Have you ever talked to someone and felt like anything is possible?
Chanthini Harrell is that kind of woman. She is inspiring, motivated, and passionate about what she does. Which, mind you, is a lot.
Chan runs a non-profit organization and a for-profit product-based business in between a full-time job and raising her son. To say that we are inspired by the work she does would be an understatement.
We hope you enjoy getting to know Chan as much as we have. And if you're in the market for some bath and body products, follow the links below.
Talk to us about Emerald Escape Spa Products. How long have you been doing it and what inspired you to get started?
Emerald Escape Spa Products started as a hobby for me about 2 years ago , I love many of the big company bath and body products however some of them didn't agree with my skin. So I started to do research and tried several different distributors until I found products that didn't have unnecessary ingredients, made sure they are PBA and dye free but still have the feel of the major brands.
Prior to starting your current business, you started and ran a non-profit in the Chicago area. Can you tell us more about that?
My NFP organization is called New Victorious Me. We serve the underserved and underprivileged in the urban communities through volunteering and hosting events such as back to school drives, warm our city coat drives, domestic violence awareness events and easter events just to name a few. I started the organization to bring together people for the common goal of giving back to the community.
With experience in both the non-profit and for-profit worlds, how has that shaped or changed how run your business?
The only difference is the profit. It can be a struggle because you want your products to be affordable but don't put yourself in debt by doing so.
In the midst of running a non-profit, starting a new (for-profit) business, and raising your son, you also work a full-time job. How are you able to do all of those things without going crazy?
Time management and organization are your best friends. Write a to-do list and cross off things as you accomplish them. Don't forget family time and "you" time, I know it's hard but it's very necessary so that you don't become overwhelmed.
What's on the horizon for you? Any new products, partnerships, or goals for you in the coming year?
We just released our triple butter and oatmeal shea soap bars on January 1st. This is a new addition to our bath and body lineup which contains lotions, shower gels and body sprays. Also we are adding new scents to our soy candle line.
Famous last words... What advice would you give to women who are trying to do it all?
Don't give up, stay focused, and believe in yourself. Anybody can do it, so why not you!!