We love a story that starts with something not going to plan, but then ends up being the start of a new business. Monét Marshall-Smith is testament to this subject, read on to find out more.
Tell us about the journey that led you to launch your brand Skin X Monét…
The journey behind Skin X Monét has been tough but rewarding. It all started when my ‘go to’ cleanser was discontinued from a big name brand. From what I remember, there was no warning or heads up about it, just poof, GONE! I’d already been experimenting with natural ingredients and essential oils for remedies so I decided to go further and attempt recreating a cleanser/soap similar to that of what I was used to. Shortly after, Skin x Monét was born.
What’s been the biggest challenge you’ve faced and how did you overcome it?
My biggest challenge so far has been staying motivated. It’s so hard trying to keep up with well established companies and social media trends just to keep the attention of my audience and provide them with relevant quality products. Every now and then I just turn off all of my notifications, turn on some chill beats music, meditate and write out my goals and affirmations for what success looks like for my business.
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If you were to describe your business mantra in three words, what would they be?
“Healthy is Flawless” So many people strive for perfect and flawless skin but that shouldn’t have to come at the cost of its healthiness. Strive for healthy skin.
What advice would you offer anyone interested in venturing into the world of beauty and skincare?
Do your research. If you have a choice to know what ingredients your skin is absorbing, choose the best. Whatever that is for you.
Talk us through an average business day in your life…
On an average day, the first thing I do is meditate and speak my affirmations aloud and over my business. Next I check my emails and orders from the previous night, process and package them, then ship them out asap. I’ve just learned how to schedule social media posts so that’s not an average day task, but a task that comes up every few days as content planning takes a lot of time.
Business can be an upward struggle at times, what do you do to stay positive?
My husband is my biggest supporter when it comes to my business so I turn to him for most of my business advice. I can honestly say that a quick chat with him about whatever challenge I’m facing can usually spark a little motivation and it will turn things around from there. Kudos to him!
What is your go-to quote when lacking motivation?
“I am capable of anything I set my mind to.”Monét
How much has social media played a role in the success of your brand?
As I’m still learning all the possible ways to reach the masses, I’m learning that social media has helped me reach more than I could have imagined reaching within barely a year of being in business. Social media has definitely put my brand in front of thousands already and it always blows my mind to think about that.
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How do you want people to feel when they first try your products?
When people first try my products, I want them to feel serene luxury. Everyone’s concept of luxury is different but when customers try Skin x Monét, the ultimate feeling for them is to feel good, calm and beautiful.
Our readers love to travel, what destination is at the top of your bucket list, and which of your skincare products would you take with you on your travels?
Maldives!!!! That is my dream vacation spot and I’m trying to stay for like a month, HA! But I know my go to products will be my travel essentials combo which contains a small soap bar and body butter, hydrating Rosé Glow toner, and last but not least my newest product that will be launching soon, my dark spot fading serum.
What’s next for you and your brand?
My next goal for Skin x Monét is obviously growth but I have desires of seeing my brand in more magazines. Shoutout to House of CoCo for the start of new dreams for this small business owner.
Where can people find out more about Skin X Monet?
My social media handles are: @SkinxMonet for Instagram, Facebook, TikTok and Pinterest. You can Google Skin x Monét and that will take you to my Google business page which will also lead customers to my website, www.SkinxMonet.com.