Celebrating Independent Gainesville
It’s no secret that one of us was, shall we say, out of commission for a week and a half. (No secret because we shared it on facebook!)
During the time off from indiegainesville…well, we missed indiegainesville.
We missed exploring and discovering new indiegainesville folks.
We missed the amazing sense of community we find in indiegainesville.
In short, we missed you.
But we took comfort in some local, indie-made items.
Without further ado, we have to praise Thrive Handcrafts for their amazing products that nurtured one of us back to health.
After spending 48 hours in Shands without a shower, one of us couldn’t wait to get home and take a hot shower. So she climbed into the shower, anxious to try some goodies from Thrive Handcrafts.
She has this to say:
“Thrive Handicrafts makes a kickass sugar body scrub that does a tired body good. After my long, hot shower, I rubbed some of Thrive’s Whipped Organic Shea Butter with Jojoba Oil onto my skin. It was then I started feeling human again.”
We like Thrive Handcrafts for a myriad of reasons. For one thing, Thrive is local.
Thrive describes their personal care products as follows:
“Our handcrafted soaps, scrubs, candles, and balms are made with food grade ingredients. Most are vegan and all are vegetarian. We use no synthetics, dyes, or fragrance oils – just essential oils.”
This is stuff you can feel good about putting on your body. And that brings us to another thing we love about Thrive–the indiegainesville members who are sensitive to scents haven’t once reacted to Thrive’s scented products (though unscented products are available.)
Thrive was founded by an amazing, talented woman. On their site, Thrive explains that:
Thrive Handcrafts was founded in 2011. Owned and operated by a full-time mom, the intention behind Thrive is to create healthy, hand-made soaps and other self-care products that are pure and sincere.
The following principles guide our work:
- All items are vegetarian and many are vegan. Animal products include beeswax, tussah silk, lanolin, and milk products. No tallow or other animal fats are used.
- Due to concerns about rainforest sustainability, we do not use palm oil in any of our products.
- All products are made from scratch. Whenever possible, we source our ingredients locally.
She left the 8-6 world to pursue and share her crafty talents and bring affordable garden-inspired body bliss to us, and Gainesville is the fortunate beneficiary of her following her dreams.
We cannot encourage you enough to try Thrive Handcrafts, and to follow Thrive’s blog/website (link below).