My shipments of raw ingredients arrived last week, so I am finally able to start creating the products I have been formulating over the past months. There are few things as therapeutic to me as rolling up my sleeves and concocting potions of organic herbs, oils and butters. The intoxicating fragrance of lavender and mandarin essential oils are wonderful lingering in the air (and on my children's skin).

I was originally going to hire a chemist to help with my formulas, but after developing my business plan, I realized that I would not be content with someone else creating these products for me. Over the past year and a half, I have been immersed in product research, learning everything from the properties of essential oils to the shocking truth about toxins in our cosmetics and personal care products.

This week marks a new beginning for Zoe Organics and for me personally. No longer only a concept in my mind and on paper, but the start of something as wonderful as the smell of the baby balm I just applied to my own baby's bottom.