The Story behind My Second Spring
Education has always been a part of me. I grew up among Educators and finally became one... but it wasn't the end of my story.
Teaching is a love and a gift that finally, one day, quietly collaborated with a passion and dream that has been tapping me softly on the shoulder since my childhood days of playing store and running lemonade stands on back country roads of Chester County, PA.
Second Spring Naturals is the direct result of what manifested the day I decided to finally listen, and allowed my childhood dreams to collide with my role of Educator.
The nagging feeling that there was more to do, to experience-- that this wasn't quite all I was meant to be for the rest of my life --took hold, and I spent a few years following my 40th birthday using my research skills to learn everything I could about ways to build a business, while at the same time helping other busy women have access to products that would allow them to relax...and help their families just feel better, starting with bath time. As I watched other moms enjoy the benefits of my products, my own family experienced the same.
In the same way I still teach my students at a local University, I apply diligent research, but allow for mistakes in order to achieve the results I am seeking: the ultimate product I want to deliver to my customer in the end. Several years...and product lines later, learning is still taking place, but always under strict guidelines where rules are followed and no corners are cut.
Second Spring Naturals opened up a new world of work, love, passion and connections, but more importantly it has opened the door to new conversations about life and issues we all face. I research so that I can add more value to these discussions with my wonderful growing community base. My business has extended to my teaching as well--a delightful side-effect of life's little surprises. I find myself teaching small classes on entrepreneurship ocassionally, which still makes me shake my head in disbelief at the irony of it all.
Autumn is a Second Spring, when every leaf is a flower.
- Albert Camus
The literature teacher in me still equates all in life to symbolism and metaphor. Second Spring was my second chance to live my life in vivid color, to truly bloom into my whole persona as I put all of my gifts to work for the greater good. Isn't that what we are all here to do? And it sure doesn't hurt to have a little fun along the way. I'm sure fulfilling that part of the journey. I promise.
Our customers, women, just like you, are happy with the personal connection, along with the sense of wellbeing the products themselves bring into their lives. That's the idea, right? The rest is simply our assurance that we're doing our due diligence:
“Wonderful as always!!! I did a partial pre order while waiting for a soap to cure that will be listed soon. Love the Valentine's Day generous grab bag gift. It made me feel very special!!” - Denise T., New York
“This is a wonderful, creamy body and hand cream that soaks well into the skin but is not greasy. The white tea ginger scent is heavenly; very subtle and not overpowering. Highly recommend this lotion. Also, quick shipping on the part of the seller! Would definitely order this again when I run out...”–Candace H., Arizona
Here are a few photos from inside of the home studio.
**New products are emerging each day that are formulated by or in consultation with experts, backed by science, and have a solid history of stability and safety. This ensures we are able to expand the offerings in our line, have regular consultations on the safety and efficacy of ingredients and formulations, and offer products you can trust and enjoy while at the same time knowing that the labeling, manufacturing and testing are well within compliance. Natural doesn't necessarily mean safe, so continued education is important. That's a large part of what we do at Second Spring Naturals: stay educated.
Carrie is extending her own education beyond a Master's degree to classes in cosmetic formulation and skin care in the coming years to ensure comprehensive knowledge of all ingredients considered for use. She regularly uses her research skills as a University Instructor to keep abreast of current ingredients and regulations in the industry as a daily practice.
Photo Credits for slides & Carrie's head shots go to the fabulous & multi-talented Heaven Mcarthur.