HEYBOO exclusively chats to Mika of Ecologic Skin Care, unearthing more about her brand as well as what beauty trend we need pronto! Take a look-see below 🌿
Tell us more about Ecologic and how it is that you, Mika, came to be in the beauty industry?
Ecologic was founded by my mum, Annette, way back in 1997. We are an all-vegan, cruelty-free range of natural skin care products made with botanical extracts, nutritional supplements and cosmeceutical actives. From as young as I can remember, I said I wanted to make people feel more beautiful and watched my mum create skincare products, but as a young lady, I had my own plans in mind. After doing two years towards a degree in Dentistry, I left university to explore the world.
I travelled, studied Metaphysics at MetaVarsity and then found my way back home to Cape Town. In 2015, my mum asked me to come help her for a day with Ecologic, which was then just being supplied to friends and a few local health stores. The rest… is history! Since that day, I’ve never looked back and found my passion for cosmetic formulation and building a beauty brand. I draw my inspiration from my studies in Metaphysics and have expanded my knowledge in cosmetic science with Formula Botanica. The beauty industry is forever evolving and it’s an incredibly exciting industry to be a part of.
There are many beauty brands out there, what sets yours apart?
It’s the little things that make a big difference when it comes to Ecologic.
Our manufacturing process is more of a meditative ritual. Each and every product is blessed and programmed with crystals before making it’s way to its new home- there’s even a secret Ecologic blessing!
Our choice of naturally nourishing supplements like CoQ10, Rutin and MSM are unique, signature ingredients in the range. Ecologic believes that beauty is more than the products you use and we advocate a holistic approach to skincare. Our physical beauty radiates from the inside, out, so our relationship with ourselves is vital to radiant skin. Our mental, emotional, spiritual and physical wellness all play a role in the overall health of our skins. Ecologic’s products are formulated to support the skin’s natural functions, allowing you to age gracefully while honouring the mind-body connection.
Ecologic is a sensory journey which aims to inspire a lightness of being. Till today, each and every product is still labelled, poured and packaged by hand by myself.
If you had to choose, what would be your two favourite products from your range?
My all-time favourite is Skin Perfect CoQ10 moisturiser, the original product in Ecologic’s range, which has had the same basic formula since 1997. My current favourite is our biodegradable, apricot kernel Facial Scrub. It’s ideal for change of season and dull, Winter skins.
There is always a new trend in the beauty industry, what is the current obsession and why do we need it?
Crystal beauty tools are the current crush – and it looks like they are here to stay!
Crystal beauty tools like Ecologic’s Clear Quartz Gua sha boards, Jade and Rose Quartz rollers and new Rose Quartz Energy Combs are perfect for those “me-moments” in a modern world. Especially us women, we find ourselves taking on even more roles now than ever. It’s challenging to slow down and take the time to connect with yourself while taking proper care of your skin. This is where crystal beauty tools come in! Crystal beauty tools add a vibrational aspect to your beauty treatments. They are a symbol of autonomous care (which is so important right now) and elevates one’s beauty routine to a more energy-focused ritual. I think that the Covid virus will definitely shape the future of the beauty industry by having more brands turn to locally-sourced and indigenous botanical ingredients.
There are many amazing women out there. Can you name one female entrepreneur who inspires you and why?
I really can’t name just one. I’m inspired by all the women I get to interact with – be it a customer, a store owner, Ecologic’s social media manageress or even a supplier. I say I’m a one-woman “team”, but I have an incredible network of female entrepreneurs from all industries which inspire and support me every day doing what I love.
What is the best piece of advice you’ve received?
“It takes 10 years to build an overnight success.” Be patient with yourself and your brand. Great things take time.
Ups and downs are part of owning a business. Have you experienced failures? If so, what did you learn from them?
All the time! I’ve had failed formula’s, product batches that flopped, pricing errors… there’s always so many twists and turns beyond your control when owning a business, but that’s the playful (and scary!) part.
I’ve learnt that failure is truly only an opportunity to learn and you only fail if you fail to try at all.
Any pointers for aspiring female entrepreneurs out there?
If you have a vision, go for it! Don’t be held back by obstacles that you will encounter on the way because there is never going to be a perfect time to start. Take action on your ideas and allow your own personal growth and business to grow in synergy with one another.
Thank you Mika! Follow Ecologic’s Instagram below for updates on new products ❤︎
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