While perusing the stands at the Ybor Saturday Market last weekend, eyeing the many unique handmade goods and looking for anything in the way of "green," I came upon a vendor selling some interesting organic soaps and skin care. A great story behind something (especially of local interest) always gets me and I have become a convert to (swearing by) organic and natural products on my skin. So, I felt I had to share about this particular line of products: Autana soaps and Nurses' Glove skin care.
What first caught my eye was the shape of all the soaps: they were perfectly straight and smooth on three sides, but jagged at the top. They also offered a balm called Nurses' Glove. The vendor, Belisa, then explained the story and inspiration behind her line of natural soaps and skin care products.
Belisa Mazzara is a mother of two and a cardiac ICU nurse at Tampa General Hospital. Her job as a nurse means she's constantly having to wash her hands to keep them sanitized. It also leads to her having dry, cracked and sore hands that she figured she'd just have to deal with, that it came with the job. But after researching the numerous skin care products she'd been using, she found that they were full of chemicals and counterproductive to truly healing her dry skin.