WHO ARE WE?
In 2011, amidst a series of hugely stressful events and when I was trying to make a name for myself in the modelling world, all my hair started falling out. Stress can do some unexpected things to the body, and it's not uncommon for cells to go on strike. But a model with no hair isn't something you see every day. After a dozen doctor's visits and specialist appointments, I was disheartened and depressed; everyone could tell me what was wrong (alopecia), but not how to fix it. When all hope seemed lost, a dear friend suggested that I look at the ingredients in my shampoo. Isopropyl alcohol, propylene glycol, sodium lauryl sulfate..... holy moly! I mean, this was hazmat-suit stuff. What the hell were these ingredients and had I really been putting them on my scalp day after day?
In the end I took matters into my own hands and, armed with bottles of homemade shampoo and conditioner, my hair finally grew back. Then I started to really look at the state of the rest of my body - problematic skin, allergies, cellulite. Simple, one-ingredient, healthy alternatives - bought in supermarkets and health-food stores - have changed not just the quality of my skin but also my overall health.
Fast forward to today and I'm still outraged that nothing has changed; sure we've got the organic market but have you looked at their ingredients? Did you know that to qualify as certified organic, less than 20% of the whole product has to actually be organic??
That's how The Model Handmade was born! All my weird and wacky recipes became ones that not only were healthy, but looked, felt and worked just like the ones you can buy in a store - sans chemicals of course.
Then in 2015, having moved myself, my work and my business half way across the world, I met the love of my life - Harley. What connected us at the very beginning (our love of all things health and chemical-free) has led us to become not just partners in life - we are engaged after all - but also partners in business. Making, testing, inventing and growing TMH together.
Our product line is something we are both extremely proud of. The Model Handmade is an all-natural, cruelty free, organic beauty and skincare business. As the skin absorbs everything you put on it, we believe you shouldn't put anything on it that you wouldn't eat. That is why all of our products are made completely from natural, non-synthetic ingredients, that are all literally good enough to eat without causing harm. And this means they are not only good for you and your family but they are also good for the environment.