Fondly, Effeigh: Look Out, Lush

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Look Out, Lush

Now occupying slot #342 in the Inc. 5000 list (an annual ranking of the fastest growing, privately owned, American companies) is Urban Fresh Cosmetics - a family-run, farm-to-tub line of products ranging from an all natural skincare collection to luscious scented candles, and even pet shampoo. The company leapt to this coveted position from slot #603, which they earned just one year prior.

Keith West-Harrington and his partner André erected their urban farm in Albuquerque, New Mexico, after Hurricane Katrina claimed their promising hybrid hotel-spa-and-coffeehouse in New Orleans. The couple now sources the herbs used in their luxurious products directly from the farm they have reared, which also fuels their green day spa, Great Face & Body. They use only eco-friendly packaging, and even give back to the cosmetics community by heading a consulting firm in their free time that coaches salon and spa owners on methods of increasing their profitability. If that wasn't impressive enough, they also host classes for their customers, covering a vast array of topics including solar energy, vertical gardening, beekeeping, and more.

Urban Fresh Cosmetics' "Sensitive Acne Bar," looking more like a tempting pile of brownies than a skin treatment.

"The Ashley: Gin & Tonic With Juniper Berries Soap." Nuff said. *drooling*

Pop culture fanatics will also be tickled to learn that Urban Fresh's founders capitalized on the popularity of the totally addictive (no pun intended) series Breaking Bad, which filmed in Abuquerque, not far from their brand's HQ. And - here's the best part - they called their line of products that were inspired by the show "Bathing Bad."

"Smooth Operator Sugar Bar." Bears a slight resemblance to Walter White's blue meth, don'tcha think?

Find out more about this wholesome and ambitious operation at

xoxo Effeigh

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