Challenging Standards in the Feminine Care Industry: An Interview with the Founder of The Honey Pot Co

Challenging Standards in the Feminine Care

Industry: An Interview with the Founder of

The Honey Pot Co

 

Bea Feliu Espada

“I was gifted my life’s work and I didn’t want to take that for granted. I wanted to be respectful of it because it wasn’t given to me for no reason. I felt like if it worked for me it would work for other women. I accepted that thought and assembled the right team and that’s gotten us to where we are today.”

The average woman will use between 12,000 to 16,000 disposable pads, panty liners and tampons in her lifetime. Every time she showers or bathes she washes her “Honey Pot”. The products a woman uses for her feminine hygiene needs are personal and are usually brands she’s been using for a long time. There have been several newcomers to the world of feminine hygiene products in the past several years and I’m glad about it. Only recently have we as women had options for more natural and organic products that challenge those brands that have been on the market for decades.

Almost a year and a half ago I did a clean sweep of my home and got rid of products with questionable ingredients. This sweep included cleaning products, traditional laundry detergents, home fragrance, body care products, makeup and feminine hygiene products. In search of ‘cleaner’, more natural products I came across The Honey Pot Co, the 1st complete feminine care system powered by herbs! They note that every vagina is different, which is why they have 3 different systems, each designed to cleanse, protect and balance, depending on your needs.

The Honey Pot has three different lines to cleanse, protect and balance including feminine hygiene washes and wipes. Their menstrual line includes 100% cotton tampons and herbal infused, CHEMICAL FREE pads (My personal favorite!). They’ve recently added a moisturizing lubricant to their line of products along with herbal infused panty sprays that are free of artificial fragrances or toxic chemicals!

The products are “Made by Humans with Vaginas for Women with Vaginas”

I love The Honey Pot Co so much that I have a “Honey Pot Drawer” containing all my fave products! So, as excited as I’ve been about my discovery of these products, I was even more excited when I learned about the Founder of The Honey Pot Co, Beatrice Feliu-Espada, who was gifted the formulation for the initial wash by one of her ancestors in a dream!

A couple weeks ago I interviewed Bea and chatted with her about The Honey Pot Co, her life as an entrepreneur and what self-care means to her! Check out my interview with her below!

 

Dr. April: Hi there Bea! Let’s talk a little bit about how you came up with the idea for the Honey Pot? What inspired it?

Beatrice: Well, I came up with the idea because of an infection I had for almost a year that I couldn’t get rid of. Literally, one night, I went to sleep and had a dream, kind of right before I woke up in the morning, of sitting down with one of my ancestors and she gave me a list of ingredients. She told me that these ingredients would help me solve my problem. Well, I woke up, I wrote it down, I tried it & low and behold, it worked and that’s what really pushed me to create the line. I felt like if it could work for me then it could very well work for other women that may or may not be dealing with this type of situation. We did testing for a couple of years on as many women as we could find. A lot of those women were having some of the same issues that I was having. Then the opportunity came along to launch at the Bronner Brothers Hair Show in 2014. We attended the show. We took 600 bottles of product and we basically sold out in a weekend. It was crazy!

Dr April: So when you had this dream and your ancestor presented the ingredients to you, did it makes sense to you at the time….the herbs that she presented?

Beatrice: Yes, because some of the things I had been using individually. So with some of the things I had been doing individually, if you add a couple more things to it and have it like a potion, it will act like a medicine and will heal you. It was very simple things: Apple cider vinegar, coconut oil, rose, lavender – very simple ingredients. It wasn’t anything that was super astronomical. It was just knowing to put them together. I also have a history of working in pharmacy for almost 10 years so I knew how to put those type of things together. It was just a matter of knowing “what” to put together.

Dr. April : Well, you know our ancestors knew how to use what they had available to heal themselves. Antibiotics and modern-day medicines weren’t always around!

Beatrice: Exactly, they had to use what was available to them!

Dr. April: So what made you consider turning this into a business? You could have just made the formulation and used it for yourself? What made you take that entrepreneurial leap?

Beatrice: It was feeling like I was gifted my life’s work and I didn’t want to take that for granted. I wanted to be respectful of it because it wasn’t given to me for no reason. I felt like if it worked for me it would work for other women. I accepted that thought and assembled the right team and that’s gotten us to where we are today.

Dr. April: So can you tell us why these products are beneficial to women and how they break the mold compared with traditional products available in the feminine care products industry?

