Personal care products became an interest to me because of our brick and mortar hair salon business. All hair and beauty salons carry a selection of hair, skin and scalp products in what we call retail centers. They can be small or large depending upon the size of a salon.
When you study the industry of personal care you realize that products are available to treat the whole body, not just parts. It would be impossible for any salon, no matter what size to carry the thousands of products that are available in the open market of personal care. Even the big box stores could not carry all the products.
The overall situation boils down to do something for your clients and the people who visit the net to have choices other than purchasing from chain stores, or professional outlets that will sell to the general public.
Being in the salon business, it became apparent that people did not have a variety of choices unless they went on the Internet and this could be confusing because of the many on line outlets for personal care products. We decided to hopefully make it easier for a person to shop. We established a website whereby people can shop for their personal care products right from the comfort of their own home. We set up choices with companies that carry a multitude of products from A-Z, including all your name brand products and other specialties. Most of our outlets have daily specials, coupons, discounts and if you buy $25 to $50.00 or more you receive free shipping. In light of today’s economy we are all looking for savings and you also save on gas by shopping right from your home.
After a lot of research and making our choices of outlets it was apparent that we should go further than one website and break our choices into broader categories and they are as follows:
1. Name brand products or artificial/synthetics because they have chemicals added to their formulas. Part I
2. Natural Products (See Part II)
3. Organic Products (See Part III)
Name brand or artificial(synthetic) products embrace the addition of industrial chemicals for smell and preservation. People need to be made aware of the ingredients of name brand (artificial/synthetic) products and make sure you read labels. If you are not sure about an ingredient, research on the Internet or consult a skin specialist.
I am a live example of what can happen when you think you are using an off the shelf product that is to cure or solve skin or scalp problems. A few years ago I developed an itch in my scalp and stomach area that was so bad I wanted to grow one inch long fingernails so I could just dig the skin away. My personal physician referred me to a dermatologist and guess what? His treatment was a special prescribed salve and shampoo which solved the problem.
The long range solution was solved by not using over the counter lotion, change laundry soap, change to a natural hand/bath bar soap and do not use the dryer strips that are supposed to make your clothes bouncy and fresh. I have had one recurrence since that time which was a mistake when our daughter came to live with us and she added one of those strips when drying the clothes. There are thousands of over the counter personal care products and my favorite motto is, “Buyer Beware.” Companies make their products to be safe but you can always be that one person whose body cells react to chemicals in a product.
There will be two sequels to this article-Part II-Natural Products and Part III-Organic Products. I would like to thank other professionals who provided me with some of the background material for this article.