We had the good fortune of connecting with Lyndsey Brantley and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lyndsey, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
I’m Lyndsey Brantley. I’m a wife, mother, writer, Beautyprenuer, teacher, and medical aesthetics practitioner with an unshakable faith and ambitious mission to help aspiring Beautyprenuers to successfully launch beauty brands and to provide high quality natural skincare for those struggling with razor bumps, ingrown hairs and cellulite. I come from a single-parent home, where we struggled daily just to have the basic necessities. However, my mom always found a way to provide for us. That humbling experience most certainly motivated me. When I went to college to study engineering, I knew I wanted to make a better life for my family and show my mother how much I appreciated her sacrifice. Later in my career journey, I went through medical aesthetics training because I loved the spa industry and wanted to know more. I worked in a medical spa for an anesthesiologist and worked at a holistic spa at the same time. I became a sponge during that time. I learned everything I could about the beauty industry. I worked in both the engineering field and the beauty industry for more than eight years, gaining experience in aesthetics and using my engineering job to fund the aesthetics venture. I was struggling with my Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) and fertility treatments and was then inspired to develop my own products and begin my Beautyprenuer journey. I was most affected by the body hair and skin sensitivity issues, so it inspired me to create a razor bump solution caused by the condition. As a first-generation entrepreneur, I have made several mistakes along the way. But I have had just as many victories. I find freedom in being transparent about my journey. When I make an error, I can admit it and learn from it. This journey has been beautiful yet stressful, but so worth it. I have been in boardrooms with Walmart executives pitching my ideas. I have won more than $85,000 in pitch and grant funds to launch my ventures. My company has been featured in several media outlets, such as Essence, Ebony, Huffington Post, Fox News and many others. And while those honors have been a dream-come-true, my success all comes down to the plan, strategies, and visions I set for my business. We all can find success in this industry but without setting forth a plan and having the correct mindset for success our business will not grow. I know that my unwavering optimism and evolving business strategies are the key factors in the success of my growing company and I encourage all entrepreneurs to take time to develop their plan and their growth mindset in order to achieve success and growth as well! In life, we only get the things for which we aren’t afraid to ask for and work for. If you are truly motivated to succeed, you will have to learn to find your home in uncomfortable moments in life and be brave enough to work for the things you really want.
What should our readers know about your business?
Camellia Alise is a unisex, specialized skincare company, focused on providing comprehensive beauty educational services and effective natural personal care products. Our primary services are manufacturing and retailing all natural skincare products for razor bumps and cellulite, with a business model consisting of spa equipment supply and beauty training services. We have developed a unisex skincare line of 9 healing, paraben-free, sulfate-free, alcohol-free, vegan skin care products that alleviate ingrown hairs, razor bumps (folliculitis), cellulite, and stretchmarks. After a few years in the industry, my team and I found that there was also a large need to educate consumers and aspiring business owners on the aspects of proper skincare and natural beauty techniques, so we launched the Camellia Academy and developed the private labeled Camellia Alise cavitation liposuction machine in June of 2018. As the owner and CEO of Camellia Alise. I have faced many challenges in helping our business to grow and thrive. I am a graduate of Lamar University with a degree in civil engineering and was a structural engineer for over 5 years before being laid off. I knew I wanted to do something to empower others to feel comfortable in their own skin and was struggling because my PCOS caused me to grow more facial hair then the average woman. I was already coming from a male dominated industry and the competitive beauty industry is no different. I have constantly had to fight harder for retail space and to prove over and over that I have the knowledge to alleviate ingrown hair bumps. None of the challenges I have faced have ever been too great to dim my ambitions so I always encourage other business owners to power through the challenges they face. The most successful entrepreneurs are those who are resilient and not afraid to face the challenges along the journey. This year in 2020 with the COVID virus we have faced one of our biggest challenges. Our spa and academy had to close our doors so 2/3 of our typical income has been cut off, during that time (March to June) we still paid our employees and worked hard to increase e-commerce operations and continue gaining more brand awareness in this competitive marketplace. As a niche product in the shaving industry we are continuously moving in a positive direction and have year to date already surpassed last year’s sales despite our 3 month slow down!
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
So as a Texan I don’t get to Denver as often as I would like to but when I visit Denver the Elixir Mind Body Spa is an absolute must and I also have to got to the “Tables” restaurant on Kearney. I also once took a hilariously entertaining class called “Sushi, Sake, and roll” class that is a great tourist stop that I highly recommend.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Throughout my entire entrepreneurial journey, I have always sought out and worked with mentors for guidance, advice and to ensure that my business succeeds. I wouldn’t be where I am today without these special people and organizations: Leslie Roche my amazing business coach, Debra Myers owner of Enfusia my beauty brand mentor and the team of mentors at https://www.score.org/ who have helped me along the way. Of course there is also my mom Jennifer, My husband Davin, son Daniel and other family and friends for their encouragement. Additionally, there are all of my other advisers and mentors, too many to name here!!! To all those who have helped along the way, I say thank you.
Other: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJR5cjuw19BTAdl8huBFG_Q? http://pinterest.com/camelliaalise