For Breona with Black Honey, skincare is personal. Her cousin had a rare skin condition, which meant Breona could never hug her. She started making high-quality and affordable products to help people in similar situations. Customers love her luxurious masks, toners, whipped soaps, and more. Get to know Breona below!
How long have you been making bath products, and how did you get started? How long have you been selling your products?
I started making products right before the pandemic began in 2020. I have been making products for about a year and a half. I have been selling products for a year.
What do you love most about making bath and body products?
What I love most about making bath and body products is the wide spectrum available for creativity. You can try so many different oils, butters, and fragrances; the products achievable are endless.
What inspires you to create?
Growing up, one of the hardest things to grasp was why I couldn’t hug or hold my little cousin. She had severe EB (Epidermolysis bullosa). She was so innocent but so fragile, and it broke my heart. I knew then that I wanted to work with skincare to help others who have skincare conditions that cannot afford expensive solutions. I wanted to be a healthier and affordable alternative. As a soldier, I never really had much time to really start a business, but COVID-19 changed that. I wanted to make a change for my friends, family, and my community.
Your skincare line looks amazing. What are some of your favorite products to make and use?
My favorite products to use are our Yes Yoni Soap (feminine soap), and our African Black Soap & Turmeric Face Wash.
Who’s another maker you admire? What do you love about their work?
There’s a maker in Canada, the owner of Black Seal Soap; her work is amazing! I love her soap art, packaging, and her product photos. Some of her proceeds, depending on what is going on in the world, go to great causes and I love that.
What advice would you give to someone who wanted to get started?
Don’t give up! It’s all about trial and error. I cannot count how many times I didn’t achieve my desired outcome but with practice and patience, you’ll do just fine!
Have you experienced a fail? How did you work through it, and what did you learn?
Ha! Yes I have, before I realized that the cold process method for soap was for me, I messed up so many batches of soap trying to achieve the hot process method. It was rough, but I didn’t give up.
What plans do you have for your business moving forward?
I plan on getting my esthetician license in the future and opening a spa and having my products featured in house.
Breona's top Bramble Berry picks
- Aloe vera liquid - I love using it in place of water in some of my recipes.
- Foaming Bath Butter - It’s essential for whipped soaps and sugar scrubs.
- Fragrance oils - There are so many to choose from, they all smell so lovely.
- Goat Milk Melt and Pour Soap Base - One of my best-selling soaps is made with it. It doesn’t dry out your skin, I love it!
What’s your favorite Bramble Berry project?
My favorite Bramble Berry project I have tried was the Pumpkin Spice Latte Sugar Scrub project. I love that it was made with walnut shells for extra exfoliation. It smells just like a Starbucks PSL!