We had the good fortune of connecting with Sha Hannah-Santo and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sha, what habits do you feel helped you succeed?
Making my bed every morning, resting when my mind and body tell me to. Learning to be self-disciplined and be more organized helps me make better decisions. Leaning on my faith and being open to learning through failure.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Emanate Essentials is an innovative body care and aromatics brand created by myself an Aromatherapy and Massage Therapist with a certification in Botanical Bodycare Product Formulation. The collection includes luxurious body creams, botanical soap, and crystal-adorned aromatherapy candles, amongst a diverse lineup of products to make your next self-care day complete.
We strive to create products that are affordable and accessible for our community!
These small-batch products are wonderful bespoke gifts and focus on “reducing the junk” in favor of more simple and clean ingredients, as well as accessible and aﬀordable wellness.
Recognized as a pioneer in self-care, Emanate Essentials has been previously featured in Oprah’s “22 Best Smelling Candles”, Cosmopolitan’s “30 Amazing Candle Brands That’ll Help You Find Your Zen”, and Fashionista’s “450+ Black-Owned And Founded Beauty And Wellness Brands To Know.”
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
We would definitely have to explore some of the good restaurants and historical landmarks around Boston. Starting our day at Zaftigs Deli for lox bagels and freshly squeezed grapefruit juice. After lunch, we would take a tour of the Freedom Trail and the historic Beacon Hill where we would do a bit of shopping in some of our wonderful quaint shops!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I could not have had a better example of determination, hard work, integrity, and purposeful action than my mother. My mother is one of the most influential people in my life. She has motivated me to strive for the best that I can be, be independent, and never give up on myself or anyone else. My mother is compassionate and loving and has always been there for me whenever I needed her. Though it may seem cliche she truly is who I want to be when I grow up.