No Fuss Skin Care - Interview With Deborah Kallevig

It's not often I interview a colleague, but when I meet a person who says she formulates compulsively and isn't afraid to admit she is downright giddy about her work, I move in for a closer look.

The lady with that fabulous smile up there is Deborah Kallevig in Kansas, USA. Deborah has graciously offered to share her story.

Animal Rescue and All Things Green

Deborahs interest in 'all things green' started in the 1980's where she grew her own vegetables and started creating her own earth-friendly cleaning products for the home. However, it was her lifelong interest in folk medicines and herbal remedies that drew her towards skincare.

"In 2013, our animal rescue group needed to find a replacement source for an herbal salve that we all used. My keen memories of my grandmother's sticky brown, camphorous salve were my inspiration, so I decided to give it a go. From the moment I made my first calendula and olive oil infusion, melted in the beeswax and poured it into little jars, I knew I was home."

It wasn't long before Deborah had developed an entire line of pet-related products. Her website has a section for pets that offers a selection of salves, mists and more.

I asked her to tell me about some of the challenges of formulating for pets.

"Formulating for pets isn’t as straightforward as I initially thought it would be. Canine and feline skin is very different from that of humans in terms of cell turnover rate, cell thickness and sensitivity to topicals. Their hair and fur coat develop and shed differently as well. This is especially important when formulating shampoos and conditioners. For salves, ointments, balms and creams, which are the products I make for pets, the basic formulas are the same as for humans. The differences are with the addition or avoidance of certain botanicals, actives and essential oils – particularly for cats."

Her interest in animal rescue doesn't stop there. Deborah offers a give-back program.
She explains
"Animal rescue is very important to me. I’ve been a volunteer at The Pet Connection, Inc since 2007. Most small rescues rely on fundraising and community support to continue their mission. To that end, once my company was established, I knew that I wanted to play a part in raising funds. A portion of every online sale of my SOS Salve and other pet specific products goes toward The Pet Connection. I also host DIY party fundraisers with a specific theme or focus on site and elsewhere in the community to raise money. I donate all my time and product and collected sales. 

Thank you Deborah, for sharing your story and your passion!


Signe said…
What a lovely story, thanks for sharing it with us! :) I'm very interested in those pet products, need to read more about them.
María Zamora said…
That's brilliant! My best friend is an animal lover (much much more than me) and she'll love this. Thank you!
María Zamora said…
That's brilliant! My best friend is an animal lover (much much more than me) and she'll love this. Thank you!
Interesting read! It's always nice to know the insights of a person who share your interests. Conversations with an expert offer inspiring thoughts that can drive or motivate the people who aspire to be in the same field.
Lise M Andersen said…
HI Signe - I was quite interested in the pet products as well!

Hi María - yes, seeing someone doing things for pets is a great idea!

Hi Alayaka - I absolutely agree. Thanks for your input.