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Skin care products down on the farm

Whiting, Vermont - December 5, 2011

On the Julius Kingdom Farm in Whiting, Vermont there is no shortage of beauty.

Including inside this old dairy barn. It's gone from milking parlor, to a sort of beauty parlor. This is were Tata Harper makes her high end skin care line.

Her products are unique, she says, because they are 100-percent natural, and include ingredients like alfalfa, arnica, calendula, and meadow sweep -- to name a few.

Harper decided to make the natural product line when her stepfather was diagnosed with cancer and she couldn't find any products without toxins in them that worked. "Personal care items like skin care or shampoo -- you just use them every day until you die, so those are the items you really need to be careful with," she said.

She worked with scientists for five years to come up with formulas and she uses ingredients from around the world -- including Israel, Tasmania, and France.

Reporter Gina Bullard: "You could be anywhere in the world, why here?"

Tata Harper: "That's a good question. I grew up in Columbia on a farm and my husband grew up in New York City -- craving having a farm. And his thing was, if I ever have a farm, I wanted it to be bigger than Central Park," she said.

She owns 12-thousand acres, and her products also feature Vermont grown plants like lavender and witch hazel.

Harper makes dozens of skin products that have been featured in publications like Vogue and The New York Times Magazine.   

Beauty comes at a price.  The Rejuvenating Serum that Harper says promotes anti-aging costs 150-dollars.  Most of the skin care products get shipped to New York City, Los Angeles, Miami and Dallas; Half of her sales are online.  She ships out more than 5-thousand hand filled and packaged products a week, employing 18 people -- and Harper plans to expand.

A product about beauty -- made in a beautiful setting.

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