Herb Market Botanicals Founder, Melissa Stephanie, Is on a Quest

PC: Antonia DePace

PC: Antonia DePace

Melissa Stephanie, Founder of Herb Market Botanicals (@herbmarketbotanicals), officially launched her honest brand in July 2018 from Toronto, Canada. But with a prominent passion for natural health (she grew up learning the meaning and impact of natural products from real food to at-home remedies), Stephanie made sure to produce some of the most effective and honest products out there by experimenting and brainstorming for three years. Here, she talks more about the brand, from the skincare brand’s mission, to her favorite product.

DID YOU ALWAYS WANT TO OPEN A SKINCARE COMPANY?
It was about three years ago when my passion sparked for skincare.  I 
realized that I wanted to put my knowledge of nutrition towards something 
more unique and relatable for everyone. So, I started carefully 
researching medicinal and therapeutic uses of herbs, and began my journey 
in making ‘healing’ salves and oils. I was on a quest to find 
healing through plants, and was very inspired at this point—I finally 
felt I found my focus.

At the time, I was also working in the medical field where I learned 
more about patients, their unique needs, and how important it was for 
people to find their natural path. I finally took the leap of faith to 
leave my job, follow my true passion and start something worthwhile.  
Looking back, I never imagined I would be the owner and creator of a 
skincare company, but I am confident in our line and its products, and I 
am beyond grateful for every step of the way.

WHAT WAS THE INSPIRATION BEHIND NAMING YOUR COMPANY?
When I think of the word “market,” I think fresh, local and natural. And 
when I think of “Herb Market,” I think of a place to find many different 
items to help aid, restore, and create something naturally. That is 
precisely what I wanted for this company—each and every product is 
made with pure, natural and botanical ingredients.

WHAT IS YOUR MAIN MISSION WITH YOUR PRODUCTS?
Our main mission is to provide an entire product line that is toxin-free 
and truly natural. [We want] to help guide and encourage our communities towards 
using natural, holistic skincare, and to educate everyone on the 
realities and dangers of using ‘toxic’ products on a regular basis.  
That’s why each of our products contributes to true nutrition for the 
skin, and harnesses the fundamentals of holistic nutrition.

WHAT WAS THE FIRST PRODUCT THAT LAUNCHED?
We launched in July with all seven of our products, but our antioxidant 
facial oil was formulated first.  I wanted to create a truly nutritious 
oil for the face that I felt confident about applying each and every 
day.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE PRODUCT?
I am very proud of each of our products, but the Orange Neroli body oil ($55)
definitely stands out for myself and many others.  This product is more than just a body oil—it feels luxurious, moisturizing, provides a natural glow and smells absolutely 
amazing (no need to wear perfume with this natural, enjoyable scent). 

WHAT’S COMING UP?
We are very close to releasing our clay-based bath bombs, and we 
also have two more facial products in development—one of them being a 
facial toning mist, and we are very excited to add to our family.

For more information, or order inquiries, please email info@herbmarketbotanicals.ca