We had the good fortune of connecting with Kiran Kaur and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kiran, we’d love for you to start things off by telling us something about your industry that we and others not in the industry might be unaware of?
The Word “natural skin care” is a very loose term and many seem to have a different understanding of it. When I created my brand, “Body Care by Kiran”, I created it wanting to define what “natural skincare” meant. Products that are free of artificial fragrance, artificial dyes, additives/fillers or parabens is what natural skincare should be, or rather, be without. The natural skin care industry is growing rapidly but something to take into consideration is that every company’s product will feel different than the other. Everyone has a different technique and, or recipe even if it is for the same product that many other skin care companies sell. What really sets these companies and products apart is how “clean” the ingredients are. It can be easy to forget about the importance of your skin but, I read that anything you apply on skin gets absorbed in less than a minute. So although it may not seem like a big deal, our skin is actually the largest organ so what you put on it does indeed matter. Therefore, I encourage consumers to be selective, read, and understand labels before choosing any product or putting anything on your skin. A health-conscious person thoroughly checks the condition of food before purchasing, so why not skin care products?
One thing I always get a reaction to when I say I make everything in this booth (while pointing at my booth during local events)- is a reaction of wow. Most customers appreciate the work that goes into making just one jar of whipped body butter or a bottle of face oil. Everything is hand poured by me and not out sourced. The art of making skin care products requires patience and perfection. Without these two, my products would just be an ordinary cream or oil.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
As a young co-owner of a family business in 2000, I realized that anything you do without passion & dignity is just work-an ordinary task. But once you throw passion into the mix, it changes one’s perspective and definition. I feel proud of learning and understanding this from my grandfather who used to say, “no matter what you do, do it with passion and dignity”. With these two things, internal happiness will follow and will reflect in your work.
My journey in making skin care products started in 2015. Back then, the organic skin care AWARENESS was still catching on, so either the products were too expensive or green washed- meaning the ingredients would be all organic but synthetic fragrance was used to make it smell good. Fragrance is a very loose term.
With determination to help my son I started tossing out everything inside my house that was possibly triggering my son’s respiratory & skin issues- after several months my house became free of aerosols, bleach, harsh chemicals, pesticides and switched to EO and free & clear cleaning products. For body care products I started whipping stuff in my kitchen. And after several years of trial and error- every product I carry today has a perfected recipe. All products are made without fillers, artificial dyes/Mica, artificial fragrance.
For fragrance I use high quality 100% pure essential oils diluted responsibly. I must clarify I use Pure essential oils not synthetic fragrance oils. Synthetic fragrance oils are known to cause skin irritation.
I often think about my grandmother, she had the most beautiful glowing & soft skin. That got me thinking that all she used was oils & butters. I believe we can look beautiful without compromising our health and protecting the largest organ- our skin!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I moved from Mckinney to Celina in 2019. My good friend moved from Texas to Chicago, and I know she has not been to downtown Celina. Knowing her she will not have more than one day to spend because of her children. I would start her day with a cup of coffee at Summer Moon Coffee and catch up while we enjoy their back seating area. For lunch- a feast at Tender Smokehouse, their beef brisket is the best.
My friend loves to paint so our next stop will be at Board & Brush in Highland Village. At the Board & Brush you can take home the artwork you made. The artwork will serve as good memory when we look back years later.
I bet with the brisket for lunch we might not be up for a big dinner so depending how hungry we are, dinner at Mt. Fuji Hibachi Steakhouse in Highland village for light hors d’oeuvres and a drink would be good place to end the day.
If she has more than one day, then there are tons of local attractions, mom & pop eateries to choose from and you can’t go wrong with any of them.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would like to give a shoutout to my late Grandfather for teaching me to do the right thing because “it is the right thing to do.” My mother is the most charming, encouraging, faithful, forgiving and caring person you will ever meet. Talking to my mama feels therapeutic, she has guided me with her gentle advice and she will continue to because she knows I will act upon it. My 10-year-old son and 6-and-a-half-year-old daughter–my children are my biggest inspiration and my husband for taking such good care of our children while I work endlessly during the busy seasons. My 10-year-old son is one of my biggest inspirations for starting to make own skin care products in 2015. The company name ” Body Care by Kiran” was created by my children and has a very special meaning and significance to us all.
I also would like to give a shoutout to my family & friends for supporting my business and encouraging me to achieve my goals.
A very special shout out to my Mother-in-law, sister-in-law and brother-in-law. I have their biggest support; they make themselves available anytime I need them.
Photograph courtesy – Luis Fernando Acevedo at LFA Media.