Heather Anderson is the 33 year old esthetician and founder of WildBloom Skincare, a natural anti-aging skincare line formulated with the purest botanicals and therapeutic-grade essential oils. The Fort Collins based entrepreneur is an alumni of Colorado State University (B.A. Journalism & Technical Communication), licensed esthetician, and certified yoga and spin instructor who made it her life’s mission to create clean skincare products that are designed to fight aging, naturally. After graduation, Heather shifted her focus to fitness, first starting out as the Public Relations Coordinator for Miramont Lifestyle Fitness, then moving onto personal training, group fitness, spin and yoga (which she still does today). Her lightbulb moment came when she found herself coming up short with skincare options that were safe for her loved ones battling cancer, autoimmune disorders, and severe allergies to use. Armed with years of spa industry experience, an esthetician license and a passion for pure, high quality ingredients that perform, she dove headfirst into the world of business ownership, opening the doors to WildBloom Skincare in 2016. And since then she’s formulated products that, speaking from personal experience, we can’t (and don’t want to!) live without (Allyson swears by her French Clay + Vitamin C Renewal Cleanser). Heather is a super fit (inside and out) #MomBoss, who’s a wealth of knowledge about beauty (which you know we love) and a champion of green and mindful living. From sharing the best piece of career advice she’s received and how she stays organized to her favorite podcasts (take note!), we’ve charged Heather with 20 of our favorite questions.
1. What was your first job out of college?
Public Relations Coordinator for Miramont Lifestyle Fitness in Fort Collins.
2. When you were in college, what did you think you’d be doing today?
I’ve worked in the spa industry since I was 14. I started out as an assistant/receptionist when I was in high school, and I always knew I wanted a career in the industry. In college, I envisioned writing beauty stories for a magazine. After college, I went on to earn my skincare license and have practiced skincare for the past 7+ years. And now, having my own skincare line, with a blog where I talk about skincare every day, I feel like my vision has come full circle, but even greater than I could have imagined.
3. What’s the best piece of career advice you’ve ever received?
Jennifer Watson of Watson Wellness said, “If your fears and your dreams were in the same space…would you go there?” Starting a business is a huge venture filled with both fear and aspiration. If you let your fears stop you, you get nowhere. If you confront your fears, you learn and grow. You may stumble along the way, but if you don’t go after what you want, you’ll never have it. There is a divine spark in each of us that we must follow.
4. Can you recall the moment you felt like you hit a groove in your career?
The day I was approached by British Vogue to feature a product from my skincare line, I would say my inner seed flourished. ☺ ☺ ☺
5. What’s the first thing you do when you get to the office every morning?
First, coffee with almond milk. Next I mist my face with Vitamin C Quench Face Tonic (while breathing deeply). Then I check email.
6. What’s one thing you do daily to stay organized?
I organize my computer desktop! Before my husband stepped in, I had random screenshots and files bombarding my screen like a solar system off orbit. He was appalled, and instantly reorganized my files into folders. It was one of the best things that has ever happened to my psyche.
7. How do you sign off emails?
Whatever feels right in the moment.
8. What’s the one character trait that’s vital for success in what you do?
Transparency. I believe in my product line 100%, and I believe in my company radiating pure intentional goodness. One of my favorite things to do is to educate customers on proper skincare and choosing the right regimen for their skin type. I am not just here just to sell a product. I want WildBloom users to have success in achieving healthy skin and to have an experience where they are taking care of their body, mind and soul.
9. Can you share a career goal for 2017?
I want to start a YouTube channel with educational skincare videos and tips!
10. What’s your favorite magazine?
11. Do you have a can’t-live-without beauty product?
Face oil! I swear by my Essential Glow Face Oil. It is my on–a–desert–island–couldn’t–live–without-it product.
12. What’s your go-to cocktail?
Fresh squeezed grapefruit juice.
13. Do you have a wardrobe staple?
Black skinny jeans! Or yoga leggings by ALO Yoga. Anything taupe. Vans.
14. Do you have a spirit animal?
The ram. I am an Aries so technically the spirit animal is a hawk, but I identify as a ram. Traits that represent me well are passion, independence and loyalty.
15. Do you collect anything?
I am a minimalist, but I love collecting artwork made by my kids, ages 3 and 5.
16. How do you stay healthy?
I work part-time as a yoga and spin instructor. Teaching is one of my favorite pleasures each week and keeps me going. I love playing uplifting music and encouraging others to be healthy.
17. What’s the best hashtag of all time?
It’s hard to choose just one, but…#mindful. To me it means taking time for what matters, taking care of ourselves, our families, our friends, our communities, and the Earth.
18. What’s your decorating style?
West Elm meets Joanna Gaines. All the whites, grays, natural woods, and succulents!
19. What do you eat for breakfast most days?
I eat a gluten-free bagel from Canyon Bakehouse in Loveland every day!