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Interview With Pristine Recovery Founder Blaire Kessler

Bella Brand: Pristine Recovery

Blaire Kessler received news that no woman wants to hear — she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2005, at the young age of 31. Today, Kessler's cancer is gone, and she's developed a 100% natural line of products called Pristine Recovery, free from mineral oil, phthalates, and parabens.

A huge fan of old movies and past beauty icons, Kessler chose 1940's inspired packaging for her products, which are intended for use by all, not solely breast cancer patients or survivors. Proceeds from the sale of each item will be given to the Young Survival Coalition and the Cancer Prevention Coalition.

Here's what Kessler had to say about her experience:

Tell me why you chose this concept for your line.
"At first I developed the line in my kitchen for myself after becoming profoundly discouraged that there weren't safe and natural products to help me. . . I felt wonderful, but the treatment made me look like I was not doing well, and that was challenging."

To see the rest of the interview and view a list of Pristine Recovery products,


Can you tell me a bit more about your process in developing the line?
"I read and studied intensely about natural remedies from all cultures. . . I started using the products on myself and they truly started working wonders. My husband noticed what a wonderful job they were doing on my hair and skin and he suggested we look into getting a manufacturer to mass produce them for the public."

How are your products different from the rest?
"A lot of research was performed by myself and my brilliant chemists on ancient remedies from the American Indians to Africans, to the Sanskrit people of India, to ancient Egyptians. If you want to produce an effective beauty range then an immense amount of research must be done. Each ingredient provides something of great value to the product."

What can we expect from Pristine Recovery in the future?
"We are planning on a shampoo/conditioner, face wash, body wash, a hot flash remedy, sunless tanner, sugar scrub, and a full skin and hair care line for men and children."

Pristine Recovery products:

  • Brallywood Butta Skin Cream ($48) —an underarm and décolleté massage butter that can also be used for self-check exams.
  • No More Scary Hairy ($42) — a gentle hair and scalp treatment.
  • Take A Whiff! Natural Deodorant ($20) — a natural odor-fighter with organic sage.
  • Beauty Bag or Vanity Tray ($100 each) — two different sets with all three of the products mentioned above, packaged in a bag or tray form — your choice.
  • Join The Conversation
    ESpeed ESpeed 8 years
    I tried the Brallywood Butta. The first thing I noticed was the light hint of citrus scent. Really pleasant and natural but won't clash with perfume. The cream is rich and emollient,is easily absorbed into the skin, and leaves no greasy feeling. I thought the bottle was really cute. A nice frosted glass (no plastic), elegant shape and retro looking image on the label. My only criticism would be that the label could be simplified. As for the product itself, it is perfect!
    ashleyolliver ashleyolliver 8 years
    I have been using these products for the past two months and I love them. It is so nice to use a product that actually works and you can see the results quickly. I am not a cancer survivor, but rather bought the products for their benefits. I love the deoderant and the lotion. The hair serum I use on my hair, my nails and my face, It is all usable everywhere! I love that. Sephora, Ulta, etc. should pick them up for their stores. I would love to see more products, but I know this line is still fairly new. I love them and am giving them away this year for Christmas gifts. You go Girl!
    terryt18 terryt18 8 years
    I'm not saying the products are not good. As always, I like the absence of mineral oil, parabens, and phthalates in any product. As for the testimonials, I still call shenanigans.
    The-Italian-Jem The-Italian-Jem 8 years
    seriously, ditto
    terryt18 terryt18 8 years
    Not to mention insulting...
    terryt18 terryt18 8 years
    The first four commenters all joined within the last 10 hours and had great things to say about the products. Hmm... a bit too obvious, don't ya think?
    emalove emalove 8 years
    Awesome! I'd love to try this line.
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