Small Business Showcase: The Immortal Jellyfish

The Immortal Jellyfish

Shadryn and Justin, owners

What inspired you to become involved with skincare products?

In a modern world finding skincare or body care products without harmful chemicals can be difficult. We have always relied on natural remedies and homemade blends to aid us in our own Skincare. The Immortal Jellyfish started with us creating bath salts for friends and family members. Eventually we started getting orders in for more and slowly began our adventure into the Body and Skincare world.

 

What do you make?

We make a large selection of natural glycerine soaps, sugar scrubs, bath salts and essential blends and more for everyday use.

 

How are your products different from others?

We still see ourselves as customers within our small business, therefore when it comes to quality we will always want the best products and will always provide the best. Our products are homemade and organic with our own unique blends and recipes that you won’t find anywhere else.

 

What has driven growth behind your business?

The best answer would be our friends and family who have supported us and The Immortal Jellyfish since the very beginning. Our customers are the main reason we decided to add in so many new products. We do our best to keep our products affordable in the hopes that anyone can have access to great skincare products.

 

What challenges do you face?

There are always obstacles in running a small business, wanting it to grow and become a success can take a lot of work. But with anything it takes time, with us however we aim high and sometimes a bit too high. At one stage we were looking into supplying the bigger companies with our products to make them easily accessible to the public. However because we are only a two man team this could not happen in terms of high supply of products. We face difficulties in sourcing the right ingredients at times, natural does not necessarily mean cheaper and with that said certain products would go over the line of what we would like the price to be.

 

What’s the story behind the name, The Immortal Jellyfish?

On one of our adventures to Ushaka Marine World in Durban we fell in love with Jellyfish. We’ve always been interested in the weird and wonderful things nature has to offer and came across a Jellyfish (Turritopsis dohrnil) that can age backwards. During the first stages of creating our products we were looking into having labels made up and needed a name, something that had to be different and unusual like ourselves. We had sat for hours trying to come up with something suitable when we finally decided on The Immortal Jellyfish.

 

What has been your favorite soap?

It is honestly difficult to choose, but it would most likely be between Cedarwood for Justin and Spearmint for Shadryn. Both do wonders on the skin and both have incredible aromas.

 

What advice would you give to other aspiring entrepreneurs?

The best advice anyone has ever given me is, follow your dreams and success will follow you. It is never an easy journey creating something from scratch but when you’ve moved through obstacles that somehow manage to almost detour you from your goal and overcome the fear of failing in your project, all that’s left will be success. And I can guarantee, there are many ways to make your dream a reality as long as you stick to the goal and adapt your tactics to the best of your abilities.

 

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