We had the good fortune of connecting with Chelsi Oestreich and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Chelsi, we’d love to start by asking you about lessons learned. Is there a lesson you can share with us?
Keep trying! Nothing irks me more than when I hear ‘we did it in the past and it didn’t work’. This world is moving so fast – people’s needs change, algorithms change – something you did may have failed but it may now work with a tweak or two on a different day with a different audience. Same goes for the reverse though…just because something worked one day doesn’t mean it will work the next. You have to keep learning, keep trying different things and realize that not everything is going to be a homerun As long as know this and encourage this in your team, you will minimize discouragement and cultivate a creative environment that isn’t scared to take risks.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
There are tons of natural deodorants out there. Most started in a kitchen, using kitchen ingredients as a base to the formulation. Our product mixes natural ingredients with scientifically proven ones for better performance. We all have our own ecosystem of microorganisms that live on the skin – trillions of them in fact. Kinkō™ is a unique brand of personal care products that work in harmony with your skin’s microbiome, balancing the naturally present bacteria, fungi, and all the other fun stuff for better overall skin health. Sweating is a natural and necessary process and is initially odorless. It is only when in contact with specific bacteria that odor is produced. Our Microbiomix Balancing Deodorants works to balance your biome, nurturing the good bacteria and neutralizing the bad, resulting in a balanced pH level and eliminating all odor. We do this with a blend of pre-biotics and postbiotics plus are all-natural, aluminum and baking soda-free, vegan and cruelty free. Breast cancer is becoming more prevalent and I am so proud that we can offer a safe deodorant alternative to women, men and teens.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
To eat: Sorrento Ristorante for the best Italian food in the city Jax Grille – for a good ‘ol Chicken Fried Steak Taste of Texas – for the Texas feel and an amazing steak Swinging Door BBQ – we would take a drive west for some amazing BBQ and cobbler Lankford Grocery – for a great burger To Check Out: Houston Zoo, especially on a chilly day. Bundle up and really get to see the animals in action. Brazos River Park Trails, these are in Sugar Land but are amazing walking/mountain bike trails Nasa – I just went for the first time and was blown away. So many amazing things to see and learn. Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
So many people have helped me on my career path, no one more so than my husband, Eric. My career has not been a traditional one, filled with a lot of risk taking and uncertainty. With a family to raise, taking a path of entrepreneurship isn’t always looked upon favorably. He has supported me every step of the way, encouraging me, and lifting me up to be my best.