Mullein & Sparrow is a small-batch lifestyle brand based in Brooklyn, New York.
Founded in 2012 by Anit Hora, the company has become known for its apothecary-inspired line of artisanal skincare.
At present the range contains cleansers, face mists, face masks, lip balm, bath salts, exfoliators, face serums, hair serum, dry shampoos, body oil, distilled essential oils and herbal teas.
I spoke to Anit about inspiration, Ayurveda, and the importance of following your dreams.
WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO START MULLEIN & SPARROW?
After years in corporate fashion, I decided that I wanted to live a more holistic lifestyle. I took time off work to backpack in South America. It was there that I learned more about the power of plant-based healing, that my parents had taught me as a child through Ayurveda. When I returned to New York, I studied herbalism, aromatherapy, skincare and yoga before I hand distilled my first products for Mullein & Sparrow.
WHY DO YOU FEEL IT'S SO IMPORTANT TO USE NATURAL INGREDIENTS?
I want to create products that I feel good about putting into the world. Anything you put on your skin is absorbed into your body, so we make products using only ingredients that nourish and repair.
FROM WHERE DO YOU SOURCE YOUR INGREDIENTS?
We search globally to source the best ingredients that are fair trade, organic, and wild-crafted wherever possible. Local is even better – we love supporting local companies.
HOW DO YOU KEEP YOUR PRODUCTION AND PACKAGING PROCESSES ETHICAL AND SUSTAINABLE?
We small batch all out of items, so we have complete control over production and packaging. This allows us to use sustainable materials and ensure our products are made according to our standards.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE PRODUCT IN THE LINE?
I love our face serum. Our Immortelle and Myrrh serum is the first formula that I created, and it is a universal serum that you can wear in any weather. It is so versatile and has saved my face on countless occasions. I have recently expanded out face serum line to include formulas for various skin types.
WHAT IS NEXT FOR MULLEIN & SPARROW?
We are working on expanding our line to include all aspects of face care. I see Mullein & Sparrow in the future as a lifestyle brand.
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WHAT IS YOUR FOOD PHILOSOPHY?
I believe in a cruelty-free lifestyle. I am definitely vegetarian. I also follow Ayuvedic principles in my diet, but my real philosophy is everything in moderation.
WHAT DO YOU DO TO MAINTAIN YOUR HEALTH AND WELL-BEING?
WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY?
Mullein & Sparrow – I truly love what I do and I feel fulfilled in my life's work.