Learn about a local lady who launched a business focused on creating natural skincare with a conscience, inspired by a long family history of making soaps, lotions and herbal remedies.
2018 is the year that Queen City Alchemy celebrates their tenth birthday. Lead Alchemist Emily Little has worked extensively throughout these years to build a “company with a conscience.”
Queen City Alchemy sells products such as sugar scrubs, facial serums, lip balms, all natural deodorant and much more. You can also design a gift box of your own choosing your own soap, serum, mask and lip balm for $65.
“We believe that taking great care of your skin shouldn’t mean sacrificing your own health and wellbeing or the wellbeing of animals,” explains Little. “Queen City Alchemy is committed to providing extremely high quality products using ONLY safe, non-toxic, and cruelty-free ingredients. We don’t use fillers or other non-essential ingredients because we know that toxins in skin care products can absorb into your skin in a matter of seconds.”
Little started Queen City Alchemy because of a strong passion for all natural products, but also because of necessity. “The business was originally inspired by the recession in 2008,” she says. “The job that I had at the time ended and I just wasn’t sure what was next for me. I had always dreamed of being an herbalist and going into business myself, and I think the difficult economic climate pushed me to take the leap. Sure, starting a business was scary, but when you lose everything you’ve got at such a young age I think you figure you can onlu go up from there.”
The company has become somewhat generational as well. Little’s family roots run deep in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains and her family has been making these herbal remedies and natural products for as long as she can remember. “Now I have a daughter of my own and she is a budding herbalist in her own right. She loves to help in the business where she can and interact with customers in the shop.” says Little.
In May, Queen City Alchemy opened up a brand new location at 1808 Race Street in the Findlay Market District in OTR in partnership with another woman owned business, The Evergreen Designs. They offer all of their products in store along with a number of other products from makers in the Greater Cincinnati area and beyond. “We are also hosting all kinds of DIY workshop sessions from the shop taught by both Brittany (The Evergreen Designs) and I as well as other expert makers in the city,” explains Little. “Over the next couple of months we’ll be hosting sign painting, calligraphy, clay planters with succulents and mask and serum making workshops.”
“I love that I get an opportunity to serve our community alongside a growing number of incredible female creative entrepreneurs, and that I get to call many of these amazing women friends. I love that I get to be a living example to my daughter of what it looks like to have a dream realized.” Says Little.
You can shop for products online at http://www.queencityalchemy.com/shop/ or at their location in OTR.