Lavanda Belanger discovered her interest in natural skin care products about six years ago, at the age of 38 years old. “After my daughter was born, in 1991, I developed a bad case of sensitive, acne prone, oily, angry skin. Despite my efforts in trying 100’s of store bought skin care products, that only seemed to aggravate and make my skin worse, I stumbled across an all natural face serum at the local health food store. By far, it worked much better than any other product I had tried but it still wasn’t perfect.”
The natural serum sparked Lavanda’s interest and she began her quest, which turned into years of research and experimentation with carrier and essential oils. As a results-orientated person seeing incredible changes, Lavanda’s passion for developing her own custom skincare grew. “I was so excited about my creations that I started giving them to my friends and family to try. Their feedback was what inspired and motivated me to start my business, Buddhaful Skin Care!”
Who is Lavanda – how do you describe yourself?
Lavanda is an energetic lover of life who thrives to live everyday like it could be her last. She recognizes and appreciates that everyone is uniquely beautiful; there is something precious in all of us. Being a mother of three grown children has ultimately taught Lavanda the importance of maintaining wellness ~ meaning the healthy balance of the mind, body, and spirit. Without this balance, life can feel overwhelming and more challenging than it needs to be. As a result of Lavanda’s wellness beliefs and passion for all things natural, she founded the Buddhaful Skin Care line.
As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
As a child I dreamed of owning my own business. Watching my parents build an empire (figuratively speaking), from the ground up, always motivated me to want the same. I fed off my parent’s desire, persistence, and exquisite work ethic.
What core values do you bring from your personal life to your business?
My core values spill over into every aspect of my business. I’m a huge believer in core values so I could go on forever but I’ll just touch on my three favorites, in no particular order! First, I believe that honesty is always the best policy; this was engrained in me from the womb. For this reason, I could never promote/sell something I didn’t truly believe in. Second, I believe that trust must be earned. When I encounter potential clients about trying my products, I understand if they are reluctant, after all, I am not Sephora… I’m just a one woman show! After clients try my products, I earn their trust because I advertize truthfully, and they are beyond satisfied because they gain the results they hoped for. For this reason, I earn their trust and it feels good! Third, I believe that family is of fundamental importance. I’m truly thankful for the love, support, and encouragement my entire family provides me, and I provide them. Without my family, I would not be nearly the person I am today.
Name a woman whom you admire and look up to and explain why.
Hands down, my mom is the woman I admire and look up to the most. Her characteristics taught me, directly and indirectly, the true meaning of integrity. She empowered me from a young age, by showing me how to love and appreciate all the little things in life. My mom is the most genuine thoughtful and generous person I’ve ever known. Her love and devotion to everyone she surrounds herself with is unconditional and everlasting. She puts her whole heart into everything she does. I continue to learn and grow from her everyday.
If you were given 5 more hours in a day what would you do with them?
If I was given 5 more hours in a day I would fill them making MORE memories with family, friends, and clients.
About Buddhaful Skin Care
How would you describe your brand to those who are being introduced to it for the first time?
Buddhaful Skin Care specializes in ALL NATURAL and Therapeutic Skin Care products. My skin care line currently includes four types of face serum made with only the finest carrier and therapeutic essential oils.
When using the combination of the night & day face serum, they replace the use of moisturizers, toners, and primers. They are natural moisturizers that ALSO tackle skin issues such as acne, eczema, rosacea, scarring, sun damage, dryness, and many other skin imperfections. They offer anti-aging properties and are gentle on sensitive skin.
What are the benefits of using your product?
Have you ever looked at the ingredients of the products you’re using? I bet you can’t even pronounce most of them. Google some… do you really want to put that on your face? Buddhaful Skin Care products are made with ALL NATURAL ingredients, so no harsh chemicals and/or fillers found in most store bought products. They save a time, money, and counter space! AND they work! What’s not to love?
What was the best compliment that you have ever received from a client?
The best compliment I could ever receive from any client is a second order. I have one client who recently purchased a 4oz bottle of ULTIMATE Night Serum because she uses it from head to toe! Remember, my products are normally sold in 1oz a bottle that lasts 9-12 months so a 4oz bottle is A LOT of serum!
What are some other ways to use your products other than on the face?
Because my blends are all natural moisturizers, they can be used head to toe. ULTIMATE is my Signature Serum because of its healing properties. It’s pet friendly too! Our Boston Terrier has every allergy imaginable so my husband and I apply ULTIMATE and her outbreaks of rashes and they quickly disappear. AWAKE Eye Serum works great as a hair oil (after drying hair), and also diminishes stretch marks. All the serum blends work great after shaving. The list goes on….I always look forward to hearing all the different ways clients use them!
Life as an Entrepreneur
What was the best business advice you were given?
I was never given “business advice” from anyone because I didn’t originally intend to create a business, it hit me. I think they call it destiny. My intention was only to create a variety of serum blends that would alleviate my many skin issues. When I knew I had created a couple masterpieces, I asked my closest friends & family to try them out. Their feedback is what drove my decision to start a business.
The best business advice that I can offer is to continue to treat every client like your ONLY client. I’m already confident about what my serums offer so my focus is on product presentation and superior service. I personally deliver all orders from Surrey to Chilliwack and offer free shipping to those out of my range.
What does success mean to you?
I believe success is a feeling that comes from within, it doesn’t have a price. For example, someone can have all the money in the world but if they are missing something internally, they’re soul is not fulfilled. Fulfillment creates satisfaction, inner peace, and acceptance of the things we cannot change. To be truly fulfilled is in my opinion, the definition of success.
What is the biggest lesson you have learned in business?
The biggest lesson I’ve learned in business thus far is that skin care is a tough industry to enter! It’s not easy to introduce something new (and handmade) to anyone’s existing skin care regime. People are naturally skeptical, of course! But despite this challenge, my clientele continues to grow… and quickly! Word of mouth is my salvation.
What keeps you motivated to work long hours after your day job?
In addition to Buddhaful Skin Care, I also work fulltime for the federal government. I enjoy my ‘day job’ very much because it offers many of the same rewards my business does; I know I’m making a positive difference in the life of others. Although Buddhaful Skin Care is my passion, it doesn’t offer me a pension; therefore I manage to do both. The part motivates me most is many of my co-workers use Buddhaful Skin Care. I see them everyday and I find it so exciting and rewarding to actually watch their skin transform before my eyes. This definitely motivates me to continue to work through the evenings!
What has been your most useful tool in business?
My most useful tool in business is having happy clients! I absolutely love to see my clients quickly become as passionate as I am about Buddhaful Skin Care products. This means my Mission: To take clients on an ALL NATURAL journey to happy & healthy skin, is being met.