The skin is our largest organ. It is connected to our intestines, and our lungs. It is a living, breathing membrane that is in constant communication with its internal and external environments. We believe that our skin deserves fresh food.
Miiko Skin Co is setting the stage for a new kind of accountability in ingredient sourcing in the skincare and cosmetic industry. The products are made locally using local suppliers and fresh artisan ingredients. We include our suppliers and where they are located in BC on all of our products’ labels. We hope that this level of transparency encourages customers to think about the ingredients they put on their skin and consider their skin as an organ that can also absorb and ingest the products we apply to it.
Our business has a strict no plastics program, from our bottles and packaging, to the boxes and cushioning we use to ship orders. We chose glass containers because they are non-toxic, and will not leach toxic chemicals into the product. The dark blue colour of the bottles also prevents light from getting into the products and changing the composition.
Miiko Skin Co is committed to providing you with safer skincare, naturally.
With a double major in Anthropology and Environmental Studies in my back pocket I developed an understanding of the patterns of people in the past, and the burden of the various global crises in the future. While working on my degree, I also worked at the local government as an environmental outreach assistant. For four years I went to events, businesses, and high schools to communicate various messages in sustainability. From business owners, to families, to children, to teachers, to high school students, the feedback was a passionate curiosity for change.
It was through those conversations, I was inspired for the possibilities of the future.
In my life adventures to promote sustainable behavior I discovered my strongest character quality. Accountability.
In order to promote sustainable lifestyles effectively, I had to practice what I preached. I started taking stairs, buying locally, up-cycling, and making all of my own products.
The process of learning to make all of my own products has been both infinite and humbling. I quickly became overwhelmed in the world of possibilities, and endless exotic natural ingredients available on the market.
In a whirlwind I was reduced to a single mantra:
"Everything should be as simple as possible, but not any simpler" – Albert Einstein
I quickly learned that my network of friends and family were craving the same simplicity. I saw an opportunity to develop a skincare line, and began countless hours of research.
The best part about starting a business was reaching out to other local businesses with partnership opportunities. I could support my local economy with a larger dollar then ever before.
It was then; I added another line to my mantra:
"As local as possible, living the local economy"
At the end of the day, I am an ingredient educator. In university, I discovered the scale of toxic ingredients we ingest every day through our food, household cleaners, and skincare products. Toxic ingredients in our skincare products became a connecting line for me, between our personal health, the health of the environment, and the health of our society. It is my job to help create safety around the ingredients we absorb through our skin.