Susan and Caroline

Over 24 years ago, I searched in vain for chemical-free products to soothe my sensitive, acne prone skin. I decided to stop searching and instead utilize my knowledge of herbs, agriculture science and entrepreneurship to formulate my own. 

I created a line of skincare that is highly effective and a delight to use. I use only the finest ingredients available and lovingly craft each batch with my own hands.

I love being outdoors, especially riding bikes and hiking around Vermont. I deliver in Middlebury and East Middlebury on my red cargo bike.

 My products help you prepare, enjoy and recover from life adventures.

-Caroline's Dream - Susan Shashok on Kayak
- Susan (she/her)

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The pretty lady circa 1920's below, is my grandmother, Caroline. Her love of medicinal herbs and Pennsylvania Dutch work ethic was my inspiration to start a company and honor beauty and function in its products.  
Caroline's Dream Info on Susan and Caroline
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Customers love that my business is named after her. She is not of myth or legend but a real woman that should never be confused with being ordinary. She was the daughter of two celebrated artists: William known for his magazine cover art and illustrations, and mother Grace for her seed catalog illustrations.

 

     In my eyes, Caroline's talent shone in everyday items such as the quilts and crochet work she made for her family. I have four of her quilts and enough Christmas tree ornaments to decorate several trees at a time! She kept her three children and their respective families well supplied over the years. I remember one summer she crocheted an entire fashion line for Barbie & Ken dolls. I also witnessed her joy in sharing her skills with the people she loved. 

 

Caroline's large garden had a supply of fresh veggies on hand throughout the summer. I remember the abundance of herbs and flowers marked the season in planting, growth and harvest. Her homemade waffles with honey were my favorite whenever we visited. Bread dough was continually rising, baking or being eaten somewhere in her house. She read often from floor to ceiling bookshelves that were absolutely stuffed with books. I will note her passion for soap operas, leather moccasins and wild, Hawaiian print fabrics. She was not one to hide who she was from the world.

 

 Caroline and my Grandfather, Ed were world travelers who enjoyed visiting our national parks. I got to enjoy a few local adventures in their Volkswagon pop up van. They owned a hunting cabin in northwestern PA that had the coldest, most delicious water I have ever tasted and an outhouse that made me cry more than once because of the spiders lurking inside. 

 

Sadly, Caroline died when I was still a teenager but her work ethic and pride in handcrafting was the inspiration to start my company. She was a strong advocate in learning to value both beauty and function. I wish she could have seen my business in action but I have no doubt she would see shades of herself in the path I have chosen.