Where are you from? 
I was born in Pittsfield MA. My family moved to Vestal NY when I was 9.


Playing now on my Ipod:
I am a big music junkie. I love indie and alternative rock. I am currently listening to The Black Keys, Cage the Elephant, Miike Snow, Adele, The Temper Trap, Empire of the Sun, Fun, Alabama Shakes, Gotye, Mumford & Sons

Tell us about your personal style:
My personal style is bohemian chic. I love earthy and neutral tones. I am a fan of scarves, blazers, skinnys and boots.

Why did you start Zen Society?
I believe taking care of your skin is just as important as taking care of the rest of your body. I strive to eat organic food and live a natural lifestyle, but could never find skincare products to go along with this. It was so hard to find products that did not contain any preservatives. I found myself wasting money on lines to later read up how horrible all the ingredients were. I began making products for myself, my mother who was battling cancer at the time, and other friends and family members. It was extremely reassuring knowing where all my ingredients came from. When interest grew locally in some of my products, I knew this was something I wanted to pursue. I enrolled back in school and became a board certified Holistic Health Practitioner specializing in Master Herbology.

What makes your product different than other organic skincare lines?
Because there are so many natural companies, I really wanted to make Zen Society stand out. I believe that my purity and simplicity speaks for itself. I freshly make small batches every week to ensure a customer is never receiving an aged product. I source my ingredients from only USDA certified organic suppliers, locally when possible. My company is certified cruelty free and vegan by PETA and a proud signer of The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics and the Natural Pledge. My oils are never heated above 105 degrees so they retain all vitamins and minerals. My products are also gluten and fragrance free which makes them great for even the most sensitive skin. All of my products contain at least 90% USDA Certified Organic content. I donate a percent of every sale to an eco-friendly charity called Friends of the Earth. I do not believe in preservatives, not even naturally derived. I use Jojoba Oil to preserve my products for 6-8 month shelf life. My herbalism and holistic background allow me to create truly natural and organic products that are extremely healthy and effective.

Can you tell us about the process behind making your products?
Zen Society was founded on the principle of simplicity, and I apply this theory to my formulation process as well. I focus on using only a few ingredients to increase concentration and prevent any chance of irritation from too many ingredients. All of my products are made with sensitive skin in mind. My ingredients are of the highest quality and my oils are cold pressed and unrefined. During my herbalism studies I learned which ingredients work best with each skin condition.  I base my line on Ayurveda teachings which reassure my simple techniques and purity. I believe that one should be able to consume what they apply on their skin. Due to the gentleness of my products, they are safe for every skin type and every age. Because I do not use preservatives or cheap fillers, my products are very concentrated and last longer than most mainstream lines.

Any beauty tips for dry, winter skin?
My best tip for winter skin is to exfoliate. During the winter months we have dead skin cells which need to be removed. An exfoliant like my body scrub keeps the skin smooth and healthy. It is also very important to moisturize to prevent chapping and cracking. I recommend a body oil after the shower which will keep the skin hydrated much longer than lotion. Lotion is filled with wax, cheap fillers and emulsifiers which all remain on the skin and do not heal the root problem of dryness.

Do you have a favorite product in your line and why?
I am quite bias with my products because I use them all, and love them equally. If I had to choose some that were my favorite I would say Macadamia Body Oil, Elderberry Toner, Rosewater Mist and Bilberry Repair Serum. All of these are 100% organic and quench my skin with healthy moisture. I apply the Macadamia Body Oil all over my entire body, including my face and it keeps my skin soft and supple. I also use it on itchy, dry spots on my elbows and it relieves discomfort. I apply this oil on the ends of my hair after the shower for hydration as well. I use only one pump of my Bilberry Repair Serum and rub it under my eyes and on my forehead. The base of this serum is Rosehip oil which is wonderful for aging and wrinkles. I also use this as eye makeup remover and neck serum and love that it is so universal. I top my serum with my Rosewater Mist which I also cannot live without. I keep a travel size in my purse and use it throughout the day. Again, rose is so essential to prevent aging and it absorbs oil throughout the day, softens and tones. My Elderberry Toner I use morning and night, sometimes instead of washing my face as it cleanses, tightens and tones.

Do you have any other go-to beauty products besides Zen Society?
Since I have not really ventured into hair care yet, I have found a line that I really enjoy, Neuma. All of their products are quite pure and made from plant botanicals. I have been using them for about a year now and have had great results.  As far as makeup goes I usually only wear mascara and concealer when needed. I use Nvey Eco Mascara and Lavera concealer. I have not found a makeup line that I really love so far as nothing is preservative free.

A BIG thank you to Kaitlyn for visiting with us today!  Stay tuned for a chance to win some of her products on Friday!!