From Dream to Reality

 

Olivia Sparks dreamed of owning her own business, even as a child.  During her time in college, she took up modeling, which started her love of makeup and skincare.  She started making sugar scrubs to care for her own skin, and her friends. 

 

When Olivia became a mother, she discovered that her daughter suffered from eczema.  After many failures with different treatments and medications, Olivia returned to her roots: shea butters.  She found a formula that was perfectly matched for her daughter’s sensitive skin, and her daughter hasn’t suffered an eczema outbreak since.  

 

In 2016, Olivia had a traumatic accident, leaving her paralyzed from the waist down.  In addition to mobility issues, she struggled with skin issues associated with that lack of mobility and circulation.  Once again, her shea butter formulas saved the day.  She realized that those skincare recipes healed not only her body, but also her spirit.  The confidence she gains through running her business has helped her to live a happier life. 

 

The Challenge

 

There are many challenges associated with being a young, black, female business owner, but the one most notable for Olivia is her wheelchair.  She noted that being in a chair, she is sometimes overlooked or dismissed as ‘less than’, simply because she is seated when others are standing. 

 

For years, she let the pursuit of perfection hold her back in her business, but has learned that to succeed, you can’t be afraid to fail.  

 

“Live in the moment, don’t give up, and don’t base your business on the opinions of other people.” - Olivia Sparks of The Coco Shoppe

 

The Coco Shoppe

 

Olivia’s company, The Coco Shoppe, aims to provide quality products to promote healthy skin, so that every man, woman, and child has the opportunity to love and enjoy the skin they are in.  Skincare should be simple.  You should be able to read a product label and know exactly what you are putting on your skin.  Every product Olivia creates is done with this in mind: clean, simple skincare.    

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