The principle of charity, the pure love of our fellow beings, has been and will be a lifetime endeavor. I’ve got a long way to go before I come anywhere close to getting good at it, but the journey has been rewarding and the effort worthwhile. The thing about it, though, is that it has to be done on a one-on-one basis. There is no blanket answer to loving another person, whether we know them well or not. I can’t just say, “I love you all, so very, very much,” and believe that one size fits all! It takes getting in the trenches, getting down and dirty with another person who needs some help, to really know what another needs and if I have that to offer.
What I’m striving to do with my personal care products business is to include that principle of individual worth and needs into each product. It’s truly my motivation.
I started soaping because I needed something different than what was on the market in general. I needed something that was good to my skin, something I could live with, and something that had my own personal touch involved. I love it that I can create different soaps and lotions that offer different qualities that meet different needs. My friend C’s skin is too dry for commercial products and even for many other handcrafted products, but I can make her something that works for her. My husband gets really grody at work, and I can make a soap that scrubs the gunk off his hands but leaves his skin soft and intact. I think of different people who I know, their needs, and I begin creating (my SIL calls is brewing!) something for them.
Much of my research and development, my R&D, my song and joy, is driven by who I know that needs something specific, and then I get to find out if it works for them by having them be my testers, giving me feedback in candid and constructive ways that I truly need. We both gain from this loving principle!
My name is Ana, and I'm the creator and mad genius behind AnaBanana's Bath and Body Treats. Well, maybe genius is a bit strong, unless of course you think in terms of Wile E. Coyote, Super Genius. I'm there! Although none of my disasters have quite the spectacle of Wile E's, they've certainly been interesting and unpredictable!
I grew up in the Midwest and moved to the Rocky's in Wyoming many years ago. Well, not THAT many years ago, considering I'm still 29 and holding, but I digress. The Midwest, for those of us who grew up there, visited, are still living there, has an entirely different climate than the Rocky's and Wyoming in it's glorious extremes. I was so not ready for it. I mean, sure, I knew it'd be drier here, but knowing something and experiencing it is something else. It's dry here. Like really, really dry. Very. Dry.
My skin told me about the dry. It creaked. It cracked. It protested overmuch, me thinks, as it made pitiful squeaky dry noises. "Give me water! I need Water, I say!" And I tried. Really! I drank extra water even before it was popular to drink 8 gallons of water a day. I used lotions and creams. I used cheap lotions and creams. I used expensive lotions and creams. I tried stuff that boasted it's healing and moisturizing qualities. And still, my skin was so not happy.
In self defense, with a strong sense of self-preservation, I decided I'd have to take things into my own hands. And so I started to read and experiment and learn from my mistakes and learn from my successes (which I hope have outnumbered my catastrophes by now), and after more years than I'm willing to claim, I've managed to collect my successes and created AnaBanana's Bath and Body Treats so I can share the same goods I've created for myself and my family, with you!
I hope you'll enjoy my products as much as I do! Thanks for checking out my web site, too! It's still under construction, and new pictures and products are coming soon, so please come back and keep checking out what we've got goin' on here!
Oh, I took that picture on a drive not far from my back door. I look at the Wyoming "sticks" and always think of John Wayne movies, as in, wouldn't it be a great site to have a John Wayne movie filmed here? It would, too! It's beautiful beyond description here.
Ana lives in a desert in the Big Horn Basin of Wyoming with her husband, a ginger-headed daughter, a son, and stinky dog Ana loves creating stuff and sharing her creations. Alas, she's not so great at writing in third person. Ah, well...