Who is Sajata Stephane?
Sajata Stephane, is the creator and founder of Cocolene, Natural and Organic skincare; A dreamer, visionary, lover of life. A mom, model, and an entrepreneur whose true passion has always been to see the joy in others.
What is your background?
I began my journey as an international model for Elite and Next Model Managements. Living this global life of fashion and style, I recognized that healthy skin is a fantastic foundation, and if we could simply care for that, our largest organ, in natural wholesome ways, we could enhance our natural beauty. Now that I’m aging gracefully, raising 4 children, products like our Rescue Salve, Scalp Stimulator, and Rosehip+ are saving my life everyday.
Born and raised in Long Island, NY, I identify myself as Jamaican & Haitian, being first generation American from Caribbean parents. When I became a mother, raising a healthy family was most important to me. This was the seed, essentially, the start of Cocolene.
Since my studied in Law at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and went on to study Conflict Resolution as a Caux Scholar in Switzerland. This knowledge has guided and led me to where I am today with my business.
How long has “Cocolene” been in the market?
Cocolene has been on the market long before we actually became a business. I had a passion for experimenting with herbs and aromatherapy. Basically exploring the medicinal benefits of natural ingredients. My friends took an interest in my creations and requested more products for their specific skin and hair care concerns, they also encouraged us to get our products out there.
In the summer of 2014, a turning point occurred for our business. A phone call changed it all, it inspired a bigger vision for Cocolene. One of our clients, a gentleman said he needed to get more Hair Elixir for his wife because her hair had grown so much and she was almost out. She had been distraught for the past 3 weeks because she did not know where to find us. At that point, we realized we could no longer play small, it was time to share Cocolene with the world! These testimonials became small (and big) miracles for our clients. We were inspired to expand our product line and create products to change more lives, one person at a time.
What’s the drive behind the brand?
We are driven by the JOY of our clients. Their joy encourages us to continue to use the highest quality ingredients to make the best products we could possibly make. We are driven to make a meaningful difference. From the beginning, we were always passionate about finding solutions for ‘impossible’ problems which caused unnecessary suffering. Our products have proven to be life changing; Derma Relief for those with eczema and dermatitis, Rescue Salve for those with cold sores, hemorrhoids, and athlete’s foot, Soothing Body Balm for Psoriasis, Tamanu+ Sandalwood for ingrown hairs & soothing the throat for vocalists. The list of testimonials and miraculous stories are a blessing, to help us know how the products are impacting people’s lives in an important way.
For us, the best thing that can happen for our clients is their belief and experience in the healing properties of plants. Cocolene encourages clients to seek out natural remedies instead of synthetic ones. We want our clients to be empowered. To become fully aware of how the chemicals in skincare, foods and medicines, impact our bodies and our planet. Our hope is to enlighten others to become so furious they want to fight to protect the human race as well as the planet.
How did you come up with the idea?
The start of Cocolene was inspired by a heartbreaking situation in my own family. And now, we are able to inspire other families with what we have created to overcome this difficulty. When my daughter was 6 months old, her skin started to develop eczema. As her doctor wrote the prescription for a steroid, I asked if there was a natural alternative. He told me that the steroid was safe as long as I did not use it for 10 days straight, because then her skin would split open. “So you mean it weakens the skin?” “Inevitably, yes.” I replied, “Not to worry Dr I will find a natural alternative.” I was determined to find an alternative solution, but I could not. The product didn’t exist. In my own frustration as a mother and as a consumer, I started to study the skin; what it needed to be healthy and strong. In my search, I turned to herbs for their nutritional and healing properties.
Six years ago, in 2011, we started making natural products that supported the skin’s healing process. 2 years ago we decided and committed to make it our business. We are committed to helping our clients advocate for themselves by expanding their choices of products beyond the traditional options presented in conventional ways.
What is your fabrication process?
Cocolene products are handmade in our customized Cocolene lab with high-quality natural, organic ingredients and stored in glass containers or metal canisters (to prevent toxins from plastics and reduce the effects of plastic on the planet). The herbal ingredients are carefully selected and blended with care to create a wonderfully light aromatic experience for the client. Our products are made with love and blessed with healing intention. Many Cocolene products are infusions of herbs in oils, essential oils, and beeswax. Our sincere hope and wish is for anyone who uses our products to be blessed in their life. Spread the love and spread the healing benefits!
