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      Frownies Blog — Frownies Facial Patches

      Celebrating Earth Day with These Eco-Friendly Beauty Products

      Frownies is proud to be a company aligned with the environmental awareness movement. 

      Sadly, the beauty industry is a major contributor to our planet’s pollution problem. Packaging and shipping creates excessive waste. In addition, unsold, returned, and expired products contribute to the waste problem.

      In contrast, Frownies is one of the leading environmentally conscious beauty brands.

      Here are some ways that Frownies products stand out from others on the market: 

      • Frownies Facial Patches are recyclable, biodegradable, and compostable.

      Frownies Facial Patches are made from weighted paper with a water-activated adhesive making the patches recyclable, biodegradable, and compostable. 

      • Many of Frownies’ other products are also reusable, recyclable, and biodegradable. 

      There is little to no waste when using Frownies Under Eye Gels. Frownies Under Eye Gels are unique compared to other eye gels on the market as they are reusable. The eye gel will appear to shrink as it is absorbed directly into the skin over three to five applications. Because they are made from cactus collagen and aloe vera, any remnants of the eye gels are biodegradable and compostable.  

      Frownies newest product, the Apple Serum, is packaged in single-dose ampoules to maintain potency without added preservatives. The ampoule packaging is made from biodegradable plant-based packaging, making it environmentally friendly by limiting excessive waste.

      • Frownies’ skincare is all-natural, non-GMO, and organic whenever possible.

      Frownies formulations are primarily based on natural ingredients derived from sustainable, renewable sources, Occasionally, Frownies skincare may include select functional synthetic ingredients where warranted to achieve enhanced performance and safety in clean beauty formulations.

      Free from synthetic dyes and fragrances, Frownies skincare carries the scents of pure, cold-pressed therapeutic-grade essential oils. These natural sources are better for the environment. 

      • Frownies limit waste through small-batch, in-house production. 

      Frownies products are made to order. Frownies is proud to hand-make all their formulas in small batches in their warehouse in Ohio. 

      • Frownies products are vegan and never tested on animals. 

      Due to its commitment to sustainability, Frownies skincare is better for you and better for the environment. 

       

      By: Dr. Megan C. Wright, PT, DPT 

       

      Megan C. Wright, PT, DPT is an authority in health and wellness content with over ten years of clinical experience as well as a freelance health writer. Megan received a BA in English from the University of Virginia and earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy from Marymount University. Megan lives outside Richmond, Virginia with her husband and three young boys.

      Frownies Celebrates Women’s History Month!

       

      Our mission at Frownies is to “honor, embrace, [and] celebrate being … a woman!” And those are the principles that our company was founded upon over 100 years ago!  

      Before many women were in the workforce, before woman owned businesses, even before women had the right to vote, Frownies has been owned and operated by strong, independent women since their invention in 1889. 

      In honor of Women’s History Month, we at Frownies would like to highlight the accomplishments of the five generations of women who have led our family business. 

      Margaret Krosen (1873 - 1962)

      Margaret Krosen was the oldest of eight children to Irish immigrants. As a young woman, Margaret worked for a bank as an assistant to the bank manager. She eventually worked her way up to managing director of the bank-owned B&P Company which, at the time, sold barber supplies. However, the business was struggling, but Margaret bought the company from the bank and began to sell her own invention – the “Wrinkle Eradicator” that would eventually come to be known as Frownies Facial Patches

      In her own home, Margaret rolled an adhesive onto weighted paper and used a special perforating tool to cut the paper into the small patch shapes that could be wetted and applied to form a cast to lift the skin and relax the muscle – and the technology has basically remained the same ever since. 

      Alice Laumer (1893 - 1953)

      Margaret had one daughter, Alice, before her husband passed away. Alice became a well-known concert pianist, and she traveled the country with her mother Margaret– and later with her own daughter Peggy – playing shows including many appearances at Carnegie Hall in New York and most notably for President and First Lady Coolidge at the White House. 

      Alice’s mother Margaret would bring her “Wrinkle Eradicators” with her to share with Broadway performers and make-up artists. Eventually, the little box of facial patches made it all the way to California where they became known as “Hollywood’s Best Kept Beauty Secret.” 

      After Alice’s husband passed away, she and her infant daughter Peggy moved back in with her mother Margaret, and the three women ran the business out of their home. Frownies were mostly advertised by word of mouth, so the women responded to letters from all over the world ordering the facial patches. 


      Peggy Wright (1923 - 2018) 

      When Peggy became an adult and married her husband, she became a businesswoman in her own right. She assisted her husband’s business ventures and entertained his clients and their wives while continuing to make and sell Frownies Facial Patches.

      Peggy and her husband eventually bought a building in Cleveland, Ohio. Half was used for her husband’s business and half was kept as Peggy’s office and Frownies warehouse. 

      Peggy, like her grandmother Margaret, continued to run the family business well into her late 80s.


      Kat Wright 

      Kat, Peggy’s daughter-in-law, is the current CEO of Frownies. Kat has always been an entrepreneur at heart. She has written two books, opened a yoga studio, taught cooking classes, and run a healing practice as a naturopathic doctor – all while raising her five children. 

