[Excerpt from PaperCity Magazine] On a sweeping hilltop in McKinney, Texas, beauty entrepreneur Shannon McLinden has turned a five-acre rural plot into a work-live-create oasis.
Surrounded by white picket fences, two horses graze on the grass, and baby donkeys frolic in mud. A gravel road leads to a massive, modernist ranch house, and black-cherry tomatoes, red-garnet micro amaranth, and loofah plants sprout in a chic little greenhouse.
Here, McLinden lives and works as the founder of FarmHouse Fresh, a line of organic skincare and body products with such cheeky names as Sweet Cream Body Milk, Splendid Dirt Mud Mask, and Fluffy Bunny Body Wash.
Her empire launched in 2005 when the Texas Christian University alum created a simple foot scrub out of rice-bran oil and sea salt to combat cracked heels. When Oprah Winfrey added it to her coveted favorites list, FarmHouse Fresh catapulted to global recognition — even Friends actress Courteney Cox wrote McLinden a thank you note.
Organic lavender from Washington, pumpkin purée from Oregon, milk from Wisconsin cows, and honey from Texas — FarmHouse Fresh ingredients are all grown in the United States. Some, including the aforementioned amaranth, tomatoes, and loofah, are sourced from McLinden’s own backyard.
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