In January 2012, Mercedes Edney launched a company that has since sold over $100,000 worth of products, sponsored several brands and events, and helped thousands of customers, in addition to their spouses and children, improve their skin. Ixora Botanical Beauty, a North Carolina-based small business, currently caters to customers across the globe. Though founded in Mercedes' home territory, St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, she has since relocated Ixora's operations to Charlotte, N.C. where she is currently a member of a thriving small business community. Ixora is both Black and woman-owned, with Mercedes handling most of the daily operations, from manufacturing to shipping and handling.
After experiencing frustration with dry skin and pesky eczema, Mercedes set out to develop an affordable line of natural body butters, creams and scrubs that soothed skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis. Armed with two degrees, a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and a M.S. in Occupational Health & Safety Concentrating in Environmental Management, experience and knowledge of natural complexion remedies passed down through generations, Ixora Botanical Beauty was born.
The line has since expanded to include lip balms, body wash, cuticle cream, oil cleanser and more, with over 30 fragrances to choose from. Ixora has been featured on dozens of blogs with rave reviews and continues to attract a growing customer base in Charlotte and beyond. For sample review requests, media/PR inquiries, and sponsorship requests, contact: Asia Brown.