Mont Vernon skin care products at Made In NH Expo

MONT VERNON – Beauty products labeled “natural” are common, but how many of them are made in a spotless little house in a New Hampshire village by a young woman whose flawless complexion is a testament to her work?

Amy Adams worked for two years researching and then formulating products to use on her own skin.

Three months ago she launched a website for her Old Orchard Skin Care Collection, and within a week of the website launch the brand was picked up by an online retailer, Revescent.

Adams is now working with subscription boxes, online companies that send out surprise samples for a monthly fee.

She recently sent 350 lotion bars to a subscription box called Kloverbox.

To make all that “the entire house was a production facility,” she said during a visit to her house, not far from the Mont Vernon Village School.

This weekend she will bring her beauty oil, lotion bar and lip treatment to the Made in New Hampshire Expo at the Radisson Hotel in Manchester.

Adams claims to have sensitive and blemish-prone skin and a couple years ago she started researching beauty products and realized, she said, “there is not a lot out there that is high end and natural.”

There are now three Old Orchard core products, including the most popular, No. 1 Beauty Oil, which has a mild citrus aroma, sells for $51 an ounce and contains 11 ingredients, all natural of course, mostly seed oils, including meadowfoam seed oil, watermellon seed oil and carrot seed oil.

At the end of the year she expects to have five or six more products.

“I just wanted to start simple,” she said.

Lining the walls to her small office/production room are neat rows of little jars of things like prickly pear seed oil, which happens to be her favorite ingredient and is found in her No. 25 Treatment Balm, a multi-purpose balm and moisturizer.

Adams majored in photography and has a bachelor of fine arts degree from the School of Visual Arts in New York. Everything to do with her beauty products she makes by hand, including the boxes and her business cards, and they all express an aesthetic of nature and simplicity.

She is 29 and a marketing manager at TCI, in Manchester, a manufacturer of Teflon, so all the work on the small business is done at night and on weekends.

“I spend every free minute I have working on the business,” she wrote in an email. “I eat, sleep, and breathe it. I recently spent 22 hours making product to meet an order. Very long nights are normal, but I love what I do, so it never feels like work.

The Made in NH Try It & Buy It Expo will be held at the Radisson Hotel in Manchester on Friday, April 17, from 1-8 p.m., Saturday April 18, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. and Sunday April 19, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Ticket prices range from $9 for adults to $3 for a child in a stroller.

Other local businesses that will bring their products to the Made in NH Expo:

? Bee Fields Farm in Wilton, A medicinal herb garden, with handcraft herbal tea blends, salves, extract in vinegar and alcohol, and honey infused herbs.

? Good Gaud Designs, Wilton, with accessories; pendants, earrings, necklaces and bracelets using sterling silver, stones and glass. Silk flower hair clips. Hand knit scarves

? Abudi Photography, LLC Amherst, with fine art photography – landscapes, architecture, nature and wildlife. Framed photographs, matted photographs and note cards.

Kathy Cleveland can be reached at 673-3100 or kcleveland@cabinet.com.