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After years in the beauty industry, one local lady decided to venture out on her own. Read on to learn more.

Toolbox Studio Salon offers a variety of hair and beauty services in its O’Bryonville-based location.

After working more than 22 years in other salons, Heather Cooper turned her dream into a reality when she opened Toolbox Studio Salon.  

“I owed it to myself to see if I could do it,” says Cooper, of her O’Bryonville-based salon that’s now been open for four years. She was ready to be independent and create her own space where she had creative liberty, Cooper adds.

“Most people start out as a client, change over to a friend, and eventually become family,” Cooper says. With just herself and four independent co-workers, it’s a tight knit community of beauty gurus, she explains.

Cooper says customers and clients of Toolbox Studio can find unmatched hospitality in the salon. “I want to always put myself in their shoes,” Cooper adds. “If I forget what it’s like to be a client, I will stop relating to the needs of others.” 

Cooper says making the salon unique is a labor of love, but it comes naturally. “I have pieced this place together over the years with antique and vintage finds, modern touches, and a bit of country,” she explains. “It’s bright and welcoming and everyone feels it.”

It’s the people, though, who make it truly unique, Cooper says. “[We] make you feel at ease and provide you with the knowledge needed to make the best choices in your salon services.” In an industry with a lot of competition, Cooper adds, Toolbox Studio stands out by going above and beyond in customer service, as well as providing fair prices and a salon menu with variety. 

The Toolbox Studio menu of services includes: hair services, manicures and pedicures, waxing, facials, dermaplaning, permanent cosmetic makeup and microblading, eyelash extensions, and bridal makeup and styling. 

Toolbox Studio is located at 2037 Madison Rd. To learn more, visit www.toolboxstudiosalon.com.

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Transport yourself to the Cote D’Azur one lather at a time with these locally-made small batch luxury soaps. 

South of France has become a nationally-known soap brand.

South of France Natural Body Care defines its mission as “small batches, big hearts.” Founded in 1999 by two local sisters, Molly and Katherine Oliver, the brand has grown into what is now one of the highest sellers of all-natural bar and liquid soaps nationally. 

The original formula for South of France soap was developed by a French expatriate living in the United States. The soap was manufactured in France using the traditional Marseille “triple milled” recipe. Triple milled means that the soap is milled three times in order to guarantee the bar is long-lasting and dissolves slower. 

Today, the soap is produced in the United States, with the company is based in Erlanger, Kentucky, but still uses the traditional French recipe. 

Molly and Katherine, both mothers, value the use of natural ingredients in their products. Each one of their bar soaps are Non-GMO Project Verified, assuring that they’ve been produced according to consensus-based practices for GMO avoidance. Both the bar soaps and hand washes have also been certified gluten-free by the National Celiac Association. 

Continuing their consumer-friendly certifications, all of South of France’s products are cruelty-free, according to the Consumer Information on Cosmetics’ Leaping Bunny Program. This means that no animal testing is conducted by the company or any of its suppliers or producers. Another bonus: all of South of France’s packaging is recyclable.

The brand remains as transparent as possible for its consumers by including an “ingredients glossary” on their website that gives a breakdown of every ingredient used in their products and what its purpose is. 

Molly and Katherine drew upon their love of the Provence region of France for inspiration. They have filled their products with “scents that evoke happy memories of times spent wandering through small towns, picnic-ing in the countryside and playing with our children on the beaches along the Mediterranean sea,” say the CEOs. 

With different scents in categories such as citrus, floral, and indulgent, there’s truly a product for any preference one may have. 

According to the sisters, “Our family and its employees stand behind the quality of our products and believe in our traditions. We find joy in sharing the love of great soaps with you and yours.”

You can find South of France Natural Body Care products at a local Fresh Thyme Farmers Market (in Montgomery and Newport) or on southoffrancebodycare.com.

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