BijaBody is a beauty and health brand located in the heart of Whitefish, Montana. Embracing the we believe, we are, and we create concept, BijaBody is a brand you are going to want to check out this year.
Recently, I caught up with the founder, Melissa Picoli to talk about the brand and here is what she had to say…
(Q) Hello Melissa. How are you? Tell me a little more about the BijaBody brand…
Sarah, hi! Thank you so much for giving us a chance to introduce you to BijaBody. We are a newish brand, founded by an esthetician and a group of women really excited to both be part of women’s beauty rituals and part of changing the whole conversation about beauty. We create effective skincare systems for the body and beauty tea blends to nourish our health + beauty inside and out!
(Q) Tell me a little more about the inspiration behind BijaBody…
BijaBody was born from a love of adventure and taking care of oneself. Our entire team is made up of women who play really hard, spend a lot of time in the elements, and as an esthetician I have always wanted skincare systems that took care of more than just my body. I’ve traveled the world speaking with women about their sense of beauty, and really enjoy putting it all together and having it available for other women.
(Q) I love the fact that your products are natural, as I love the fact that they are free of genetically modified organisms (or GMOs).
Thank you! But let’s clarify a bit. BijaBody is naturalish. We are natural/organic where it really matters, such as non-gmo, no toxics, no pthalates/parabens, etc. But we do make very conscientious use of a few advanced lab-created ingredients to slow down’s skin’s aging response to time, increase collagen health and prevent hyper-pigmentation. We also won’t touch palm oil, a “natural” ingredient that is very aggressive environmentally and socially. We think it’s wildy irresponsible. We also won’t use citrus oils due to their potential correlation with hyper-pigmentation and skin cancers. Basically, we are really, really conscious. And we’re smart! We fine tooth comb every single detail of our products so that we really make the best possible decision.
(Q) Currently, what are your best sellers? Tell me a little more about BijaBody’s most popular products…
It’s been really fun to watch how people fall in love with the products as a set, and really understand how each product supports the other. If I had to choose a best seller it’d probably be the Daily Body Serum and the BedsideManner Lip + Hand Treatment. And the Herbal Beauty Tea from our tea line.
(Q) Tell me a little more about the Daily Body Serum…
Such a special product! After so many years in the sun, I finally realized we needed a skin protector that was something other than sunscreen. This products helps your skin have a more positive relationship with outside elements by providing a potent layer of antioxidants to prevent damage caused by pollution, excessive sun exposure and other environmental aggressors. It also feels like silk and smells luxurious, because ultimately, we should feel soft and beautifully fragrant!
(Q) I love the idea that you sell your own tea. In fact, I have tried both the herbal beauty tea and the daily beauty tea and love them.
Thank yoU! Doesn’t it make sense? Our health + beauty needs to be an inside and outside job. You can’t just take care of your skin but not your digestion/circulation and lymphatic system and expect glowing results; and vice versa. Our teas really support your internal systems so that you glow through your days.
(Q) Have you considered adding color cosmetics (or makeup) into the mix?
If I had a sugar daddy or a very deep pocket, there’s all kinds of things I’d want to add! But alas. We’ll grow slow because we’re a small brand based out of Montana and working deliriously hard and with a lot of passion. But not a deep bank account.
(Q) Rooted In Beauty (or RiB) connects women from across the globe. I wanted to ask more about your affiliation with this organization and how the Bija brand contributes to Rooted In Beauty.
When I started BijaBody and RiB, I thought this would be a really simple project because et makes so much sense to me to connect beauty rituals and economic opportunities. But, what I’ve learned is that changing the world takes a lot longer than I imagined! RiB is my lifelong goal.
(Q) Since you are a natural company, I have to ask, what is your stance on animal testing?
We would NEVER, EVER accept animal testing nor ingredients which come from sources which test on animals. It is disgusting. Although we test on ourselves all the time!
(Q) For those natural beauty enthusiasts reading this interview, what would you like them to know about BijaBody?
Ultimately, we think you are the adventure. We just want to be part of what makes you glow!
For more information about BijaBody, please visit www.bijabody.com today.