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Meet Qiyamah Saleem Owner of La Pink Rose

Today we’d like to introduce you to Qiyamah Saleem.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Qiyamah. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
Growing up, I was always the child that was making a creation for my dolls and teddy bears. I vividly remember making my Bratz Doll, Sasha, a relaxer made form baby powder and water. As I got older, I became more interested in making products that actually worked. In 5th grade, my teacher gave us a project that sparked my interest in skincare. We all had to invent something would solve a problem. She told us to showcase our prototype to the class. My invention was a “cure for eczema.” I mixed Crisco, food coloring, and peppermint extract and put it into pink jars. Many of these ingredients aren’t the best for your skin but my teacher loved it. In high school, I was home schooled which gave me time to do more research on soap making, oils, and butter. My family would buy my DIY products which led to me starting La Pink Rose in my senior year. After my freshman year at Georgia State University, I got an LLC and focused on merging my love for pretty packaging and natural products. With the support of my family, friends, and my Instagram community, business took off.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
In the midst of attaining my BA in Marketing at Georgia State, I pushed myself to own a business and give it my all. Owning any business takes a lot of your time and energy so adding college into the mix has been difficult. There have been times when I had finals, a job, and several La Pink Rose orders to complete. The lesson I learned is to manage my time wisely and never be afraid to ask for help. My roommate has shipped out many orders for me (Thank you, Alexus!).

Please tell us about La Pink Rose.
La Pink Rose is a black-owned and women-owned skincare company that focuses on handcrafting unique and natural skincare and body care products. We call our eye-catching soaps, body butter, and bath bombs skincare pastries because our products look and smell like donuts, cupcakes, and whipped cream.

We feel like many natural products on the market aren’t fun or playful. We strive to make sure that we think outside of the bar when making our products. Skincare is whatever shape or form we make it.

If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
If I had to start over, I would have been 100% fearless. In the beginning, I did not have all the answers to startup questions and my perfectionist mindset stopped me from advancing La Pink Rose. A perfectionist has to understand it’s better to take one step then no step at all. Its apart of the process.

Also, in the past, I have let others try to set the vision and tone for my company. Taking advice is one thing but now I know how important my purpose, worth, and capabilities are. Now I only let qualified and trusted people help me make business decisions.

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