We had the good fortune of connecting with Robbin Turner and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Robbin, as a parent, what have you done for you children that you feel has had the most significant impact?
The most important thing I’ve done as a parent to impact my son is starting my own business. My husband and I always talk about entrepreneurship to our son. My husband is self employed. Starting my beauty brand reinforces our messaging and sets a clear example for him.
What should our readers know about your business?
Violet Botanical Skincare offers the finest quality, plant-based bath and body products for healthy skin–inspired by ancient Egyptian pharaohs and queens–reimagined for the modern day king and queen. What sets us apart from others is that we’re preserving the legacy of ancient Egyptian aromatherapy. The art of aromatherapy has its foundation in ancient Egypt. It’s not surprising that they mastered the art. Pharaohs and queens would send the military and expeditions to distant lands in search of the finest botanical ingredients for the purposes of aromatherapy. Violet Botanical Skincare preserves this legacy by sourcing the finest botanical butters, exotic oils, and aromatic essential oils from Botswana, Egypt, Madagascar, Morocco, Namibia, Somalia, Swaziland, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Bulgaria, Sri Lanka, The Jordan Rift Valley, Australia, and the Philippines. We meticulously blend bath and body products for healthy skin with subtle yet sophisticated aromas in small, artisanal batches. I got to where I am today business-wise by believing in myself, educating myself about cosmetic science and the chemistry of essential oils, and sticking to my vision. Entrepreneurship is never easy. You have ups and downs. The best way I found to overcome the challenges is not to get lost in the challenges or let them overwhelm you, but finding a solution that aligns with your vision/mission. The biggest lesson I’ve learned along the way is being true to yourself. What works for one person/brand/company doesn’t work for everyone. Entrepreneurship is not one size fits all. You can be inspired by someone’s journey, but you must find your own path. What I want the world to know about Violet Botanical Skincare is that I only use the finest ingredients in our bath and body products. Every ingredient I use has a purpose that’s beneficial to the health of our skin. We believe in reducing our carbon footprint by using sustainable ingredients and packaging. And we never test on animals, nor does anyone in our supply chain.
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?
I’m a homebody, when I’m not working. If my best friend visited from out of town, I’d like to entertain at home. I enjoy homemade cooking from scratch, hanging around chatting and catching up. There are a couple takeout places we enjoy–Compton Vegan and Jackfruit Cafe at the Colony Cooks in West LA. I’d also take her to Simply Wholesome in View Park, Little Kingston Jamaican Restaurant on Slauson, Hot & Cool Cafe in Lemeirt Park, and Shamshiri Grill in Westwood. I’m not a big shopper, but I’d take her to The Grove for shopping. And we’d visit the California African American Museum for arts and culture.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I want to give a shoutout to my husband, son, mother and maternal grandmother. They support me 110 percent in my endeavors. My husband is always there to encourage me. We talk through ideas, stumbling blocks, and what’s the best course of action. He also pitches in when I need more manpower. My son helps me with technology and figuring out social media. His generation was born with devices in their hands. Whenever I’m stuck, he saunters in all cool and calm, clicks a few buttons and voila, my problem is solved. My mother, who is retired and lives across the country, comes to Los Angeles for months at a time to help me with production and shows. My grandmother is no longer with me, but she taught me a lot as a young girl while watching her make everything from homemade herbal remedies for minor illnesses to liquid soaps. The lessons she instilled influences me today.
Photo credits: Dwayne Turner