We had the good fortune of connecting with Tara & Jamilla Smith and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tara & Jamilla, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
If I’m honest there was no thought process. MyUniqueskin was created because of my unique skin condition. I have Hidradenitis Suppurativs (HS) also known as Acne Inversa for which there is no cure. Our initial goal was to create a product that would provide relief consistently. We decided on soap but not any soap, one we could stand behind because if we were successful we knew there would be more people like me that needed it. We educated ourselves, discovered & often rediscovered the benefits of various butters, oils & herbs. Ultimately we created a product that not only assisted me with my HS but others with various skin conditions. The success of that 1 soap lead us to believe with proper education, science & quality ingredients we can formulate amazing natural soaps & skincare products. Products that not only do what science says it does but also creates an amazing experience in the process.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
We would say Quality, Integrity, Education & Formulation is what sets us apart as soap makers & in natural skincare as a whole. We actually formulate our recipes ourselves. They are not copy & paste, meaning we don’t use a book filled with recipes & change an ingredient or two. We use science to create a wonderful long lasting bars of soap without unnecessary additives. We use products that we’ve vetted & trust. If we need an ingredient but cannot find a reliable source we make it ourselves. We pride ourselves in using Community Fair Trade Butters & Oils. We use local businesses to supply many of our ingredients & we grow our own herbs & Aloe so that we are confident in the products we can stand behind.
Sleepless Nights! Lol but in all seriousness we got here today because of hard work, a great support team & God. It hasn’t been easy , however with practice, education & commitment we are able master our craft one product at a time. One of the lessons we’ve learned along the way is that slow & steady wins the race. When we started MyUniqueskin we took off running & it became too much, we had to sit down & think about how we’d continue go about business, short & long term. We questioned how we would mass produce & continue to provide quality products, whats the end game, how will we make time to continue our education, book events & continue place products in the customers hands. Most importantly how will create forever customers.
We are Mother & Daughter duo committed to providing luxury natural skincare products. We love the science behind soaping & aim to create natural skincare products that we can stand behind & you will love! At MyUniqueskin our Butters & Oils are the true stars.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Wow! We don’t go out much! Our idea of a good night is relaxing in the hot tub, a glass of whiskey, & music playing.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Wow, we have an amazing support team. If we had to single a person or persons it would be Keneathia Smith & Tashena Shields.
These ladies encourage us to push through even when the weight of integrity seems too much to bare. They pull no punches & their criticisms & insights have assisted us in more ways then they will ever know. Everyone needs cheerleader & a critic. They are both Thankfully the its ALWAYS done with love.