by Doria Maselli
Being raised with an emphasis on a holistic lifestyle and taught the importance of whole foods at a young age, Meridith Cain, owner of Terra Firma Cosmetics in Lacey, applies the same principles to her all natural line of cosmetics and beauty products. Terra Firma Cosmetics manufactures and sells hundreds of all natural beauty care products. They offer an extensive line of cosmetics, skincare and hair care, all designed and created to be not just good for you, but innovative and effective too.
“I use Skindeep.org, a cosmetic safety database where I go to check ingredients before I formulate. I have found that I can replace many unhealthy ingredients with healthier options and end up with a better product,” says Cain. “My customer is a woman who cares about what she puts on her skin. She is a label reader. If she doesn’t know an ingredient, she will research it online to make sure it is non-toxic. In fact, many of my customers have or had cancer. Often a doctor will advise them to switch their beauty care products to an all-natural line like TFC.”
Terra Firma Cosmetics has been in business for 17 years and in Thurston County for nine years. “I love Thurston County and made it my home in 2010. I enjoy the diversity of people and love my local customers. My favorite part of my business is meeting new people and interacting with everyone who comes through my manufacturing boutique,” says Cain. “My business has been greeted with open arms from the people of this community. The relevance and the need for all natural beauty care in this area goes hand-in-hand with other businesses offering healthy food and alternative therapies and medicine.”
Last year, TFC moved to its new Pacific Ave location in Lacey. Cain was just about to hold a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new location when COVID-19 hit. “I cut my business hours back during the shutdown, but now I have extended them to Monday through Friday from 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Now that more people are getting vaccinated, customers are coming back into the boutique to get that personal touch they missed so much,” says Cain.
One of TFC’s most popular products is their H2O Foundation. “There is really nothing like it on the market,” says Cain. “It is in loose mineral form, but infused with a natural occurring mineral water which turns it into a liquid. I then introduce other minerals, which brings it back into a powder, while encapsulating the mineral water. It contains over 72 vitamins, minerals and amino acids. When my boutique was in downtown Olympia on 5th Ave, I had a couple of local photographers who would send their clients over to get a makeover using this ‘photographer’s dream’ foundation.”
TFC offers an introductory Kit for $35, which includes a makeover and a Kabuki Brush. “I then fill their kit with colors that are perfect for them. It’s a great way to try the TFC line without committing to full sizes,” says Cain. Her retail area also offers hundreds of testers and samples, a refill bar where loose mineral jars can be refilled for 20% off, and a sink area where customers can come and experiment with TFC products. She also offers custom blending in the boutique.
“I invite you to come in and grab a sample or stop by and play in the testing/sampling center,” says Cain. Customers can also shop online at www.terrafirmacosmetics, join the TFC VIP Group via the website, and sign up for the newsletter which contains coupons, sales and tips & tricks on using the TFC Line. You can also follow them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tfcosmetics.
TFC is pleased to be a new Thurston Chamber member. “I just joined the Chamber of Thurston County a few weeks ago and did the fun Ribbon Cutting Ceremony. Elizabeth Bretschneider has been great at letting me know of upcoming business opportunities, and I enjoy meeting other individual business owners and can’t wait until we can all meet in person as a group. I look forward to the future community connections and relationships of Chamber memberships and invite local business owners to come into my boutique and introduce yourselves so we can brainstorm and network together.” Terra Firma Cosmetics truly adheres to Cain’s own personal and business mantra: “You don’t have to sacrifice your glamorous side to be safe, natural and healthy.”