We’ve been having an amazing time with our Women Wednesday series this month. We’re feeling so deeply connected to our community and are enjoying the responses we’ve been getting from our readers both on the web and in real life.
This week, we’re featuring the women behind Erbose, one of our favorite skincare lines. Sisters Audrey Dombroski and Jen Schachtebeck created Erbose with a focus on clean beauty. They are committed to self-care through holistic skincare rituals and creating a community of wellness. Audrey and Jen are truly inspiring and have created beautiful products that are environmentally and ethically sound.
We’ve talked about Erbose products before, and we’re happy to say that the results from using their products have been nothing short of amazing. We’re excited to share Audrey and Jen’s story of how Erbose began and what continues to inspire them.
1. When did you first realize that you wanted to start a skincare line? What called you to it?
Audrey: I’ve always relied on various self-care rituals to support my physical and mental well-being and while I was studying herbalism, my new found relationship with plants only solidified my commitment to health and wellness. I’ve always been conscious of what I was putting into my body, but only then did I start looking into what I was putting on my body. I began formulating plant-based skincare products for myself, quickly realizing the healing qualities these products provided my skin. I then branched out and started transforming plants into useful products for our family and friends and received great feedback about the effectiveness these products offered. It was then that I became committed to creating and providing products in hopes of empowering others to look at their daily beauty routines through a holistic lens.
2. What characteristics do you admire most in other women?
We really admire women who are comfortable in their own skin, who appreciate themselves exactly as they are. We’re also really inspired by women who empower and support other women. Having a community of women who encourage other women to pursue their goals is key. Let’s build each other up instead of holding each other back!
3. What was the best piece of business advice that you’ve received?
Measure your degree of passion. You have to be passionate about what you’re doing. If you don’t believe in what you’re doing, why would anyone else?
4. What is your personal or professional motto?
“Always do what you are afraid to do.”
5. Looking back, is there anything you would have done differently when you started?
Editing! The excitement of first starting out had us crazy with ideas with what we wanted to create and introduce. That, in turn, resulted in way too many products that ultimately felt excessive—a concept that strays from what we want our products to be: simple, clean and uncomplicated. Keeping things simple from the get-go while staying true to yourself is the best way to start any endeavor.
6. What resources do you recommend to someone starting in your industry?
We love reading blogs like Chalkboard Mag, Well+Good, and mindbodygreen for information regarding all around wellness, healthy eating, and natural health. We recommend keeping up with clean beauty products and trends. We love The Moment for information about beauty products and clean living, and try to check in with organic/natural beauty bloggers on Instagram like sunkissedkateblog, livingprettynaturally, and annalovesorganicbeauty for clean products they’re currently into.
7. If you were given an extra 2 hours a day, what would you do with it?
We’d definitely use some of that time for wellness- meditation, yoga, going on a hike- anything to cultivate mindfulness. We’d also spend the time catching up with new shows or hanging out with our family and friends. Maybe read a book (for fun)! Oh, and of course, get some extra sleep in the morning, because a little extra rest never hurt anyone! Can we have more than an extra 2 hours? 🙂
8. What inspires you?
We’re inspired by a lot of things:
A curiosity for the natural world and its healing qualities
A desire to create and work with our hands
What others in our industry are doing
Community building through clean living aspirations
A desire to help and show people just how easy it can be to live a natural life
The list goes on and on….
9. What’s next for Erbose? Anything exciting that you’d like to share?
We recently launched the Erbose Baby Line which we’re really excited about! It’s bringing some new opportunities and allowing us to work with health conscious parents who want to lead organic and natural lifestyles for themselves and their kids. We are also in the midst of formulating new face and body oils, so keep an eye out for that!
Photo Credit: Audrey Dombroski + Jen Schachtebeck