Paloma & Co. is an exciting new organic skincare company run by Anevay Darlington and Melissa Banigan out of their home in Bushwick, Brooklyn. This mother-and-daughter team was inspired to create their line of organic, paraben-free, and handcrafted skincare products after they discovered that most of the skincare and beauty products on the market have been processed with hazardous chemical solvents, which are potentially dangerous preservatives.
To ensure the high quality of their products, Anevay and Melissa read and re-read reports about each ingredient that they wanted to use and questioned manufacturers and farmers to make certain that dangerous chemical solvents were not used during the process. Additionally, they avoided the need for preservatives like paraben by packaging their formulas in small amounts, intended to last for eight to 10 months. They also make small batches to ensure quality, and they make sure all of their equipment is spotless so that the product will not be contaminated.
On May 3, I had the opportunity to travel to Bushwick to speak with the co-owners about their products and their motivation to create the company. In addition, I was able to help make two of their oil-based products: a chia seed mask and a coconut oil moisturizer/cleanser. Both products were easy to make and included ingredients that are commonly found in homes, such as apple juice and honey. Both Anevay and Melissa told me that using organic products like these clean, protect, and refresh our skin better than any other products on the market.
I did notice that the products seemed quite oily, and I had to question if this would really be good for the skin. Wouldn’t it lead to breakouts? Melissa explained to me that the cleansing agents in generic skincare products that promise to remove oil are actually causing harm to our skin by stripping it of its natural oils, forcing it overcompensate by going into overdrive and creating too much oil – a frustrating cycle. This is why Paloma & Co. only uses the best carrier and vital oils available. They are also fond of using “wildcrafted” ingredients. Wildcrafting is the practice of harvesting plants from their natural, wild habitat. Wildcrafters also consider the ethical consequences of their harvesting, making sure to prioritize sustainability and protect endangered species.
Paloma believes in giving back, and donates a portion of proceeds to worthy nonprofits such as Livestrong and Occupy Sandy. Paloma products are currently sold in four stores in Brooklyn, but the founder hope to expand into at least nine more by the end of the year.
Anevay and Melissa hope to further grow their company and to eventually hire people to assist them in creating their products. Their aspirations also include educating the public about the importance of using safe, organic products on their skin.
For more information on how you can become involved and where to purchase Paloma & Co. products, visit their website.