Zaki Organics sells safer beauty products

Amber Doyle, shown Tuesday, sells a line of skin care products that she makes herself in a small storefront in Millwood. (Jesse Tinsley)
Amber Doyle, shown Tuesday, sells a line of skin care products that she makes herself in a small storefront in Millwood. (Jesse Tinsley)

A businesswoman and longtime advocate for chemical-free skincare products is now bottling and packaging her own concoctions.

West Valley’s Amber Doyle, who says she’s been a kitchen chemist for about 18 months, opened a small shop in Millwood recently where customers can find her face, hair and body oils; lip balms; eye makeup remover; air cleansers; and bath salts.

She calls her store the same as her product label: Zaki Organics.

“The main purpose in doing this is to promote wellness,” said Doyle, who has long suffered allergic reactions to many skin care and makeup products. “I can tell you every ingredient and what its purpose is in my products.”

Doyle’s search for the most pure ingredients with the greatest benefits led her to argan oil, an oil produced from the kernels of the argan tree that is endemic to Morocco. Other ingredients include plant oils such as jojoba, pomegranate and sea buckthorn berry, as well as essential oils and botanicals. If she uses a preservative, it’s either vitamin E oil or black willow bark.

“The benefit of using all natural ingredients is that they work better than synthetic products and don’t have harmful side effects,” Doyle said.

Doyle started with her Zaki Rejuvenating Face Serum, a product created for all skin types with plant oils blended together to nourish, moisturize and provide anti-aging and free radical protection, as well as balance natural oils and prevent acne. She debuted the face serum last year at the Spokane Farmers Market and has garnered rave reviews.

The 2-ounce bottle costs $37. A $5 sample bottle also is available.

Customers might recall Doyle from her first store in 2009 at the Spokane Valley Mall called Pure Beauty, where she sold organic face and body products including skin care and makeup.

After Pure Beauty closed, she operated her business mostly from her home. She didn’t stop her product research or her newsletter that relays information about toxic additives in common products.

With her continued research, she said she became increasingly disappointed with product labels marked natural or organic because the items often still contained contaminates. Thus began her drive to create her own.

“I love having the opportunity to talk face to face with customers and explain why Zaki exists and the importance of choosing safe skin care,” Doyle said.

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