wenty years ago, a young, exhausted raft guide with aching feet and the knowledge of a master gardener created Skin Doctor—a salve for dry cracked hands and heels. Before she knew it, naturopaths, physicians, and estheticians carried it nationwide. This initial success led to the birth of Angelina Organic Skincare, a beauty boutique and line of natural products that bridges the gap between handmade and medical grade skincare.
Today, founder and creative director Angelina Swanson handcrafts over 100 natural skin care formulas that treat both the face and body. Many of her products focus on meeting the needs of people with sensitive skin. "Every single product is born out of a desire to meet a common skin care need, whether eczema, aging, acne or to combat skin cancer," says Swanson.
Using a blend of Western medicine, traditional herbalism and Ayurvedic medicine, Swanson formulates every product herself and is proud to use botanicals grown by local organic farmers. "We are lucky to be surrounded by people growing the highest grade medicinals in the world," she explains. She acquires additional ingredients through fair trade practices with farms and cooperatives worldwide.
In regard to her Best Of award, Swanson says it tells her she's meeting her community's needs. From local farmers with dry, cracking hands to the snowboarders and mountain bikers in need of defense from the wind and sun, Swanson's goal is to protect and heal each customer's skin so they can continue to enjoy the rugged and beautiful Central Oregon lifestyle.
Angelina Organic Skincare
838 NW Bond St., Suite 1, Bend
2nd Place Bend Skin Company