Play Pretty Beauty began out of a desperate need to to relieve eczema!
My dry patches itched and were unsightly and like everybody else who has eczema, I used every over the counter and prescription treatment available. But we all know how persistent eczema can be. So I suffered for years.
But when my son developed it, that's when I knew I had to figure this thing out.
I remember calling my sister one day saying history was repeating itself. I had eczema as a child, she had eczema as a child and now my son was suffering
"Well, you know how much you like to cook and read, so do some research and cook something up yourself," she said almost like a 'duh,' the answer is right in front of you.
She was right. So I got to cooking.
After countless batches of homemade butter and 'test audiences' (friends, family, reluctant spouses), I found a formulation that helped relieve the itchiness and blotchy patches and moisturized like crazy without leaving a greasy residue. While there is no cure for eczema, these batches o' butter sure were helping.
Ding, ding ding, my light bulb moment. If these butters helped my family, surely they could help others who want relief without harsh, irritating, synthetic ingredients. And the moisture! Eczema-prone skin needs moisture like a plant needs water. Seriously, it's a no-go if our skin feels like sandpaper just an hour after applying a lotion or butter. Play Pretty body butters handle that like a champ.
Today, Play Pretty Beauty specializes in nature-inspired, skin care products with no sulfates, parabens, mineral or petroleum oils, harsh detergents, or lanolin, which can be highly allergic. I hope you enjoy our products as much as I've enjoyed this journey to bring them to you.
❤ -- Danielle
What's in a name?
The name Play Pretty came from something our grandmother used to say to us when we were children. Growing up, we were rough and tumble tomboys, always getting dirty, always climbing trees, always looking for our next big ‘adventure’ in Nanny’s backyard.
Nanny was often exasperated with how rough we were playing and how dirty her ‘ladylike’ grandchildren were getting and would frequently yell out the bacl door, ‘Ya’ll Play Pretty!’
That meant stop acting ugly’ and play like nice young ladies. The phrase stuck and my sister and I found ourselves using it throughout our lives to describe various situations. Sister: “What did you do when that person cut you off in traffic?” Other sister: I wanted to pull up next to him and give him the business but I decided to play pretty.” Sister: “My boss is stressing me out today.” Other sister: “Just play pretty, 5 o’clock is coming.”
So when thinking of a name for this company, I wanted something that was headstrong, joyful and unforgettable. Just like Nanny.
Play Pretty was perfect.