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Skincando's Sara Damelio Loves DGS Deli and 24's Jack Bauer

Images courtesy of Skincando
Images courtesy of Skincando

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Head to any independent boutique in the Washington area, and there's a strong chance they will carry products from Skincando, D.C.'s own natural skincare company. "There's been a real trend where everyone is looking for local organic products that represent artisans where we live," Skincando founder Sara Damelio told Racked DC. Damelio started her skincare business by whipping up 100% natural and certified organic products in a Kitchenaid mixer. The ingredients are still all-natural, and Skincando still uses Kitchenaids, but now Skincando's up to five mixers in a studio in Silver Spring where the products are crafted in small batches. Damelio's company also supports U.S. troops through Operation Sand Flea.

Skincando offers everything from Combat Ready lip balm to luxe Miracle Cream with organic rose geranium oil and Vitamins A and E. "Think of it like organic La Mer," she said. Starting tomorrow, customers will be able to buy Skincando Summer Survival kits with balm, bug repellent, and more.

We were inspired by Damelio's story, so we got to know her a little better with a few quick questions about everything from her guilty pleasure TV shows to the Del Rey salon that you have to know about, now. Find D.C. recommendations and tips for anyone with a small business dream after the jump.

What is your signature look?
Think Angelina Jolie. I love black, I'm always in black. Very simple, very modern. Cool sunglasses. My look is very streamlined, with a heavy emphasis on black. But in the summer, I love colorful sundresses.

Favorite brunch spot?
DGS Deli. It's so amazing, they have the best Eggs Benedict.

What's in your Netflix queue?
Wolf of Wall Street

Any guilty pleasure TV shows?
24. I am so excited that Jack Bauer is coming back in May.

What do you like to do to relax?
Spa treatments. Getting my nails done at the Emerald Door. And getting my hair done at Bisoux Salon in Del Rey. They're fabulous. Or a massage at Bethesda Bodyworks.

What was your all-time favorite vacation?
London. It's such a great city.

What advice would you have for entrepreneurs?
Go for it. You have a dream, start small, be smart about it, but go for it.
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