A Sneak Peek Behind Our Sugar Scrub Collection
We created sugar scrubs as an exclusive collection with Bright Endeavors. We currently offer four different fragrances — coconut, peppermint, rose, and vanilla. Each one is made completely from all-natural ingredients: sugar, coconut oil, and natural fragrance oils.
Salt and Sugar
Bright Endeavors is one of our four U.S.-based artisan partners. Last year, we carried the soaking salts offered by Bright Endeavors, and we love them so much that we decided to create an exclusive line of soaking salts with them. We spent a year creating different combinations of dried flowers, dried citrus, and natural fragrances until we picked our favorites.
Not only is it important to pay attention to what we put in our bodies, but we also must read ingredients for products that we’re putting on our bodies. As we are developing our own line of skin-care products, it is important for us to create products that are made ethically and with only natural ingredients. For every product we develop, we focus on the whole picture, both how it’s made — ingredients or materials — and the opportunities to empower women through earning a fair wage.
Edurne, our product development coordinator, played with ingredients to create recipes for each sugar scrub. Once the recipes were developed, Edurne shared them with the team at Bright Endeavors so that they could begin production. Because everything at The Little Market is handmade, Marisa, our graphic designer, decided to use her own handwriting on the packaging for the candles, soaking salts, and sugar scrubs to create a cohesive look.
Illustration by Marisa Mangum
About Our Artisan Partner: Bright Endeavors
Photo by Valorie Darling
Our sugar scrubs are made by young mothers who are participating in a 12-week transitional job training program in Chicago, Illinois. Bright Endeavors, a social enterprise, not only provides them with jobs, but the social enterprise also works on developing the professional skills and goal-setting techniques that a young mother would need to work toward achieving her dreams. Oftentimes, Bright Endeavors is the first major step for a young mother who is working toward providing for and taking care of her family. The social enterprise teaches these young mothers how to craft high-quality and premium products, such as soap and soaking salts, in a very supportive and empowering environment. Artisans at Bright Endeavors can work around their schedules as well as their personal and family commitments. Not only does Bright Endeavors help the young mothers, but the social enterprise also helps the mothers’ children and families reach a way out of poverty.