By Mary Ellen Riddle | Correspondent
Frisco creator Kim Martin is a whirlwind when it comes to creating bath, home and edible products for her business KM Creations. She not only comes up with recipes for the myriad products but creates, packages, markets and sells them at art fairs and through Facebook. Think, body and air sprays, sugar scrubs, candle melts, hand sanitizer and chocolate delights.
“I really like making things and doing things, so that’s how I started doing the chocolates, crafts and things to make people feel better about themselves,” Martin says. Feeling better was also personal for the 52-year-old.
The genesis of this one-person operation came at a time when Martin’s energy was low yet making a living was vital. Due to breast cancer and its related treatments, she was having a hard time working a nine-to-five job outside the home. As a self-supporter, she knew she had to make ends meet. Calling in to work when she was having a bad day was not going to fly.
As they say, necessity is the mother of invention, and in 2017, Martin started running her own business KM Creations.
Chocolate pop bouquets for special occasions came into being, along with chocolate bombs — a hollow chocolate ball filled with cocoa and other flavor — meant for dropping into a heated drink. The bomb explodes once it hits the heat, and the chocolate melts, making a festive beverage. Flavors for the chocolate bombs range from chai, cocoa, red velvet, raspberry cream, peppermint, salty caramel, cookies and cream and Lucky Charm.
Despite the work being labor intensive, Martin does not take shortcuts. She melts the chocolate, puts it in molds, fills and then seals the halves. The final touch — decorating the exteriors with chocolate sprinkles and different candy coatings.
How did she get started on the bombs? “I YouTubed it!” Martin, who beat her breast cancer, says with a laugh. “I perfected it by the third bomb.” The ideas for flavors keep coming. “I am working on a lemonade one for summer,” she says.
For her spritzes and sprays, Martin experimented with different essential oils, such as lavender and lemongrass. She concocted a number of fragrances, but she desired a signature scent. “I wanted it to be sweet and fruity but mellow,” she says.
Fifteen oils went into developing her most popular spray, Ocean Potion. “I try to keep everything all natural,” she says. In the case of her sugar scrubs, she goes for quality over cost. “Grapeseed oil is pricey but lighter,” she says of the ingredient she uses in the scrubs. “It doesn’t clog your pores, so it’s actually good for your skin.”
Martin’s attention to details, diversity of products and ambition to create products that make folks happy is paying off. “I’ve actually gotten a following of people,” she says.
She takes pleasing people seriously. “If somebody wants me to do a cake pop arrangement, I kind of want to know something about the person to create something just for them,” she says.
An esthetician was particularly satisfied with Martin’s personal attention. “The woman had to have a special recipe because she does hair removal with sugar scrubs,” Martin says. She worked with her client to get the perfect recipe, even creating five test cakes to find the most-loved result.
Creating her products and eschewing the nine-to-five life makes Martin happy. “With my head spinning with different ideas, I can actually make it happen,” she says. “I have fun doing it.” For her following, it’s all about feeling better through personalized beauty and deliciousness inside and out.
Where to find them
Kim Martin will be featuring her creations at multiple arts and crafts shows throughout the Outer Banks, including at the recurring Lighthouse Local Arts and Crafts shows at the Family Life Center in Buxton. These shows run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 19, Sept. 3, Oct. 9, Dec. 10-11. She also will be at OBX Arts & Crafts Festival at the Hilton Garden Inn in Kitty Hawk, Sept. 8-9.
Contact her on Facebook, KM Creations, or email at firstname.lastname@example.org