ENGLEWOOD — The skin care products that one Englewood native created to help relieve her son’s eczema will soon be on shelves in two Whole Foods Market stores.
Arnett Faulkner, 52, is an Englewood native who now lives in Hyde Park. Her now 10-year-old son was born with severe eczema. In an effort to bring him relief, she looked for lotions that could help him, but avoided chemical-based products. A breast cancer survivor, Faulkner suffered from eczema, too, but her son's condition was much worse.
“Because he was such a young baby, I was afraid of putting things on his skin that would cause inflammation,” Faulkner said. “I started consulting with a chemist on the products and the ingredients that were already out in the market.”
She said that’s when she started mixing together her own ingredients. Her organic products are sold under the brand AHF Body Chemistry. They include body butter, oils and scrubs containing coconut, extra virgin olive oils, sunflower seed oils, mango butter and shea butter.
Before Faulkner’s son was born, she had been working for almost 20 years in medical device sales. She has a nursing background and taught physicians how to use medical equipment in surgery and the cardiac cath lab.
“I left my corporate job,” Faulkner said. “I loved what I did, but felt the passion and need to do something that I knew could also help others in a different way as it has for so many friends and loved ones.”
She recently participated in the Whole Foods Market Midwest Small Business Outreach event at Hamilton Park to talk to small-business owners about the process of getting their products into the store.
Her AHF Body Chemistry products will be in the new Englewood location when it opens in August, as well as the Hyde Park location, which is slated to open in June.
“I feel wonderful,” she said. “I’m very excited. The people at Whole Foods have been wonderful, and so has the Greater Englewood Community Development Corp.”
More information is at www.ahfbodychemistry.com.
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