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Community Highlights: Meet Iris Humes of iBlossom Organics

Today we’d like to introduce you to Iris Humes. 

Hi Iris, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstories.
iBlossom Organics was started by Iris Elizabeth in December 2015. I am a dedicated mother of 3 and have also worked in the medical field for over 10 years and have been doing hair since middle school. I would always mix different ingredients and vitamins and add them to my hair products. There weren’t many true natural products on the market and not many were dedicated to my texture or my friends and families. I began to use the products I mixed myself and they worked! I started to notice growing and more manageable hair and the fact that there were no harsh ingredients added was a plus. I wanted to start my own line it was always a dream of mine but I had no clue where to start. My uncle encouraged me to just go for it ” you have great products that people are able to see real results from” he would always say. He became my biggest encouragement to just get my products out there. From there I stepped out on faith and iBlossom Organics was born. I then began to sell through my social media platforms and I had a great customer base just from those who knew how I was with hair care. I wanted to increase my customer base so I walked into a few local beauty supply stores to find out how I could partner with them. After 12 nos””…I finally got the one YES that would change my business forever. They put me in 3 store locations and from there I have grown to even have beauty supply store owners reach out to me to get my products on their shelves. 

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
It hasn’t been an easy journey, after hearing No so many times I became very discouraged thinking that I would never get my products out there. I knew I had a good product I just needed to get it in the public eye. It also became difficult to source ingredients once covid hit. I wanted to maintain integrity in my products so I only wanted to purest ingredients so once covid hit we had to shut down production for almost a year. 

Appreciate you sharing that. What should we know about iBlossom Organics?
iBlossom Organics creates natural and organic hair products for textured hair (without the harsh ingredients). We pride ourselves on using ingredients safe for the whole family to use. Our products are made for the whole family to use as we offer a whole range of different products and we use a lot of natural raw ingredients while promoting hair growth and retention and that’s what sets us apart from other products. I am very proud to have gotten my products into 20 different retail locations including one located in Angola, Africa. I am also proud to help so many other entrepreneurs jump-start their businesses as well. I have formulated products for other product lines, and I have also helped other brands get on the shelves of a few of my retail partners. We offer products for women, men, and children, we also have a steam hair straightener which is a better use for your hair because it reduces heat damage. 

Have you learned any interesting or important lessons due to the Covid-19 Crisis?
I have learned that it is very difficult to source ingredients during a pandemic. Natural products are very hard to find during a time like this and it definitely slowed business down. But I learned patience and I was also able to perfect my formulas during that downtime. 

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