calls her the "Lotion Lady®"
and photos by Lola Sherman
would call me the lotion lady, other vendors would call me lotion lady, so it
just kind-of stuck," Kristen Prinzing said of her decision to change the title
|Her business had a name:
Aurora Botanicals. But everyone called her "the lotion lady."|
her business to Lotion Lady®
. As such,
she's been a fixture at the Farmers Market in downtown Oceanside for seven years,
manning a booth on the south side of Pier View Way near Coast Highway.
and skin care, she said, "are something I have been interested in my whole
life." She used to get in trouble, Prinzing said, mixing her mother's lotions
together in the bathroom to see what new kinds of products she could come up with.
at the time was at China Lake out in the California desert where her Marine father
was stationed. She had been born in Japan and traveled the world with the military,
but she recalled there wasn't a whole lot for a teenager to do in China Lake.
When Prinzing's own "last son," Hodie, was 2 years old, she and her
husband decided that one of them should stay home, and she volunteered. That was
18 years ago. "It was always my hobby" to make the lotions, she said,
and she'd been giving them to family and friends for birthday or Christmas presents.
Now she could turn it into a stay-at-home business.
She started with lotions
and expanded to soaps and even dryer bags filled with fragrant fresh lavender.
most of it grown at home. In fact, she said, many of her ingredients, like calendula,
lemon verbena and lemon, are home-grown.
my products are natural. There is no alcohol or mineral oil, no parabens (a class
of chemicals sometimes used as a preservative) and no animal products," she
best-seller, she said, is her "Extreme Cream®
," which, she said, leaves hands so soft that no other lotion is needed
during the day. A four-ounce jar, selling for $17.50 or two for $32, lasts most
people for a year, she said. It's made with shea butter and a highly concentrated
blend of aloe vera, sesame oil, apricot kernel oil, glycerin, beeswax and vitamin
she spoke, a couple of tourists, Jeanne Sabga of Huntington Beach, and Laura Mix
of Sacramento, impressed with a sample of the Extreme Cream®
, each bought jars for their own use.
Prinzing is proud that one of
her products, a vanilla body oil, is offered for sale in the gift shop of the
Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D. C. She said museum
personnel had Googled the Internet looking for someone selling vanilla oil because
the museum was doing an orchid display, Vanilla beans are an orchid product.
takes a lot of trial-and-error ---a lot of errors" to perfect a product,
Prinzing said. But, she said, "I've never tested on animals - just on family
and friends. From start to finish, it can take six-seven months for a product
to be ready to sell."
However, she said, "it's always a fun experience."
Prinzing said, she loves the atmosphere of being outdoors at the Farmers' Market.
"This is nice and where the people are. Everyone is in a happy mood."
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