      Kat began working alongside her mother-in-law, Peggy in the early 1990s and took a more full-time role with the company in the early 2000s. Kat brought her wealth of natural health knowledge to the company to expand the Frownies brand with a natural skincare line including serums, moisturizers, and lotions. Kat is always researching the most innovative natural skincare ingredients to continue to elevate the Frownies brand while staying true to the Original Wrinkle Patch. 

      The Next Generation of Frownies Women

      The fifth generation of Frownies women have brought the Frownies Facial Patches into the modern era. Like their great-great-grandmother Margaret, Kat’s three daughters are entrepreneurial and have started their own businesses in health, wellness, fitness, fashion, and make-up. 

      Recently, Kat’s oldest daughter, Helen Morrison, has become the face of Frownies across social media platforms. But Helen and her two younger sisters have been involved in the family business since an early age. Reminiscent of their grandmother Peggy’s childhood, some of their first memories are helping in the warehouse folding and packaging Frownies Facial Patches alongside their grandmother and mother. 

      We at Frownies are proud to be known as a fifth-generation female owned and operated brand. We strive to maintain the personal customer service that the Frownies customers have always appreciated since 1889. 

      Check out this recent comment from one of our customers on Instagram:

      “Did I mention the customer service is winning with this company!!
      Being in sales now I truly appreciate incredible customer service!
      People will always remember how you make them feel… doesn’t matter how good your product is!
      I shared my video yesterday and they were so sweet, reached out and thanked me, then offered some helpful tips and even shared a video and a friendly voice memo.”

       

      By: Dr. Megan C. Wright, PT, DPT 

       

      Megan C. Wright, PT, DPT is an authority in health and wellness content with over ten years of clinical experience as well as a freelance health writer. Megan received a BA in English from the University of Virginia and earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy from Marymount University. Megan lives outside Richmond, Virginia with her husband and two young boys.

       

      Frownies Valentines Day FAQ: What will my partner think when I wear Frownies Facial Patches to bed?

       

      Occasionally, the #FrowniesFam asks, “What will my partner think when I wear Frownies Facial Patches to bed?” Recently, we posed this question to our customers on our Frownies Instagram page and here were some of the responses:

      QUESTION: What did your partner think when you first wore Frownies?

      Answer: “That I had bandaids all over my face.”

      Answer: “He didn’t notice.”

      Answer: “He was happy I wasn’t injecting neurotoxin in my body." 

      Answer: “He jokes and calls it my Wonder Woman patch.”

      Answer: “He said if doing it made me feel better, he was all for it!”


      We loved the variety of these responses. You can tell how sweet and supportive these partners are! And that got us thinking, what are the keys to a healthy relationship? 

      Research shows there are a few important aspects to healthy romantic relationships:

      1. Be Silly

      It’s ok if your partner is poking fun at your new look–as long as you’re laughing along with them! According to Psychology Today, “Being playful allows you to bring the positive emotions of joy and laughter into your interactions with other people." Laughing releases all the feel-good hormones including dopamine, oxytocin, and endorphins – which can also make you feel closer and more in love with your partner. 

      2. Be Vulnerable

      Perhaps the most powerful and most important aspect of a healthy relationship is being vulnerable with your partner. World renowned speaker and author Brene Brown says, “[T]here can be no intimacy…without vulnerability. Vulnerability is the glue that holds intimate relationships together.” We often feel pressure to always put our best face forward, but for your partner to truly know you, you must be willing to let your guard down. So, it’s really to the benefit of your relationship to take off your make-up, put in your retainer, and wear your Frownies Facial Patches to bed! 

      3. Love Yourself First

      According to Scientific American, “taking responsibility for one’s own happiness has the potential to drastically improve the quality of our relationships.” So, if looking good and aging gracefully make YOU happy, it can actually increase your satisfaction with your partner as well! Win-Win!


      If you are still self-conscious to wear your Frownies Facial Patches around your partner, here are a few other suggestions:

      • Wear your Frownies Facial Patches at a different time of day. 

      Many customers report wearing their patches during the day – especially as so many people are working from home. Or just throw on a hat or a headband and wear them to the gym, school drop-off, or to the grocery store!

      • Get your partner to wear them too! 

      Hey, men get wrinkles too. Stay smooth together by wearing Frownies Facial Patches to bed as a couple!

      • Get into maintenance mode.

      While we recommend wearing your Frownies Facial Patches for at least 30 nights in a row, eventually, you’ll be in what we call maintenance mode. You may only need to wear your patches to bed a few nights a week to maintain your face-smoothing results. 

       

      We want to hear from you! Do you wear your Frownies Facial Patches around your partner?

       

       

      By: Dr. Megan C. Wright, PT, DPT 

       

      Megan C. Wright, PT, DPT is an authority in health and wellness content with over ten years of clinical experience as well as a freelance health writer. Megan received a BA in English from the University of Virginia and earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy from Marymount University. Megan lives outside Richmond, Virginia with her husband and two young boys.