7 min 33 sec

Holiday Body Butters Become $1,000/Month Side Hustle

An entertainment industry professional transforms her body butter holiday gifts into a quickly growing Etsy store and craft show side hustle.
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What It's About

Holiday gifts for family lead two friends to a lucrative side hustle selling body care products.

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Words of Wisdom

Meredith and Yolanda's most successful online marketing strategy has surprisingly been through Facebook. They asked their friends and family to like their page in order to build social proof and began sharing images of the products and their benefits. After a few weeks, the organic likes began slowly flowing in. The Facebook page, five months after launch, has just over 500 likes—and the Instagram following is quickly catching up.

Fun Fact

At the moment, Meredith is in the process of creating 200 balms for an Olympic stylist who gives the athletes she works with an “essentials for athletes” bag to help them get through the grueling Olympic season.

Notes from Chris

Episode 213

The Christmas season was swiftly approaching quickly. Meredith Moseley-Bennett wanted to give her family gifts that reflected her personality and would be more practical and meaningful than random stuff they didn’t need.

She called up her neighbor, Yolanda Grbic, who became a partner in the endeavor. Together, they sourced some ingredients, bought some gift tins, and created a few batches of all-natural body butter and lip balm.

The families and friends of Meredith and Yolanda loved the gifts. They worked well and didn’t contain obscure chemicals. Impressed, they encouraged the two women to consider going into business together.

Their first products ranged from $6 for lip balm and $18 for body butters, but two products just weren't enough. They wanted to be able to cross-sell other products to their customers.

Once things were up and running, the pair quickly created and launched two new products, Mosquito Minders (an all-natural mosquito repellant) and Tickety Split (an all-natural tick repellant), which have since become Oh My Balm’s best sellers. In the first three months, Oh My Balm saw about $1,300 in online sales and another $1,000 from local pickups.

But in May they booked their first craft show—and everything changed. In one weekend they brought in $850 at a small-scale show. They quickly booked two more shows and made $2,000 more.


  • Oh My Balm: Get the full list of Meredith and Yolanda's line of skincare products on their Etsy page
  • Global Mamas: The community that Meredith and Yolanda decided to source their shea butter through due to their shared values of wanting to create a life of prosperity for African women and their families
  • SquareSpace: The website building platform that Meredith and Yolanda used to create the Oh My Balm website

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Yours in the revolution,


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