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In our obsession with searching the blogosphere for, well, everything, we’ve learned a lot of DIY tricks on making everything from decorations to tie-dyed dresses to business cards. But little do we see tips on handcrafted skincare products. Then two years ago, we met Susan Ng at a trunk show tucked away in the Fashion District. After perusing tables full of gorgeous accessories, we landed at her line of naturally made creams, salves and scrubs. Her company is called Naturally Susan’s and everything is made from natural and organic ingredients so you no longer have to agonize over whether or not what you’re putting on your skin is legit.
Below we asked Susan a few questions about her brand and about managing our twenty-something skin.
Working for yourself definitely has its benefits. What are the pros and cons?
The best part about being your own boss, is being your own boss! You manage your own schedule and the direction in which you would like to focus your business. The most challenging part of working for yourself is that it’s often necessary to manage every aspect of the business, particularly at the early stages. It’s not easy especially when time is limited and so much needs to get done. This is where effective time management and self-discipline are essential. Create a schedule and try your best to stick to it.
Over coffee once, you told us how you sold product to a customer by showing that your products are all natural. What is important about only using ingredients you can find in the earth?
Your skin is the largest organ on your body and it absorbs about 60% of what you put on it, so it’s important to be aware of the type of products you apply on your skin. From my research, I discovered so many product ingredients that were toxic, chemicals that could be damaging to our bodies. With that, it became even more critical that I look to nature and create products that were as pure and as close to nature as possible.
What is your secret weapon?
I started making skin care products for myself since I wanted chemical-free and fragrance-free products suitable for sensitive skin. Also, I wanted products that are effective and versatile since I used to travel so much for work. Simplifying my beauty routine and my travel bag are key to the products that I develop. So, what you’ll find in my product line are products like the Avocado Lavender Salve. Its concentrated and long-lasting formula is a great moisturizer for hands, lips, elbows, heels, and face. You’ll also find the Roll On Moisturizers that are long lasting, travel-size and can be used as natural perfumes too. My products are about skin-healthy. And, they’re about making our lives easier.
The older we get the more we learn that skin troubles are not just for teenagers. What’s our best chance at glowing skin – or at least non-blemished complexions?
I’ve been there! Just when you thought you outgrew acne…you later learn that there’s something referred to as “adult acne.” When this happens, it’s best to seek advice from a medical practitioner since the body could be trying to tell you something. There are things that you can do that may be helpful in managing skin-related issues. Try to manage stress levels, exercise regularly, drink plenty of water to flush toxins out of the body, and maintain a healthy diet that includes lots of fruits and vegetables. In addition, wash your face before going to bed to get rid of the day’s dirt and grime that could clog pores and cause breakouts. Also, remember to wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen when heading outdoors even when it’s cloudy. The sun and ultra-violet rays can be strong and damaging to your skin. So, protect it and feed your skin properly from the inside and out to prolong your youthful glow.
It’s a bit daunting to go 100% natural, but in order to avoid harmful ingredients, what should we be looking out for on the label when choosing our beauty products?
The words “fragrance” and “parfum” are synonymous and represent two of the most worrisome words for me when it comes to product ingredient listings. These terms can comprise of 3,000+ different chemicals that may be too minute to list, so they are lumped into those terms. Also, try to avoid products that contain PARABENS, sulfates, petrochemicals and artificial colors. These are chemicals that have been linked to health issues.
What is your definition of success? What is the best thing you have ever done for your career and/or personal life?
I enjoy meeting people, sharing stories and learning how we can help each other. As my business continues to expand, I measure success with each person that I meet and how much we can grow together. I’ve taken some chances in life and I encourage others to to pursue their passions as well. Doing some things that may be out of our comfort zone can help to challenge our capabilities, expand our skill sets, and help us to discover what we truly enjoy doing in life.
You can learn more about Naturally Susan’s artisan skin care products on her website, blog and social media pages and visit her at various markets and spa trunk shows.
Naturally Susan’s is a nominee for Martha Stewart American Made 2013! We are honored to be among the multitude of talented, local artisans.
Check out Naturally Susan’s nomination profile in the STYLE category where you can submit 6 votes each day through September 13th. Your votes will decide the six nominees in each category (food, craft, design, style, gardening, or technology) that will advance to the Grand Prize round, and then the final winning Maker.