Are all your products bio?
As we encourage others to use natural products, we use only natural ingredients in Cocolene products. As most of our ingredients are plant based, they are also bioavailable. This means their active, nutrient-rich compounds are more readily absorbed by your body. Greater absorption of nutrients, means better results for your skin. Because of their bioavailable nature, we have products like Derma Light that slows down the overproduction of melanin for those who have hyper-pigmentation. A perfect gift for moms and sun lovers!
Talk to us about your favorite from all of Cocolene products?
They are all my favorite! Ooh, that’s a tough question but the most consistent favorite product for me is the Rosehip+ Serum, which is an essential part of our 4-step Anti-Aging Beauty Routine
First step: Clients wash with the Face Duo for their skin type, which offers 2 bars of soap. Second step: Clients then use the Balancing Face Toner which brightens the skin and tightens pores. Third step: Treatment! This entails using one of our potent serums like like Tamanu+ Immortelle for Cystic Acne. Fourth step: Clients apply Rosehip+, Cocolene’s moisturizing serum. This Rosehip+ Serum is and has consistently been my all time favorite product that I use twice a day and will not leave home without.
I started the creation of Rosehip+ one morning after I woke up with wrinkles the shape of an 11 between my brow. “What! They had not been there the night before, how did they just appear? I was not having it. I researched to find the best natural ingredients to nourish and plump the skin. I came up with this beautiful blend called Rosehip+. It gives my skin a beautiful glow, and keeps me looking young and beautiful.
Do you have any product for acne?
Cocolene has a few unique solutions and natural ingredient remedies for resolving acne. For our clients with oily, acne prone skin, they have experienced success utilizing our customized 3-step process: 1) Lavender Charcoal Soap (for oily) and Geranium (for dry skin), 2) Reviving Face Toner and 3) Rescue+ Moisturizing Serum.
We also believe that acne is not only skin deep. Most of the time it has to do with either diet (sugar intake for example), an imbalance of hormones, or an overload of toxins in the body. For pre-teens, teens, and adults alike, we suggest including herbal teas as part of the beauty and skincare regimen to take care of these internal issues that show themselves externally.
Where is your point of fabrication?
We create these Superheros in our lab in Raleigh, North Carolina. It seems like a lifetime ago we were mixing in our kitchen. Now we mix in our lab with the same love that initially inspired us.
In the beginning, like any other business, there were all the reasons in the world as to why we could not start this business. Although there were challenges, we were unstoppable because we had found passion. Every morning, I woke up at 3:30am and studied for hours until my eyes could no longer stay open. This work means everything to me. These life changing products were created on the belief that we could create them, with the intention of them being outstanding.
I kept believing in myself, this is my destiny. Each night after putting the children to sleep, it was as if this inner chemist in me emerged. I was creating beautiful synergies of blended herbs, oils, and cremes in magical harmony.
Cocolene as a business was fabricated on faith the size of a mountain and persistence which knew no bounds. We all need to believe in ourselves and go after our dreams. Our dreams were given to us, it is our purpose to fulfill them. No one can fulfill your dreams better than you!
Is there a new product addition in projection?
Cocofans can look forward to our cooling peppermint spritz for hot flash and summer heat relief. Down the line are: essential oils, natural perfumes, and organic hair cleansers/conditioners. We are so excited!
Cocolene fans can also look forward to our natural deodorant. I have to continue to be fearless with innovation in creating new products for the brand. Deodorant is an interesting venture because everyone has a different body chemistry. There will most likely be 3 types of deodorant, so there will be a right one for everyone. It is so important for girls, and women especially to use a natural deodorant without aluminum as it has already been linked to breast cancer. (Bonus tip! Drinks in plastic like bottled water have also been linked to breast cancer, take your drinks in glass bottles only!)
Where can we buy Cocolene products?
Your readers can find our latest products and creations at www.cocolene.com.
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For local residents to North Carolina, Cocolene can be found in our store in Streets of Southpoint Mall in Durham, North Carolina. We often travel for expos and health fairs, find us coming to a city near you!
We have also extended to our Tribe CocoPartnership. Our CocoPartners earn income based on their values and passions, get free products, and have reasons to throw parties regularly. Care about your friends and family’s health? Want to take part in saving our planet? If so, Become a CocoPartner! Contact email@example.com today! We would love to hear from you!