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The Bubble and Bee Story
Stephanie Greenwood began working in a Biology lab at 14, and started taking advanced Chemistry classes at the University of Utah at 16. But it wasn’t until she was 26 that she learned that the thousands of chemicals around her in personal care products like parabens, phlalates, and artificial fragrance could be causing some of her health problems, like hormonal imbalances and asthma. She diligently sought safer alternatives, but none of them lived up to her standards of purity. She found out that many products had hidden ingredients. So, she decided to make her own products using simple, organic ingredients.
It was slow-going at first. She drew upon her own chemistry background, found recipes in books and on the internet. A lot of the formulas out there didn't work very well, some with terrible results. (She still remembers the conditioner that didn't rinse out for a week!) By reading labels on her favorite organic products, taking a little bit here and there from recipes that did work, she got a good start. She enlisted the help of a chemist friend in California to help her refine her formulas, and soon she had a vast repertoire of her own products. Her friends and family caught wind of her experimenting and asked her to share her discoveries. Soon she was making soaps, shampoos, lip balms and deodorants for the entire family. They absolutely loved her products, and she realized that this could be a bigger endeavor than she had ever thought.
A year and a half later she enlisted the help of her long-time friend and business partner, Steve Thomas. Steve took some convincing--he had never used organic anything before! She persisted and it paid off. With much deliberation and creative planning, Bubble & Bee Organic was born. Bringing his business marketing and product design prowess to the table, Steve was able to make dynamic packaging for Stephanie's products. “I really wanted these products to be fun. I was hooked the first time I made my own deodorant. I knew exactly what was in it. How cool.” They soon grew the business from a simple table at a farmer's market to a company that's created much "buzz" and is poised to gain the attention of the media and sell organic goodies to people all around the country. They launched bubbleandbee.com where you can now learn about organic products and buy the finest quality organic personal care products. But Stephanie and Steve’s mission is more than just selling their products. Their goal is to inform others about the importance of staying away from the dangerous chemicals in our world of fancy products with entrancing colors and fragrances. In addition to making and selling products, they’re busy working on an extensive website with a database of cosmetic chemicals, articles, a blog about recent health and beauty news, and informative videos. They also want to help people save money by teaching them to make their own natural bath and body products. They’re creating learning programs, recipes, and tips for natural living that everyone can use. They believe that organic products shouldn’t be just for those who can afford them, but for everyone who wants to live in a safer, more natural world. That’s why at Bubble and Bee Organic, we say "We Make Organic Fun!”