We had the good fortune of connecting with Kelly Sanchez and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kelly, can you tell us more about your background and the role it’s played in shaping who you are today?
I was born in South Carolina to my parents who had just recently immigrated from Medellín, Colombia to ensure their children would have a good life. That alone taught me perseverance through all adversity. I can’t say my life would have been as privileged if they hadn’t immigrated. But I can say without a doubt that their love, humility and compassion for living things would have had the same impact on me, no matter where we lived.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I am the owner of Inanna Earth, which is my brand of organic, plant-based hair and skin care for all hair and skin types. Some of the ingredients are organically grown and harvested in our own garden and any other ingredients are also organic and hand chosen. My boyfriend and I have a beautiful garden where we keep 2 bee hives and grow our own food and herbs. I personally hand-make and design every item which adds a level of care and consistency that shows in every end product. All of our hair treatments, styling creams and oils are made with the highest quality of hair strengthening and hydrating ingredients. And our skin scrubs, face washes, skin moisturizers and face masks have been specifically designed to properly cleanse, tone and soften skin without the harsh effects from alcohol, preservatives and other chemicals. What I’m most excited about are the new Herb Infused Oils I created from herbs in our garden, available in rollers and droppers. I grew up making homemade remedies for hair and skin with my mom, so this has always been a part of my lifestyle. But I would say that ever since becoming vegan I’ve become even more aware of not only what we eat but what we put on our bodies. The hardest part has been all the late nights learning new skills and methods when it comes to creating and designing our website. Hand making and choosing what will catch potential clients’ eyes and also ensuring all of our packaging is recyclable at an affordable cost has also been an amazing learning experience.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I would take them to see all the amazing hiking trails and waterfalls that are 30 to 2 hours away. Our downtown is also very beautiful and has great places to get drinks. I like to cook homemade vegan meals so I’d probably cook some of my amazing dishes. We’d also visit our local vegan restaurant or try new vegan places that are in close by cities.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My parents of course have been a huge support my whole life. My boyfriend and my friends have also always loved, supported, encouraged and pushed me to grow and become the woman I am today.
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