Okay, so I’m back with another Q&A session! And this time it’s with the very sweet and kind-hearted Rachel of Rachel’s Plan Bee. Last year when I was looking for some good natural and organic body care alternatives, I stumbled upon Rachel’s Plan Bee… and let me tell you guys, it made an instant impression! I credit this impression to the lovely lady behind this absolutely beautiful brand – Rachel and of course, her efficacious and indulgent products. I fell in love with each RPB product I tried; and very soon it became a staple in my skincare routine. And trust me, I’m not the only one who claims that – anyone who has used RPB products will attest to that!
So let’s find out more about this amazing brand.
Greenchicgirl: I’ll get straight to it, Rachel, because I have been meaning to ask this since long – Why Rachel’s “Plan Bee?”
Shobhita, I first want to thank you so much for the opportunity to share more about our brand with your followers.
“Plan Bee” is a play on words. After our son Ric was born with special needs, my world and everything I thought I knew and prepared for as a new mother was turned upside down. I’m a licensed health care professional with a degree in Biology and Physical Therapy and at the time of his birth, I left my full-time work to stay home and raise my son. Those early years were very challenging due to his various medical issues. Creating nourishing skin care for his sensitive and dry skin became an obsession when I saw how well his skin responded to the simple recipes. These experiences ultimately evolved into a “Plan Bee” for my life. In 2012, we launched with two products that were made with beeswax and “Rachel’s Plan Bee” was the perfect name to capture all that led me to start a skincare business.
In continuation of my answer above, I made the decision soon after Little Ric’s birth, that I would be unable to return to my full-time career as a physical therapist and that his needs would require my full attention. In my experiences – as a caregiver in both my professional life and as Ric’s mom, I was inspired to share my knowledge and recipes for dry skin. But it was about more than just dry skin. Simple nightly skin care rituals after my son’s bath helped strengthen my bond with him especially during some of the most challenging times.
Launching Rachel’s Plan Bee gave me a vehicle to not only share dry skin care that worked, but also talk about the importance of self-care and finding joy even when life seems to go unplanned.
Thank you Shobhita for your kind words! I would say that my favorites are the natural scents of sweet orange and vanilla! Together they create a happy scent that reminds me of my childhood and I’ve heard that same feedback from many of our customers. When I created our “Original” line, I knew that citrus and vanilla had to be front and center.
I love that our products made you a Body Oil convert! When applied right out of the shower to damp skin, our formula delivers soft skin that isn’t greasy. Like a few of our other products, we launched a body oil after receiving numerous requests from customers and followers. One in particular was Kim of kimberlyloc.com. She strongly urged me to take my facial oil scent and make it a body oil. After a long period of researching various fatty acid profiles, blending and testing dozens of formulations, I arrived at our special blend. I’m so happy to hear that you love it!
Great question. For anyone that has followed RPB from the beginning, they know that I’ve never rushed to launch products just to put them out there. I’ll admit that this choice of being slow to launch has been a deliberate decision. New things are ALWAYS in the works and sometimes things don’t go as planned making new plans/products slow to come to fruition. I like to think of RPB as a skin care brand — taking care of all of our skin. Stay tuned!
For anyone that has followed RPB from the beginning, they know that I’ve never rushed to launch products just to put them out there. New things are ALWAYS in the works and sometimes things don’t go as planned making new plans/products slow to come to fruition.
I’m working on some fun launches that are coming late spring/early summer. But in the meantime, I’m excited to soon add a few more scent choices to our Hand & Body Wash line plus bring back our popular shimmering body oil minis.
We are a small family business on a mission to make your skin happy.
We create products using honest, natural and pure ingredients infused with joy and compassion to inspire self-love and acceptance. Our focus from the beginning has been to seek out the best natural, organic, wild crafted, fair trade and minimally processed ingredients to include in our products.
We strive to listen more and continuously improve the customer experience. It’s all about doing work that we love, sharing it with you and revealing the inner beauty found in all of us. We invite you to come with us on this journey and if along the way you embrace a body care ritual that enhances your natural beauty, encourages you to take time out to nurture yourself and makes you smile, then our mission is accomplished.