Get velvety soft and refreshed skin!
Most women have mornings and nights consisting of vigorous skin care routines to try and get that glow. For some, flawless skin comes naturally and for others it can be a challenge. If you're dealing with acne, you could find countless products, but what about other skin conditions like eczema. Tanisha Rankin decided to take control of her own skin journey and turned it into her business Mahogany Essentials. Made of all natural products, Mahogany Essentials in Upper Darby, PA gives women a natural way to care for their skin. Knowing what's in the product is key and these products look good enough to eat! We love that these hand-crafted products contain a little more glycerin than usual. A little moisture never hurt anybody! Let’s give it up for this skin care artisan and celebrate Tanisha as the Queen of velvety soft refreshed skin!
What inspired you to start your business and why?: Growing up, I like many others had eczema and skin conditions which led me to use only one brand of soap. On the suggestion of a friend I used a handmade bar of soap that had mostly natural ingredients and it changed my perception of skincare. It lead me to research the differences in the major brands and why handmade was better for the consumer. So many people are led to believe they have limited options if they have sensitive skin, but really there is a world of options. By making it myself, I understand each ingredients purpose and can share that knowledge with my customers.
What does your company stand for?: We believe everyone deserves a personal care routine that includes natural ingredients (Clays, oils, and botanicals) to help them recognize the beauty within. Our products are handcrafted in small batches to maintain quality and insure maximum freshness. We want each person to care about what goes on their body as much as they care about what goes into their body. Our products are made with love and I hope every customer can feel that as they use our home and body essentials.
How do you create the life you want?: I have an ever-changing vision board that details my life goals. As I grow, I add or remove items from the board. I also use a bullet journal to document my day to day activities and this also serves as a reminder of how far I've come to reaching some goals or how far I still have to go. I try not to remain stagnant and I keep myself educated/engaged; as the world changes so does my life vision and my goals.
Where do you find inspiration?: For the company I find inspiration in nature, culture, in baked goods and in art. Actually, that's what inspires me in life as well. There is so much happening in the world, we just have to pay attention to see what is speaking to us.
How has your business made you a better person?: It is a blessing to be able to share my creativity and passion with people. As I talk to customers and learn about their issues, it brings me nothing but joy to provide them with a solution that actually works. The more feedback I receive, makes me want to reach more people and let them know about the different options available to them. I have also been fortunate enough to travel to various places to source ingredients. To know the exact location where an ingredient is coming from and how it will be used is rare in today's world. I am forever thankful to learn about the different cultures and experiences of the people that I source my ingredients from. I look forward to sharing more of these experiences with my customers to help them understand more about the quality ingredients that go into each Mahogany Essentials product.
What makes you HUMAN?: I'm not perfect, I make mistakes, I curse like a sailor and I judge the person in the mirror ten times harder than anyone else will. At the end of the day, I know that my task list may not be completed because of the deliberate choices I made during the day, but I tried my best and I made an attempt to get it accomplished. I also know tomorrow is another blank slate to try again.
Social Media Handles: @mahoganyessentials