Small Business Profile: Ardeo Natural Skincare Helps Customers Glow

Ardeo Natural Skincare owner Lisa Bakosi. Courtesy photo
Los Alamos Daily Post
Nov. 26 is Small Business Saturday and an opportunity for the community to show its support by visiting and shopping at local businesses.

Ardeo Natural Skincare owner Lisa Bakosi came to Los Alamos 25 years ago as the new girl in Mrs. Henninger’s 4th grade class at Barranca Elementary School.

“I graduated from Los Alamos High School in 2000 – known as the class of Cerro Grande – an association we all hated at the time because so many classmates lost homes and we were all displaced during the month we were supposed to be enjoying our last days together.”

After high school, Bakosi moved to Denver, Colo., where she attended the University of Denver and received a Bachelor’s in Business Administration. In 2004, she moved to Ft. Collins to attend Graduate School at Colorado State University, finishing with as a Master of Science in Technical Communication and Public Relations.

“In 2007, I returned home to Los Alamos to save money as I applied for jobs and met my future husband, Jozsef Bakosi,” she said. “We decided to stay in Los Alamos, getting married in 2010. We live in White Rock with our two kids, Peter, 3, and Corinne, 6 months. Having a home-based business as we raise our kids has been priceless.”

Bakosi explained that she was “just along for the ride’ when her family moved to Los Alamos.

“We originally hailed from Aspen, Colo., where my father, Peter Cantrup worked with his father, Hans Cantrup, a well-known landowner and hotel developer,” Bakosi said. “After a series of unfortunate events (including almost being taken over by Donald Trump himself), Hans lost his hotels in a $40 million bankruptcy and my parents moved to New Mexico to work for my mother’s father, Richard Cook, another well-known landowner and business man in New Mexico. We’ve been here ever since – except for the seven years I lived in Colorado educating myself.”

Link to Bakosi’s grandfather’s story:

Bakosi describes Ardeo Natural Skincare as a happy accident born out of pure desperation for a dry skin cure after the birth of her son in 2013. Even though she’d grown up in a dry climate her entire life, she said she had never experienced that kind of dryness before.

“I tried everything and spent gobs of money on natural dry skin care products all to no avail,” Bakosi said. “I finally happened upon some research done on tallow. I was shocked to learn that tallow was animal fat. You want me to put WHAT on my face?!

As fate would have it, she and her husband were visiting a local farm the very next day. She asked the farmer for some grass-fed beef tallow.

“I made a GIANT mess in my kitchen but I produced a small jar of amazingness,” she said. “My skin has never been the same since then. My dry skin problems were healed almost overnight. Suddenly I didn’t look so pasty or tired. I actually looked more youthful and glowing (that’s saying something when you have a newborn).”

Not to mention, Bakosi knew every ingredient included in that jar and all of it was safe for her and her nursing baby, she said. She knew she was on to something. She started with making a simple tallow moisturizer, which then eventually led to her unique five-product line.

“The greatest thing about my business is that I help women (and their families, too) quench their dry skin so they look their best without compromising their health with nasty chemicals found in the majority of beauty products today,” Bakosi said. “I use primarily glass jars and try to be as eco-friendly as possible in all my business operations. I also support small-scale farmers who raise healthy grass-fed cows. I’m a mom on a mission to give women glowing and gorgeous skin while supporting healthy bodies in a healthy world.”

Bakosi would like folks to know that grass-fed tallow is a unique and exceptional dry skin quencher. It been used for centuries to heal the body inside and out because it contains high levels of vitamins A, D, K and E as well as Conjugated Lenoleic Acid (CLA), which is known for its many health benefits like stronger bones, improved immune system, and even anticancer properties.

CLA plumps and tones skin by helping to retain moisture by boosting ceramide synthesis in skin cells; this fortifies the skin barrier and helps to retain moisture in the skin, she said, adding that it contains 50 percent saturated fat just like our cell walls. It complements our biology so that our body quickly recognizes and utilizes all the nutrition tallow has to offer.

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