I had the opportunity to interview Skinfolk creator Tisha. Tisha owns and operates her beauty business in our own backyard of San Diego, CA.
How long have you had a passion for skin care and the beauty industry?
My passion actually chose me! I have since learned through this wonderful process that what doesn’t kill you DOES make you strong. I began suffering with acne in my early 20’s. It started with only small monthly breakouts and soon blossomed into red, irritated skin in no time. I tried everything from expensive dermatology treatments to covering up with makeup. Nothing helped. My self-esteem was in trouble!!! So I began reading and ordering anything and everything natural that promised to work. Once I started using a pure African Black Soap and Shea Butter I was hooked. My face glowed and my lesions began to heal, I was amazed. Only one problem: pure and true indigenous products are extremely hard to come by, and when you do, VERY expensive! I decided that I had something to offer to humankind by offering a better way of life to villagers who have no other means of making money, to the environment to encourage rainforest conservation, and to others like me suffering with angry skin.
What do you look for in a skin care product? What are your favorites (either your own or other brands)?
I look for products with minimal ingredients and NO WATER. Water = Harsh Preservatives. Period. Also, I love to purchase skin care products from manufactures that care about more than money. Of course, I am a little bit bias and tend to use products I create. I have invested a lot of money into my pantry closet!
Do you have a morning beauty regimen? If so, what is it?
As a mom, mornings are hectic. I keep it very basic… splash of water while showering, follow with spritzes of rose-water, followed with a smidge of Amazonia (a blend of tucuma butter with tamanu oil). Finished and ready to go until I run out of steam!
What is your biggest inspiration in life and in business?
My grandmother. She always wanted to become a business woman, but being born into the segregated south before the 1920’s didn’t really allow that. Even so, with 7 children in tow, she tried an ice cream shop and a hamburger joint! I am so very proud of her relentless, never give up spirit, and although she has passed on and never got to physically see that her passion lives on in me. She was an expert baker, and I use a lot of her techniques in my creations. Ashante!
How did you get involved with the Fashion With A Passion event?
I participate bi-monthly at the Hillcrest Farmer’s Market, and have my booth right next to a wonderful jeweler named Maria (she sells the cutest typewriter key necklaces, rings and bracelets!), who introduced me to one of the hosts. Of course I jumped at the chance to help such a WORTHY cause! I am so very thankful for the health of my loved ones, and will do anything to bring joy any on this planet to those suffering.
What is your favorite product that you will be featuring at the event and why?
My products are like my children, I try very hard not to play favorites. It actually varies from day-to-day depending on what I’m working on at the time. I’m fickle like that!!! But right now, it is Eden. I have added a bit of resins to the aromatherapy and it has a sweet, spicy sensual smell that makes you feel like a lady… sexy!
If you had one wish, what would it be?
One wish… Sounds cheesy, but PEACE ON EARTH, GOOD WILL TOWARDS MAN. Thanks for listening!
You can find Tisha’s natural and soothing products at Fashion With A Passion’s Vendor Village on April 16th, raising money for Make A Wish Foundation of San Diego. Buy your tickets today!
You can also find Skinfolk products on Etsy! All photographs were provided by courtesy of Skinfolk.