What does Certified Paleo mean?

 
I proudly display the Certified Paleo logo on my website. It shows which products have been confirmed to be FREE of grains, legumes, dairy, artificial colors, artificial preservatives and flavor enhancers by the Paleo Foundation.

 Sweet Almond Oil | Caroline's Dream
  You may have heard people talking about 'eating like a caveman' but I think of Paleo  as being thoughtful about what whole foods to eat. Foods restricted by the Paleo diet are common allergens. Many people sensitive to these allergens find they feel better and have more energy while eating a Paleo diet.

  Skincare isn't exactly on the menu, but our skin is the largest organ in the body and what we put on our skin can be just as important and what we consume. You don't have to be on a Paleo diet to use my skincare line, but I am sure you can appreciate that it has been certified to be free of all kinds of artificial junk. Followers of the Paleo diet? I have your back and understand your desire to seek out products that reflect the extra care you take in living your life. 
  I have been eating Paleo for several years and was diagnosed with Hashimoto's (an autoimmune thyroid disease) in 2016. It has been a difficult learning curve, but I am managing my Hashimoto's by following a strict Autoimmune Protocol diet ever since. When I don't follow the diet, my body reacts with pain and inflammation for days or weeks.
 
  Everyone has their challenges, luckily mine can be addressed with good food, exercise, downtime and of course, wonderful skincare to keep my skin hydrated and happy. - Susan
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Middlebury Natural Foods Co-op Harvest Festival

Middlebury Natural Foods Co-op Harvest Festival

 Saturday Sept 17th

Noon - 3 pm

Middlebury Natural Foods Co-op

Come join me for music, food & fun at this popular event. I won't be selling products (you can buy inside the store). 

Instead, I will have tester jars open, answer questions and give away free samples of Deodorant and Peppermint Forest Foot Cream

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Valley Voice Article

Valley Voice Article

Blending Inspiration, Environmentalism And Social Responsibility In Caroline’s Dream

Tuesday June 14, 2016

By Cookie Steponaitis

 Susan and Caroline's Cruiser

Susan Shashok is like many Vermonters who were raised with a love of the environment and knowledge that handcrafted was best and as a child visited her grandmother and learned an immense amount about medicinal plants and home arts. “My grandmother Caroline was my inspiration,” explained Susan Shashok. “I remember her incredible knowledge of medicinal plants and her beauty regime that included products all from nature.”

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Vermont Farm to Fork Fondo - 2016

Vermont Farm to Fork Fondo - 2016

Last Sunday was the Vermont Farm to Fork Fondo where Caroline's Dream set up a vendor booth and I cycled the smaller, 35 mile course. I am very proud to partner with Farm to Fork and gave away 500 Maple Lip Balms to all participants. It was a great day to ride and I am grateful to my events team for working from 5am - 7pm!

The Farm to Fork Fondo series is designed to bring awareness to, support and celebrate this symbiotic relationship between cyclists, farms and beautiful landscapes. All of the funds raised for the Fondo Volunteer Competition is donated to local farms and farm organizations. That means at the end of each Fondo, checks help local farmers with projects like building a new farm stand or creating a new website, and to help local organizations advance their causes like preserving the county's beautiful pastoral open space.


- Susan Shashok

 

 

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Don't take my word for it!

Don't take my word for it!

Can you hear the screen door squeak as you come in from a long day out in the heat? Gardening, hiking, cycling (go ahead and insert your favorite summer activity here). My products are always waiting to sooth, moisturize and rejuvenate. 

Our product pages have lots of reviews to read. Even better, take a moment and write an online review! 

 
Lip Balm Three Pack

So many good things to say about these lip products! They're handmade/homemade, natural, smooth, not sticky, refreshing, and delicious!! They're affordable and always shipped free!!! Thank you, [Susan], for your wonderful products!!! =) - Sheila

 

Deodorant

I got a stellar performance out of this deodorant, which I ordered last week. I wanted to give it a real run for its money before I reviewed it. I attended the Annual Memorial Day Bolder Boulder 10K Race, as a spectator, in 85 degrees and blistering sun. It was a long walk to the stadium where I sat for two hours enjoying the race. The humid bathroom at the stadium was probably 100 degrees, and I was dripping sweat as I helped my toddler granddaughter use the facilities. Yes, I was drenched. No, I didn't stink of BO. I woke up this morning with too much to do before showering, including taking a 1.5-mile walk outside in the sun. The deodorant from yesterday morning was still going strong. Sorry for the graphic account of the story. I wanted to report that Caroline's Dream Deodorant withstood a real-life challenge. It smells clean, light and fresh. Great job, Susan! Finally, something I can rely on that's all-natural and body-friendly! - Pamela 

 

Let me tell you how much I love this product. I got my husband to set up his video equipment so I could tell the world something important. Was it to let people know about my own small business? No! We made the video so I could let everyone know that this scrub is a fantastic way to take care of your skin. Yay for gentle exfoliation! Yay for all natural ingredients! Yay for Caroline's Dream! - Joanna 

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Made in Vermont - WCAX with Gina Bullard

Made in Vermont - WCAX with Gina Bullard

WCAX.COM Local Vermont News, Weather and Sports-

EAST MIDDLEBURY, Vt. -

Cruising around on her cargo bike, Susan Shashok means business, and she's doing business in a different way.

She makes hand-crafted skin care for her line, Caroline's Dream. Almost all of which is paleo-certified. Huh?

"Your skin is your largest organ, so what you put on it is just as important as what you put inside your body," Shashok said.   to continue reading

 

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Gina Bullard from WCAX was here!

Gina Bullard from WCAX was here!

Gina Bullard WCAX Made in Vermont
It was a big day here - Gina Bullard from WCAX came to tape a segment of her Made in Vermont Show! Lots of action shots of me making product, a nice interview and some bonus footage of me riding Caroline's Cruiser. So much fun!
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Middlebury 5-0  Interview

Middlebury 5-0 Interview

The owner of Caroline’s Dream, a local handcrafted skincare product
business, and the Director of the Addison County Economic Development
Corporation collaborate in this wonderful show about community-oriented
entrepreneurship and a revolutionary approach to business funding. Susan
talks about her paleo-friendly, locally-rooted business model. She
introduces her Yuba delivery bicycle (a truly magnificent specimen),
partially funded through a Clean-Energy Grant awarded by the ACEDC. These
engrossing and articulate women go on to explain how Caroline’s Dream is
planning to expand through a Kiva Zip loan – an innovative funding
mechanism poised to transform small business lending and the fabric of
economic development.
Recorded 3/24/16.
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Announcing our Newest Partner!

Announcing our Newest Partner!

Little Bellas

 

Little Bellas is a mountain bike organization whose goal is to help young women realize their potential through cycling. They bring together girls ages 7 to 16 with female mentors in programs which use mountain biking as a vehicle to teach the importance of teamwork, goal-setting, and fostering a healthy lifestyle. In weekly summer sessions or multi-day camps, mentors and girls ride together at local trail networks, focusing on improving skills as well as participating in team-building activities across the county in VT, CO, PA, CA, UT, MN & GA. 

Little Bellas

 Susan (from Caroline's Dream) is an elected official for the Town of Middlebury who encourages and mentors others, especially women to recognize their community leadership skills. The Little Bellas program is a perfect partner for health, wellness, cycling and fun for young women! Caroline's Dream is pleased to provide all the program mentors with a year end thank you gift for all of their hard work!

Susan Shashok bike

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Love is a beautiful thing

Love is a beautiful thing

"Real isn't how you are made,' said the Skin Horse. 'It's a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become Real.'
'Does it hurt?' asked the Rabbit. 

'Sometimes,' said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful. 'When you are Real you don't mind being hurt.' 

'Does it happen all at once, like being wound up,' he asked, 'or bit by bit?' 

'It doesn't happen all at once,' said the Skin Horse. 'You become. It takes a long time. That's why it doesn't happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don't matter at all, because once you are Real you can't be ugly, except to people who don't understand."
- The Velveteen Rabbit

Happy Valentine's Day!

 
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Eczema, Psoriasis, Burns, Sunburn - Heal

Eczema, Psoriasis & Burns, Oh my!

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