In the awards autumn series of blog posts, we get to know the brands and people behind the nominee products of the Nordic Natural Beauty Awards 2021. In this post, we are proud to share more about the Finnish brand M HandMade, as told by the founder of the brand – Maria Nylund:
“My story started in 2009 when I became hypersensitive to chemicals, strong odors, lights, and sounds. I started reacting to chemicals being sprayed on all new clothes and furniture, hair care products, perfumes, etc. I got symptoms like dry eyes, hoarseness, difficulty breathing, metallic taste in my mouth, etc.
I realized I had to remove these chemicals from my daily life. I did a heavy metal test to see if I had mercury in my body, for example. The test showed, among other things, that I had a lot of aluminum in my body. Aluminum is linked to Alzheimer’s disease and possibly breast cancer, and it also negatively affects our nervous system. The deodorant I used contained aluminum, and when applied in the armpits, the aluminum gets absorbed directly into the lymphatic system.
I decided to try aluminum-free options like deodorant stones, creams, and sprays. However, none of these worked the way I wanted them to. I also didn’t want to go back to the deodorants I used before. Luckily, I found a natural deodorant recipe and thought about trying it before giving up hope. It worked immediately, and by changing the recipe a bit I ended up with a working product. That’s how the story of M HandMade got started essentially.
The first products I made were natural, aluminum-free deodorants and I started selling them on a local Finnish Farmer’s Market. It all grew really fast and within a year I had already resellers for my products.
Today, after five years in business, the company has grown to produce different kinds of organic skincare products. The deodorants are still our best-sellers, though over the years I have been developing other products for the body as well.
The Nordic Natural Beauty Awards’ nominee, LIP BALM, was invented a few years ago. I usually develop a new product based on what I need myself or what the customers ask for, and at that time I needed a lip balm with a natural sunscreen, as my lips were getting easily cracked in the sun. I learned that raspberry seed oil is naturally high in sun protection factors, and started to develop the Lip Balm from there. It became a success from the start! Our customers love it, they come back for more all the time.
The Lip Balm contains almond oil and beeswax to keep your lips feeling moist and soft. Although it has a natural sun protection factor, it can be used all year round.
It has been very important for me from the beginning that all the products are organic and do not contain any harmful chemicals to your body or the environment. With my products, I want to show that there are natural alternatives to chemical-filled products. The skin absorbs everything that is applied to it, and that is why it is especially important that we use clean and non-toxic products.
The summertime has been, as always, a busy period for us as our resellers are stocking up products, so we keep on producing more every day to keep up with the demand. We hope you will love our Lip Balm, and other products too!
Nominated in the Nordic Natural Beauty Awards 2021: