To begin, please introduce yourself and give us a brief overview of the products that Sea Witch Botanicals offers!
My name is Alesia Hall, and I’m the primary owner and master crafter of Sea Witch Botanicals. I started this company in hopes of providing the kinds of body- and planet-friendly products I wasn’t seeing readily available in major stores.
What is the significance of the name “Sea Witch”?
The waters of this world are as connected as we are to each other. The oneness of our world is inescapable, and our place in it should be one of symbiosis and stewardship. A witch feels her connection to everything, and seeks to live in harmony with it.
Could you please give us some insight into the process behind creating your cosmetics and self-care products?
All my products are designed with the health of the body and planet before anything else! Using only organic minerals, plant oils, and extracts, I perfect each product by hand before designing a small-batch process for production.
What does “self care” mean to you?
You cannot be a force of good in the world if you are drained of all your power! Good self care means prioritizing your own mental and physical health, setting and maintaining healthy boundaries, and not punishing yourself for it.
What are the benefits of using all-natural ingredients in cosmetics– both in regards to health and the environment?
By using all-natural ingredients in home and body products, we empower the consumer with information. We hide nothing behind the word “fragrance,” so our customers know exactly what they’re getting, and can easily avoid irritants and allergens that affect them. And by sourcing only sustainable natural materials, we set an example in the industry for environmental responsibility.
Tell me more about Sea Witch’s commitment to environmentalism. Beyond individual products, how does the company incorporate sustainable practices in day-to-day operations?
Our company is a certified B corporation [a private certification indicating high social and environmental performance], a member of 1% For The Planet, and Toward Zero Waste. Every single bit of our packaging, including shipping materials, is recyclable or compostable, and at our lab we utilize a recycling service called Ridwell to make sure there is as little waste as possible.
Looking at the cosmetics industry as a whole, what kinds of sustainability practices would you like to see become commonplace in the years to come?
We would hope to see more companies emulate our sustainable packaging and shipping practices. The overuse of plastics in cosmetics and home products is absolutely depressing, and completely unnecessary.
Lastly, what are some of your personal favorite Sea Witch self-care products?
Our newest limited edition signature scent collection is a celebration of all things autumnal! The collection is called Mabon, after the celebration of the autumnal equinox, and it smells like tumbling leaves, knit scarves, distant chimney smoke, and everything you’d want to sip from a steamy mug on an overcast day.
2000 Franklin St., Ste. 102, Bellingham, 360.922.0774, seawitchbotanicals.com