Bee Green Interviews Nezza Naturals

Bee Green Interviews Nezza Naturals
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Nezza Naturals

BG: What are the things that make your business unique and sustainable?

NN: We are a local, father/daughter run business that is dedicated to providing luxurious and therapeutic products that are natural, eco-friendly and affordable. We use minimal packaging and offer refills on many of our products in order to reduce waste. Our ingredients are sustainable, plant-based and biodegradable with no harsh chemicals or preservatives. We believe in using ingredients that are cruelty & animal free organic and fair trade.

BG: Why Go Natural?

NN: Using natural plant based products is one of the best ways to prevent exposure to the toxic chemicals found in many cosmetics and household products. It is so important to read ingredients and to gain an understanding of what we are putting on our skin, in our homes and ultimately in the environment. At Nezza Naturals our guarantee is to use only high quality, plant based ingredients at a very high concentration.

Skin is our biggest organ and is capable of absorbing a surprising amount of what we put on it. Nature has provided such amazing ingredients that are gentle yet powerfully effective and work on multiple levels. Certain plant based ingredients like essential oils not only help with skin care but have positive effects on mood and state of mind.

The first step to a healthier body and environment is understanding which toxic chemicals are commonly found in cosmetics and household products so that they can be avoided. Part of our commitment to our customers is to share this valuable information and help consumers make informed choices about the products they use. The following is an evolving list of chemicals to avoid.

BG:How did your business get started and when?

NN: James Trueit's long time passion for natural health and wellness inspired the creation of Nezza Naturals in 2004. His daughter, Sasha, an aroma therapist, started selling the products in local markets and craft fairs. In 2007, we opened a retail store in downtown Victoria and have had such a great response that we now have over 300 natural body, bath and home care products!

BG: What was your passion/belief for a sustainable business?

NN: We strive to create natural products that are healthy, environmentally friendly and enjoyable! We envisioned a place where people could come and know that the products they are purchasing are natural, sustainable and made with care by people in their community. We believe in providing information about product ingredients so that people can make the best choice for themselves.

BG: Why buy local?

NN: Buying locally reduces our environmental impact while helping to strengthen and diversify the local economy. Buying locally also helps to build a sense of community. It is a great feeling when you know exactly where a product comes from and the people behind it.

BG: What are the INGREDIENTS we need TO AVOID?

NN: Here are a list of ingredients you will need to avoid and why!

Parabens (methyl, ethyl, propyl and butyl parabens):

Commonly used as a preservative to extend the shelf life products. They are widely used in cosmetics and body care. They can cause allergic reactions and skin irritations but more importantly have been proven to be hormone mimicking and can disrupt natural levels of estrogen. These synthetic substances have been linked to cancer, autoimmune disorders and lowered sperm counts. Very toxic.

FYI: Nezza Naturals uses only natural preservatives like Rosemary Oleoresin Oil, Vitamin E & Neem Oil. These natural preservatives are safe, healthy and great for the skin!

Sulfates/Sulphates (SLS, Sodium Laurel, Ammonium Laureth, Ammonium Lauryl, TEA Lauryl, etc):

Sulfates are inexpensive synthetic detergents that are used as foaming agents in many products including shampoo, liquid soaps, and toothpaste. It is known to cause eye irritations, skin rashes, hair loss and many allergic reactions. Make sure you check ingredients for this extremely common ingredient and avoid it!

FYI: Nezza Naturals does not use sulfates at all! We use all natural alternatives for shampoos and liquid soaps. You may notice that these products do not lather as much as products with SLS but will still have the same cleansing effect and will be much healthier.

Petrochemicals (Petrolatum, Mineral oil, Paraffin, Propylene Glycol):

These are substances which are derived from petrochemicals. They are the base of many personal care products. Commonly found in lip balm, deodorant, shampoos, conditioners, lotions and baby care. These are shown to be estrogen mimicking substances which are linked to cancers, allergic reactions, and skin irritation. They do not add any skin care benefit, instead they clog pores and smother the skin. These substances also cause major environmental concern by polluting waters and harming marine life.

Holly Oil (Paraffinum liquidum):

Commonly said to be derived from the ‘Holly leaf’, it is NOT A PLANT BASED OIL! It is a manmade petroleum based oil that is manufactured in Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta, Canada. The main ingredient is called ‘Paraffinum liquidum’ which is a fancy name for mineral oil. It is so popular because it is inexpensive and does not go rancid. When using Holly oil for massage it is like coating your body in plastic – it smothers and clogs pores, causes dermatitis and severe allergic reactions.

FYI: At Nezza Naturals we only use pure, plant based oils that will soothe and nourish the skin. Almost all the carrier oils we use are 100% organic – the only exceptions are fractionated coconut oil and grape-seed oil.

BG: What are the benefits of owning your own business?

NN: The benefit of owning and operating a small business is having the opportunity to follow your passion. We have enjoyed having the ability to be creative and flexible while making a positive difference in the community.

BG: When are your workshops?

NN: Workshops will be starting again in September 2015! Please let us know if you have any questions.

BG: Why are small businesses important?

NN: Small businesses help make our community unique and to strengthen local economy and community!

BG: Where are you located and how do we contact you?

NN: Contact us at:

Nezza Naturals Inc.
587 Johnson St.
Victoria B.C.
V8W 1M21.250.388.9171
Toll Free: 1.855.388.9171 FREE
email: info@nezzanaturals.com

Thank you for the amazing interview!

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