Humble Hive Homemade creates natural personal care products in Ohio. We interviewed owner, Lauren, to learn more about her eco-conscious local business. Meet Humble Hive Homemade at our 2017 Ohio Explored Holiday Maker Mart on December 3rd!
Tell us about yourself & your local business.
My name is Lauren Craig, and I'm the "human in a kitchen" from Humble hive Homemade. I run the business from my home and make everything with love in our kitchen. I live on a 5-acre Sustainable Family Farm right outside of Yellow Springs, Ohio. I received my Master's Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, but my trajectory changed drastically once I became pregnant with our first son. At that time, I became disillusioned with the products I had been using for myself and my family.
The more I looked into the ingredients utilized, the more determined I became to craft a better, healthier option. Everything we put on our bodies is absorbed by our bodies, and so I went out in search of a safer solution. Slowly but surely, I developed recipes for each product and soon, friends began asking to purchase the items I was making. I'm incredibly passionate about offering others safe, sustainable, products that they can feel good about using. I want to share the high-quality products I've been making for my family for years with others in the most sustainable, healthy manner for our environment. All of my products are made with Organic & Fair-Trade ingredients and are packaged in compostable or reusable containers.
What drew you to your craft?
Throughout the years, I've become more environmentally conscious and aware of the products and items that we, as a family, utilize on a regular basis. I began connecting the dots around me and realized I needed to take a more active role in creating the reality I wished for. I've always been passionate about cooking and realized that making cosmetics and personal care items utilizes the same principles and draws on that same sense of passion. Thus, it seemed the next logical step that I would rid our home of toxins and begin making all of our own cosmetics and personal care items out of my kitchen.
What is your favorite thing you have ever made?
It's a dead tie between two of my products. The first is my "Happy Day" lotion bar. It's impossible for me not to crack a smile when I give it a sniff. It's energizing, uplifting and totally unexpected. The second is my solid perfume locket necklace. This item is brand spankin' new and I plan to have it ready for purchase just in time for the Maker Mart.
What did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be a veterinarian. I'm not too far off, however, as I live on a 5-acre Sustainable Family Farm with chickens, ducks, pigs and will welcome goats as well in the Spring!
What is your creative process?
I'm passionate about replacing items people use everyday with toxin-free upgrades. And so, I'm constantly looking for new ideas. Once I stumble upon something that excites me, I'm like a dog with a bone and go into hyperdrive; formulating the perfect blend of ingredients and finding the most sustainable packaging solution.
What advice would you give yourself 10 years ago?
Follow your gut. It will prove spot on. Trends, "safe" paths, and monetary wealth don't hold a candle to following your passion.
Why is it important to support local artists & makers?
As a society, we've become so disconnected from how products are made and as such, see nearly everything as disposable. This has led to shortcuts which are costly to our overall well being. Each time we spend a dollar, we are casting a vote. In casting a vote for a local artist and maker, we are supporting fervent passion that is sure to enrich and inspire future generations.
Why do you love doing what you do?
Humble hive Homemade allows me to feed nearly all of my internal, hungry, "passion monsters." I'm able to tinker in the kitchen with recipes for hours on end until I find just the perfect blend of ingredients. I'm able to photograph each item and pour love into writing the description for it in my online store. I'm able to feed the need for a pleasing aesthetic in designing each product label and finding the perfect, sustainable container for my new concoctions. I'm able to feed the desire to nurture others by offering products that will enrich others' lives and bring a smile to their face. And finally, I can rest easy at night knowing that I'm doing my part to care for our planet so that our children can have a place to call home.
What advice do you have for other women who want to start their own businesses?
Follow your passion. Find the "thing" that keeps you awake at night; the thing that ties your stomach up in knots from excitement. Grab onto it and run. Create measurable, short-term goals that can be taken immediately so that you can begin to feel your excitement grow. You're bound to run into issues, but once you overcome them, your confidence will grow and you'll be ready for the next hurdle. Take the leap.
What is your favorite thing about exploring Ohio?
I love the diversity in landscapes and people. You can get a little bit of everything you're craving here. If you want to hide away in the country and eat at a Mom and Pop restaurant, you can. If you want to dive into city nightlife and hit up a local brewery, Ohio has it. If it's hiking and wilderness you crave, you have countless places to choose from. I grew up wanting out of Ohio. Now, I can't imagine calling any other place "home."
Meet Humble Hive Homemade at our 2017 Ohio Explored Holiday Maker Mart on December 3rd, 2017!