People are awakening to the fact that most of what we use on a daily basis is toxic. At Ohio Explored, we value products that are made with all-natural ingredients. The Tart Peach creates cruelty free lipsticks by hand in Columbus. Owner, Jordan Penix, uses natural ingredients like beeswax and essential oils to make her unique lipstick blends. She even did a collaboration with our favorite Ohio Ice Cream company, Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams, to create a real strawberry red lipstick - which is our owner's very favorite lipstick ever made! We are thrilled to welcome The Tart Peach as a vendor for our 2017 Ohio Explored Holiday Maker Mart!
Tell us about your local business.
I'm Jordan and I am the lipstick-making Tart Peach here in Columbus, OH. The Tart Peach started as a blog about 4 years ago where I posted about my current travels and other random things. When I discovered my love for making lipstick, I thought what better way to combine my blog and biz under one name.
What drew you to your craft?
I was interested to see what was in the everyday lipstick. When I found the long list of unpronounceable ingredients in most lipsticks I decided to see if I could make it myself. Through a lot of trial and error, mixing and melting, I found the perfect texture, scent, and colors for my lipstick whose ingredients you can pronounce. I absolutely adore wearing lipstick as well, so making it myself means I can wear all the colors I want.
What is your favorite thing you have ever made?
Honestly, each lipstick I finish is my favorite. The color, the texture, the packaging, takes so long to put together that when it's finished it's so satisfying (and I love when people love it, too!)
What did you want to be when you grew up?
I don't remember wanting to be anything specific. Though, I probably wanted to be a famous singer/superstaaaaar.
What advice would you give yourself 10 years ago?
I'd probably tell myself that hard-work pays off, no matter what you choose to be or do in life. I'd also mention that happiness comes from within yourself and no material or person can make you feel that.
Why is it important to support local artists & makers?
It's important to support your local movers and shakers because their goods are handmade, sustainable, and you're buying directly from a local source. Why buy lipstick from a drugstore when you can buy a handmade lipstick from a local maker? That goes with everything imaginable - bags, jewelry, textile - its all here in Columbus!
Why do you love doing what you do?
I love doing what I do for the people I do it for. I love lipstick and sharing in that love with others makes it worth it.
What advice do you have for other women who want to start their own businesses?
Go for it. Put your heart and soul in it. Do it for yourself. Just DO it!
What is your favorite thing about Exploring Ohio?
Ohio is awesome. It's a hub for creativity, exploring, and is filled with amazing people who own amazing businesses. My favorite thing is meeting the people who make Ohio, Ohio.
Meet The Tart Peach at our Ohio Explored Holiday Maker Mart!