By Tami Main Director of Operations Taslie Skin Care Ltd.
How are a child’s or a baby’s skin care needs different from an adult’s?
A baby’s skin is thinner and more sensitive than adult skin, which makes babies more susceptible to dryness and less resistant to infections. Although the skin of a baby is soft and supple, rashes and irritations are quite common. A baby’s skin produces less oil; therefore it is not necessary to bathe them as often as adults. Babies also produce less melanin than adults, which makes them more prone to sunburn.
So how specifically do Taslie’s products address those needs?
We use natural and organic derived ingredients, sourced locally and proven to work with the pH balance of a baby’s skin. Our products are totally free of synthetic chemicals, because who wants to take a risk with exposing your baby’s skin to questionable ingredients? To be specific, Taslie does not contain Sodium Laureth Sulphates, Lanolin, Parabens, or synthetic colours and fragrances. People tend to assume that since products containing these ingredients are legal, they must be safe, but there is increasing evidence pointing to their long-term negative impacts. For example, studies have shown that Sodium Lauryl Sulfate can build up in your system, remaining in your brain, lungs, liver, and heart for years.
There’s always a natural alternative to every chemical-packed personal care solution. For example, our Moisturizing Lotion does what you want any moisturizer to do: it softens skin while absorbing quickly and leaving no greasy residue. But it does this using organic blends of marigold and chamomile, rather than some unpronounceable chemical concoction. And as a bonus, it includes real essential oils of mandarin and vanilla, so in addition to smelling wonderful, it provides aromatherapeutic benefits.
Are there adults with particular skin types or conditions who would also benefit from using Taslie?
We have many adult patients who use our products for skin conditions such as eczema and they’ve gotten great results. Adults with eczema, for example, need to choose creams that contain ingredients that will rehydrate and nourish their skin with essential fatty acids, soothe the inflammation, provide antibacterial protection, and seal in moisture. Our products contain the natural ingredients—like cocoa butter and calendula—that will provide these benefits. Dr. Sarah Sjovold of Integrated Health Clinic in Fort Langley, who is an expert in skin conditions like eczema, purchases our products for her own use.
But anyone would benefit from using our products, whether they have “sensitive” skin or not. After all, everything that goes on your skin is absorbed into your bloodstream, and being intentional about what you put into your system is always a good idea. I like what the blogger Kach Howe says about making healthy skin care choices. She says she lives by two rules: look for the shortest list of ingredients that you can recognize (i.e. little to no chemical formulas); and if you wouldn’t put it in your mouth, don’t put it on your skin!
Creating a business isn’t easy. What inspired you to launch Taslie and sustained you as you did the difficult work of building its brand?
My daughter is the reason I launched Taslie. She had sensitive skin as a baby and there were no good quality products with full disclosure of ingredients available on the market at the time. Many of the products I was looking at were questionable as far as their ingredient lists went. For example because labeling laws are pretty loose, a company can list a “fragrance” as if it is a single ingredient, when it reality that “fragrance” is a whole host of chemical ingredients. I wanted products that were more transparent; products I could trust to use on my daughter’s sensitive skin. I felt the best solution was to make them myself!
What has always sustained me is how much I enjoy satisfying our customers. We just keep delivering products that keep our customers coming back. For example, we are going to be launching an organic coconut oil for baby’s diaper bag in the near future. I really look forward to sharing that.
We’re also driven to make a difference. Our environmentally friendly “turtle” packaging allowed us to become involved with The Canadian Sea Turtle Network, a fantastic organization working to save endangered sea turtles. Many of the other women’s health, pregnancy and family causes we support all have originated from my and my friends’ struggles with multiple miscarriages, infertility, IVF, et cetera—issues that are uncomfortable to discuss but impact many families.
Could you tell us about your referral programme?
Anyone can save money by joining our referral program, which is available at Taslie.com/referral-program. If you refer a new customer, we offer 50% off your current order. If you keep referring new customers to Taslie, your products could potentially always be 50% off. Local customers can also arrange pickup in Surrey and Langley to save on shipping charges.