We had the good fortune of connecting with Chantelle Martin and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Chantelle, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
I started this business because first and foremost, I have young children and I really wanted the freedom and flexibility to go on field trips with them, eat lunch with them, just be there for them without needing permission or risking not making money because I’m not physically at work. My kids are my driving force but they’re also the reason I specialize in holistic care because it’s so easy to get wrapped up in being a full time mom that you forget to take care of yourself. Mahogany Hippie allows me to take care of myself and be there for my kids. Best of all worlds.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Mahogany Hippie is not just a business or company, we are a holistic lifestyle brand that addresses the whole person in mind, body, and spirit to bring out the healthiest, happiest version of ourselves.
Our skincare line is different than all others because we are 100% all natural and organic and all of our oils are infused with fresh herbs to bring out the natural healing properties of the herb and oil. We create skincare for self-care that heals from the inside out.
We sell products to manifest your best life to promote peace and positivity daily.
What started out as one jar of body butter and body scrub I made for myself to pamper myself in between taking care of my 3 kids, has turned in to a phenomenon of people of color taking control of their health and wellness by paying attention to the ingredients they use in their daily lives as well as the triggers around them.
As this brand continues to grow, we continue to support our community by giving back to organizations that assist with resources for mental and physical health for people of color.
It’s not easy, but our health and wellness will always be worth the extra mile.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
If my best friend was in the city the first place we’d have to stop by is Slutty Vegan to introduce her to vegan food made delicious! Pre-Covid we’d visit the botanical gardens, Piedmont park, and other vegan food spots around the city..
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I want to dedicate my shoutout to my husband, Ray, who is always in my corner pushing me to be better and being the behind the scenes help I always need. From shipping and packaging, to bouncing ideas off of, to the never ending encouragement, I owe much of my success to him.