The dry winds out West can be tough on skin – just ask Karen Crook, who grew up in a Texas oil family and was an Air Force missile launch officer in Wyoming. When she and her husband, Gary, later lived in California, her problem with moisture-deprived skin persisted.
She tried a wide range of commercial skin products, but finally decided to use her background in chemistry and biology to find a way to soothe the irritation. Using time-tested ingredients – including aloe vera, olive oil, shea butter and cocoa butter – she started making her own lotions and creams, and gave samples to family and friends.
Before long, they were asking, “When are you going to make some more?”
By 2005, Karen had established her own line of skin care products. The couple moved to Louisville, where she set up kiosks in two malls. Their success inspired her to open a shop, Lexie’s Trading Post, on Bardstown Road in 2008....