meet the maker: kunye founder melissa nkomo

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WHAT’S HAPPENING
Meet the Maker x Kunye Skincare
April 16th 1-4PM

Founded in Vancouver by Melissa Nkomo, Kunye is a green skincare line that celebrates healthy living, inside and out. Kunye focuses on providing all natural plant-based skincare products with active nutrients to repair, rejuvenate and nourish your skin.

We were first introduced to Kunye back in December at Little Mountain Shop, the neighbourhood pop up shop. Immediately drawn to the line and genuine care Melissa has put into each product, we knew right away we had to add Kunye to Nineteen Ten’s growing apothecary section. Tried and true, Amy and I are pleased to introduce to you a selection of Kunye products that we know you will love and enjoy using.

Join us Saturday April 16 from 1-4 and treat yourself to a mini consultation with Melissa. Learn which Kunye product would be best for you and your current routine!

Be sure to follow Kunye’s instagram account for some inspiring skincare tips. Hope to see you on Saturday!

Amy + Jenn

Q+A
TELL US ABOUT KUNYE? HOW DID IT COME TO BE?
Kunye works meticulously to sculpt a collection of products crafted only from most effective botanicals, super-foods, and minerals on the planet. This line simplifies the science, unearths the goodness, and packages it sustainably — so, you’re left with a beauty routine that elevates your skin to its best self: smooth, hydrated and balanced.

Everything we make is waterless: which eliminates the need for harsh preservatives and filler ingredients making our formulas the richest, purest and most potent they could possibly be.

Kunye began as a thesis project when I was in university. The idea was to create a skincare company that did just that – actually cared for the skin rather than harming it. The products had to be designed to heal the skin rather than just treat the “symptoms” of common skin ailments like acne, dryness, wrinkles and rosacea. But, I also knew from personal experience as a makeup artist and through my own journey to healthy skin that it’s about more than just great products. It requires an integrative approach that considers all factors of healthy skin, inside and out.

WHERE DID YOU LEARN TO MAKE SKINCARE?
I learned to make skincare out of necessity. I have very sensitive skin and had negative reactions to everything from my makeup to my shampoo. I started educating myself on how to make cleaner alternatives to the products I loved. I approached people who had mastered the art of formulation and asked them to take me under their wing. From there it took practice and a bit of trial and error to perfect the formulas that are in the collection today.

WHERE DO YOU SOURCE YOUR INGREDIENTS?
My ingredients come from all over the world. My primary goal is to source ingredients that are organic and sustainable whenever possible.

WHAT IS THE MEANING BEHIND THE NAME ?
My family is from Zimbabwe and Kunye is a Zulu word for “one.” I chose Kunye for a number of reasons. It’s a reminder that we only have one body, one skin, and that the two are united and need to be taken care of synergistically rather than separately.
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WHO ARE YOUR PRODUCTS FOR ?
Kunye products are designed for women who are not only concerned with their skin health but their overall health as well. I’ve had a wide variety of people use Kunye, including a growing number of men! Some are drawn to the ingredients, others are drawn to the packaging. But they all share the same goal, the desire to feel their best in their skin.

WHAT INSPIRES YOU ?
I’m inspired by global beauty. Particularly rituals from the African, Asian and European cultures. For example, I am working on a collection using Camellia seed oil, which has been prized in Asia for centuries for its hydrating and youth preserving properties. Right now, i’m also really into the KBeauty (Korean Beauty) movement. They have incredible rituals and very creative products.

ANYTHING NEW FOR THE UPCOMING SEASON ?
There is always something new in the works! We’ve got some kits getting set to launch as well as wellness products that i’m really excited about and a new collection that features roses in various forms.

WHAT ARE YOUR FUTURE GOALS FOR KUNYE?
Currently the focus is on attending the Indie Beauty Expo in NYC later this year.

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