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Meet Robbin Turner of Violet Botanical Skincare

Today we’d like to introduce you to Robbin Turner.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Robbin. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I started Violet Botanical Skincare to help relieve my husband’s and son’s dry skin due to eczema. I tried several over-the-counter products with disappointing results. They were filled with petrochemicals and other ingredients that were questionable to me.

I remembered that my maternal grandmother, who is from the South, used to make concoctions for practically every ailment under the sun. As kids, we used to call them “old wives” remedies. They smelled funny and tasted bitter, but they worked. I thought — ‘If it worked for us all those years ago, why wouldn’t it work now?’

That’s when I started researching Southern folk remedies and herbalism. It opened a world of information that kept me delving deeper, deeper in search of more information. What I discovered was that my grandmother was practicing African medicine that was verbally handed down from generation to generation.

Armed with my newfound knowledge and pride, I began handcrafting body butter using traditional butter and oils from West and Southern Africa. These ingredients have been used for centuries to moisturize and protect the skin from the severe weather conditions.

Fast forward to today — the butter and oils have stood the test of time. Most importantly, they’re plant-based, organic and/or wild-harvested and do not contain petrochemicals or harmful ingredients.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
No, it has not been a smooth road. That’s typical with entrepreneurship. One of the struggles along the way is carving out a niche that sets us apart from other skincare companies/products. As the clean beauty movement becomes more, more prevalent, it’s easier to explain to consumers why all bath and body companies/products are not created equal.

Although consumers are embracing the clean beauty movement, there’s still the challenge of authenticity. I often explain to consumers that everything that’s labeled, ‘natural’ is not natural. When you delve into the ingredients list of some ‘green’ products, you find that they’re not so green. That’s known as greenwashing, which is a practice of being less than honest about product ingredients.

I was recently talking with a friend who shared some claims that a well-known essential oil company stated. I was horrified by what she told me. It’s not the first time I’ve heard the claims, but to have it actually happen to a friend was upsetting.

This is why I’m adamant about my professional development and staying abreast of the latest scientific information. I’m big on reading peer-reviewed articles from scientific journals and taking continuing education courses in cosmetic science and regulatory issues.

Please tell us about Violet Botanical Skincare.
Violet Botanical Skincare brings you the highest quality, nourishing butter and exotic oils from Southern Africa to improve the appearance of your skin. Our ingredients are organic and/or wild-harvested, environmentally sustainable, fairly traded, and lab tested for purity, cleanliness and freshness.

Violet Botanical Skincare is rooted in ancient Egyptian aromatherapy and herbalism. We recreated ancient recipes using centuries-old traditions of handcrafting. Our products are formulated in small batches so it arrives fresh and ready to use without harmful preservatives.

What sets us apart is our authenticity. Everything we chose for the company from the ingredients to the packaging has a purpose. For example, our deep blue packaging was chosen because it played a significant role in symbolism to ancient Egyptians. Dark blue symbolized fertility, rebirth, and the power of creation.

That purpose of authenticity stays true to preserving ancient Egyptian aromatherapy and herbalism. The art of aromatherapy has its foundation in ancient Egypt. Most people are unaware of that information. I strive to spread that knowledge and message.

Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
Well, I have two favorite childhood memories. One memory is sitting on the floor at my maternal grandmother’s feet as she told me stories and sang songs from her childhood and youth.

The other memory is helping my maternal grandmother cook in the kitchen, especially baked macaroni and cheese. When I became an adult, we often laughed about how I used to say, “Make it cheesy, Momma, make it cheesy.” To that request, she’d hand me a knife and several blocks of cheese to cut more cheese.

The macaroni and cheese memory resonates with me because my son says the same thing to me when I make macaroni and cheese. I guess the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.

Pricing:

  • 8 oz. Body Butter $45
  • 3.4 fl. oz. Body oil $45
  • 20 oz. Queen of Flowers Milk Bath $45
  • 20 oz. The Egyptian Bath Salt $30
  • 8 oz. Body Scrub $35
  • 8.5 fl. oz. Body Wash $25

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Image Credit:
Dwayne Turner

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