I love shopping and promoting local businesses and small vendors. I find that both strive to create quality products at an affordable price, giving big businesses and corporations a run for their money. It’s even more of a treasure when the items I discover fall under the umbrella of artist.
Such was the case when shopping in my hometown last summer, and I happened upon Aunna Cosmetics. The lady minding the shop that day couldn’t say enough good about the budding entrepreneur who had started her own cosmetics company selling top-notch products sure to fit every budget. I simply had to try some, and let me tell you, I fell in love with Aunna Cosmetics.
Fast forward to the planning of my rapidly approaching book launch. While deciding on items to present as a gift with the purchase of my book, Aunna Cosmetics came to mind, and after reading the interview below, you’ll see why I included her products. So, without further ado, allow me to introduce Aunna.
Welcome to the Artist’s Corner. Tell me a little bit about yourself.
Hi, I’m Aunna. I’m a high school student, and I will be entering cosmetology school very soon. I collect records, and music is one of the things that inspires a lot of Aunna Cosmetics product names. At twelve years old, I started making cosmetics and selling them to friends and family but eventually opened Aunna Cosmetics in February 2021, so we are quickly approaching the two-year anniversary!
How did you become interested in cosmetics?
I have always had a love for all things beautiful. Ever since I was little, I have made lip scrubs and body scrubs in my kitchen. So, during quarantine, I decided to take my love for beauty to the next level and started Aunna Cosmetics. I began with our hydrating lip glosses and slowly started adding things like our plumping lip gloss, our best-selling whipped lip scrubs, body scrubs, bath salts, and body silks.
Do you take requests for specific products? If so, what’s your process for working with the customer?
At the moment, the only products that are customizable are products I already make (lip glosses, whipped lip scrubs, plumping lip glosses, linen and body sprays, body scrubs, body silk, and bath salts), but I would love to have that flexibility in the future!
If you would like a custom product for things like a gift bag or for your salon, you can contact me directly. I will go through the steps with you to figure out which product you are looking to customize with scent, color, if you want a custom label, etc. Then we can go from there!
Tell me a little bit about the how and why behind choosing your ingredients. What is most important to you?
When I am in the formulation phase of a product, it is really important to me for all my products to be clean, which means making sure they are vegan, cruelty-free, and gluten-free. I also make sure that my body care products are made of natural ingredients like shea butter, mango butter, and coconut oil.
What can we expect from Aunna Cosmetics in the future?
I would love to eventually branch out into making more forms of makeup like eyeshadow pallets, lipsticks, blushes, and highlighters, and I would love to open my own salon at one point and have that tie into Aunna Cosmetics.
Would you say you put yourself into your products, and if so, how?
Things that inspire Aunna Cosmetics products are things I’m interested in and/or love, like pop culture, music, and fashion. I also spend a lot of time on Aunna Cosmetics social media making the products match the aesthetic I think will complement it at that moment.
What’s your favorite product to make and why?
My favorite product to make is definitely any form of lip gloss. But my favorite part is when I make a glitter or pigmented gloss, and I get to mix that into the oils, just to make sure it is the perfect color before adding it into the base.
What’s your favorite product to use and why?
My favorite product to use is the Good Vibes Crystal Body Silks. It leaves your body moisturized and hydrated without being overly greasy, and they smell amazing! Body silks are a great form of hydration when your arms, underarms, feet, legs, or back are feeling dry or dull. It is intended for everyday use and is formulated with skin-loving ingredients like sweet almond oil and coconut oil to bring your skin back to life. They also come with a free crystal!
Are you featured in local stores?
You can find Aunna Cosmetics products in-store at Thirty-two 8 Inspired & Co. in Hartville, Ohio; pH5 Salon in Wadsworth, Ohio; or Handmade Haven in Strongsville, Ohio.
Where can someone find you online? How does a client contact you?
My website, Aunna Cosmetics, features social media buttons at the upper lefthand side for Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, TikTok, Twitter, and YouTube. Please feel free to reach out to me via any one of these as well as the Direct Message icon at the lower righthand side of my website. You can find me on Etsy as AunnaCosmetics where I can be messaged. I can also be contacted at email@example.com.