When Melissa Gandarinho, from www.mgandarinho.com, an amazing cruelty free, health, wellness and beauty blogger who spends her time helping and educating readers and viewers, on becoming and switching to being cruelty free – asked to interview us for a Meet the Makers feature, we were more than stoked and honored! With a passion for writing, educating, and photography, her website has become a source for many.
We were so touched by her kind words and we had so much fun these questions. Here is a fun re-post of her post, be sure to give her a follow to stay up to date on some pretty awesome blog post! Thank you again Melissa!
“Thus, here we are. With a purchase in for bath bombs and crystals, I can now say I’m on the Chasin’ Unicorns bandwagon and I’m so excited. You can tell these ladies really believe in what they create and what they sell. Crystals are really therapeutic and truly help those in need of it, and having these ladies create products that achieve that, is an amazing thing.
Both ladies took time to answer the questions, so grab a drink and let’s get to know Sam:”
As a company that focuses on being cruelty free and vegan, how hard is it to make sure all your ingredients stay true to the brand?
Our main mission was to create products that were all natural and free of dyes, chemical fragrances, toxins and harsh ingredients. With that usually (hopefully) comes cruelty-free and vegan. To some extent they have become buzz words, even the big names (ahem Lush) use them. But all-natural is really what you want to look for in bath & body products. All of those pretty bright colors that are cruelty-free and vegan, are still not healthy for humans.
After we figured out what we wanted to work with, it wasn’t that hard to stay true to the brand. Especially when you know exactly what you want to put out there. So many brands these days on the shelves, I’m just like why? Why do you even have to add those ingredients?? Makes no sense to me. Well besides for saving money & shelf life purposes. But as the world wakes up, companies and products must wake up too.
The name Chasin’ Unicorns, how did it come about, and like every other unicorn fan, why unicorns?
Chasin’ Unicorns is something that my old partner Johanna actually came up with a year before meeting me. It has a double (if not more) meaning. In marketing/business, a ‘unicorn’ is a product or service that takes off literally overnight and just goes crazy. When we were looking for an identity for ourselves, we still didn’t know what products we would end up creating since we began simply as a lifestyle blog.
The name fit so perfectly we decided to just go with it. And after we designed our logo it was case closed!
Why did you make the decision to place crystals in the bath bombs?
Now looking back on it I don’t remember the exact decision, just the fact that it was an idea I had and we went with it. After doing some research on how crystals enhance the vibration of your bath water, it just made so much sense! Crystals are a great way to heal and detox in a way, and when added to water, it can enhance energy.
As ladies who truly believe in crystals and spirituality, what are some of your favorite crystals and which 3 do you recommend for beginners?
3 crystals for beginners would definitely have to be quartz, amethyst and I would say tigers eye. Quartz is the most common stone on the planet. Quartz is a power stone. It’s even used to power most watches, that alone should tell people how strong crystals can be. It enhances energy by absorbing, storing, amplifying, balancing, focusing and transmitting. It channels universal energy. Quartz also enhances thoughts, as they are a form of energy. Amethyst, is my all time favorite, probably because it is my birth stone. But, it is a great stone for spiritual protection and in the psychic and spiritual realms, amethyst is an excellent all-purpose stone that can increase spirituality and enhance intuition and is said to be a sobering stone, (literally helping one stay sober). Lastly, Tigers eye is a great stone for almost anyone. It is the stone I like to gift to people for birthdays and celebrations. Tigers eye is a protection stone and also works great for those who are easily stressed or have anxiety.
How did bath bombs and oil blends come into play and do you struggle with all the makers out there now?
The bath bombs were very random and so much fun, once I came up with the idea to add crystals, so many other ideas came into play for us. Many people don’t know about the huge benefits of essential oils, and their healing properties. I personally am very very against pharmaceutical drugs and over the counter medicines, so essential oils were definitely the next step into offering our followers healing and pure products that can be used in many different ways. Plus, our skull bottles are so cute and double the size of our competitors, for half the cost. After much research, our oils definitely compete with some of the most popular brands, if not the same or better quality. Other companies I think are over priced in my opinion. And our top-selling essential oil blends are one of a kind and unique to our brand and their individual healing properties, so they speak for themselves!
