Shero Spotlight: Cydney Carpenter

Today’s Shero Spotlight is Cydney Carpenter, owner of Sugaree Scrubs skincare line! I’ve only known Cydney for a short period of time, but she embodies everything it means to be a #Girlboss. After realizing how harmful her own skincare products were to her health, Cydney launched Sugaree Scrubs, an all-natural skincare line. She began selling her products to friends and other people on Ohio University’s campus and soon she was filling orders outside of Athens as well! Cydney is such an inspiration to me and is a fantastic example of what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur, and I am thrilled to have her on my blog!

Photo from @sugareescrubs on Instagram

How did you first get interested in skincare?
I originally started with me just taking a look at my own products, and my sister’s and my roommate’s products and realizing I didn’t know what half of the ingredients in them are. So, I decided to do some research and realized how many awful chemicals are in skincare products and it made me anxious and I was like, I feel like I shouldn’t keep using these after seeing this information. Then, when I decided to go about finding something that was more natural and then I saw the prices of that I realized there’s such a disconnect. Like just because we want something that’s good for our skin, we shouldn’t have to pay all this money for the natural ingredients. There should be some sort of balance.

Homemade rose petal sugar scrubs. Photo from @sugareescrubs on Instagram

What were the first steps you took to create Sugaree Scrubs? 
I started with like botany pages, like the medicinal side of it to see how that would come into skincare and then I just read as much as I could. I got a bunch of books, I followed a bunch of blogs online and just started researching, and then I basically just went to the store and bought a bunch of ingredients and decided to play around with it and see what worked and what didn’t. I basically took like, a week of my life, and just just experimented and originally it was supposed to be just for myself but then I realized how many people close to me loved the idea and how many other people loved my products.

Why do you think it’s important for women to be aware of what’s in their skincare products?
I think one of the biggest things for me is realizing companies make money off us hating our flaws … So, they’re temporarily fixing these long-term problems, and only setting us up to fail so we continue to buy more products … You have to love your body as much as it loves you and take the time to give it what it needs … I remind people, your skin is an organ. It’s just like you want to take care of your insides, you have to take care of your outside as well. 

Cydney teaches eager OU CHAARG girls the basics of skincare and lets them test out some of her products. Photo from @cyd.inchaarg on Instagram

As a college student and being involved in student clubs and maintaining this business and taking classes, what has been the biggest challenge and how did you overcome it?
The biggest challenge was realizing that so many more people were interested than I thought they would be, so it kind of got ahead of me. When I started it, I didn’t think that it was gonna be much of anything or that people would really even be interested … I was doing this all by myself, I was making products and packaging all alone. I mean, sometimes I have people come and help me, but it was a one woman show for sure. Now, I’m actually at a point where I’m redoing it to better benefit me. 

What sort of impact do you hope to make in your customers’ lives?
I just want people to understand why it’s important to know what is in your products and I want to let people know that if you want to do something, just do it. It doesn’t matter if you fail, I’ve had a couple of pretty big failures with this business as well and that’s okay. Just go out there and try it. 

Cydney displayed her products at Americana Festival last summer. Photo from @sugareescrubs on Instagram

What are your long-term goals for Sugaree Scrubs? 
A big goal of mine is that one day I can take this thing that got ahead of me and actually run with it after I graduate and get on my feet. I want to hopefully get a better website and be able to actually complete some more national orders and be able to handle it. My biggest goal is probably to have a store one day, or even just like a small boutique, or just keep it at festivals and stuff like that, but I would absolutely love to have it become a bigger thing. 

What is a piece of advice you would give to girls who are wanting to start their own business but might be nervous to do? 
First thing of course, like I said, you just have to do it. Second, don’t be afraid to ask for help. My biggest flaw is thinking that I can take on the world by myself and just realizing that there are going to be people in your life who are going to support you and just ask them, talk to them. Reach out to people you don’t even know and partner with them because the amazing thing about women is that they’re always going to have each other’s backs and there’s always going to be someone out there to help you.

Be sure to check my Instagram to enter Cydney’s giveaway!

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As a senior studying magazine journalism at Ohio University and a passionate feminist, I created Freely Femme as a way to use my love for storytelling to highlight some of the most inspirational women in my personal life and beyond.

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