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Meet Toni Simon of Farmhouse Organic in West End

Today we’d like to introduce you to Toni Simon.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I’ve always been an “of the earth” type of person. I started making Shea Nut-based Body Butter for my now 11-year-old daughter when she was just six months. She had been diagnosed with eczema & experienced several complications which led to rounds & rounds of steroids, creams and expensive doctors visits. As a mother, I felt there was a better way to address her skincare needs. My recipe cleared up her skin so well that we stopped returning to the doctor. Eventually, my family started replacing lotion for my Body Butter. After this, I educated myself around herbs, extracts, botanical elements and the skin/skincare. My skincare line consists of effective products that were made out of necessity for myself & others.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Honestly, I cannot complain here. In the beginning, I didn’t want to turn my products into a business. I was completely happy with making products and almost giving them away because it gave me something to do once I came away from my first career as an Accountant for 12 years. My husband encouraged me to make my lineup official because so many people wanted to purchase. I’ve always had a wonderful support system and family members & friends who were willing to test my products during my awesome Sample Parties. I’m grateful!

Please tell us about Farmhouse Organic.
My company, Farmhouse Organic offers plant-based skincare products made with organic ingredients; most known for our Whipped Body Butter & Coochie Care Package. What sets us apart from others is how quickly our products allow customers to see results. Another element that draws a lot of interest is that products are made fresh every few weeks in small batches. I find that customers like knowing that their products are not sitting on a shelf full of harsh chemicals. Customers can contact me directly and I indulge their questions with education and knowledge. As a company, I’m proud of our standards; every ingredient is carefully researched & sourced for high-quality & effectiveness. We aren’t in the business of just throwing anything together and selling it.

Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
A favorite memory… My birthday is Halloween and one particular year, it was colder than normal and raining. Living in Maryland, I guess my mom didn’t want to take all five of us out in the weather, so she hid candy in our basement, called a few friends and we went trick or treating in the basement. My birthday was always fun and special.

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Photos taken by Mann Made Productions

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