Beatrice: Everything we create at The Honey Pot Co has herbs in it. Everything with the exception of our tampons. I’m a heavy believer in herbs and oils. You should see how I travel! I don’t even travel without essential oils. If I get sick or have a problem I turn to garlic, apple cider vinegar and things that I know are going to work to get you better. That’s just how my brain thinks. In curating the line, I think about it the same way. So I think that we are breaking the mold in feminine hygiene. We’re not just looking at feminine hygiene and feminine cleansing as it relates to the bottom line. We’re not just looking at this and asking how can we make money. I’m thinking, how do I make something that makes sense with the other products I’m using, but also, how am I going to develop something that can change a woman’s life or make her something that she needs. That’s really the way I think about innovation. I’m looking at how to put together the best line to support women in their daily lives. Every woman may not use every single one of the products, but we want a woman to be able to use at least one product out of the line.

Dr. April: So did you know BEFORE you started The Honey Pot Co {or} while doing your research when developing your products about all the pesticides and chemicals that are used in growing of the cotton and manufacturing of some traditional feminine care products?

Beatrice: It comes through being in the natural foods industry for a while when I worked for Whole Foods. I know that cotton, tobacco and corn are in the top 3 of products that are genetically modified. So it came through research and learning about what is really being done to our crops.

Dr. April: So, I’ve been buying your products in Target and Whole Foods. I literally have a Honey Pot Drawer that I keep all my products in lol! Tell me about the process of getting your products into retail because I don’t think most people realize what really goes into getting products into retail. You can’t create a product, produce just 1,000 units and think that will work with a major retailer. How long did that take you? That’s a HUGE move!

Beatrice: It takes a lot! In the beginning, when we got the “Yes” from Target, it was cool until I’m like “Oh sh*t, now I gotta go figure out how I’m going to get the inventory!” You can’t just buy 10,000 units. You have to buy 50,000 units or more.

Dr. April: See, that is mind-blowing to me! 50,000 units at one time!

Beatrice: ….well, I’m buying 10X that now! So, yes it is mind-blowing

Dr. April: But, you’re doing it and that’s so awesome!

Beatrice: It becomes easier. The challenges we have are being able to “rob Peter to pay Paul”, sometimes to buy inventory to supply 5,000 stores right away. It’s always a puzzle with trying to figure out how you’re going to be able to fulfill the orders you have to fulfill, make more product, etc. It’s challenging and I don’t ever see it not being a challenge, but it’s what we signed up for when we started this business.

Bea Feliu Espada

Dr. April: So, I’ve been talking a lot about self-care lately and my upcoming empowerment events are focusing on self-care. What does Self Care mean to you?

Beatrice: Self care starts off with how you feel about yourself, how you love yourself, how you respect yourself, how you honor yourself, how you see yourself before you wonder about how others see you. Then it trickles out to what you use on your skin, how do you take care of yourself, what do you eat, who do you love, who loves you back? Do you offer yourself kindness? Do you love yourself enough to where you can love other people? That’s the constant self-work that I’m doing to really make sure I’m honing in on what it means to be who I am and what it means to love me and respect me. I’m just now learning that. I feel like self-care starts at both a conscious and subconscious level. It has to start internally first.

Dr April: Lord knows you cannot pour from an empty cup!

Beatrice: You’re right. You can’t! You have to figure out how to fill your cup back up.

Dr. April: What are some of the ways that we, as informed women, can share the benefits of your products with others?

Beatrice: I thinks it’s as simple as telling somebody. Ask them to try it out and then tell somebody else. Social media is another great way. We appreciate any word of mouth that we can get because a lot of our business comes from word of mouth.

Dr. April: What do you see for the future of The Honey Pot Co?

Beatrice: We are going chain-wide in Target. We are already in certain Target stores around the country (over 1,000 of them). In Whole Foods – we are in both the mid Atlantic region of the US and in the South East (TN, GA, South Carolina, North Carolina, AL). Our products are also available on our website. Very soon we will be entering into another mass market retailer and you will see our products on those shelves as well! (Update: Since this interview was conducted in March 2019 – that major retailer is none other than Walmart!!!)

 

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Dr. April: I hope you’ve enjoyed my interview with Beatrice Feliu-Espada, Founder of The Honey Pot Co. You can check out The Honey Pot website HERE to purchase your products or pick them up the next time you’re in Target, Whole Foods, or Walmart. (Here in Nashville, I’ve also spotted them in The Turnip Truck Natural Grocery Store as well!)

