Benguet entrepreneur makes all-natural strawberry body care products

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By KC Santos

LA TRINIDAD, BENGUET- The province of Benguet is famous for its strawberries. Melody Ayupan, however, found ways to use strawberries to make all-natural beauty and hygiene products such as soaps and body scrubs.

Ayupan started Natural Metaphors Body Products out of her personal preference for natural, and not chemical-based, body care products.

Her mother, Lorna Ayupan, shares that Melody was inspired to create strawberry-based products because she didn’t want other women to experience skin irritations caused by harmful soaps and body scrubs.

“It’s a whole new way of looking at strawberries. It’s very liberating to know that we are not confined to using this fruit to produce food products only,” says Lorna.

In compliance with the One Town One Product (OTOP) program of the province of Benguet, the company developed the strawberry body scrub in 2007 and the product quickly became a hit among Benguet residents, especially women.

Their face and body scrub, available for 100 pesos, functions like a regular body scrub but made even better with organic compounds which do not induce skin reactions, Lorna says.

Lorna explains that strawberry exfoliates like no other because of its high malic and maleic acid content. Both of these compounds are active nutrients proven to give skin a firmer and smoother feel.

Lorna says despite the good demand for strawberry-based body care products, the seasonal growing and harvesting of strawberries remain a challenge.

Lorna further says she is encouraging other women entrepreneurs to start their own business. She adds that the company does not charge any franchising fees or royalty, as long as the aspiring entrepreneur does not “over price” the products.

“We want this business to be more than just that. It should affect other women by encouraging them to be productive while at the same time promoting our local products,” says Lorna, adding that the company currently has distributors in Davao, Palawan, Manila and Antipolo.

For inquiries, contact Lorna Ayupan of Natural Metaphors Body Products at (0918)2783465 or email at metaphors@live.com.


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