We appreciate your votes! Every vote helps us get closer to achieving additional support to grow our business! Please help us spread the word! We thank you for your support, and we thank you for being kind to your body!
WOCP TV Interview with Susan Ng Founder Naturally Susan’s Natural & Organic Skin Care
See the interview: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=47PTGzkqMOk&feature=youtu.be
WOCP TV Host, & NY Eastern Regional President of Women of Concern Professionals Strategic Consciousness Networking, Jasmin Farnum attended a Free Co-Working Event at The Regus on 7th Ave in NYC. Susan Ng was a speaker and gave some powerful branding tips. Susan graciously took a few minutes and granted WOCP TV this interview. Thanks Susan. For more info about Naturally Susan’s visit: http://naturallysusansllc.com/
For more about the Host Jasmin Farnum visit: http://about.me/jasminfarnum
Find out more about Women of Concern Professionals Strategic Consciousness Networking go to: http://wocpscn.com/
Taken during the Greenwich Village-Chelsea Chamber of Commerce’s Women in Business Cocktail Event, this photograph captured a rare moment at the conclusion of our busy evening when we were standing still. The casual photo was snapped by Leigh Beckett of Leigh Beckett Photography. Check out his website to view a gallery of his work that includes headshots, event photographs and more. www.NaturallySusans.com
On March 27th, the Greenwich Village-Chelsea Chamber of Commerce (GVCCC) Women in Business Committee honored the successes of three distinguished women: Claire Chambers, Founder & CEO, Journelle; Traci Entel, Chief Human Capital Officer & Partner, Booz & Company; and Terri McCullough, Executive Director, The Tory Burch Foundation.
At the opulent Goldbar in Little Italy, VIPs arrived early and networked more intimately with the honorees and host committee members. The venue was abuzz as more guests arrived and over 150 event attendees filled Goldbar, mingling over cocktails and hors d’oeuvres of lobster & corn fritters, ricotta & honey crostinis, crudités and much more.
During the awards ceremony, each honoree shared personal advice…
“Be passionate about what you do….”
“Surround yourself with those that you enjoy being with….”
“Do what you love….”
As the networking evening wound down, guests brought home premium gift bags that included special gifts from Tory Burch, Journelle, Booz & Company, Exhale Spa, Baked by Melissa, Naturally Susan’s and more!
We were honored to work with an extraordinary organizing team, co-chaired by Beth Stellato and Sara Link of Little West Group.
We had a wonderful time and we look forward to seeing everyone at our future events!
Special thanks to our event sponsors and host committee for helping to make our event a success!
Host Committee: Allison Havourd Barrett, Senior Vice President, Willis Americas Administration; Amanda Pouchot, Co-Founder and Chief Community Officer, Levo League; Binta Niambi Brown, Partner, Kirkland & Ellis; Caroline Ghosn, Co-Founder and CEO, Levo League; Casey Santiago, Founder, Kanji; Christine Quinn, Speaker, New York City Council; Corinna Freedman, Vice President, Wedbush Securities; Heather K. Godsmark, Director, KPMG LLP; Jennifer Field, Director, Social Impact, Gerson Lehrman Group; Jessica Liebeskind, President and Executive Creative Director, Vintage by Jessica Liebeskind; Jodi Simms Hassan, Principal, Alison Brod Public Relations; Kara Gustafson, Vice President, Goldman Sachs & Co; Lauren Kapp, Sales Director, AOL + Huffington Post; Lesa Wright McHale, President, Lesa Wright McHale + company; Liz Bruce, Managing Director, Fitzroy Communications; Marjorie Brands-McCarthy, Vice President, Marketing and External Relations, Global Strategy Group; Melissa Vargas, Designer and Independent Stylist; Mindy Lyons, Brand Sales, Livestream; Sarah Malloy-Good, Office of Assemblymember Glick
Event Sponsors: Greenwich Village-Chelsea Chamber of Commerce; Little West Group; Journelle; Strategy&; Tory Burch; Exhale Spa; Baked by Melissa; Naturally Susan’s; Gansevoort Hotel; Deborah J. Glick, Assemblymember 66th District, New York County; North Shore LIJ – Lenox Hill Hospital; Marte MultiMedia; TD Bank; FleursBELLA; Susty Party; Bulldog Gin