 

Do yourself a favor and start following them on Instagram too :-).

 

Dr. Carmen April Dr. Carmen April is an entrepreneur and community leader recognized as a Nashville Emerging Leader (NELA) Award Winner, a Nashville Business Journal Top 40 Under Forty Award Recipient, is a Graduate of the New Leaders Council Institute – Nashville Chapter and is a 2018 Nashville Power Moves Award Winner. She is a Podiatrist and Owner of The Foot And Ankle Healthcare Center, PC in the Nashville area. She is also the creator and owner of Ann DeVeaux, an online fashion boutique donating a portion of its profits to feminine hygiene products for victims of sex trafficking and abuse. She is a Reiki Master, a Law of Attraction Practitioner, and an advocate for the power of positive thinking! Dr. April is available for speaking engagements on Leadership & Life Leadership for College Students and Young Professionals and is the creator of the “Design Your Story” Women’s Empowerment Series.

Timing Is Everything

Timing is Everything

 

Dinner With Dr Carmen April

 

I’ve you head to my Instagram feed you will likely notice something different. I’ve changed my handle from @DinnerWithNerds to @DinnerWithDrCarmen ! I finally got around to changing my Instagram handle to more accurately reflect my life, my brand and some exciting things I’ve got coming down the pipeline :-). I started my Instagram account years ago as an adjunct to my online food blog when my blog was almost exclusively about food and restaurants in Nashville. Fast forward many years later….my blog is more of a lifestyle blog, the Design Your Story Empowerment events I’m planning are all about Women’s Empowerment and I’m getting back to interviewing successful women as inspiration for myself and others! Same content. New name 🙂

#TimingIsEverything

 

Dr. Carmen April             Dr. Carmen April is an entrepreneur and community leader recognized as a Nashville Emerging Leader (NELA) Award Winner, a Nashville Business Journal Top 40 Under Forty Award Recipient, is a Graduate of the New Leaders Council Institute – Nashville Chapter and is a 2018 Nashville Power Moves Award Winner. She is a Podiatrist and Owner of The Foot And Ankle Healthcare Center, PC in the Nashville area. She is also the creator and owner of Ann DeVeaux Boutique, an online fashion Boutique. She is a Reiki Master, a Law of Attraction Practitioner, and an advocate for the power of positive thinking! Dr. April is available for speaking engagements on Leadership & Life Leadership for College Students and Young Professionals and is the creator of the “Design Your Story” Women’s Empowerment Series.

Don’t Ever Let Anyone Dull Your Sparkle

Don’t Ever Let Anyone Dull Your Sparkle!

 

 

It’s January 2019 – a new year and 365 days worth of opportunities to live the life of your dreams! I pride myself in striving to be the best version of myself each and every day!

I recently had a conversation with a young lady, high school age, who felt that she was being teased about being an “overachiever”, straight-A student, etc. This hit home for me because I’ve heard many of these same things throughout my life due to my desire to strive for excellence in all that I do. I immediately told her, “My dear, don’t ever let anyone dull your sparkle!”

A couple of months ago I came across a quote from Myleik Teele on social media that says something to the effect of “You’ll always be too much for people who aren’t doing much”! Typically, those bullies that have so much to say are those who don’t have the same drive and commitment to fulfilling their dreams that those of us whom they consider “overachievers” do…..and it’s ok! Those people are NOT part of your tribe! Keep shining, keep striving, and leave a little sparkle wherever you go!

 

 

Dr. Carmen April          Dr. Carmen April is an entrepreneur and community leader recognized as a Nashville Emerging Leader (NELA) Award Winner, a Nashville Business Journal Top 40 Under Forty Award Recipient and is a Graduate of the New Leaders Council Institute – Nashville Chapter. She is a Podiatrist and Owner of The Foot And Ankle Healthcare Center, PC in the Nashville area. She is also the creator and owner of Ann DeVeaux Boutique, an online fashion Boutique. She is a Reiki Master, a Law of Attraction Practitioner, and an advocate for the power of positive thinking! Dr. April is available for speaking engagements on Leadership & Life Leadership for College Students and Young Professionals and is the creator of the “Design Your Story” Women’s Empowerment Luncheon Series.

