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New moms passion for natural products brings launch of new business

HomespunNorthwest offers beauty, baby and cleaning products


by: STAFF PHOTOS: VERN UYETAKE - Emily Silverstein of West Linn has developed a line of beauty, baby and cleaning products made of all natural ingredients.

Most new mothers are concerned about creating a safe and clean environment for their newborns, and West Linn’s Emily Silverstein is no exception. But she has taken the concern to a whole new level with the launch of her business, HomespunNorthwest, which offers a line of quality vegan (cruelty-free) cleaning, beauty and baby products from natural, organic, sustainable and repurposed items found in the Portland metro area.

“I’m very passionate about using natural products in my home,” Silverstein said. “Not only for my baby’s sake — which is reason enough for me — but for the well-being of all of us under this roof. When I started educating myself on the chemicals I was using, I vowed never again to invest in those toxic solutions.”

Though she liked using natural products she didn’t like paying a higher price for them.

“The amount of money spent on natural products is ridiculous, especially when so much of what we buy is water,” she said. “That was when I started experimenting with all-natural, homemade versions of my favorite products, and I’ve never looked back.”

Silverstein learned the characteristics and benefits of the ingredients used to make natural products and then experimented with different combinations until she was happy with the end result. She has tested every product with friends with a variety of skin types and then had her products tested by professionals. She then began selling the products on Etsy.

“I got a sale that first evening,” Silverstein said.

The HomespunNorthwest line includes 20 to 30 products including beauty, bath and body, baby and home cleaning products. Most are sold as concentrates, consumers add water as they need more product. The items do not contain preservatives, which prevents contamination due to the growth of bacteria and mold. The products are also free of all common allergens.

Silverstein has always been crafty and admits that upcycling has become a “harmless addiction.” She uses recycled and repurposed materials to package her products and even collected baby food jars from area daycares for packaging of some of the products. Keeping packaging at a minimum allows her to keep prices down.

Her favorite product is the oatmeal face wash, which can be made gluten free. You mix it with a little water or other ingredients depending on how you want to use it.

“The wash can be combined with other ingredients to perform other functions,” she said. “Mix it with avocado to make a face mask or orange juice for brightness or green tea to heal acne. You can create your own thing.”

Silverstein said a month’s supply of HomespunNorthwest beauty products costs about $10.

For a complete list of products and to place orders visit homespunnorthwest.com. Alive Acupuncture and Wellness Center, 8600 SW Salish Lane in Wilsonville, carries some HomeSpunNorthwest products.

Those wishing to avoid shipping fees can pick up their order from Silverstein; use the code HNWPICKUP at checkout. Free delivery in Lake Oswego and West Linn is available for orders over $20 by using code HNWDELIVERY20 at checkout.

Silverstein enjoys using natural products, but didn't like paying a higher price for them. A month's supply of her beauty products costs about $10.



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