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MAKER | ALEX AHREN | YOU BATH & BEAUTY

MAKER | ALEX AHREN | YOU BATH & BEAUTY

Hi! I'm Alex Ahren and I love the idea of taking something as seemingly utilitarian as a bar of soap and turning it into a luxurious moment. If you get just 20 minutes a day to yourself-without the kids, without the spouse, free from the work emails & the to-do lists-you should transform it into whatever you want to transform it into: a day at the spa, a picnic in a field of lavender, a sweet memory from your past. Sometimes that's all it takes to reboot, recharge, & feel abundant. This is what You is all about.

You Bath & Beauty products are all natural, handmade and vegan.  You offers a line of soaps, body polishes, and face and body serums that I only use root powders and clays for coloring, and essential oils for scent.

 Alex making a sugar based Body Polish.  Each Body Polish is small batch and made by Alex.  

Alex making a sugar based Body Polish.  Each Body Polish is small batch and made by Alex.  

Oh boy. Do women love men with a good beard or what? There's a little bit of lumberjack, a pinch of cowboy, & a smidgen of bad boy in every man with a beard.

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There was once a time when men were just as conscientious as their female counterparts in how their personal style and aesthetics represented them in society. Men used to wear suits and ties, not only to the office, but to the ballgame as well. Now, more than ever, men are choosing not only how their outward style represents them, but also being picky in what personal care and grooming products they use; the things that no one sees but helps to polish a man's appearance behind closed doors. Men are taking more pride in not only what goes in their body, but what goes on their body. Which is why I have introduced a line of men's soaps and beard oils called "HIS."  Formulated for his skin, scented all naturally with the rugged, sexy scents a man loves.

My philosophy behind You Bath & Beauty is that not only should you treat & pamper yourself more, take better care of your health, emotionally, spiritually & physically, but that you should love your BEST self. If the current "you" needs work, don't be satisfied with that. Don't Settle. You know what's underneath it all. Work for it and be proud of it. We deserve to love ourselves, especially when we work to obtain our best self! Be You. The Ultimate You.

 Cutting handmade small batch vegan soap.

Cutting handmade small batch vegan soap.

You can purchase these all natural, handmade and vegan products locally at one of the following: The Shop on Liberty Street in Hubbard, OH or Reclaimed Rose in Columbiana, OH.  Also, coming soon to Berry's Natural Food Mart in Youngstown, OH.  

I can also be found online for purchasing at Luxury Artisan Vegan Soap & Beauty Products

Editors Notes:  We are thrilled to be welcoming Alex back in May for an editorial on cultivating beauty through lifestyle.  And a summer series on easy vegan recipes.    

Photographed by Tami Weingartner and Filmed by Nicole Cassano

Copy editing by Morgan Kohler

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