We had the good fortune of connecting with Jessica Jade and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jessica, how did you come up with the idea for your business?
SunKissOrganics is an organic skincare line founded by me, Jessica Jade, a Black Latina from the Bronx inspired by the skincare recipes of her Puerto-Rican great-grandmother. In 2011, I developed chronic eczema that covered over 50% of my body. My eczema left my skin so sensitive to the sun I was forced to wear turtlenecks for an entire Summer. In addition to the constant physical pain, the emotional toll of my condition was insurmountable. I stopped dating, thwarted promotions at work, and completely lost my confidence unable to even look others in their eyes. Out of pure necessity, for gentle skincare alternatives, I began formulating products with recipes orally passed down to me by my great-grandmother. Mama Teresa’s in-depth knowledge of healing herbs and plants stemmed from a long line of women in my family, who for generations handcrafted beauty and hair products from organic ingredients grown in their very own backyard- the Caribbean. Since its inception, SunKiss is deeply rooted in tradition and culture.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
SunKiss is deeply rooted in tradition and culture but it is also scientifically formulated by Black-owned labs in the U.S.A. to be skin-supportive and effective. I believe that is why we have gained customer loyalty, trust, and love. We provide the highest quality skincare products for people with sensitive skin. This allows our clients to rely on our skincare line and is why I am completely transparent about our origins, ingredients, and crafting process. Our #SunKissSquad is a community of diverse women that advocate for healthy skin, not perfect skin! Since launching in 2016, we have empowered thousands of women to hydrate, protect & heal their skin with our simple skincare kits. During the pandemic, we went a step further, and offered 150 free skincare consultations to women and girls in underserved communities! Along with the growth of our #SunKissSquad, and that of our philanthropic impact, our business has also seen major wins. In 2020, our revenue increased by 1015% and then again by 150% in 2021. As a small, Afro-Latinx business we’ve also had the privilege of being featured on Good Morning America, Access Daily, Hola USA, Essence Magazine, and more! Ultimately, our goal is to continue to foster a community of women that advocate for healthy skin, not perfect skin. A community where Latinx, Black, and Brown women love the skin they’re in and live by their own standard of beauty!
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I am a huge fan of supporting local businesses in my community and have a great list of go-to spots in Harlem, NY! I would first begin our day and my favorite Italian restaurant, FUMO, for brunch. They have an Aperol spritz and Kale Ceaser Salad that is delicious. We would then mosey on over to Avrilililly’s for a frozen gelato and gluten-free treat! Bike rides followed by picnics at one of our many local parks are always a great time and my favorite thing to do is take a blanket to Riverside Park with a good book to enjoy the afternoon. Once the sun begins to set I make my way to delicious dinner and beautiful cocktails at the Honeywell. Good food is always my go-to activity!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Deliah Dee of Shft World is a host and culture changer in our community! She curates content, events, and apparel, our sole mission is to serve as a resource for those whose voices typically stay in the shadows.
Carolina Ramirez and Sasha Mercado