Pore People is a for-profit corporation specializing in the research and development of clinical ecologically derived skincare products and we are based in Durham NC. Pore People aims to create medicinal topical and ingestible products to improve intracellular activity for healthy skin. I currently sell my products online and locally at farmers’ markets.

Our executive headquarters is based in Durham, North Carolina, also known as the City of Medicine. Our roots in clinical aromatherapy and holistic health drive our exemplary standards for quality ingredients, and our connection to this diverse, progressive city set the bar for our grassroots and global fair-trade partnerships.

The small, black owned businesses was funded using personal funds as well as government loans for minority owned businesses in North Carolina. A combination of grants, low cost loans, and other funds help Pore People launch. Read more about minority business loans in NC.

Many of our ingredients are only found in some of the world’s poorest nations – including shea butter, cocoa butter, and marula oil. We directly source these ingredients from local co-ops in order to help provide fair wages and valuable income to support women, families, and entire communities. Our goal is to impact local and global communities via responsible commerce.

I established my company in 2013. I had my aha moment during a shower in 2009. I exclaimed I wanted to create my own skincare line one day because the soap I was using was marketed as all-natural but it stripped my skin. I noticed doctor-formulated retail skincare brand results weren’t substantially effective for ethnic users long term.

99% of our formulas are aloe based to prevent bacteria growth. Aloe naturally contains vitamins and minerals. This factor supercharges our products. Our products are clean from seed to sea.

After being burned by a commercial lotion I became obsessed with learning how to formulate plant-based skincare with modern science. I started my business because I consistently walk into beauty supply stores or beauty sections and hear consumers complaining about what they consider to be junk on the shelves.

Brandon’s story
Burt’s Bees was a brand I was inspired by at an early age. My first memory of experiencing all-natural skincare products was when my father worked on the company’s batch production lines and brought home samples in the late Nineties. I have four years of experience managing clinical massage therapy and facial spas.

During that time I modeled for numerous esthetician new-hire training demonstrations and skincare product knowledge sales training demonstrations. I had spent my lifetime looking for solutions for naturally troubled skin before inventing my own range formulated with a licensed esthetician.

I am driven to be a leader in wellness product design and sustainable manufacturing innovation in the cosmetics industry.

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