Meet The Body & Soul Team + Careers & Internships
Body&Soul is always looking for part-time help! E-mail hi -@- bodysoulsoap.com with your resume attached and a couple sentences about why you'd like to work with us. We're also always seeking interns to aid with business, marketing, design, social media, photography and production, e-mail us for opportunities.
Co-CEO and Lead Herbalist
Tasks: Product Formulator, Marketing, Photography, Label and Graphic Design, Accounting
Myer's Brigg: INFP
Hobbies/Interests: fine art, hand-crafted wares, folklore, small business, Japan, minimalism, horror/weird movies, tea/coffee culture, vintage collecting, funk/soul music, Prince, Michael Jackson, greyhounds, ALL the Halloween/witchy things all year 'round
Hello! I'm Vanessa and I'm the lead certified herbalist behind the products, labeling, graphic design, social media and marketing of Body&Soul. ( I also manage the store and do the majority of our accounting, bookkeeping and behind-the-scenes business paperwork and extras which is why you rarely see me out of the office these days :D) A lot of people ask how I "got started" making our products and running this business. It's hard to answer because I've always lived a life infused with home remedies, herbs, plants, natural care and, definitely, hand-crafting many different things! My mom and her mom before her used remedies from old world Mexico. I made my own body care products in my teens and twenties and would get some requests to sell them, but I was working in marketing and running a vintage reselling business at the time.
Herbs called me back after I sold my vintage business. Without a definite plan, and as if by fate, I got an opportunity to be certified in clinical herbalism and many other healing holistic arts like reiki, animal aromatherapy/flower essences, medical aromatherapy and much more. (Details here.) From there I formulated products with my mom, Connie (also a clinical herbalist!) and started selling them with my partner, AJ. A year into regular selling events we opened our local shop and apothecary.
I hope to see you at the shop or at one of our markets! Never hesitate to ask any questions!
Co-CEO and Personnel Manager
Tasks: HR, Sales, Assembly Assistance, Accounting
Certifications: Personal Training
Myer's Brigg: ESTP
Hobbies/Interest: Flag Football, Football trivia, Weight Lifting, Nutrition, & Personal Training, Investing, Small Business, Essential Oils, Holistic Care, Greyhounds, Dogs in General
AJ is the co-owner of Body&Soul. He and Vanessa bonded over a deep passion for holistic care, nutrition and small business on the first date. Body&Soul came not long after! AJ has played on a flag football league for years and is a certified personal trainer.
Before he started Body&Soul with Vanessa he ran a successful lawn care business. You can thank his long nights and hard work for Body&Soul's existence, he worked 3 jobs during the first year to fund the store! He never lost the vision for the business or had a doubt that it would be successful and was one of the first strong believers and fans of the herbal products.
Ask AJ any and all of your fitness and detailed nutrition questions, he'll have the answers!
Herbalist and Product Formulator
Tasks: Develops and produces additional products for Body&Soul
Hobbies/Interests: herbalism, gardening, aromatherapy, soap-making, crafting, art, creativity, Chihuahuas, art, dancing, cooking, spirituality/new ageism, disco/funk music, thrifting, holistic health care
Myer's Brigg: ENFP
Connie Alvarado is the herbalist behind Body & Soul's famous bug spray, medicated bath bombs, tinctures, eczema lotion and various speciality items and soaps. Her #1 passion as an herbalist is digging deep and researching to create complex compounded formulations that work *amazingly* well! She has an apothecary on her own right in her home studio where she produces products for Body&Soul as a freelancer.
Connie is also a passionate (and extremely knowledgable) gardener, crafter, and thrifter.
(From left to right: AJ, Vanessa, Anastasia, Sasha, Megan, Ken)
Kenneth "Ken" Greuter
Say "Hi" to Ken at one of our markets!
Hobbies/Interests: history research, book collecting, herbalism, gardening, freelance research, classic cars
Meyer's Brigg: ENFP
Say "Hi" to Sasha at our store our at one of our markets!
Meyer's Brigg: INTJ
Hobbies/Interests: vinage, art, holistic care, anything 60s, Mad Men, Italy, Halloween
Megan helps with sales at our markets at at the store and is training to become our first assistant manager/herbalist!
Meyer's Brigg: ENTP
Hobbies/Interests: fitness, essential oils, healthy eating, politics, travel, a good conspiracy theory
Anastasia helps with sales at our markets at at the store.
Meyer's Brigg: INTP
Body&Soul Tallahassee satellite employee
Say "Hi" to Rachael at one of out markets!
Hobbies/Interests: herbalism, naturalism, esoteric study, books, urbexing, hiking, wood carving, freelance art, travel
Meyer's Brigg: INFP