Young entrepreneurs in SG
It all started last spring at the 2018 United Counties Science Fair.
Char-Lan Grade 8 students Grace Eamer and Elizabeth (Ellie) Edwards won an Outstanding Research Award and an all-expenses paid trip to the Canada Wide Science Fair in Ottawa, thanks to their winning science project called “Are Chemicals Needed?”
The project featured an an all-natural chemical-free sunscreen that was an immediate hit with teachers, friends and parents.
The pair’s success encouraged them to launch their own line of all-natural indie skin care products. They recruited their friend and fellow Char-Lan student, Maggie Hope, and co-founded Nadaara Homemade Natural Products with some financial backing from Ellie’s father.
When school ended, the three plunged into on-line research to learn about sustainable sourced ingredients, product formulation, and where to order supplies, including the line’s eco-conscious tins and tubes.
It was Maggie Hope who came up with the brand’s name, Nadaara.
The company’s logo is a Celtic meditation mandala that carries across the line’s packaging and marketing design.
The three founders share in all decisions about what goes into their products, about packaging and design, where to sell, social media and anything else that promotes the company.
By September, Grace, Ellie and Maggie were getting ready for their first Christmas sales season with six booked craft sales in SD&G including Ingleside and Avonmore.
Shoppers approaching the Nadaara Homemade Natural Products sales booth discovered an impressive product line with hand lotions, a kaolin clay mask and one with bentonite, lip balms, and Intensive Heel Repair made with shea butter, coconut oil, beeswax and eucalyptus oil.
The girls manufacture their products once every two weeks at Ellie Edwards’ house in Williamstown where her parents, John and Jodi, hand over the kitchen to the new business owners for an afternoon session whipping up the products and doing packaging and labeling.
The teens agree that while Christmas sales were encouraging, 2019 they intend to expand further this year.
The three Grade 9 students have been asked to organize a fundraising craft sale in April at their school, Char-Lan D.H.S.
The date is not confirmed yet but will be posted on the company’s website, NadarraHomemade-Natural-Products where you can see the product line and pricing and make orders.
The company email address for inquiries is: nadaara.natural.prod[email protected]