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      Frownies Blog — woman owned skin care

      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.

       

      Give your body some extra love this Valentine’s season with Frownies Citrus Honey Body Wash!

      Don’t just cleanse your skin – protect and nourish your body’s largest organ with Frownies Honey Citrus Body Wash

      Your skin is your first line of defense for your immune system. Healthy skin provides a physical barrier against the outside world. Healthy skin is smooth, hydrated, and glowing; While dry, cracked skin anywhere on your body can allow for bacteria, viruses, or fungi to get in causing infection or serious illness. 

      Take your morning routine beyond simply cleaning your skin and begin hydrating and healing right in the shower with Frownies Citrus Honey Body Wash loaded with thoughtful, healthy ingredients! 

       

      Ingredient Highlights: 

      Organic Aloe Vera  - Unlike other body washes where the main ingredient is water, our body wash starts with an aloe vera juice base. Aloe vera is known for its skin healing properties. It is widely used to soothe irritated, itchy skin and aid in the healing of minor cuts and abrasions. Aloe vera is easily absorbed into the skin, making it ideal for all skin types from oily to dry. 

      Organic Apple Juice - Apple juice contains Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) which is known to have multiple skin-related benefits. AHA acts as a gentle exfoliant and helps to remove dead surface cells from the skin improving the overall tone and texture. AHA in apple juice is also thought to brighten skin and promote collagen production.

      Willow Bark - Willow bark has a host of skin benefits as it is rich in salicin, the compound that salicylic acid is derived from. The salicin in willow bark is a potent anti-inflammatory and reduces irritation and redness on the skin. Willow bark is also a gentle exfoliator and antimicrobial which helps leave your skin clean and radiant. 

      Honey - Honey is a superior natural moisturizer and a powerful antimicrobial. Honey is unique in that it can penetrate deep into the skin’s layers due to its specific enzymes; therefore, it hydrates from within by drawing moisture past the skin’s surface. As an antimicrobial and gentle exfoliant, it clears the skin of dead skin cells, dirt, and bacteria. It cleans pores and reduces acne and blemishes all over the body. 

      Citrus Essential Oils - The essential oils of orange, tangerine, grapefruit, lemon, and mandarine not only provide natural fragrance, but these essential oils are known for their mood-boosting properties. Citrus essential oils are thought to decrease stress, ease anxiety, and increase energy levels – The perfect way to start your day! These specific essential oils are also known to be natural antimicrobial agents

      Vitamin E - Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant that is known to reduce free-radical damage to the skin caused by UV sun exposure. It may improve the appearance of stretch marks and scars. 

       

      Just as important as what’s IN our body wash, is what we left OUT! Frownies Citrus Honey Body Wash is free from synthetic fragrance, toxic preservatives, and harsh surfactants that strip the skin of natural oils and moisture. 

       

      Elevate your showering experience with Frownies Body Brush! Squeeze Frownies Honey Citrus Body Wash onto a wet Frownies Body Brush to cleanse, exfoliate, and stimulate your lymph system from head to toe. The natural bristles expand as they absorb water to exfoliate your skin without causing damaging micro-tears. The small rubber knobs between the bristles increase blood circulation to the skin and underlying tissues as you wash, aiding in the body’s natural detoxification to improve the tone of the skin and reduce the appearance of cellulite. 

       

      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.

      Can Moisturizing Your Feet Improve the Appearance of the Skin on Your Face?

      You may be wasting your money if you are only focusing on the skin on your face. According to a SkinStore report, Americans spend over $300 on skincare products each year. We all want to put our best face forward, but the skin on your face only makes up about 9% of the total surface area of your skin. You may be wasting time and money, or even worse - putting your health at risk - if you are neglecting the other 91% of the skin on your body!

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      Frownies is Thankful for YOU! For Supporting Our Fifth-Generation, Women-Owned, Small Business!

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      In the spirit of the Thanksgiving holiday, we at Frownies want to thank YOU, our customers, for your on-going support. Your loyalty to our small business means more to us than you’ll ever know!

      There are many well-known benefits to supporting small businesses. Small businesses create local jobs. Over $0.67 of every dollar spent at a small business stays within the local economy. And small businesses donate 250% more to local non-profits vs. their big-business counterparts. 

      It has been widely reported that the pandemic disproportionately affected small businesses. But Frownies is a resilient little company, that has been led by strong women for over 130 years! And we don’t take for granted that Frownies is still thriving on the other side of these historic past couple of years. 

      Frownies is a fifth-generation, female-owned and operated small business.  Our great-great grandmother, a widow, invented Frownies Original Wrinkle Patch in her attic as a way to support her family back in 1889 - at a time before women could even vote!

      So, when you support Frownies, you support our family. Our employees are our mothers, daughters, nieces, cousins, and friends that are more like family! From our great-great grandmother’s attic to our current warehouse in Dayton, Ohio, Frownies skincare is handmade in-house and packaged by hand to ship to you! 

      “Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving.” -W. T. Purkiser 

       

      Women have always been capable, powerful, change-makers, just like our founder and the many women in our family that have lead our company since 1889. Our mission is to empower women to honor, embrace, and celebrate who they are!

      We at Frownies know that beauty is more than skin deep. Our product is all-natural skincare, and we strive to use this tool to elevate women to be a shining light in the world. 

      As a special thank you gift, Frownies would like to extend special discounts to our valuable customers. Click here for access to Frownies exclusive sales and special promotions by signing up for our Frownies Newsletter. 

      Check out Frownies Instagram highlights for a behind-the-scenes tour of the Frownies warehouse in Dayton, Ohio. 

      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.