We had the good fortune of connecting with Terrie Velazquez-Owen and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Terrie, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
I had always wanted to start a beauty product/brand since I started working as a hairstylist many years ago but didn’t want to create just another me too line with cheap ingredients in plastic bottles that I slap a label on . I really wanted it be something useful and beautiful and packaging waste has always weighed on my mind since as a hairdresser working in film and TV production we have a ton of waste and beauty packaging is not easily recycled . I had toyed with the idea of refillable products years ago when I read on the label of a Dr Bronners Castile soap bottle ,saying to take this bottle back to the store to refill from the barrel! When the pandemic hit I found myself with a lot of time at home and on the encouraging of a friend she keep asking me for some sanitizer and what do I use at work since she was a photographer and looking for ways to stay safe on set as well. There the idea for germaphobe was born when I took a formula I had been making for myself and my own work station and decided to make some for a friend , then some other friends asked for it too then I got into a couple of local boutiques that my friends owned and it’s slowly growing from there. I’m getting great feedback on the aromatherapy aspect of germaphobe, everyone loves the scent, the great things is all those essential oils are also anti- viral and anti microbial so it’s useful as well as great smelling , some of my friends tell me they spray on it themselves! Their clothes etc. I made large 32 ounce refill bottles to refill your own bottle or I also make it in 16. And 4 oz size 

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I began my career working in theatre and opera and had great mentors who helped me hone my eye for time period hairdressing creating wigs and hairstyles for various stage productions, there I met other Hairstylists working in television and film production who then invited me to work in that world it’s been 30 years and I’m still t it working on films and various television productions, I’m currently designing a 1970s Period tv show for HBOMAX.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
LA has many landscapes I love nature so I would start with some amazing hikes in little known parts of LA LIke hikes in Altadena Eaton canyon and the waterfalls like Switzer Falls the JPL trail ending in the streams , also the surrounding area has some beautiful homes and vintage architecture going back 100 years. Also in this neck of the wood are the amazing botanical gardens at Huntington gardens and Descanso. Then some dinner and clubbing in DTLA arts district No trip to LA would be complete without a trip to the beach I love Malibu pier, for the great healthy restaurants and the best sushi down the road at NOBU, Malibu Farm, woman owned , organic, great locally grown farm to table cafes with the best views of the Pacific Ocean, and beach swimming or a surf lesson at surf rider beach , head to the Bohemia lifestyle of Abbott Kinney for shopping and cafes of Venice beach down the PCH from Malibu

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Thanks to my friends who encouraged my to create Germaphobe, commercial photographer Diana Konigsburg And my friends who stocked it in their shops and continue to support me Acorn Eagle Rock Best Friend Central Burbank NIGELS beauty FRENDS beauty

Website: www.germs.me
Instagram: Germ_a_phobe_
Linkedin: Terrie Velazquez Owen
Twitter: N/A
Facebook: Germaphobe

Image Credits
Diana Konigsburg product shots at www.germs.me Jeff Zander. Terrie headshot

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