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Bulletin, Progressive, Record, Reporter Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2010 11B Lassen woman specializes in all-natural products Profiles in BUSINESS HIGH COUNTRY SKIN ESSENTIALS Ruth Ellis Staff Writer rellis@lassennews.com Natural skin-care products don't have to be expensive and can be made right in your own home. Anyoneeho, migla,t .be .... intimidatedy making their own products can turn to Standish resident Juanita Williams who provides people with homemade, all-natural every-day skin care items. Her repertoire of skin items includes rosemary, lavender and grapefruit body scrubs, lip balm, almond oil and beeswax hand cream, loofa foot scrub and softening foot oil. Shea butter, aloe vera, palm oil, Dead Sea salts, grapeseed and jojoba oil, and cocoa but- ter are just a few of the ingre- dients Williams uses in her products. Williams makes oatmeal facemasks for sensitive skin that she said detoxffies the skin and draws out impuri- ties. She recently started making a face moisturizer from lanolin and grape seed oil. Williams has also made baby shampoo for some of her friends, which she said is thinner because there are no thickening agents; her friends use it as body soap for their babies. Eventually, Williams would like to make liquid soaps such as hand and dishwashing products, shampoos and con- ditioners. To add fragrance to her products, Williams uses essential oils including lemon, ginger, peppermint, orange and thyme. She said she tries using essential oils as much as she can, because they offer their own proper- ties. For example, anise has been said to aid digestion, ginger can easenausea and seasick- ness, tea tree 0il is an antibac- terial and an immune booster, and rosemary is good for the hair and stimulates concen- tration. She also uses fragrance oils -- gardenia, chamomile, lilac and rose petal--that Williams said are not natural but are less expensive than the essen- tial oils. Customers can customize their own products by creat- hg their own blend of fra- grances. If someone has an allergy to an element in her products, Williams will try altering it. Williams' venture began in 2004, when she started mak- ing bath salts for friends and family for Christmas. Williams has always liked natural products, but the ones sold in stores can be expen- sive, and she didn't like them as much as her own products. In 2007, she launched High Country Essentials and kept adding new products. She makes the items in her kitchen and said it's just like cooking: you start with a recipe and modify and change it. When she first started mak- ing soap, it used to take a half-day to make a batch. As she had more practice, she gained confidence and is get- ting better and better at streamlining and knowing her limitations. Most of her items are from special orders; her best-sell- ing products are the goat's milk soap and lip balm. She said goat's milk is very moisturizing and naturally See Natural, page 12B Standish resident Juanita Williams (top left), who runs High Country Skin Essentials, measures out a batch of bath bombs for a customer order. The bath bombs are among her repertoire of all natural skin care products.Williams makes several all-natural skin care items including lotion, face masks, baby shampoo and bath bombs (above). Photos by Ruth Ellis gre atplace to connect .... , 000 The 2010-2011 Plumas County Visitors Guide This colorful publication, produced in partnership with the Plumas County Visitors Bureau, is the area's premiere guide to picturesque Plumas County. Over 85,000 copies are printed annually and distributed at more than 400 locations throughout the Feather River Country and outlying areas. The Plumas Visitors Bureau and local chambers of commerce mail thousands of these guides to inquiries throughout the country and distribute them at various sport and recreation shows they attend. / Your Only Local Complete Guide To Feather River Country: Lodging and Camping National Forests Parks Wilderness Areas Wildlife Watching Bird Watching Antiques Gold Panning Fall Color Tours Train Spotting Golf Hiking Winter Activities Cross Country Skiing Downhill Skiing Snowmobiling Horseback Riding Mountain Biking Road Biking Boating Fishing Hunting Plumas County History Museums Wildflowers Scenic Highways 2010-2011 Events Calendar County Data Weddings Honeymoons Dining Kids Stuff State Parks River Rafting Snowboarding Swimming' Your local B6"i2:EIN; 283-0800 Sherri, Kay, Iren newspaper representative {r K 2a8-311 a Val is looking forward to working with you! i0000OnTOU mOSTn 258-3115 832-4646 Cheri, Val Alesha, Michael