At the age of 17, most high school students are busy juggling their studies, while applying to college and living out their last year of adolescence before becoming an adult. In addition to all of this, Fox Chapel resident and Ellis School junior, Lani Lazzari, running her own business of body scrubs, Simple Sugars.
Simple Sugars was started in 2005 when Lani's mother, Gina, urged her children to hand make "simple" Christmas presents for family and friends. As a sensitive skin sufferer with eczema since infancy, Lani has never been able to use commercially produced skin care products without developing skin irritation and decided to create a line of all-natural, delicious-smelling products she could actually use. The result of the "simple" Christmas and Lani's research into all-natural beauty was Simple Sugars.
In January 2006, Lani made Simple Sugars available to the public. The all-natural scrub line consists of more than 15 varieties of scrubs for the body and five for the face and feet. The scrubs contain pure cane sugar and a special blend of non-comedogenic natural oils, essential oils, and botanicals that are healthy for even the most sensitive skin. None of the Simple Sugar products contain artificial preservatives or coloring.
Lani and her Simple Sugar products have had tremendous public success, with features in Lucky Magazine, and on the websites of other magazines, such as Glamour, CosmoGirl, Teen Vogue, Forbes and SELF. In addition, Simple Sugar products were given out in gift baskets at the Sundance Film Festival in 2009. She says her proudest moment thus far was when Jean Godfrey-June, the beauty director at Lucky, featured Simple Sugars Strawberry body scrub in the January 2010 issue.
In order to grow and focus on her business, Lani made the decision to complete her junior year at Ellis through an independent study. She "Skypes" into classes and goes into school a few times a week to attend important lectures and take exams while working full time as the CEO of Simple Sugars. This special arrangement has allowed Lani to make significant progress on her business growth goals.
Though she is a busy student and CEO, Lani hand makes each Simple Sugar product herself at the Simple Sugars headquarters in Oakmont. "I actually really enjoy developing and making the products," says Lani. "Plus, it allows me to ensure the quality and consistency of the products, which is very important to me."
Next year, Lani will return to Ellis full-time for her Senior year, which means she'll be back to juggling the demands of being a full-time student and full-time business owner. Despite this, Lani has big plans for Simple Sugars this coming fall. To find out what Lani's big plans are for the fall, be sure to read the PG on Tuesday! In the meantime, you can check out Simple Sugars online at http://www.simplesugarsscrub.com/.
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