Danielle Bahi started Bahi Cosmetics with nothing other than a strong belief in herself and in her not-yet-existing product. She believed so much in what she had that she got others to believe in it too. As a make up artist, she knew the importance of skin care, but not just any type of skin care. All natural skin care products made a world of difference.
Her inspiration, she said, was her African and Caribbean roots. “I am inspired by my Caribbean and African roots and the herbalist tradition of our foremothers. Before there was Lancôme or Proactiv to manage skincare, there were natural minerals, oils, and plants that helped herbalist create what they needed. My goal is to use the herbalist tradition of the past to create natural modern cosmetics that work for all women of color.”
Read excerpts of her interview with Essence
On having the funding to start her makeup company:
I didn’t have funding actually. I just believed in my business and just projected my beliefs onto people. I sold the products before I could even create them. I believed in my products so much that I sold the idea of [an all-natural] product long before it existed. And, it worked.
On giving back and her plans for the future:
Yes, I want to one day able to help the needy. My plan is to help single mothers and orphans. I also want to go back home to the Ivory Coast and start an art school for those who don’t have the opportunity and have to travel abroad.
Her advice for anyone wanting to start a beauty business:
You should always believe in yourself and NEVER give up—things get easier, eventually. Even if fundings are not there, believe in your goal.
We are really excited about Danielle Bahi and Bahi Cosmetics and can’t wait to try out her all-natural soaps, masks and other skin care goodies.