Young en­trepreneurs in SG

The Glengarry News - - The Students Say - BY MAR­GARET CALDBICK News Staff

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]

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