Area teenager blends science, art to create homemade beauty products

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WASHINGTON, Ill. — Science, art and a little bit of creativity; they’re the perfect ingredients for one local budding business. 

For most high school students, summer is time for relaxation. But not for Emily Junker — that’s when business starts to ramp up.

“I didn’t imagine that I would be here right now like with all of this,” Junker said. 

Emily isn’t only an accomplished and recent Washington Community High School graduate, she’s also a budding business woman. As the owner of Tick Tick Fizz this teenager creates intricately detailed, homemade beauty products.

“I do Lip balm, lip scrub, I do whipped sugar scrub, I do shower melts, bath and shower tea, lotion bars, shampoo bars,” Junker said. 

She said a ninth grade trip to a Chicago beauty store, coupled with support from her mother Courtney, helped get the wheels spinning. Day in and day out, you’ll find Junker and her mom mixing and crafting in the kitchen. Then from table to shelves, she sells her beauty products at other Central Illinois stores and farmers markets.

“Anything that I can imagine in this realm of like health and beauty, I can do,” Junker said. 

The process is a science and art that she said takes a lot of trial and error and patience.

Now she’s taking her recipe for success with her as she heads to St. Louis University to study nursing. And as Junker takes her next steps in life, she says she can’t forget to thank those who’ve gotten her here.

“I feel like a sense of love and community just where I am and I feel very blessed and grateful,” she said. 

Each month, Junker dedicates part of the proceeds of one special bath bomb to a local charity. She’s partnered with organizations like St. Jude and area animal shelters.

“There’s never really like an end goal,” she explained. “I just always keep improving. You know what I mean? And I’m never like satisfied with where at.”

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