Business Name: Prairie Crocus Polish Website: www.prairiecrocuspolish.ca Established: 2020
About Prairie Crocus Polish
Can you please fully explain your business or product line?
I make vegan, cruelty-free nail polishes and cuticle oils. Each bottle is hand blended and hand poured by me. They are ten free, making them the safest available on the market today. with my cuticle oils made with only four ingredients.
With the local maker community continuing to grow, what makes you stand out from the rest?
My polishes are absolutely unique! Handmade, hand-poured, and my colour changing polishes are unlike anything you’ve ever seen. They turn extreme colours with heat including Mystic turning from black to neon pink and Blazing from red to yellow.
I also give back to the community! Every month I customize a colour for a different local animal rescue with $5 from every bottle sold donated to the rescue at the end of the month. It’s my way of helping as best I can.
What made you realize that you had a product that could be shared with others?
I started my company because my toddler was putting my fingers in his mouth and I noticed my chipped polish was being ingested. I found out to my horror that nail polish isn’t as governed as other cosmetics and there was actual formaldehyde in it! As I started creating my own polish I realized there was a market for safe, affordable products that I could share with other people to help keep their kids safe.
What has been your biggest success as a maker? Biggest struggle you’ve overcome?
My biggest success is the positive feedback I constantly get from my customers. People with allergies who haven’t been able to wear polishes in years due to ingredients, children loving my colour changing polishes, etc. I made a custom colour for a lady who wanted to match her Jeep and she was so happy with what I created for her (it was a unique yellowy-green so it was tricky, but the outcome was perfect) it makes me happy when others say they are getting compliments because they are wearing my polish and it’s still looking fabulous. I love knowing I’m making others feel good about themselves.
My biggest struggle was finding a Canadian supplier to keep up with my need for nail polish bottles. I drained four suppliers before finding one that can meet my needs, hence all of the bottle shapes.
Any advice that you would tell someone hoping to start up their own business or product line?
Make sure you do your research, love what you’re making and don’t short change yourself financially.
Please share any upcoming events (physical events, virtual sales, etc.) that you think Winnipeggers would be interested in!
With COVID cancelling all in-person markets I was to be in, I’m excited to announce I’ll be a part of the online vendor show put on by Popcorns and Binkies Rescue Haven on Saturday, November 28th. They are also the rescue I’m doing a fundraiser for this month!