Our Beginnings

Mya and MamaAmy has worked as a licensed cosmetologist and salon owner since 1990 and currently owns/operates a small eco-friendly salon in the charming New England town of Norwich, Vermont. When her daughter was born in 2009, she decided to make some healthier life and occupational changes. So when her infant daughter needed something to help with her eczema, Amy looked for a safe, natural, and effective moisturizer. What she found was “natural” or “organic” products with ingredients that were questionable and/or known to be toxic or truly organic products that were unbelievably expensive. Environmental Working Group (http://www.ewg.org/) and their Skin Deep Database (http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/) became an indispensable tool to decipher confusing ingredient lists and find safe personal care products. But it left plenty of questions: What about the effectiveness of the products? Why are many of those rated as safer products, also so prohibitively expensive?

Since Amy was in graduate school working on her MBA, she decided this would be a great way to apply her study requirements to a real life, useful application. So she pursued an in depth understanding of the “green” segment of the personal care industry on a global level while on the hunt for safe, effective, affordable products to use on her daughter. Her first revelation was that the chemical industry in the U.S. is completely unregulated. Scary. The European Union does regulate the ingredients proven safe for use in personal care products sold in Europe. (http://www.ecocert.com/en/natural-and-organic-cosmetics) This was a great resource for identifying ingredients that are banned and those generally recognized as safe. She also found it interesting to learn that the “green” segment of the personal care product industry was growing exponentially, despite the recent economic global recession. The implication was that consumers were actively searching for and buying products that were considered actually natural and organic. Still, the majority of the products in the U.S. market that qualify as actually natural/organic were very pricey. Feeling challenged and inspired, Amy sourced raw materials and began experimenting with recipes for a healing body moisturizer for her daughter. After lots of experimentation, Mya’s Body Butter was perfected; safe, effective, and affordable. It inspired Amy to continue to follow her passion to develop safe, effective, and affordable personal care products and Vermont Organic Health & Beauty Solutions was born.

Amy’s experience in her MBA program convinced her the best form of organization to reflect the sustainability and transparency commitment of VOS was to organize as a triple bottom line company where People, Planet, and Profit weigh equally in the company’s bottom line pursuit. This is an ongoing endeavor as new information and innovation will continue to impact how VOS and its products and practices evolve.

We hope you love using our products as much as we love making them! We encourage feedback from our customers. After all, we are here because of your support.