Today we’d like to introduce you to Cherissa Bonaparte.
Hi Cherissa, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstory with our readers?
I am the CEO of Komi Skincare and I help people rejuvenate their skin. Back in 2016, I was diagnosed with Hypothyroidism, which is low levels of the thyroid hormone, which caused several symptoms that may be overwhelming to live with — including skin irritations that can be uncomfortable and embarrassing. Hypothyroidism causes dry skin, but other skin changes can be seen at times, such as dry, dull, and coarse skin. In 2018, I had to have a thyroidectomy and remove my thyroid completely; I was horrified and worried how my physical appearance would change even more with no active thyroid gland. My skin became dry and flaky and I was experiencing the appearance of grey and dull skin. No matter what moisturizer or serums I would use my skin would not absorb it, I became frustrated and decided to do something about it. Nothing on the market was helping my new normal of dry skin, I worked with an in-house chemist who leverages science, expertise, and nature to deliver the most potent formulations in the skincare and beauty industry. All our products are made in-house by our chemists using high-end, domestic, and imported ingredients.
We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
The journey of entrepreneurship teaches you to cope with failure. You learn that not everything is going to run smoothly, but you must get up and push onward towards your dreams and aspirations. I started Komi Skincare during the covid pandemic and like many other small businesses, I was overwhelmed how the pandemic would affect my company. During the pandemic, I had to adjust and mitigate the effects it would have on my brand. I must admit a little stress can push you in a positive direction and give you a whole new insight moving forward. The popular vote says you should keep your dreams close to your chest because if you share them, you may pillage them to dream-stealers and naysayers. Don’t allow people to discourage you from chasing your own dreams. People want to instill so much fear in you that you shrink. You must make yourself immune to these influences when you set out on your quest for success. Reality is people don’t tend to like other successful people. There is a jealousy that comes along with being different, standing out and humbly chasing your dreams.
There were times in my journey that I wanted to give up prematurely, I began to doubt myself and doubt my knowledge, instincts, and decisions that I have already made. I had to push through overthinking, self-doubt and not allow it to partner up with delay. Overthinking, doubt, and delay, when paired, will always derail success. There is no wrong or right way to do things along your journey, the only wrong choice is not making one. You must prepare yourself mentally to fight your inner voice inside your head that becomes a force to reckon with when you don’t feel like being productive. I had to learn that failing is not a bad thing, you will fail before you are successful, you will fail, and you will rise. Each failure is really a failure gone well because it leads you in a new direction. I find that failure’s purpose is to fine-tune your efforts towards success. You can only know your significance in this world through the impact you have upon others. Seeing that my success improves and positively influences the lives of others makes all the obstacles and challenges all worth it.
Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know?
Komi Skincare champions for a non-conforming definition of skincare; the world of skincare should be uncomplicated and inclusive. Komi Skincare has developed a gender-neutral range of skincare products, including masks, scrubs, cleansers, serums, and moisturizers. I specialize in helping men and women rejuvenate their skin, giving them the freedom to bare it all and take back control of their self-care. Komi Skincare has gained a cult following amongst its consumers, retailers, celebrities and industry professionals alike. Our products and innovative formulas are made using premium luxurious ingredients that include Aloe Vera, Chamomile, Lavender Oil, Peony Flower, Vitamin E, Bergamot Oil, Vitamin C, Rosehip Oil, Hyaluronic Acid, Citrus Stem Cells, Argan Oil, Vitamin B5 and Green Tea, to name a few. Komi Skincare is manufactured in the USA, most of our products are 3oz or less which makes it TSA Approved and perfect for the travel enthusiasts, you no longer have to sacrifice your skincare routine while on the go! We are proud to be a company that provides essential skincare solutions that are cruelty free we do not test on animals. Our products are all vegan, paraben free, sulfate free, silicone free, gluten free, talc free, carcinogen free, and eco-friendly for all skin types. Komi Skincare has an impactful messaging around self-care #Skincareyourway is our signature hashtag.
What does success mean to you?
Success is a climb, it’s a personal lifelong journey built with undulating and unpredictable ups and downs. Sometimes success is built upon risk, change, and personal development. In a world of comparison to other companies and brands, it can drive you to think that you’re not enough or you’re not as far advance as your counterparts. I believe success is defined by who you are and the person you aspire to be. Success is measured differently for each person. I define success in my life by the goals I accomplish and how I accomplish them. Success is not taking the path of least resistance but opening yourself to new challenges that enable growth and development mentally, spiritually, and professionally.
As you succeed, there will be a handful of people who will not be willing to support you. Success takes a tremendous amount of effort and sacrifice. The effort and time you need to put into your journey will not be tolerable to some who feel you owe them more of your time, energy, or effort. Trust that the people meant to travel your journey with you will accept and support the sacrifices which need to be made. You will likely lose relationships with those who do not passionately share in your vision. As you succeed, your path will narrow; and there are fewer people at the top. There will always be a certain percentage of people who will not like you no matter who you are or what you do. Use these people and experiences as resiliency training and reasons to fuel your drive work quietly and let your success do the talking. If you want to succeed, you must have the resilience to face the inevitable.
- Email: KomiSkincare@gmail.com
- Website: CherissaMonique.com
- Instagram: Komiskincare
- Facebook: Komiskincare