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[Michelle] Sparck and her sisters, Amy and Cika, started a bath and beauty supply company that uses the natural resources of the vast Arctic wilderness that the triplets call home.
The Secrets of the Arctic are at Morongo
Quyung-lii is further fortified with glacier water and extra virgin, cold-pressed Salmon Oil for the Omega factor…
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ArXotica: Skin Care From The Arctic Tundra
For the Sparck sisters, growing up in the Arctic tundra taught them a lot more than survival skills. In fact, this expansive, unspoiled land is the inspiration behind their natural cosmetics company, ArXotica…
Michelle Sparck – The Fourth World: The Importance of Being ArXotica
Launching their debut product this month, an Anti-Aging Skin Serum from their premier Quyung-lii Line (The Potent One,) this Alaska Native family owned and operated company attempts to bring about innovative economic development in harmony with the Yup’ik / Cup’ik traditional way of life. It is Applied Subsistence in the marketplace with 100% resource utility.
Sparcks take ‘potent one’ skin cream to market
Michelle, Cika and Amy are working on perfecting their next round of toiletry products, made from what would otherwise be waste from the production of Quyung-lii. “One of the things that sets us apart is that we have 100 percent resource utility. We have no waste,” says Michelle.
Bethel triplets, tundra botanicals, a skin care start-up
Cosmetics makers with roots in Finland, Iceland and Russia are already producing a host of items that use antioxidant-rich northern plants and berries. One Alaska company, Arxotica, is looking to do the same thing here. It will be the first large-scale, high-end commercial effort of its kind…
ArXotica Takes Manhattan!
The triplets have done everything they were supposed to do, and then some, to get their company off to the right start. They commissioned an ethno-botanical study to supplement their own traditional ecological knowledge; selected and hand picked berries, plants and flowers; engaged a very challenging supply chain in Third World Conditions; invested in the lowest temperature value added technology (so as to not burn off any vital nutrients); underwrote laboratory analysis at three different labs; selected contract manufacturing with in-house cosmetic chemistry; participated in cosmetic & toiletry industry networking; and submitted their ingredients and products to industry standards and dermatological testing.
Rural Alaska: Chevak goes to the beauty counter
Michelle, Amy and Cika picked berries together on the tundra that surrounded their village, and grew up using the salves and balms Native people across the delta cook up in their kitchens.
Alaska Marketplace Winners: Year-One
Tundra botanicals (Nunataat) are time honored, trusted and tested elements from the vast wilderness of Southwest Alaska. Their scents, their color, their nutritional and healthful properties are unparalleled. Because Alaska’s summers are so exaggerated, the midnight sun intensifies the production of sucrose and antioxidants.
Read more here: http://www.alaskamarketplace.org/winners-circle/akm-i/
Alaska Marketplace Winners: Year-Two Winners
As Year 1 winners, ArXotica was able to finance the value-added supply chain of harvesting, shipping, drying and extraction of first generation of their choice tundra botanicals. Laboratory analysis of the actives have since validated Yup’ik/Cup’ik Traditional Ecological Knowledge of Yukon Kuskokwim flora.
Read on here: http://www.alaskamarketplace.org/winners-circle/akm-ii/