Dr. Catherine Harrison pictured here with the ingredient list of her Sea Buckthorn Rejuvenating Eye Cream.
Photo: Alex Perry
Photo: Alex Perry

2nd Street Market’s newest vendor focuses on natural skincare

The 2nd Street Market in downtown Dayton has a new vendor.

Willowdale Botanicals, the newest permanent vendor, is located to the left of The Flowerman. Its space is full of handcrafted skincare, teas and aromatherapy. 
Neuroscientist and farmer Dr. Catherine Harrison combines science and nature in a gentle skincare line. 

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Why skincare?

“[One day] I wanted to buy a good eye cream, something that was ‘all good’ and none of the ‘bad,’ but I found nothing I wanted,” Harrison said. 

So she took matters into her own hands. She began distilling herbs grown on her family farm, established her own laboratory and got to work experimenting and producing what is now Celluvati.

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Nearly all of the ingredients in her products are grown on her farm, Willowdale, in Lewisburg, Ohio. Other portions of the formulas are created in her lab, or are sourced from ethical and fair trade manufacturers (such as her essential oils). There are no artificial ingredients, including preservatives, which are replaced with home-grown solutions such as fermented radish root and elderberry distill. 

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“When someone makes the decision to purchase a natural item, they’re supporting an acreage of land that serves as an oasis for many plant species, animals and insects,” Harrison said. “[We] need to support local farmers.”

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Want to go?

WHAT: Willowdale Botanicals at 2nd Street Market

WHERE: 600 E. Second St.

HOURS: Thurs-Fri 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sat 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

INFO: http://www.celluvati.com/contacts/