In a world full of beauty products packed with unrecognizable, impossible to pronounce ingredients, a local skin care line is?getting back to the basics. Native Austinite Mariska Nicholson has recently launched Olive + M, an olive-oil-based skincare line. There are no man-made toxic chemicals or GMOs found here, and everything is handcrafted in Austin using Texas Olive Ranch Pure Texas Extra Virgin Olive Oil.?I chatted with Mariska?to learn a little bit more about her products.
Caitlin McCulloch: How did you come up with the idea for your products?
Mariska Nicholson: I have been using oils on my skin forever. One day, about 3 years ago, I was at the end of a bottle of oil I was using. I thought to myself, ?hey, what?s in this stuff? ?Why can?t I make my own?? I did a ton of research and began mixing blends in my kitchen. I shared these blends with friends and family, and people were commenting on how amazing my 40-something skin looked; so I made more. Organically it just grew into a real business.
CM:?What products are part of the Olive + M line and what do they do?
MN: Try the cleansing oil?to purify and rejuvenate, or the face oil to renew and repair. They are both packed with plant-based oils that are rich in antioxidants, vitamins, omegas and amino acids. For all-over care, our body oil also renews and repairs?plus the slightly intoxicating scent of pink grapefruit blended with bergamot and clary sage will undoubtedly leave a delectable impression.
CM: What can we?look forward to in Olive + M’s future?
MN: Future plans include broadening the women?s line with products like exfoliating scrubs and hydrating masks. I also would like to introduce a line for men, perhaps a cleansing shave oil with a bit more masculine fragrance. We have a line for the little ones in development which will be called Sebi + Des by Olive + M; it will include oil cleansers for a baby?s skin and scalp, plus softening oils to sooth skin after bath time.
For more information or to order products, please visit www.oliveandm.com.