Today we’d like to introduce you to Harry and Heath Bennett.
Harry and Heath, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
Heath and I are 12 and 8, we live in Malden, Ma and we attend Saint Joseph School in Medford. We were inspired to create Bennett Brothers Balm when our friend and former classmate was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in May of 2016. We couldn’t believe that someone so young and healthy could have cancer. We wanted to do something to raise money, but also to create a product that might help him feel better during his chemo treatments.
Shortly after we heard of our friend’s diagnosis, we reached out to his mom and asked if he was comfortable with our idea. We then began researching and testing many recipes, and included his favorite scents, strawberry and vanilla. A friend of our mom’s, Vivian Vincenzo, is a graphic designer and she offered to make our logo for free. She took our original drawing and made it into a beautiful design. Before we knew it, we had a finished product with a label and business cards too! Our Etsy shop opened a few weeks later in June of 2016. Bennett Brothers Balm is a line of all-natural, vegan, and chemical-free lip and body balm products. We use nothing but the best, pure and organic ingredients and 100% of our profits are donated to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
We think that all roads have some bumps, and we have definitely had a few! Our first few test batches of Balm were terrible! We wanted our Balm to be vegan, so we researched and tried a few different ingredients such as Hemp Seed Oil which smelled not so great and turned the balm a very unpleasant shade of green! Yuck! So we switched to Kukui Nut Oil which is much better! We have also had problems with our Balm melting during hot outdoor events, so we learned to keep them in a cooler. It is sometimes challenging to find the time to work on our business – making Balm and packaging it, keeping up with orders, working events, marketing, etc., while also doing school work and theatre, spending time with friends and other activities that we enjoy. We are lucky because a lot of times our friends will come and visit us at events or they will help work our table with us and we love that!
So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Bennett Brothers Balm story. Tell us more about the business.
All of our products – our original Bennett Brothers Lip Balm, Tummy Troubles Belly Balm, Bette’s Blissful Eye Balm (named after a family member who also has Hodgkin’s Lymphoma), and our newest product, Bennett Brothers Balm Sweet Mint Body Butter – are handmade by us in our home. We do everything from researching and learning about ingredients, to making the Balm, to labeling, packaging, and marketing our products. We manage a website which has an online journal and a photo gallery. We also have a Facebook page and Twitter and Instagram accounts that our mom and dad help us keep updated. We sell most of our Balm at craft fairs like the ones at WorkBar in Union Sq., Somerville, or special events like 5k road races and cancer fundraisers. Shear Madness, a local hair salon in Medford, also carries our Balm and has helped us raise a lot of money. Our hair stylist Gina has been one of our biggest supporters and sells a Balm to every client she can. Our Balm is now also available at Yoga Moves in Stoneham. Arbella Insurance invited us to sell our Balm to their staff in their Quincy offices recently and we sold over $1,000 worth of Balm! It was incredible! We are so grateful to them for having us and would love to do more corporate events like these! We feel very lucky to live in such an amazingly generous, charitable, compassionate and supportive community.
We hope to expand our product line and business, and continue to help support Dr. Billett’s Hodgkin’s research until she can find a cure. We celebrated our business’ 1 year anniversary in June, and we hope to keep it going for many years! To date, we have raised over $4,200 for Hodgkin’s research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. The funds that we raise go directly to Timmy’s doctor and her research. We are very proud to have been named as an official partner organization with Dana-Farber.
To all those fighting, please know that you are NOT ALONE, we will do everything we can to help find a cure. We truly believe that together we can move mountains.
What has been the proudest moment of your career so far?
We think having compassion, giving back to the community, being kind and helping others are the most important things in life and we are very grateful to be able to do what we are doing at our ages.
Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
Hard work, dedication and compassion are what make people successful. The lucky part is having such supportive and generous people in our lives like our parents, family and friends to help guide us.
- Website: http://bennettbrothersbalm.virb.com/
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bennettbrothersbalm/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BennettBrothersBalm/
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/bennettbrosbalm
- Other: https://www.linkedin.com/in/harry-and-heath-bennett-171b1a144/