Interview with Marissa Bethoney Founder & Formulator of Precious Skin Elixirs

What was the catalyst for you to start Precious Skin Elixirs?

Precious Skin Elixirs is rooted in my passion and reverence for the healing powers of plants and minerals. The real catalyst – the spark that ignited me to bring this passion into business form was the feeling of having been “lied to” by a skin care brand I had come to trust as “all natural.” When I was pregnant, I really started paying extra attention to ingredients and began to research what exactly the preservatives and fragrances in my favorite products were. When I realized the toxic burden these products contained I tossed everything and began formulating my own truly natural skin care products made with without preservatives, synthetic ingredients, or toxins! I was actually able to heal the acne I experienced during pregnancy and found so much fulfillment in nourishing my skin and body with something truly natural. After all, I was pampering for two!

What is the essence of your business and your product line?

Precious Skin Elixirs is, at its heart, an experience of self-love and expression of joy in honoring our individual beauty and well-being while also encouraging a deeper connection to the earth, our source that sustains us. My mission is to elevate the skin care routine into that of ritual – not something that has to be complicated, but a pleasurable timeout for self-care in nurturing our skin and spirit.

What makes Precious Skin Elixirs remarkable and memorable?

In each one of our products you will only find the finest botanicals as close to their natural states as possible for an exceptional level of potency and effectiveness. The organic and wild harvested ingredients we work with have higher nutrient-density and are free of pesticide residue that can irritate or even harm the skin over time. I want you to experience delight and pleasure when you reach for a bottle of Precious Skin Elixirs, knowing that you are nurturing yourself with something pure, luxurious, and handmade with love.

From where or whom do you draw your greatest inspiration?

My greatest inspiration comes from time spent alone out in nature and time spent with a friend over hot cups of coffee. It’s an interesting duality. “Alone time” can provide great inspiration as well as time spent engaging with people. I find a great deal of inspiration from connecting with customers and listening to their feedback, needs, and desires. I draw inspiration from every suggestion and experience shared as to how I can improve and evolve the brand and product line. I am immensely grateful for this journey and opportunity to work with the healing power of plants and bringing a new perspective to luxury skin care!

What is your day-to-day role in the company?

My role involves every aspect of running the company! We are enjoying a growth period as our brand and products gain attention, and I am thrilled by having a hand in everything from formulating and playing with potions for new ideas to answering emails from customers. I am fortunate to be working with two other women who are dedicated, hard-working, and fun! We have a lot of good energy and positivity in the studio on a daily basis!

What has been your favorite or most poignant memory of your company to date?

I am tempted to tell a funny story or talk about a recent success, but I really think it’s important and most poignant to focus on the handful of small failures, let-downs, and changes that we have experienced over these first few years. It might sound strange, but in a way these are my favorite memories (they weren’t at the time) because they moved the company forward and held up a mirror to show us what we really stood for. These are the instances that my team and I bonded over, got into deeper discussions, and decided better things for the brand and our customers.

Any plans you can share with us about the future of Precious Skin Elixirs?

The future and its possibilities excite me! My vision for Precious Skin Elixirs is supported and shared by so many which gives me tremendous heart and encouragement to let my voice be heard and give more and more. There are several new products in development – a light-diffusing radiance cream for the face, a body oil, and a men’s collection!

What is your ME TIME? Please let us know what you like to do to relax and get away from it all.  

I see relaxing and nurturing the mind, body, and spirit as vital to health and happiness. I love having a ritual of self-care and taking time to rejuvenate. Meditation has been an amazing way to settle my ever-running mind and feel a deep sense of peace and gratitude. I unplug from technology, plug into spirit and tune into my inner wisdom. Sometimes I do this with the Onyx Purity Mask or the Sterling Honey Polish painted on my face!

Incorporating a daily skin care ritual has given me a wonderful anchor point to my day that guarantees me a 5-10 minute pause! Since I don’t like to wash my face in the mornings, I make sure to take excellent care of my skin at night. As I cleanse with the Peridot Cleansing Balm, I massage my face for at least four minutes to really stimulate the lymphatic system. After I remove with a warm towel I splash water on my face, alternating between hot and cold. This really brings up circulation and allows the skin to take in serums more effectively. Depending on the season, or what my skin needs, I apply serums or the 24 Karat Gold cream and always a final mist of Rose Quartz Balancing Hydrosol…letting the delicate aromas lull me to sleep. I limit exfoliating to three times per week.

When I take the time to relax into a hot bath sprinkled with lots of herbs and sea salt, or cook a vital and nutritious meal for myself and family I feel more connected to my life and the love within it.

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