Your Purpose is Beauty Episode 23: Jess Lafleur, Stark Skincare: Herbal Products for Urban People/Love + Rebellion

may 11, 2020 | by: mercedes | filed under: podcast, episodes

Your Purpose is Beauty brings you eco/organic, luxury, and niche beauty product reviews and critique, as well as intellectual discussion about the beauty and alternative health industries. Hosted by independent beauty journalist and PhD sociologist Mercedes Lyson, this podcast will also explore why people have chosen beauty as their profession or passion through interviews with brand founders, beauty professionals, bloggers/influencers, and creatives. Exclusive episodes of this podcast are available at, and Mercedes’ 6 years of eco beauty video content can be found at

Episode 23: Jess Lafleur, Stark Skincare: Herbal Products for Urban People/Love + Rebellion

Jess Lafleur feels like a longtime IRL friend, maybe because I first knew about her skincare line, Stark Skincare, from the very early days of eco beauty blogging circa 2011/2012 on the No More Dirty Looks site. Her Canadian line has been delivering handmade herbal skincare geared towards urbanites (but also everyone) for the past 8+ years, and now in 2020 Stark is heading in new and exciting directions. In today’s conversation, we cover everything from Jess’s “rebellion” out of traditional work environments, to consciously keeping her business small and not adhering to perpetual growth mantras, to the realizations she has come to about the best next steps for Stark. Towards the end we also discuss some current green beauty problematics like perfectionism, tolerance, fear/science mongering, and why you’ll always find French pharmacy products as part of Jess’s beauty life.

Episode Notes:

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