Honeycat Cosmetics offers one-of-a-kind body products
Creative at heart, Terri Spruill didn’t just make natural products that smelled good, they also had to be visually pleasing. “I had to make them special,” says the owner of Honeycat Cosmetics, whose bath and body products are both utilitarian and miniature works of art. “Customers even protested that they were too good to use,” she says. “Anyone can pour wax for a candle or make a round bath bomb. I want to give people an experience.
To this end, Spruill gives free rein to his imagination. The bath bombs are topped with tiny vignettes made of soap: some sexy, like the bosomy piece, inspired by Victoria’s Secret, with spun sugar wings, or cheeky, like the ambiguous torso named “Not her, not him, just me “. ”
All are rendered with fine detail that Spruill, a lifelong vegetarian, often achieves by hand-painting with food-grade dyes. Many of her go-to ingredients are food-based, along with essential and natural fragrance oils, as well as dry oils like apricot kernel and meadowfoam seed, which leave skin feeling silky soft, she says.
Its 100% soy candles have the same concentration and the same creativity. The royal purple Aquaripuss candle, a tribute to the zodiac sign, has a stalagmite-shaped top and genuine amethyst shards and stones.
Spruill’s fragrances are also inventive. “They trigger pleasant memories,” she says. “A customer said my sweet potato bath bomb took her home to her grandma who made Christmas pies.” Other unconventional combinations include a coquito-coconut bubble bath and a chocolate-maple-bacon shower gel. “It smells of smoke. You won’t smell like a slice of bacon,” Spruill promises.
Honeycat Cosmetics is a second career for Spruill, who was on the brink of burnout as a medical professional at a busy hospital trauma center, when she began feeding her bath product habit by making the his. Today, nearly a decade later, Spruill’s There are 50 designs in inventory and she still creates each piece by hand in her Jersey City studio.
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