I am the founder and CEO of MZN Bodycare, the first Saudi natural handmade skin and body care brand.
I grew up in a family that appreciated arts and crafts, my mother, an art teacher, instilled in me a love of handmade crafts and products. I fondly remember her completing craft projects to create beautiful home accessories.
After leaving school, I attended King Faisal University’s college of architecture and planning from where I graduated top of my class with a degree in interior architecture.
After getting married in 2008, I traveled to the UK with my husband where I undertook a master’s degree in design with learning and teaching in higher education. I returned to Saudi Arabia and went to work at the college as a lecturer.
One day I invited my friends to a spa party, and I decided to make them giveaways that matched the spa theme. After doing some research online, I decided to create some DIY skin care products.
I began to search for the raw materials and packaging with a degree of interest and detail that I could not explain at the time. Because I am a designer, I also designed a “MZN” logo for the gifts, and some labels. My friends were so happy with their gifts that they asked me for more.
When I heard about new family bazaar events, where artisans can sell their handmade items, I decided to have a go at selling the skin care products I created.
The stock sold out at my first bazaar, and I knew that this was something I wanted to explore further to see where it could lead.
After that I ran my fledgling brand from home, taking over the family kitchen, which was filled with different kinds of butters, essential oils and empty containers. I signed up for skin-care formulation and soap-making courses, while continuing to sell my products until I received several offers from local pharmacies, boutiques and online stores to sell the products through them.
None of this came easy; there was lots of hard work and long hours to prepare the products, design labels and to stand and sell my products at the bazaar while taking care of my two kids and family.
When you add even a small project on the side, it can become almost impossible at times. As a result, I put MZN on hold for a few months but after talking to my family about life choices, it was clear where my passion lay.
I returned to working on MZN, which now has a licensed factory and its products are available in pharmacies nationwide. For my success, I first thank Allah and the support of my husband and family.
I now work to help other entrepreneurs achieve their career goals, as a member of the Chamber of Commerce board for Youth Women Entrepreneurs.
Our products have now arrived at the Saudi embassies in Vienna and the US, and we have produced exclusive items for the Winter at Tantora season in AlUla.