The Business

Do you know of anyone that started a business, but they really didn’t mean to? Well if not, you do now.  That would be us.  My husband and I own a bath and body care business, Hummingbird Farms, Ltd.  But – we have no idea how it happened.  It certainly wasn’t planned.  We didn’t put together a business plan and meet with investors or bet the farm on a new start up.  Our business evolved.  It truly is a business of love.  I know that sounds cliché…  But, it is true.

Our first year on the farm we planted several acres of lavender.  We really had no grand plan except to maybe participate in some farmer's markets or perhaps even open the farm for "cut your own" tours.  Those magical little lavender flowers proved to provide much more than we had ever imagined.  

Shortly after moving to the farm I was diagnosed with breast cancer.  I suppose it is only human nature after going through something like this that you begin to question everything, especially when you have no family history of breast cancer and can't blame it on your genes.  I immersed myself into a self-education of common cosmetic ingredients.  I wanted to understand more about what I had been slathering all over my body for 38 years.  Through my research I became quite concerned and started being more cautious of not only what I was putting in my body, but on my body as well.  But - in 2003 I found it difficult to find natural products that provided me with that same luxurious feeling that all those elegantly packaged department store products provided.  I tried y'all, I really tried to be a "green-girl," but I admit it - I'm a sucker for pretty packaging and pleasing scents.  Who doesn't enjoy being pampered? And why can't we feel pampered from products that are good for you? I found that being green in 2003 meant saying goodbye to elegant packaging and thick and luscious lotions and hello to watery, greasy, bland, and boring.  

So it all evolved from there.  And an evolution it was.  Those lavender flowers provided us with so much inspiration for our first line of body care, and I guess as they say the rest is history.  Here we are today with clean and natural body care products that are elegantly packaged and feel like luxury.  I really do believe that I have a responsibility:  If you are seeking out natural products we have something for you.  Or if you are seeking out pretty packaging, we have something to offer you, too, but with a bonus:  good quality natural ingredients that are thick and luscious.  It is  my way of giving back as a breast cancer survivor.  Whether you are into “green” or not, I am going to ensure that regardless of what it is about our products or packaging that motivates you to buy, you can be assured they are good for you, too.  And being farmers, we wanted to focus on American agriculture by buying plant-based ingredients as much as possible, not synthetic, laboratory created ingredients.  Our commitment is to develop aloe-based body care products that are scented naturally with essential oils, no synthetic fragrance or perfumes, no dyes, no added water, and no harsh preservatives.  

One product at a time and one customer at a time, this wonderful business simply evolved.

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