BK Rooftop Flower Gardens Making Beauty Products More Sustainable

Given a chook’s-eye-view of Williamsburg, you may look right down to see a rooftop in full bloom with flowers — roses, chamomile, hyssop and extra — and former magnificence govt Liana Blomquist in her upstairs lab, turning the vegetation into botanical extracts.

Blomquist is the founding father of Brooklyn Rooftop Botanicals, a brand new rooftop farm rising crops that will probably be changed into magnificence merchandise.

Photo: Brooklyn Rooftop Botanicals

In 2019, Blomquist left her job as an govt at Revlon to be able to get out from behind a desk. For the final 9 years, she’d labored throughout London and New York doing advertising for world magnificence manufacturers, together with launching celeb perfume traces for Justin Bieber, Nikki Minaj and Britney Spears.

But the outside known as.

Blomquist had lately obtained into gardening, and was rising tomatoes and different seeds on her rooftop for a number of years when she had an thought.

“I believed, it could be nice if i may combine my magnificence expertise with gardening, and develop magnificence botanicals and create extracts and create my very own merchandise.”

Many beauty merchandise comprise extracts from vegetation — like herbs, roots, flowers, fruits, leaves or seeds — that work within the product to present some desired impact. For instance, chamomile and rose have each lengthy been used to deal with irritation.

Blomquist mentioned one among her motivations was in being extra considerate about how we supply magnificence merchandise.

Photo: Brooklyn Rooftop Botanicals

“When working in an enormous firm you understand how a lot is being produced and the carbon footprint and the non-recyclable side pushing into this world,” she mentioned.

She began constructing out her rooftop with all kinds of vegetation that can be utilized in magnificence merchandise, with helpful properties, and experimenting with them.

Now, Blomquist has two rooftop magnificence farms in East Williamsburg and one in Downtown Brooklyn, taking a complete of two,000 sq. ft of roof house.

Photo: Brooklyn Rooftop Botanicals

Like Sunset Park’s Brooklyn Grange, she mentioned wished to remodel “wasted house” within the metropolis into inexperienced house, each decreasing the warmth island impact and producing magnificence merchandise nearer to residence, the place folks can truly come and go to and see how they’re made.

“The predominant mission is making an attempt to make folks actually take into consideration the place their merchandise are coming from,” Blomquist mentioned. “Having folks perceive how issues are being grown, the place they’re sourced, and once they’re making a carbon footprint.”

After a number of years of rising, analysis and improvement, Blomquist is wanting ahead to launching her Brooklyn-made magnificence merchandise within the fall.

The course of has concerned shopping for all of the required supplies, educating herself by way of books and movies, and dealing with a formulator to ensure all the things is examined.

“People suppose there’s this loopy science, however truly creating extracts could be very easy,” Blomquist mentioned.

Photo: Brooklyn Rooftop Botanicals

“Really what I’m making an attempt to do is take the perfect of each worlds — take the botanicals which have recognized analysis and are protected, and use highly effective synthetics corresponding to hyaluronic acid and glycolic acid and meld them collectively.”

She mentioned she’s planning to promote her merchandise direct to shopper on her web site, plus can also be extra rooftops, notably areas the place folks can occasions and are available and see what she does and be taught.

“I’ve numerous concepts, however I wanna go massive, and I need the entire Brooklyn group to be concerned.”

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