I am so excited about this blog post today! I got a chance to hang out with Pure + Radiant owner, Courtney Kahla and shoot some updated shots of her skincare line AND even jump in a shot myself! Thank you to our friend, Shell, for snapping that pic! We have decided to do an interview style blog post - and today I am sharing her answers to my questions about her brand, her heart and everything in between!!
Guys, I hope you enjoy this. Her heart is crazy big, and the care and attention to detail she puts into each handmade product is incredible. She does this all while being in chiropractic school!! She is such a superstar and I love being business besties with this chick!! Love ya, Court!
An Interview with Courtney
1. Tell me about the heart behind Pure + Radiant. Why skincare?
the heart and soul of Pure + Radiant is honesty, integrity, and clarity. it was birthed from a place of service. six months before my wedding I experienced adult acne for the first time and it caused emotional turmoil to my core. that is ultimately what fueled my skincare ritual because while hormone changes and high stress levels were most likely the cause of my breakout, I realized everything I was putting on my skin to cleanse, moisturize, and cover up were only making it worse. the majority of mainstream body care products contain a cocktail of carcinogenic chemicals, allergens, and irritants. to eliminate many toxic chemicals, preservatives, and fragrances that are harmful to our bodies, I began on a journey of creating organic and natural skincare products that work synergistically with my body to heal those imbalances and shared those recipes on my blog. I felt the love from my community so much that they started asking me to make these products for them to purchase! I was selling homemade face wash, serum and even shampoo to my classmates, friends and family!
I was only able to achieve a clear complexion after totally overhauling my beauty routine by simplifying to a few natural and gentle skincare products that I made myself specifically for my sensitive skin! I also respected that not every product works for every skin type. we are all unique and I value that so I also began creating organic and natural skincare products for the variety of skin types.
2. Were you fearful of anything when you started your business? if so, what and why?
I don’t feel like I even gave myself a chance to experience fear with Pure + Radiant. I was blogging these recipes and doing my thang when a friend called and put her faith in me. her belief in me instilled a confidence that never wavered. I hit the ground running and never looked back. I also never allowed any stress in the process of creating and launching P+R. the village that it took to bring this to life was full of joy, love and passion. we never had a specific launch date because we worked at a pace that was enjoyable for us. this also applies to every product I make. I am very intentional about my heart and mind when I’m making products and filling orders to make sure that your skin is being loved on every level, even energetic.
I can’t say that that’s true now though. there has been a new wave of fear that I’ve been experiencing lately simply because it’s a one-woman show over here! I not only make each and every product by hand (my favorite part), but I also slap every label on every bottle, cut and tie every ingredient tag, put together every box, stuff and package all orders, and manage all social media and blog posts. all while being a full-time chiropractic intern working over 50 hours a week. I was in my second year of chiropractic school and first year of marriage when I launched Pure + Radiant. I found balance while managing how to be a wife, dog mom, full-time chiropractic student, and business owner. but now I’m in an entirely new phase of life: my last year of chiropractic school where I serve people in the chiropractic clinic and I’m in the process of finding a new kind of balance. this is why our shipping times range anywhere from 7-9 business days because I’m finding that I can only fill orders on the weekends. I’m just so grateful that the Pure + Radiant community is full of grace and patience as we grow and change to better serve their skin.
3. Favorite product?
oh boy, don’t make me choose! let me start off by saying that I use the ENTIRE line on a daily and weekly basis. that’s where this ritual started... with what served my skin best and then we evolved. I probably use the toner for oily skin (no, I don’t have oily skin but it simply has more apple cider vinegar in it and I like that) and the skin food serum for dry skin the most. sometime I mix the serums together to get the best of both worlds. that’s the beauty of it! you have the freedom to do what works best for you and I always encourage you to listen to your body and be intuitive with your skincare. I love our new + improved face wash but honestly, I’m kinda lazy about washing my face and I also believe in skin fasting.
4. If someone were to enter into the world of clean skincare in need of advice, what would you have them do / buy first?
I think it’s important to not feel overwhelmed in this transition because it is a journey. honor that journey. take your time. if you can afford to throw all your toxic products away and spend a few hundred dollars replacing them and that’s what makes you happy, then do it! but I wasn’t able to do it that way. when I would run out of face wash, I would invest in a new nontoxic face wash or actually, I couldn’t afford most nontoxic face washes so I started using just castile soap. but then that was too drying so then I started using just honey but that was too sticky and not realistic to use on a daily basis. so I started playing around with combining them and adding other nourishing ingredients which became our suds face wash today!
whether you choose to invest in Pure + Radiant or not, you deserve skincare products that don’t sacrifice your health. there truly are clean products for every budget so don’t be afraid to ask for help.
5. Where do you want to be in 3 years with your blog and Pure + Radiant?
honestly, 3 years is a tough time frame for me because I’ll be graduating chiropractic school in one year and then I’ll begin an associateship with a pediatric and prenatal specific chiropractor in the dfw metroplex and hopefully beginning a family. I hope to continue to seek truth and share that through the Pure + Radiant blog in the areas of pure beauty, radiant living and chiropractic. I do envision opening my own chiropractic office one day. I honestly never imagined associating until this opportunity presented itself and I am beyond grateful. possibly more like 5 years down the road, I envision having a chiropractic space that opens to the Pure + Radiant Home retail shop. I will have some employees working at that shop so I can serve people in my space, but that connected space will serve as an open kitchen where you can see the Pure + Radiant products being made by hand as well as other nontoxic and natural living brands to fill the retail shelves. lots of neutrals, natural wood floating shelves and greenery.
okay, I shared my guts, but I think you should know the core values and priorities my life revolves around. my core values are: Christianity, congruency, authenticity, passion, integrity and gratitude. my priorities are: God, health, family, education and friendships. having this set-in place has helped me keep on track with my life purpose and in touch with my passion and joy. it is my belief that the body is a gift and uniquely designed by our Creator. my passion is inspiring people to feel empowered and healthy within their bodies. my mission is to educate people of all ages to take action steps toward owning and managing a life with vitalism. this is done by utilizing chiropractic care as the cornerstone of expressing life more abundantly. I know that through the eyes of our Creator we shine in divine perfection and I see and serve you and create skincare products in this same light.