WARREN – The menu at a posh vegan noshery or maybe a farmer’s market comes to mind when reading the ingredients listed on Peyton Company’s face, skin and bath products.
That’s the idea for this self-proclaimed “science nerd” turned “organic panic mom,” Natalie Thompson-Surette of Swansea.
“The future is green,” Surette said, surrounded by her lotions, potions and tonics in her new all-natural beauty boutique at 11 Child St.
Surette just opened the Peyton Company space, having been previously located nearby, to fulfill her dream of combining retail space, a raw beauty bar, a lab for creating new blends, and a spa.
She picked up one of her best selling products, the ache and pain relief salve, made with St. John’s Wort and lavender. “It reduces pain and increases blood flow. It’s anti-inflammatory.”
Surette said creating the salve was a “tall order.” An older woman with arthritis requested something natural to help ease her soreness — without the strong eucalyptus aroma or hot and cold sensation of mainstream store brands.
“This was eight months in development,” Surette said.
After a little research with a lab in Germany and some playtime in her mixing room (a.k.a. her kitchen), Surette created the salve that is one of her best sellers today.
She said clients have asked: “‘Is there any voodoo in this jar?’”
Surette rents a small lab in Seekonk to create the products while the back room at her new space undergoes a transformation from storage room to lab.
“We’ll have space and equipment for small batch and signature body care,” Surette said.
She’ll also offer a seasonal beauty menu using fresh, local ingredients and plant materials and some single-serve products.
“Our menu can change by the day,” Surette said.
Products that sell out fast are made with her recipes in larger batches at a lab on the west coast. This move allowed her to eliminate the two-week backlog for some products and free up her time for creating new beauty remedies.
Surette said creating a natural bath and beauty line has been a “lifelong” obsession that took her from kitchen to lab to brick-and-mortar shop after her son Peyton, now age 4, was born.
“One day I discovered I’m having a baby,” said Surette, who was then working in the marketing department in a corporation. She thought she’d deliver her son and go right back to work, but after seeing him she decided on a new journey.
Surette went to the kitchen, and with a Pyrex dish and a hand mixer, “just started playing.”
When Peyton suffered from psoriasis and cradle cap, which causes patchy scaly skin on the scalp, Surette wasn’t comfortable using prescription medication that contained petroleum and parabens, so she created a shea-based treatment with argan and rosemary and got the doctor’s OK. It cleared up.
Surette started selling her products at local farmer’s markets and online, until she opened her first shop last summer.
“There’s been a lot of twists and turns,” Surette said.
She said consumers crave natural products that are affordable, accessible, sustainable, and still luxurious.
“There’s a need for it,” Surette said. “There’s been a shift in consciousness.”
The Peyton Company offers a wide variety of skin care products including Java Junkie body buff made with local Borealis coffee, bath tea that combines different botanicals, Hungarian rose water anti-aging skin tonic, CBD infused vitamin C face cream with berries, eyelash growth serum, charcoal cleanser, pumpkin enzyme face peel, rosemary and spearmint leave-in conditioner, magic glow facial oil with prickly pear seed and pomegranate, hemp seed body lotion, detox deodorant, honey and lavender body wash, and lots more body creams, scrubs, toners, and other products in garden fragrances.
“I feel like a mad scientist,” Surette said. “I always want to create.”
Surette plans to work with other natural skin care companies in her spa. She’ll use her own facial care products, along with clean waxing options, and more natural nail polish lines.
“You deserve good things,” Surette said.
She wants to pass those “good things” around. She’s working on a line to benefit Gnome Surf in Fall River, a non-profit that offers surfing lessons for kids of all abilities, and other inclusive programs.
“I probably cry once a day, I’m so humbled by the support,” Surette said.
To shop or learn more about The Peyton Company, 11 Child St., visit www.thepeytonco.com. Shop hours are Wednesday and Thursday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. Free municipal parking is located in the lot across the street and next door to the post office.
Email Deborah Allard at [email protected]
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