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Lily Farm Fresh Skin Care grows, harvests and handcrafts their skin care fresh on their farm. For over 34 years, they are the only skin care company that places, “No synthetic ingredients, ever!” on every bottle they produce. Completely transparent in their sustainability you may visit their USDA certified organic farm and fresh pick your skin care.
After hearing Lily Morgan’s story behind why she decided to start Lily Farm Fresh Skin Care you’ll love her as much as we do.
What inspired you to start your business?
I had cyst acne as a teenager and it shaded my entire life. I had to find solutions. By the time I did, I was developing fine lines, so I doubled my efforts and started Lily Farm Fresh Skin Care. When I could not find organic ingredients available, before the internet and the USDA organic programs, I had to grow my own. Since I grew up working on my Dad’s apple orchard, planting, growing and harvesting came natural for me. That was nearly 35 years ago, we were the first organic skin care company in Colorado and now the longest running! We now have an 80 acre farm and event center, where we have 30 weddings a year!
What were some roadblocks/issues that you have faced? How have you prevailed?
Initially, pre-internet, everything was difficult, especially sourcing organic ingredients. In addition, the FDA did a 3 day inspection of my then lab. While it was painful, it was a blessing because later I had to a national recall and I now know every FDA regulation to keep my customers safe and FDA happy. We were organic before there was, “greenwashing.” I wrote our book, Beauty, Health and Happiness–A way of life, over 20 years ago, to help women understand ingredients better and to make the statement that Beauty, Health and Happiness IS a way of life. We do not all look like fashion models, but we all have the ability to practice good health and look our best. We have been selling to Natural Grocers since 1986 and Whole Foods since they arrived in Colorado years later.
What is one of your favourite products? Can you tell us more about this product?
I am in love with our Rejuvenating Enzyme mask! It makes your skin glow and look so fresh! The honey is antibacterial and a humectant that brings moisture from the air to your skin, comfrey is a cell proliferant and actually use to be called, Knitwort because it literally helps your skin reknit. It is the results after using it that are amazing, it removes dead skin and makes you happy!
What are your favourite ingredients and why?
Comfrey is a favorite ingredient that we grow on our USDA certified organic farm. Another is fennel which has been used historically to treat even serpent bits! Poultices were used to reduce swelling and is said to combat wrinkles. We also grow sage it is wonderful in toners and astringents and everyone loves the scent. It is healing and antiseptic. I love anything we grow it reflects the magic in the world. You plant this little seed or seedling and it grows into this big plant that gives us all such bounty.
We absolutely love the ethos of your company. Can you tell us more?
The first thing we want to do is give our customers amazing results! We do that by growing and hand harvesting our own ingredients. We make every single product up fresh in our own on farm FDA regulation laboratory without ever using any synthetic chemicals! Once we have made the best skin care in the world we try to leave the smallest carbon footprint of any skin care company. We package all full size in glass, we allow women to bring their packaging back to us to recycle on site, we often ship in recycled boxes, but what I love most is that we are keeping over 250 acres of Colorado’s Front Range farm land. We also guarantee all of our products if you do not love them we will give you 100% refund. BTW, I formulated each product closer to hundreds of times and then over 35 years, they are now perfect!
What are some myths in the clean/green beauty sector that should be debunked?
Great question, there is so much to say here…Number one, 98% of all the natural/clean/non toxic skin care is made by private labels. The skin care companies have nothing to do with their skin care. They have no idea of the ingredients. We say, “Ingredients are everything,” all the fancy packaging can never improve your skin. They are just marketers. There is nothing wrong with this as a business plan, actually, it is a much better and easier plan then buying a farm, equipment, FDA regulation laboratory equipment, meeting all the government standards, etc. However, the question is who makes the better organic skin care? In addition, the words, natural, organic, non toxic really mean nothing. The only words that really mean anything is, “No synthetic chemicals, ever!” Not that all synthetic chemicals are bad, but they have no business in quality organic skin care. The alternative is so far superior. Lavender essential oil, almond oil, fresh organic herbs. I could go on and on, if you want more I would be pleased to continue. Let me know.
Any thoughts that you want to share with everyone?
The word ‘cosmetics’ is derived from the word, cosmos . The word cosmos was originally defined as, “the order of the universe.” There is a direct correlation between how you look and how you feel. The ancient Greeks and Egyptians knew this fact. Throughout history a daily ritual of beauty care is an accepted ritual. The question is what kind of products do you want to use, where do they come from and who makes them?
Thank you Lily for sharing your powerful story behind Lily Farm Fresh Skin Care. Your dedication for creating top quality products that are kind to the earth and kind to people is absolutely inspiring!