Kismet Andrews, of Bar-Maids today’s guest so we can introduce her NEW SPONSOR on the Yarn Thing Podcast with Marly Bird. SO exciting! She says she creates ‘remarkable eco-luscious skin-care for everyone who has Skin in the game.’
This was the profile description she sent when we were setting up her show: Kismet Andrews is a moon-gazing, nature loving, modern day nomad in relentless pursuit of creating balance between the constant flow of creative ideas of her right brain and practical left brained matters like numbers. The love child of a stud muffin and a princess, it was her Grandmother who taught her at a young age how to stir the pot. After studying midwifery in her thirty’s, she spent many years in a conventional healthcare setting providing mediation/conflict resolution, executive support, and developing campus wide projects. She ditched all that a few years ago, returned to the garden, grabbed her bowl and spoon, and gave birth to Bar-Maids.
Kismet says her other Grandmother, (father’s mother) taught her to knit and crochet at a young age. Her Mother’s mother always made this “goop” and was always being thanked for her wonderful product. It was a cream color and included lanolin, caster-oil, petroleum jelly… Kismet heard the stories of what grandma’s product had done and when she became older developed an appreciation for it, although some of the elements were not something she would put on her face.
At first, her desire was to create something simple, organic and not wasteful. The moisturizing bar’s name was given it by a high-school football player who had initially sneered at the thought of skin-care but when it was pointed out that girls will like to hold the softer hands of other players, he changed his mind and encouraged others to try this ‘lo-lo’ bar and the Bar-Maids was born. (If you click on that link, please take a moment to check out the list of scents!)
She had worked in a hospital and at some point reached a crossroads where she had to decide, did she need to continue there or devote herself to full-time crafting of this product that gave comfort to so many. When she looked at it that way, it became obvious. By listening to her her customer support base about their concerns is where many of her products come from. From Lo-lo moisturizing bars, which completely absorbs and you can wash your hands several times without re-applying. Also Lo-lo for Lips balm in several ‘flavors’, O’ For Feet-Sake which contains tea-tree and hemp seed oils, Southern Comfort, Lo-lo for Cuticles (I’m using and find I don’t have the little skin jags that snag in my knitting yarns!) Face Pudding, Squeaky Clean Soaps, and working on creamy moisturizing soaps as well as deodorants.
Brand-new to Bar-Maids is a subscription box, (the first one, with the OUTLANDER theme has sold out, sadly…) where in periodic cycles another themed box of wonderful scented products is delivered to your mailbox. Some of the kit packages are bundled with a Namaste bag (The Almost Everything) or Erin.Lane Bags. (Coincidentally, Erin.Lane Bags is the other Brand-New Yarn Thing Podcast Sponsor, will be on next week!)
Bar-maids items have an extensive list of fragrances. Kismet says ‘some scents just lift you off your feet of the ground and sort of float, does something wonderful for your spirit.’ She has also some items for baby, which demonstrates her concern for truly helpful products for everyone. Your local yarn shop can offer Bar-Maids products, too, the information is found on the website: https://bar-maids.com/ at the top left ‘Retailers’.
We’re looking forward to seeing Kismet at Stitches West in February, as will Marly be teaching and rockin’ the Pajama Party!
If you missed getting to hear this LIVE it is still available in the archives where it aired originally http://www.blogtalkradio.com/yarnthing/2015/01/13/kismet-andrews-of-bar-maids-new-yarn-thing-sponsor and also in iTunes!