In episode fifty five of the Glow Journal podcast, host Gemma Watts talks to the founder and CEO of Biogeo, Nancy Twine. Nancy, a former vice president at Goldman Sachs, tells me her very earliest memories of beauty all take place in the kitchen with her mother and grandmother, mixing their own beauty products using a KitchenAid. Nancy tells me that, even as a child, she was aware that there were very few options in the beauty sphere for women of colour like herself, so mixing her own formulas allowed her to have some control, rather than having to rely on whatever products were on the shelf. Nancy revisited this idea and this passion in 2010. She’d been working in a high powered position in finance for upwards of seven years when her mother suddenly and tragically passed away, an incident that made Nancy really closely examine the way she was living her own life. “We owe it to ourselves to align our passions with our careers,” she tells me, and so she revisited that early passion for beauty and began work on her own business- Briogeo. A clean, natural and INCLUSIVE haircare brand, Briogeo is now stocked globally (including in Mecca here in Australia) and reportedly hit something to the tune of $65 million USD in retail sales last year- less than six years after the brand’s 2014 launch. In this conversation, Nancy and I discuss the perils of formulating haircare that’s ACTUALLY natural, her advice for new brand founder on securing investment, and why she has Alicia Silverstone in Clueless to thank for her first foray into entrepreneurship. You can read this interview now at: glowjournal.comFollow Briogeo on Instagram at @briogeoStay up to date with Gemma on Instagram at @gemkwatts and @glow.journal, or get in touch at email@example.com
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