We had the good fortune of connecting with Mylene Leon and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Mylene, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
I felt that I needed more control of my lifestyle and schedule. Spending years in a corporate environment felt a lot like running in circles on that corporate hamster wheel. I spent my time developing companies and making them successful. I missed out on family gatherings, my daughter’s volleyball games, and nights out with friends. I was giving 110% and neglecting my own needs. My health and wellbeing were slowly fading away and I found that I was losing myself. Both of my parents have always taught me to step up to challenges and persevere; the only thing than could ever stop me is my own mindset so I decided to take back my life. I took a risk and started my own business. I had very little resources to start up but was determined and did it one step at a time. I now invest 110% into my own company and enjoy watching it grow. It’s a commitment but I’m at a place where I really do love what I do. It’s not just about being successful in your career but being successful in life. I have the flexibility to travel, and to spend time with family and friends. I no longer suffer from high levels of stress and the effects it has on my body. Even if I’m working long hours, I know that I am doing it for myself. I am investing in my future and in my own job security. My daughter is my partner on this journey and her vision and creativity have raised the bar and contributed to our company’s growing success. Together we are creating a legacy for my granddaughter. Knowing that we have taken control of our futures is empowering! We are grateful to our partners, family, friends and patrons who support us and help us realize our vision.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
We are a mother-team working on the development of clean beauty products. Our goal is to provide gentle holistic solutions for everyday living. One of the things that I think really sets us apart is our base formula. Both my daughter and I have severe allergies. We were both spending a lot of money on brand name products and although they were “clean” products, we were still having skin reactions. I developed a base formula for my daily skin care out of frustration and was ecstatically surprised by the results. Our base salve served as an antibacterial ointment that helps to fight germs, promote healing & soothe irritated skin. I then tweaked it and came up with a facial formula for sensitive skin types that helps to restore skin complexion, balance PH & promote a healthy glow. From there, I developed body butters, salt scrubs, soaps and inhalers. Our ingredients are sourced from local organic farmers and certified growers from around the world. A lot of love goes into what we do and we are both ecstatic to deliver a cost effective product with positive results.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I really enjoy being outside and any friend of mine has got to love the outdoors! Everglades National Park – Flamingo; its the best of both worlds. You get to see the change from swamp to ocean. There’s a lot of wildlife, fishing, canoeing, camping ocean front…it’s quite beautiful. Bahia Honda in the Florida Keys is also worth the drive. The sunsets and night time skies are magical. I couldn’t imagine driving back from the Florida Keys and not stopping at Snook’s Bayside Restaurant – the best hogfish platter! Another gem and local favorite is Alabama Jack’s – the best conch fritters! However, when it comes to fine dining its Chef Adrianne’s Vineyard Restaurant & Bar all the way!!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
It is through the continued love and support of my family & closest friends that I am where I am today. I have been fortunate to have had exceptional teachers and mentors to help educate, groom, and guide me. I am forever grateful to all of our clients who believe in us and believe in making the world a better place. Lastly, to my beautiful daughter Maika – I am a better person because of you. You inspire me to always step out of my comfort zone and do great things. You are the most wonderful thing that has ever happened to me!
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