Start:ME Spotlight:

Royal Thanaka LLC

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Entrepreneur

Mary Ellen Sheehan, Htwe Hwte, and Jeff Alexander

Community

Clarkston

What the business does

All-natural skincare products infused with Thanaka, a traditional Burmese ingredient with cooling and astringent properties

Can you explain what Thanaka is, how it is made, and it's medicinal properties?

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Our Body Cream is highly moisturizing. The Sugar Scrub exfoliates with sugar and Thanaka and moisturizes with several oils.?

Thanaka is a tree that grows in upper Burma. The ground bark of this tree, mixed with water, has been used by the people of Burma for over 2,000 years to protect their skin from the sun. It acts as a barrier, keeping sun and heat away from the skin while keeping moisture in. Thanaka is high in anti-oxidants with astringent properties.

How does each of your products benefits the skin?

Our Body Cream is highly moisturizing. The Sugar Scrub exfoliates with sugar and Thanaka and moisturizes with several oils.?

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All of our products contain Thanaka. Our Body Cream is highly moisturizing. The Sugar Scrub exfoliates with sugar and Thanaka and moisturizes with several oils. The Aloe Bead Moisturizer has the protective properties of Thanaka while also adding moisture with Aloe and Algae. Our Bar Soap has bits of bark that exfoliate as it is used.

How did this awesome team come together and what do each of you bring to the table?

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Jeff and Htwe had several successful businesses in Burma before coming to the US and Mary is a teacher who enjoys bringing people together.

We all met about 15 years ago at the International Community School in Decatur. Jeff was enrolling his son when we first met. Later that year Htwe began working there with me. Jeff and Htwe had several successful businesses in Burma before coming to the US. I am a teacher, and enjoy developing projects and bringing people together. Jeff goes back to Burma regularly to organize the Thanaka production.

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