Q&A with Customer Molly Meredith of HAUTEdog (Fayetteville, AR)
Editor's Note: Molly Meredith is the owner and founder of HAUTEdog, a line of luxurious bath and body products created for dogs and the people that love them. This article is the first in a series of interviews with Lightning Labels customers that will be published each month on this blog. Q: What does it mean to be a “haute” dog? A: Our philosophy of "haute" means taking a little extra time & effort to help our dogs look and feel fabulous — and to do that in a healthy, safe & responsible way — by providing bath & beauty products that are all natural, physically and emotionally supporting our canines. Q: How did your business get started? A: As an animal lover my entire life, I finally reached a point where I had to put that love into action. My background is in medical skin care and my husband has a degree in bio-chemistry, so combining these skills and knowledge reinforced the product decision. The aspect of creating and designing these products is such a pleasure for me, and knowing that it's all for dogs and people that love them makes it so rewarding. Q: What products are you most proud of? A: Well, the response to HAUTEdog's bath gelées (shampoo & conditioner) is overwhelmingly wonderful, so that makes me feel great, but I find the finishing gloss drops to be beautiful, fun and simple and they happen to be our best seller. Q: I understand that your products are vegan. How so? A: That means that absolutely no animal by-products are used for HAUTEdog product ingredients. For example, we use only kosher vegetable glycerin instead of glycerin from animal fat- it's more expensive, but the trade off is worth it. We also opted to not include beeswax in our restore paw butter since it's a fine line of being an animal derivative. We believe that products for the well being of dogs should also be for the well being of animals, and that means all animals. Q: Your products are also all natural. Why did you decide to go this route? A: There is a growing demand for dog products that are all natural, especially as people are choosing this route for themselves. Many dog parents want to provide the best for their fur babies and HAUTEdog wants to help them do that. While we have nothing against safe and tested synthetic ingredients, it's just so amazing what natural ingredients are capable of and how easy it is to go all natural if you really want to. Q: What charities does HAUTEdog support? A: HAUTEdog has founded two charities- first is 5% For The Animals- our company donates 5% of our proceeds directly to non-profit animal organizations. Second is our Forever Home First Bath program that is still evolving with our hometown animal shelter. We are working to provide free shampoo for the shelter animals! In addition to our own charities, HAUTEdog supports numerous organizations that help animals. We have never turned down the opportunity to donate to a group or event that was for a good cause. Q: Are your products suitable for animals other than dogs? What about people? A: Our products are designed specifically for dogs, so we advise they are not suitable for cats or other animals, mostly due to essential oils that may not be agreeable with different animals. They are, however, safe if humans chose to try them out! Our ingredients all come from high quality human spa suppliers. Q: On a scale of 1 to 10, how much do you enjoy your job? A: A 10, of course! I'm doing exactly what I've chosen to do and much satisfaction comes from that. Q: How did you hear about Lightning Labels? A: I was actually referred to Lightning Labels by another printing company when I was on my initial search for the perfect labels. I thought that was pretty impressive when the referring company told me that Lightning Labels would be our best fit. Q: Is there anything else you wish to share with our readers? Note: This can be anything at all — a fact about your business, random trivia about yourself, a favorite quote — anything at all. A: For anyone considering expanding their family by getting a dog, please, please adopt from your local shelter or rescue organization! So many deserving animals desperately need a loving home. And, if you already have fur kids, consider volunteering a little bit of your time or donating to these organizations — they need your support!