Brooklyn-based Debbie L. Miller wrote her first play, “Tea Leaves” in 1996. “Tea Leaves” had a staged reading in LA and was performed in the Samuel French Short Play Festival. Since 1996, Miller’s plays and monologues have been produced in and outside of New York City. Miller began her acting career by learning improvisation in Fargo, North Dakota and doing stand-up comedy there. In New York City, she did an internship and studied improvisation at Chicago City Limits. She co-founded “Einstein Simplified,” Knoxville Tennessee’s first improv troupe, which performed at a local bar called “Manhattan’s.” She’s studied improvisation and improvisational acting with LA’s acclaimed acting coach Gary Austin. Miller has been performing in plays since 1994. Miller shines when creating characters on stage and in writing. She’s performed her own plays and monologues and in other plays in New York City. She’s been a playwright-in-residence and an actor at New York City’s Love Creek Productions. An accomplished freelance writer, Miller has written for corporations, magazines, and newspapers. She writes short stories, flash fiction, and is working on a screenplay and two plays at the moment.
A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Miller has been teaching English as a Second Language and Citizenship Exam Preparation classes to New York City immigrants for 12 years, an experience that has informed her recent monologues and short stories. She’s currently working on a short story that is quickly turning into a novel about an English teacher and a Buddhist monk.
When she’s not writing or teaching, Miller manages Anna’s Potions and Lotions, her cottage industry. She handcrafts vegan organic moisturizing creams, lip balms, and perfume potions.
Organic Spa Magazine
featured her signature product, Anna’s Sweet Rose Cream
in a Mother’s Day blog post this year. (“click” here to read article
I handcraft Anna’s Sweet Rose with the finest ingredients: Organic Bulgarian Rose Oil (Rose damascena), Organic Rose Hydrosol, Organic Rose Hip Seed Oil, Organic Sweet Almond Oil, Emulsifying Wax (a vegetable wax), Organic Vegetable Glycerine (emollient), Sodium Borate (an emulsifying agent), Citric Acid (preservative), Organic Rosemary Antioxidant (in Organic Olive Oil), Organic Vitamin E Oil (antioxidant), Stearic Acid (emulsifier), Distilled Water.Sweet Rose Cream contains absolutely no Parabens, animal products, petroleum by-products, phthalates, synthetic preservatives, dyes, or Sorbates. It’s cruelty-free and vegan.We handcraft Anna’s Sweet Rose in small batches to ensure the highest quality and freshness and package them in reusable, eco-friendly glass jars.The skin healing benefits of Rose Oil and Rose Hip Seed oil are legendary. Rose oil is high in antioxidants and is anti-inflammatory and has a healing effect on the skin. Why not pamper your skin with roses? Anna’s Sweet Rose Cream is like having a jar full of roses.
A life-long environmentalist and gardener, Miller composts and grows herbs, flowers and vegetables in community gardens in her Brooklyn neighborhood. Her hobbies include building dollhouses and playing in a drumming group. Her next project is to get certified to teach Laughter Yoga.
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(1) Why did you start your business?
I started my business because of an experience I had when I lived in East Tennessee. I belonged to the Smoky Mountain Herbal Society. A fellow member had made some rose cream using essential oils and rose water she had extracted from rose bushes in her yard. I bought a jar. It was the most wonderful moisturizer I’d ever used. Years later, I tried to duplicate her rose cream. The result was my Sweet Rose Cream and the beginning of Anna’s Potions and Lotions: Honest Products from Nature.
(2) What goals do you have for your business?
My business goal is to handcraft natural vegan skin care products made with organic ingredients and without synthetic dyes, chemical preservatives, or petroleum by-products. My business is truly green and is based on my passions.
My other goals include donating a portion of my profits to environmental causes, hiring immigrant workers, and expanding my product line to include hair care products.
(3) Do you make your own products?
I handcraft all products: moisturizing creams, lip balms, perfume oil potions, rose sachets, and soy candles. I also crochet market bags.
(4) Who would purchase your products?
My ideal customers are people who care about what they put on their bodies and want to avoid harmful ingredients. I’m especially interested in making my products available to Baby Boomers because I’m a Boomer myself. People who want to support green businesses would also purchase my products.
(5) What is your blog about?
My blog is called “Living Green in the Big City.” In my blog, I talk about my simple lifestyle and my life as a lifelong environmentalist and gardener.
I crocheted this market bag out of jute, a strong, natural fiber. Great for trips to the green market! Generous size holds a lot of fruit and vegies. Double handle makes it easy to carry. A great gift for the green person in your life. Anna’s is a fair trade company and has earned the Gold Seal from Green America.
I created this unscented soy travel candle from non-GMO soy wax and a cotton wick. I tried a lot of soy waxes before I settled on the best one I could find. This clean-burning, soot-free candle comes in a recyclable container and has a burn time of 60 hours. Cruelty-free and vegan. Relaxation in a can!
Debbie’s Social Media LINKS
Facebook (for some reason, you can only see her page when you are signed into Facebook)