Mays, whose daughter was just 2 at the time.
The two got to work, developing a full line of products. They have continued to expand.
The two have added a soap scrub; 100 percent soy candles, which come in a re-purposeable jar; an all-purpose salve called Klen Magic; and that lice prevention spray.
"We can personally attest to its effectiveness after both our daughters were head to head all night on Halloween with two girls that had lice and our girls remain lice free," they tell me.
Klen Magic comes in especially useful for dealing with dry and chapped hands this winter. The salve is made with all natural ingredients, along with a blend of essential oils to help calm itches, sooth the skin, decrease swelling and reduce redness. It also provides antibacterial, antiviral, disinfecting, astringent, antimicrobial, antifungal and antibiotic benefits.
For the holidays, they've rolled out some Christmas flavors, including peppermint in their gloss and Gator Balm (which is designed for kids). You can also load up on peppermint body scrub, soap scrub, lotion candles and more.
Take a look on Klen's website. It's also available in local stores such as Ornamentea, Johnston Memorial Hospital Gift Shop, Oxford Green and The Green Monkey.