Tell us a little bit about yourself?
I’m Kari, Co-Founder of Kari Gran Skin Care and I’m a Seattle native. I developed the eco-luxe skin care after battling an autoimmune thyroid disorder, further aggravated by the toxin-laden beauty products slathered on my skin daily without a second thought. Ultimately, I’m one of those people who likes to share something that I love and that’s what happened with the skin care line at the urging of my business partner, Lisa.
Do you have a favorite aspect of your job?
I love playing mad scientist in the lab. When I have time, I get to experiment with new materials in our back room, covered in oil.
What does self-care mean to you?
Eating food that is nourishing to my body, I can always tell the difference in my body when I eat something that will come back to bite me later. It’s pretty tasty in the moment, but the price paid after the fact gets higher and higher! I also meditate daily after learning Transcendental Meditation years ago. It is deep rest in a little 20-minute session. Without it, I¹m not quite as charming as I’d like to be! Last, I have found that lack of water and exercise has a much bigger impact than they used to. So, hydration is key as I keep my body moving.
What inspired you to start your own company?
My business partner and Co-Founder Lisa. After I gave her a gift from the line I had created for myself, she thought there were more people who would like this minimal approach to skin care. Her name should be on the bottle; we wouldn’t be here without her big ideas.
What is the biggest lesson you've learned as a Girl Boss and what encouragement can you offer an aspiring girl boss?
I don’t have to please everyone, it’s an impossible task. It also drains my energy and everyone is entitled to his or her own opinions, as am I. I’ve learned not to take things personally, dust myself off and move forward instead of dwelling on any negative energy. We also know the difference between a real situation that needs immediate attention and what masquerades as important but, really, is just a time-suck.
It's summer! What's your current theme song?
I’m a little obsessed with the new Red Hot Chili Peppers album and Dark Necessities is my favorite. Sounds a little dark for summer, but I really love it. The video is cool and love that it features female skate-boarders. It’s not often I¹ll seek out the video for a song I love and I¹m really glad I did.
Thank you, Kari!