Today we’d like to introduce you to Renee Bianca and Denia Alfonso.
Renee and Denia, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
We both became estheticians almost two decades ago. We met while working together for 14 years in an East Boca Raton Spa. We shared similar views and life styles, as well as the commonality of our passion for skin care, our clients and the work we do. When things began to change at our common place of employment and the vision we had for ourselves no longer aligned with our current experience, we decided to toy around with the idea of starting our own place, we doodled on scrap paper different names and logos all in the name day dreaming. We found a name we liked and thought, lets start an LLC just to secure the name. Months later, we had taken our fill on our current work situation and decided to take the leap of faith. On October 1, 2016, Simply Skin opened its doors. We knew we would be starting from scratch and although, it was scary to think of building a new clientele from the bottom up (after so many years doing just that in East Boca) we knew it was our only option and we felt ready for the challenge. Everything fell into place so organically and we are both firm believers that when the signs lead you from one lily pad to the next so clearly, that all you could do is continue to leap forward… so we did just that with all the confidence that we had just embarked on a life changing adventure as partners in an industry we simply adore and failure was not an option. We are both moms to girls and we were going to show them that once your mind is set on a horizon, all you have to do is set sail with confidence and here we are! The girls love that their moms are spa owners. It’s heart warming and a really proud moment for us when they so proudly tell others all about Simply Skin. They’re excellent PR for us.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Well… every journey comes with its bumps in the road. However, being the positive thinkers we are, we never like to rehash them or even give them any energy. We can tell you that in the face of every adversity, we did what we always do and that is, to use each experience as a teaching moment and count our blessings. When you can see past the negativity and fill your heart with gratitude, regardless of whats going on in that moment, that’s when the magic happens.
Please tell us about SIMPLY SKIN.
We have a quaint, clean, elegant and cozy little cottage, tucked away in the heart of east Delray beach. It’s a fun little beach town with so much character. We specialize in organic facials, providing our clients with the best of organic skincare products, modalities and relaxation. We incorporate healing aspects of sound therapy and vibrational healing through the use of Quartz Crystal singing bowls and tuning forks to add the additional element of healing through deep relaxation to every facial. We do that free of charge. Why? Because we genuinely believe that there is so much to gain in the act of giving. We want to create value in our treatments above and beyond what you can receive at any other spa. We recognize the spa industry is a dime a dozen (which was not the case when we first became licensed estheticians). We want to set ourselves apart from the rest by providing an oasis where your skin, your soul and your mind all feel nourished.
Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
Renee – as the only girl in a family of 5 children, I distinctly remember the morning of my 12th birthday. I woke up to get ready for school and not one person in my house said happy birthday, it was obvious that even my own mother forgot my birthday. I left the house heading for school feeling so heart broken and spent the whole day just wallowing in self pity. When I got home from school, my mom had a beautiful ice-cream cake and lots of gifts just waiting to surprise me. I remember crying and telling her I thought you forgot and she said, I’ll never be too busy or so distracted that I could ever forget your birthday. I was so happy and felt so loved and cared for. I believe those moments are the very essence of what makes me who I am and why I pride myself in providing the extra care I give my clients.
Denia – You know when I think about my childhood and all the awesome moments in it, the one thing that I always go back to which brings me a sense of peace, is the security of holding my moms hand to cross a street or laying in bed with her rubbing my back. I guess, I’ve always appreciated the beautiful aspect of human touch and clearly if it is so prevalent in my memory, it’s a true testament to its benefits. It’s precisely why I love what I do so much, I have the great responsibility to touch others and give to them that same sense of care and security. I’m honored that my clients trust me with this act.
- Our Facials start at $65
- we use only Eminence Organic Skin Care products in all of our treatments
- We offer Dermaplaning with added Vitamin C treatments and finish with a Collagen protein mask $165
- We offer Waxing services and Tinting of lash and brows and our services there start as low as $10
- Address: 2100 North Federal Hwy
Delray Beach, FL 33483
- Phone: 561-469-2272 / 561-317-2364 or 561-523-2122
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @simplyskinorganic
- Facebook: simply skin organic
Maggie Stolzberg Iribarren www.motionfilmworks.com