Back­Story

A tale of two sisters… and a skin-care line

Mollie Makes (US) - - CONTENTS - Words: Kim Lay­ton Fol­low Kim on Twit­ter @Every­thingEtsy

Two sisters team up for skin-care line

They say ne­ces­sity is the mother of in­ven­tion and the hand­made world is full of proof that this is very true. The best hand­made busi­nesses so of­ten start as a cre­ative so­lu­tion to a nag­ging prob­lem.

This was ex­actly the case for Whit­ney Ach­e­son and Jess Piestrup, two sisters from Cash­mere, Wash­ing­ton, who both faced a con­stant strug­gle with store­bought skin­care prod­ucts. Fed up with bad re­ac­tions to de­odor­ants and other bath and body prod­ucts, they de­cided to get to­gether one week­end and make their own.

Moody Sisters, the hand­made busi­ness that was born fol­low­ing that fate­ful week­end in Whit­ney’s kitchen, is a beau­ti­ful ex­am­ple of how two or more peo­ple can work to­gether to cre­ate a suc­cess­ful ven­ture in to­day’s op­por­tu­nity-filled hand­made world – all the while help­ing oth­ers solve the same prob­lem they once faced.

Each sis­ter brings her own set of skills and tal­ents to the ta­ble

Each sis­ter brings her own set of skills and tal­ents to the ta­ble. Whit­ney is the vi­sion­ary and de­signer who gives the busi­ness some­thing to reach for with her grand ideas, en­tre­pre­neur­ial bent, and knack for cre­at­ing fun, color­ful la­bels for the prod­ucts. Jess is the busi­ness-­minded prob­lem solver who makes things hap­pen and is a nat­u­ral at cus­tomer ser­vice.

When they started sell­ing on Etsy in 2010, the sisters would get to­gether about once a month for a day to make prod­uct and pack­age it. That one day a month be­came one day a week, then two. In 2013, Jess quit her full­time job and soon af­ter Whit­ney fol­lowed suit. Now they both work full time in the busi­ness and the prod­uct line has ex­panded to dozens of items in­clud­ing pow­dered de­odor­ants, lip balms, fa­cial scrubs, dry sham­poos, and more!

Moody Sisters of­fers an in­spir­ing ex­am­ple of how peo­ple can team up and work to­gether to fill a need and cre­ate a suc­cess­ful busi­ness sell­ing on­line, even start­ing with an ef­fort of only one day a month! Find them at MoodySis­ter­sSk­inCare.com or on Etsy at

Home­made lip balm is one of many prod­ucts sold.

Jess and Whit­ney are the sis­ters be­hind Moody Sis­ters.

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