We had the good fortune of connecting with Adriana Ugalde and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Adriana, how does your business help the community or the world?
By focusing on only using natural and non toxic ingredients we help people improve their health by not adding toxins in their system. We also help reduce environmental impact by not releasing harsh chemicals in the environment.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I am the proud Founder, Owner & Formulator of Quetzalli Skin Care as well as a licensed Esthetician. I also studied European Organic Cosmetics to learn more about the industry. Quetzalli (kets_AH_lee) is an Aztec and Mayan name that means something beautiful. I also create the formulas for all my products following the Whole Foods Market guidelines for Premium Body Care Unacceptable Ingredients. I make all my products with love at my laboratory. I am proud to have created an effective and non toxic product which will not harm anyone or the environment and at the same time represent and share my culture and heritage.
I am originally from Michoacán, Mexico. I have always been very creative. I began to observe how the benefits of plants were very effective. I grew up in a very traditional Mexican family surrounded by home remedies for all different ailments. Always observing my grandmother and my mother who made different and very effective remedies with plants and other natural ingredients. Today, I continue using my family’s homemade remedies with my family.
I saw that the ingredients used by our Aztec and Mayan ancestors are really nutritious, natural and pure which inspired me to use their secrets in my formulas and using those ingredients as the main ingredients in my line such as cactus nopal, pumpkin, jamaica rose, agave nectar, chia and many more and I feel that these ingredients are not commonly used in products sold in the United States. I have always understood how important it is to take care of our skin and to be aware of the products we use daily, where some of them consequently affect our health and well-being.
Creating a formula with natural ingredients replacing toxic ingredients to establish the formulas was one of my biggest obstacles. For example there are waxes that are toxic and help that a formula is established and with natural ingredients sometimes does not do the same effect. But with my research and creativity I had to find non-toxic ingredients to mix and obtain the same effect and make a good, non-toxic formula. Finding authentic natural ingredients was another one of my biggest struggles.
It has been a long but comforting, risky but rewarding journey, the creation of Quetzalli Skin Care, as a great option for skin care and cosmetics. It has been a great challenge, but thanks to perseverance and research, in the properties of each of our chosen ingredients. Today we are satisfied with the achievements and we deliver an integral, natural product with quality.
Never stop learning. There is always something new to learn from all people and situations. If you have a dream, fight for it until you achieve it. Nothing is impossible. XO
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I love taking my friends to the many beautiful southern California beaches during the day or hike some trails. We would of course spend one day at Disneyland and another at Disney’s California Adventure. For dinner, the Anaheim Packing District is where we would enjoy the culinary artistry from small businesses as well as enjoy different beverage options in one location. I would also take them to Tempo Cantina in Anaheim Hills offering gourmet Mexican food and beverages.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I’d like to give a shoutout to Amanda Lopez @greenbeautylove / @snapshotlopes for believing in me and giving me so much love, support and for creating such beautiful photography for my company which makes my products shine and speak for themselves. She is very talented and her images are luxury magazine worthy.