My Story: from Vegan Chef to Skincare Business Owner
Wow! What a week.
We actually got an overwhelming amount of positive feedback from our last blog post. I guess everyone must really like DIY projects, huh? ❤️
Well, me too!! (as you probably can already tell)
But what surprised me the most was the fact that quite many people didn’t know about my past as a vegan chef. So now, I’d like to take the chance to give you all a little sneak peek behind the history of Graydon Skincare.
Yes, it’s true. Before I ventured into this whole skincare business (which was made possible thanks to my late father), I was a vegan chef.
In fact, my entire professional background is rooted in the culinary industry. When I first started out, I worked as a pastry chef in fine dining restaurants. This led to me becoming obsessed with the therapeutic alchemy of cooking.
Then, in another timeline, I moved to Southern California was met with the holistic, yoga, and vegan communities. It was like adding gasoline to my already burning passion for the culinary. Oh, I went deep into it. This ultimately led to me experimenting with superfood ingredients in a home-delivery food service I started.
And that’s how my love for superfoods began.
It was also around that time where I had frequently met up with a dear friend of mine - who also happened to be a sought after aesthetician. Through her encouragement and advice, I began offering my DIY superfoods-powered skincare products as part of the deliveries.
And wow, it was a HIT 😍 Everybody couldn’t get enough of the products.
Thinking back, that was really the beginning of Graydon Skincare and how it all started - at the kitchen of my own home, sprinkled with a bunch of passion and the encouragement of the people around me.
You may think, “Graydon, from cooking to skincare, that sounds like a huge jump to me”.
And that’s where I’d let you into a little secret: Creating skincare products, to me, is so alike to how I’d cook up food. On one hand, I have all these amazing, beneficial superfood ingredients. And then my job is just to mix and match those ingredients in a way that’d create the final product.
So, isn’t that just how skincare products are made? I know this is an extremely simplified version of it, but that’s exactly how I see it. My team and I even have an inside joke that what we’re doing is “cooking up” skincare products.
Fast forward to today, I can’t be happier with the direction that Graydon Skincare is going.And with all of your help and support, I’ve become Toronto Life Insider’s FIRST EVER Resident Beauty Advisor. How crazy is that??