We are happy to introduce a new bi-monthly feature in our newsletter, Meet Your Maker. Here, you'll get the inside scoop on some of our favorite vendors and what rocks their worlds. We are also teaming up with some of Tucson's great photographers, who will be taking time to capture our vendors through their respective lenses; we will give you a little intro to each of them and their craft as well. Enjoy!
Kaelen Johnson is a truly inspiring gal. She is an unstoppable business woman, and all around lovely lady. She somehow embodies both pure ambition with the sweetest humility and goodness. She recently launched her new, organically-harvested skincare line, Kaelen Harwell Natural Skincare, which we all use and love. We are honored to be carrying a selection of this fantastic line at MAST.
Q: As a child, what seemed the most out of reach to you? How does it seem today? A: I think I have to say being in charge of something i.e. running my own businesses. I love being my own boss but I still have a hard time when my employees call me their "boss". Although it's ultimately me that makes a final decision, I value my employees opinions and think it's important that they feel empowered too.
Q: What is 1 of the top 3 ethics that you abide by in your craft? A: In this day and age we're subjected to many toxins. I feel it's so important to use high-quality ingredients that are free of carcinogens. It blows me away that in the US personal care ingredients are not more regulated.
Q: As you reflect, what has been the consistent theme in your life? A: Perseverance. I don't give up easily.
Q: What continues to elude you? A: Organization. A business advisor once saw my desk and said "oh I see you're a creative person."
Q: If you were not the founder of Pure Aesthetics Natural Skincare School and Kaelen Harwell Organic Skincare, what would you be? A: A back up singer, if someone would hire me.
Q: What is the very first creation you remember making? A: When I was a kid I used to like to make mud pies. I remember someone once told me that mud was good for your skin… I guess that inspired me to move from pies to masks.
Q: What are your top three necessities? A: Au Natural lip gloss. Vegan food from Tumerico. Strawberry Synergy Kombucha.
Q: What have you been listening to while you work most recently? A: Carla Morrison, Eleni Mandell, and David Bowie
Photography by Sloane Ehnat, Film Photographer & Make-Up Artist specializing in intimate portraiture, personal and professional branding. Sloane is super excited about her newest project, exploring love and intimacy!