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Alexandria Resident Turns Her Kitchen into a Skin-Care Lab
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Alexandria Resident Turns Her Kitchen into a Skin-Care Lab


A Super NoVA is a person with a unique talent or business that makes them stand out in the crowd of Northern Virginia. Mellenie Runion is this week’s Super NoVA for her efforts to live more “green” by creating the company, Truly-Life, that makes handmade eco-friendly gifts from ingredients in her backyard.

“I wanted to figure out what I could do that would require less pull on the environment and have a smaller footprint,” said Runion. 

Runion first started making soap in her kitchen in 2008. Now just a few years later, her company has received the Green America Business Seal of Approval and her soap will be on the shelves in Alexandria’s Whole Foods Market in a few weeks.

“I turned my kitchen into a skin care lab, and when dinner time comes I clear it all off and make dinner,” Runion chuckled.

Making soap is a pretty time intensive process, and Runion does all of the work in her kitchen. The soaps take 3 hours to make, and she is able to make 64 bars with each batch. After 24 hours of cooling, she is able to slice them and then it takes another 4 weeks to fully harden.

Truly-Life products are sold at the Old Town Alexandria Farmer’s Market, West End Farmer’s Market, the Freeman House in Alexandria, and A Show of Hands in Alexandria. Even the soap wrapping is eco-friendly; the soaps are wrapped in a wax paper that breaks down in just a few short weeks after disposal.

Look out for more Super NOVAs every Wednesday afternoon going forward. Email escott@wusa9.com if you want to nominate yourself, or someone you know that deserves to be recognized as a Super NOVA!


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