Monday, March 31, 2008

Shared Vision Q & A

My Q & A with Luke Hogan appears in this month's Shared Vision. Pick up a copy or go to Shared Vision to see the full story.

Living from Ground to Jar

By Andrea Warner

Luke Hogan believes it takes a healthy diet and his special brand of TLC to make his customers feel their best. A certified herbalist, this is one man who isn’t afraid to get dirty to help other people feel good. His products are homegrown and harvested with his own hands, ensuring only the best ingredients make it into ours.

Luke’s biggest inspiration: “The healing power of plants. I think it’s amazing that we can make natural health and beauty products that work and are actually good for us.”

On the challenges of using all-natural ingredients: “I came to the realization that to maintain a high level of quality control at every stage, I needed to grow the herbs we use.”

Royal Herbs’ most sought after item: “Our face creams. There’s a day cream that features CoQ10, which is an antioxidant. Many people take CoQ10 internally for cardiovascular health, but topically it will fight damage caused by the sun or the environment.”

Luke’s hottest beauty secret: “I think a healthy diet is really important. A good regime of a nice, natural cleanser, moisturizer, and you’re set.”

His biggest cosmetic pet peeve: “The ingredients found in most mainstream health and beauty products. Many of them are unnecessary and some are potentially harmful to us, and our environment.”

In his former life, he worked as “a driving instructor. When you’re sitting on the other side of the car you don’t have a steering wheel, but you have a gas and a brake pedal. I can’t tell you the countless times that I [helped] avoid an accident.”

Luke wishes all 12-year-old girls realized that “they won’t always be 12.”

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