Meet Theodora Ntovas of Yasou Skin Care
YASOU is a luxe wellness skin care line. “YASOU” (pronounced ya-su) is a common Greek greeting that means “A toast to your health.” YASOU is Greek-inspired, natural, contains CO oils, fruits, and botanical ingredients. We are vegan, gluten-free, unisex, Leaping Bunny certified (cruelty-free), female-owned and made in Chicago / USA.
Tell us about your products.
My products were made in the Chicagoland area, in Joilet IL. I am presently, seeking space in the city and moving into filling and than manufacturing my line in the city.
Tell us about your connection to Chicago.
I am a native Chicagoan. Born and raised in the city in various neighborhoods from the north side to the south side. I went thru the Chicago public school system and love this city and the diversity we have here! Super connected!!
What do you love about your business, your industry.
I love promoting health and wellness and how that translates to true beauty. My goal is to combine medicinal with luxury and change what luxe means in today's green beauty era by uniting old world qualtiy with new world science, bringing you this luxe wellness, Greek-inspried skin care line.
Tell us about your design inspiration.
I lived in Greece as a child, in a small village in the mountains with my grandparents where I experienced "old world" culture. This really inpired my sprituality and created who I am today.
What advice do you have for other creative entrepreneurs?
Don't let anyone or anything stop you- Breath!
Share a favorite quote, a mantra.
Love Your Self, Love Your Skin
Surprise us with your secret talent, fact, etc.
I'm a strong visual communicator
What's the most common question you get about your business?
How did you do this?
Tell us about your process for making + creating.
Research, research, research on solving a problem or area of concern in regards to skin care. Making sure I am choosing the right people to work with and put my trust in (ex. formulators, manufacturers, suppliers).
Name 3 local makers/brands that inspire you and why.
Local: Green Envee Organics, Soar Perfume, and Lena Rose Natural Beauty Chicago
What is the best advice you've ever been given and how has it shaped you and your business?
Why are you scared to succeed?
Recently launched a new product:
Vegan Lip Elixir! A nourishing lip treatment. Nothing like it on the present day market. It's unisex, 100% natural, heals dry and chapped lips, naturally plumps lips, fills in fine lines around the lips and softens deeper ones. Makes your lips smooth and supple. Also the application feels like a little mini massage to the lips.
Discover more about Yasou Skin Care at yasouskincare.com