5 questions with the founder of Bourbon Infused Bodycare


In Kentucky, bourbon is king. People drink it. Some chefs cook with it. And now, you can even slather it on your body.

We’re not talking about bourbon straight from the bottle. Rather, it’s put into products such as Bluegrass Bourbon Body Scrub, Bootleg Body Butter, 3-in-1 Whisked Sugar Scrub Wash (I tried this – and wow!), and Midnight Moon Moisturizer. Prices range from $22-$32.

Me Care family of products
The Me Care Bodyline family of products is available  at Louisville’s Xhale Salon and Spa.

The Me Care Bodyline is the brainchild of Louisville’s Xhale Salon and Spa owner Melissa Happel.

Here are my five questions with Melissa on her bourbon-infused bodycare.

1. How did you come up with this concept?
In observing the growth of the bourbon industry, I was inspired to combine my passions of beauty and bourbon. I noticed there was a lack of celebration of Kentucky’s rich distilling history within the salon, spa and bodycare industries, which sparked the development of Me Care’s bourbon-infused products.

2. I love bourbon, but will you smell like bourbon after using this?
Our products have been carefully handcrafted to leave the skin with a decadent, intoxicating scent that hosts a warming essence of Kentucky bourbon. Our Bluegrass Bourbon Body Scrub and our Bourbon Bliss line offer a scent that hosts an alluring cocktail of delicate, floral notes of rich bourbon, spicy vanilla and the slightest hint caramel.

Melissa Happel
Melissa Happel has been working on her bourbon-infused beauty products for about three years.

3. What kind of bourbon do you use for your products?
Ah, now that would be a trade secret! We experimented with a few different bourbons in the products’ early stages and managed to nail down our favorite. All we can say is that it is 100 percent Kentucky bourbon.

Most recently, we have agreed on co-branding partnerships with Starlight Distillery of Huber’s Winery and Orchard (Borden, Ind.) and Old Forge Distillery (Pigeon Forge, Tenn.) where they now have their own personalized, one-of-a-kind Bodyline, infused with their own bourbon. This unique option of co-branding gives distilleries an opportunity to have their own small taste of the beauty industry, expanding their retail operations and intoxicating their guests.

4. How long have you been working on your products?
I started developing the products around three years ago this month and am now ready to launch Me Care to the public. We have found the perfect recipe to combine the natural elements of bourbon and bodycare by providing a truly unique and intoxicating experience.

5. I see your scrub got some buzz. What makes this so unique?
As reported by CNN Travel, our signature Bluegrass Bourbon Body Scrub leaves the skin “drunk with moisture” and “satiates without the slightest risk of overindulging.” Having CNN Travel feature our scrub in their top 10 body treatments “spiked with booze” was truly a surreal moment.

For more information go to mecarebodyline.com.

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