What is your favorite item you’ve made, and why?
Probably our Sage Crystal Healing Bath Bombs, because in my opinion, they shit on all other bath bombs on the market. They will always be our iconic and stable item that started our entire brand. Not only do they cleanse your aura, every ingredient has a powerful healing property and we are very proud of that. 🙂 We have some really cool ideas we are working on, so some of my favorite items we haven’t even placed for sale yet!
What is something you’ve both wanted to make and sell in the shop, but haven’t figured it out yet?
We are going to do a bath line soon, with vegan silk robes and slippers, and then move into clothing eventually, so figuring out all the backend and prices and quality of products has been a mission and will continue to always be a mission, but we will figure it out, we always do.
The site has a blog section, what are some of your favorite blogs to read and support?
Right when we first started, we found boss DIYer Rachel Metz, Living to DIY, and we just love how real she is and she is all about working hard to make your dreams happen!
OMG Organic Olivia has been a huge inspiration to me! She is so amazing and her blog posts are so educational and informative, you can read one of her post and walk away just being in awe from everything you just learned. I also love Alex March Energy, she is an empath and energy healer whose Instagram post’s really hit me in the best way possible. I also love and look up to “A Bikini A Day” with Tash and Dev. The way that they both branded themselves and their brand, is something that I look forward to doing. Lastly, I most recently discovered and love @Headd. If you just follow her and creep a little, it will be self-explanatory. Goddess. Hands down.
Besides baths, what are some things you both do together or separately, to zen out and have ‘me’ time?
I love to journal, two years ago I went to Thailand with my family and read a book by Louis Hay called, You Can Heal Your Life and fell in love. My amazing friend Cristie De Los Reyes recommended it to me. That was the first time I incorporated positive affirmations into my daily routine, manifesting my desires through writing. Two years ago, I manifested my ex boyfriend and it tripped me the fuck out! Writing things down and asking the universe to give you what you are ready for (or in my case alot of lessons needed)… as if I already had what I desired. Remember, “I am, I have, I love…” NOT “I want, I wish, I desire.” Other than journaling, I love love love to read, especially romance novels, but lately I have been listening to Rene Brown on Audible in my car. The Power Of Vulnerability, I just finished and The Gifts Of Imperfections, both highly recommend. Lastly, when I am by myself, I love to put on a face mask, pour a glass of wine or roll a joint.. and organize my room or plan out my days/week. – Sam
What is something you’ve always wanted to do, but have never attempted or done it?
I want to travel the world, so many places I can’t wait to visit and I know one day we will be able to! Other than that nothing else comes to mind. Very grateful for this life and family that I have.
What is your go to drink and food of choice?
I have been an “Attempting Gluten-Free Vegan” for the past like two years. Haha, I say attempting very hardly, because it is hard! I, for sure, have my cheat days.. but my go to for food would be Mediterranean or maybe even Indian, I love curry and making curry. Drink, sober wise, would be kombucha or alkaline water. Or, a lemon drop martini with kettle one!
What are some of your favorite makers and brands to support?
What’s a guilty pleasure that you’re embarrassed about?
Keeping up with the Kardashians and the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.
Lastly, what’s one thing you would tell yourself 10 years back?
You are a rockstar, don’t listen to them, don’t get vaccinated. Don’t eat that shit and don’t cry because it won’t matter tomorrow, and keep hustling. My grandma always use to say “This too shall pass” so that has always been a life motto of mine to live by. All of my mistakes and heart breaks the past ten years, have lead me to this point and I am grateful for it all!
Woah woah woah, had badass and inspiring are these ladies? I really didn’t know what to expect going into this interview, but I feel like I just found 2 GIRL BOSSES to look up to!
Chasin’ Unicorns has so much growth coming up and I can’t wait to witness and support it! I hope you all do too.