My 2018 BloggerXchange Experience

My 2018 Blogger Xchange Experience

 

Dr April Blogger

 

     This past weekend I attended the Inaugural Blogger Xchange Expo here in Nashville and it was nothing short of an amazing event! An entire weekend of networking with other bloggers, learning what’s new in the world of blogging, being introduced to some great brands I wasn’t previously familiar with……and all of this taking place in some great venues ( George Jones Restaurant/Bar/Museum, Redpepper Creative Agency, and Industrious Co-working office space in The Gulch)

 

I’ve been blogging since around 2012 and in that time, so many doors have been opened and opportunities afforded to me because of it. I’ve met many other creatives, content creators, restaurant owners, Chefs, appeared on a couple of TV food shows, been able to share my full-time career work as a Podiatrist, inspirational posts, service to my community, and……life in general etc. It’s been an AMAZING creative outlet for me!

 

Just as I attend medical conferences regularly to keep up with everything new in the medical world, I find it important to meet with other bloggers and creatives to stay in the know in this arena as well!

 

The masterminds behind Blogger Xchange are two lovely ladies, Leigh Love and Kay Elle, who orchestrated the event to a “T”! Everyone was speaking of how lovely it was!

 

Head on over to my Instagram feed ( @DinnerWithNerds ) for more pics with links to the Blogger Xchange Instagram feed as well as the other businesses/brands I discovered during the weekend.

 

Since this is the “Inaugural Expo”I assume there are more to come and I’m certainly looking forward to next year!

 

Dr. Carmen April           Dr. Carmen April is an entrepreneur and community leader recognized as a Nashville Emerging Leader (NELA) Award Winner, a Nashville Business Journal Top 40 Under Forty Award Recipient and is a Graduate of the New Leaders Council Institute – Nashville Chapter. She is a Podiatrist and Owner of The Foot And Ankle Healthcare Center, PC in the Nashville area. She is also the creator and owner of Ann DeVeaux Boutique, an online fashion Boutique. She is a Reiki Master, a Law of Attraction Practitioner, and an advocate for the power of positive thinking! Dr. April is available for speaking engagements on Leadership & Life Leadership for College Students and Young Professionals and is the creator of the “Design Your Story” Women’s Empowerment Luncheon Series.

Ann DeVeaux Boutique Launch

The Launching of Ann DeVeaux Boutique!

Ann DeVeaux Boutique

 

The term “serial entrepreneur” is attached to those of us Type A Personalities who find the wheels of entrepreneurial creativity ALWAYS spinning in our heads! Ideas come forth while in the shower, taking a walk in the park, driving along the highway, and especially for me, when I’m meditating. We test the viability of our ideas by running through scenarios of how our ideas will work, we weed out the bad ones and continue to iterate on the good ones. The ideas that are recurring and that tend to build momentum in my mind are usually the ones I test against my gut instinct/intuition and take the leap with those ideas that have vibrations that line up with my core dreams and desires. Most importantly, they must line up with my personal purpose and motto which is to “Uplift, Encourage and Inspire!”

 

See a need, test the market, create the brand….then JUMP!

 

My medical practice, is thriving and I feel so blessed from every angle of it! It’s not going anywhere…..I’m simply creating some “ in addition to” & “Increase”! My newest venture has been in the works for almost 2 years now and I’m finally ready to take that leap. Several months into the creation process I had a gut feeling that I should put these plans on hold because I had a gut feeling that the timing wasn’t right. I always trust my gut. I just left it there, didn’t work on it at all, and didn’t think about it most days. Until…………until the wheels in my head started spinning again. Only this time, they were spinning and indicating that the time is right to take that leap!

 

As a tall girl with curves, standard boutique S-M-L sizes just don’t work for me. In the past couple of years I’ve started to have some of my pieces custom made to accommodate my height and curves and it feels like I’ve hit a gold mine! I also started seeking out boutiques and brands that carry curvy girl sizes and I was hooked. I’ve decided to bring what I’ve found helpful for me to other Curvy Girls, Plus-Size Women, and Full-Figured Fashionistas!

Introducing………………………………

Ann DeVeaux Boutique
For the Curvy Girl, the Plus-Sized Woman, the Full-Figured Fashionista

www.AnnDeVeaux.com

          Ann DeVeaux Boutique is an online fashion hub I created for the curvy girl, the plus size woman, the full-figured fashionista, out of a need for curvy girl fashion not easily found in traditional box retailers and fashion boutiques. A Curvy girl should never have to sacrifice her love for fashion because of the size on a clothing tag or be relegated to a small selection of clothes in the far back corner of the store.

