"Hell, yeah, I got a lot of pushback," says Beatrice Feliu-Espada. But that just fueled her fire.

“In 2012, I suffered from a vaginal infection for eight months. I went to the doctor, took medicine, tried natural remedies, but nothing worked. It was frustrating.

Then one night, I had a dream that I was sitting at a table with my grandmother. She gave me a list of ingredients and told me, ‘This will help get rid of your problem.’ When I woke up, I immediately wrote down what I dreamed she told me: coconut oil, apple cider vinegar, rose water, lavender, water, and garlic.

Beatrice Feliu-Espada
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Many people in my family work with natural products and ingredients, so it’s in my blood. The day after my dream, I mixed together those ingredients and used it as a vaginal wash. By the end of the week, every sign of my infection, including the discharge and odor, was gone. The formula worked so well that I felt I had to share it with others.

Hell, yeah, I got a lot of pushback from people when I said I was starting a 100 percent plant-based feminine-care company! But that just fed my fire to start the Honey Pot.

In 2014, with the help of my brother, I sold 600 bottles of my all-natural vaginal wash at a hair show in Atlanta. From there, I developed other washes, wipes, and pads, which I sold in local stores and online. Whole Foods was next; then Target came knocking.

Today, the Honey Pot also sells natural tampons and herbal-infused menstrual pads. Our products are biodegradable and 100 percent cruelty-free. We don’t use chemicals, toxins, artificial fragrance, or anything synthetic.

The Honey Pot is my life’s work. I know this is what I’m supposed to be doing, and I’m working hard to make natural feminine products a go-to for most women.”

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