There are two types of people in the world – Those that sit back and wait for things to happen, and those that get things done. Seventeen year-old Sophia Stener is the type to get things done!
Hailing from the Dallas area, Sophia struggled with sensitive skin and eczema. She (like many of us) resorted to cortisone cream and Benadryl. Unfortunately, these two ‘solutions’ are harmful over long periods of time, and she knew there had to be a safer solution out there.
One day, VICE a groundbreaking newsmagazine, known for a unique approach to storytelling aired an episode featuring ethnopharmacology. A studying that focuses on naturally-derived pharmaceuticals. This completely fascinated Sophia and turned out to be her ‘Ah Ha’ moment. The determined seventeen year-old wasted no time testing out this theory. She knew she wanted to create a product to help herself and others.
After one year of extensive research, Mali Mali was born!
Mali Mali has two products, the Soothing All Over Moisturizer and the Refreshing Lip Oil. Tamanu oil is the signature ingredient. Tamanu oil is EXCELLENT for all kinds of skin types including; eczema, psoriasis, chap lips, chap skin, blisters, acne, anti aging, wrinkles and more.
Let me just say the packaging is adorable. Upon opening the lip oil and moisturizer, the smell was so refreshing! It can be best described as a “mild orange tint from the luscious oils matched with a pleasant, but subtle fragrance.”
Their moto is “be well, do good,” and that’s exactly what the company does. Mali Mali’s profits help benefit Cool Earth. Cool Earth is a charity that works with indigenous villages to prevent deforestation. (put link or video in). In addition, Mali Mali also works with Freeset. This helps women escape the sex trade and regain control of their lives.
Ummm, is there anything this company doesn’t do? I would love to see Sophia pitch Mali Mali on Shark Tank. Sophia’s drive and ambition is remarkable and I look forward to her success and any future endeavors.
**Tamanu Oil is derived from a nut. If you have severe nut allergies, it will be best to consult with a physician.