I'd like to introduce you to Spectrum Cosmetics. Erica, owner of Spectrum Cosmetics, specializes in making pure mineral makeup. You can view her shop HERE.
Name? Age? Location?
Erica, 25, Pennsylvania.
What is the purpose, principle business aims, target market, policies and values of Spectrum Cosmetics?
My purpose is to provide natural cosmetics at a more affordable price. My target market is any one that loves makeup, and doesn't want to have chemicals slathered all over their face! My main policy is to be as helpful and fair as I can be. I want to keep my prices low, so everyone can enjoy them.
How long have you been selling cosmetics?
Though I have been making my own cosmetics for years, I just recently discovered Etsy in August of '09 and began selling my own cosmetics around October of that year when I realized that there was a lack of it available.
What inspired you to make your own cosmetics?
I was tired of not knowing what it was that was in my cosmetics, and I'm entirely AGAINST animal testing. Favorite colors were always being discontinued, and the prices of things just kept raising, so I began doing research, and testing colors out on anyone that would let me near them with a brush. :)
Are your products Vegan-friendly?
99 percent of my products are vegan friendly - However, there are 1 or 2 that do contain carmine. All ingredients are listed for each individual color though, so there are no surprises.
Have your products been tested? On?
All ingredients that I use have been FDA approved. And, I test thoroughly on myself and anyone around me.
What do you use to make your products?
All pigments are natural substances such as mica, titanium dioxide, tin oxide, iron oxide and similar substances.
What do you do when your not selling or making your products?
When I'm not selling or making more product I'm busy with my boys. I'm a mom of a very active 6 year old, and a curious little 5 month old baby.
What profession other than yours would you like to attempt?
None, I've done factory work, I've made windows, and Zippo components, fuel cells, medical supplies, plastic injection moldings, I worked retail FAR too long. I was a cook at a golf course, I bar tended, and even worked at a pizza shop, and I have to say that working at home and being with my kids is the most gratifying.
Finally, what is your most cherished handmade possession?
Anything that my son makes.