Budding social entrepreneur? Beauty Scout women share advice and inspire business advocacy
MANILA, Philippines – When a woman tries to bring about change in society, it is always inspiring and uplifting. And when she does it using her passion at the center of it, then it’s even more admirable.
The women of Beauty Scout, an online source for wellness and beauty products, shared how they are transforming their businesses into platforms that inspire worthwhile advocacy.
One of its business segments is a social enterprise called Scout for a Cause, in which a box is organized by one of its member entrepreneurs and part of the profits are dedicated to its partner foundations.
“We have beauty and skincare, health and wellness, home, life and rituals,” said Beauty Scout co-founder Rochelle Romero. Philstar.com in an exclusive interview.
“We have different boxes, and the percentage of box sales of sets goes to different foundations, such as Bright Faces for (those with) a cleft palate, Steps Foundation for displaced dancers, ICanServe for cancer patients and Voice of the Free for the (victims of) human trafficking.”
The women behind Scout for a Cause shared tips on how to make your social business thrive:
1. Find your goal
“I think the goal came along the way because we want to do something. And that’s what makes this endeavor so much more fulfilling for us,” Beauty Scout founder Rhoda Aldanese explained in a post. interview with Philstar.com.
“So it’s a lot of work for us, really. But we’re happy because we’re able to help for a cause, we’re helping other people.”
Given that their company sells “rituals” or wellness products, Aldanese also shared that their company is “addictive” because it “forces us to really do things every day.”
2. Go for it
“If you feel there’s something you want to accomplish, just try to do it once and see if you can pull it off. If you can’t, you’ll always have assumptions,” Ria Olizon, Founder from wellness brand Real Parfums, says.
Founded during the pandemic by mothers wanting sanitizing sprays without harmful chemicals for their children, Real Scents has since grown into a full line of personal care and home care proud of its unique combination of natural scents.
Besides Real Scents, Beautyscout.ph offers a wide range of beauty and wellness products, from OPI nail polishes, Pili Ani skin care lines and complete makeup brush sets, to vegan chocolates. CMV Txokolat. Beauty Scout is also proud of exclusives such as floral and balloon arrangements from Balloons & Blooms and specially selected meal plans from Wild Flour Manila.
3. Be open to learning
“This industry was something new to us, and we’re in our 40s and there’s a lot of things we don’t know,” said Sarah Garcia, another Real Scents boss.
“It’s never too late to learn something new. You just have to figure it all out,” she said. “Don’t be afraid to ask other people for help.” — Photo, video by Philstar.com/Deejae Dumlao
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