I’m so excited about this boutique because as Tom Ford says, “Dressing well is a form of good manners”. Be unapologetically confident in how you present yourself to the world every day and go for it!

The items we curate for our boutique range from casual, everyday clothing to fashion statement pieces. These pieces are stylish, comfortable, and flattering. We order and stock limited quantities of each piece to create a unique boutique experience so if you see it, BUY IT! As we’ve learned from our experience selling on the Amazon Marketplace, our pieces don’t stick around for long!

P.S – We never want to leave our non-curvy girls out. We have a gorgeous selection of fashion jewelry, handbags and other items available so every woman can feel fabulous in our fashions!

 

Dr. Carmen April                 Dr. Carmen April is an entrepreneur and community leader recognized as a Nashville Emerging Leader (NELA) Award Winner, a Nashville Business Journal Top 40 Under Forty Award Recipient and is a Graduate of the New Leaders Council Institute – Nashville Chapter. She is a Podiatrist and Owner of The Foot And Ankle Healthcare Center, PC in the Nashville area. She is also the creator and owner of Ann DeVeaux Boutique, an online fashion Boutique. She is a Reiki Master, a Law of Attraction Practitioner, and an advocate for the power of positive thinking! Dr. April is available for speaking engagements on Leadership & Life Leadership for College Students and Young Professionals and is the creator of the “Design Your Story” Women’s Empowerment Luncheon Series.

 

Figure Out What’s Really Important

Figure Out What’s Really Important

 

Dr. Carmen April

 

When you figure out what’s important in to you in this life, it’s easy to let go of what’s not. I can’t be everything to everybody and still be happy with myself so I’ve learned to focus on what’s important and let everything else fall into place as they may.

Where do your priorities stand? Do you feel pulled in many different directions and finding that you aren’t at peace with where those paths are taking you? If so, it’s time to make some changes! Make a list of the things/activities/roles in your life that are most important to you. These reflect your CORE desires. These are the big rocks you put in the bucket 1st. Everything else, the smaller rocks and the sand, fill in AFTER your priorities are taken care of. If you fill your bucket with the small rocks and sand first, there will be no room for those things most important to you. When you learn that you can count on yourself, nothing else counts!

 

Dr. Carmen April          Dr. Carmen April is an entrepreneur and community leader recognized as a Nashville Emerging Leader (NELA) Award Winner, a Nashville Business Journal Top 40 Under Forty Award Recipient and is a Graduate of the New Leaders Council Institute – Nashville Chapter. She is a Reiki Master, a Law of Attraction Practitioner, and an advocate for the power of positive thinking! Dr. April is available for speaking engagements on Leadership and Life Leadership for College Students and Young Professionals.

Cheers to Six Years in Private Practice!

Cheers to Six Years in Private Practice!

6-years-private-practice

          A little over 6.5 years ago I had a dream, a vision, a plan to start my own practice from scratch in the city of Nashville where I could count the number of people I knew here on one hand! It seemed like a daunting task to some, but I can honestly say that from the moment that idea planted itself in my mind, I fully believed I could do it, never doubted myself and never looked back! Statistics show that most small businesses fail within the first 5 years. In fact, more than 90% of them do. However, It’s been exactly 6 years since I opened my doors on Jan. 10th, 2011 with just 2 patients on a cold snowy, icy day and I’ve been rocking and rolling ever since! I thank God for it all, even the times I wanted to throw in the towel because I’ve grown from the experience. The Foot And Ankle Healthcare Center is not a side hustle or an extra job in addition to another. It’s my full time, 24-7, 365 days per year, even in the middle of the night when I get an emergency call, and even when I’m on “vacation”, baby!

It began with nothing more than a vision in my mind, God’s direction and provision, the support of my family, and has grown because of my dedicated work, the trust of medical colleagues referring their patients to me, friends and sorority sisters who are my “unofficial” marketing team and are always sending patients my way, and the support of the thousands of patients who have trusted me to care for them ! I’m #Grateful

Dr Carmen April Speaker          Dr. Carmen April is an entrepreneur and community leader recognized as a 2014 Nashville Emerging Leader (NELA) Award Winner, a 2013 Nashville Business Journal Top 40 Under Forty Award Recipient and is a 2014 Graduate of the New Leaders Council Institute – Nashville Chapter. She is a Law of Attraction Practitioner and an advocate for the power of positive thinking! Dr. April is available for speaking engagements on Leadership and Life Leadership for College Students and Young Professionals.