One on One: Stephanie Brennan, U.S. Brand Manager, Pure Fiji
What’s the most fun part of your job?
Making people smile. You never know what others are going through, and if I can share a beautiful infusion that reminds them of a vacation or makes their skin feel better, then I have succeeded.
What is the brand’s hero product and why?
Exotic Oil. We have a balanced blend that includes virgin coconut, dilo, macadamia nut and sikeci oils to moisturize, nourish and protect skin and hair.
What advice would you give your younger, just- starting-out self?
Find a mentor or strong, supportive leader to inspire you, and don’t ever let anyone crush your spirit. We all fall, but it’s how we pick ourselves up and move on that allows us to succeed.
How do you unwind?
When I’m not traveling for work, I make it a point to go for a run or hike near the water. It’s all about getting out of my head, and the ocean truly feeds my soul.
Who inspires you?
My father. He is the strongest person I know and, after 22 years battling Parkinson’s, he still wakes up every morning with a positive outlook on life.
What’s on your bucket list?
Visiting the paper making village in Fiji where the women create the beautiful paper that wraps our soaps to help support their communities.
What’s your favorite part of the day?
The morning. I wake up around 5:30 and it’s so peaceful—it gives me a great opportunity to work or work out before the hustle of the day begins.
If you weren’t in this industry what would you be doing?
I would definitely be a nurse. I’m very nurturing and love taking care of people. (However, I can’t stand blood!)
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
I would probably be less bossy, even though I’m really just trying to get things done. Write that down! (Just kidding.)
Personal Mantra: Never judge a book by its cover.
Guilty Pleasure: “Below Deck” on Bravo.
Favorite Place: Paris (But I’m really looking forward to visiting Fiji, home of Pure Fiji, in a few weeks).
Last Good Book You Read: The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz.
Pet Peeve: People who don’t understand the proper etiquette of getting off an airplane or getting on an elevator.
Would Most Like to Meet: Muhammad Ali.
Favorite Food: Coconut, of course.
Can’t Leave the House Without: Pure Fiji Lip Balm.
[Image: Courtesy of Pure Fiji]