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Jaquelyne Phan, CEO and founder of N’Vive Essentials
Jaquelyne Phan, CEO and founder of N’Vive Essentials
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N’Vive Cares

Jaquelyne Phan, CEO and founder of N’Vive Essentials, created her emerging beauty company on the ideals of care and nurture. She shares with you the journey and meaning behind her work, which is dedicated to creating moisturizing skincare that heals the driest of skin, even in severe cases such as psoriasis and eczema.
“As a little child, I would peak through the cement window of our home, watching my grandmother squat in the kitchen, smashing the eucalyptus leaves. Every day, I would secretly watch her, imagining her in a white chef uniform, stirring her French cuisine in those elaborate kitchens for those pretty women in dresses and men in ties, just like in the bedtime stories she would tell me about her past life before she had my mom. But when my fantasy dissolves and reality ensues, I looked at my grandmother, with her scaly knuckles and patchy red neck, and I understood why she had lost her job and will always be unemployed. Her skin wasn’t always that way; before her 20s, she was beautiful and was able to cook for the wealthy in large banquet halls. She was dismissed when they uncovered her red patches, which only grew worse and worse with time.
When she would notice my eyes peeking over the window sill, she’d call out, ‘Monkey! Grandmother sees you! Come scratch my back!’ Excitedly, I would get up and run over to her and rub her back with the crushed eucalyptus leaves. At such a young age, I didn’t understand why it made her smile so much, but I did it to listen to her sigh of relief, to hear her say thank you, and feel her kiss on my cheek. But as I grew older, her patches grew larger, redder, and rougher. Every day, I would help her razor off the top layer, caressing her with leaves from the market, hiding from my dad because he thought it was contagious and was scared I would face the same misfortune. Some days, it looked better than others, but most of the time, it was dark, coarse, and dirty.
In 1980, my mom told me I had to leave home in order to escape Vietnam to come to America. She told me I could have a better life. So before I left, I whispered in my grandmother’s ear that when I get to America, I will find a cure to make her feel beautiful again, to cure her from her pain. At the age of 11, I arrived in America, holding on to my dream, my motivation. I went to school, determined to learn, eyes and ears wide open when my teachers spoke about emulsification, chemical properties, and biopolymers. When my grandmother passed away in 1989, I felt my fingers letting go of the key, giving up my hopes in finding the door that held all the answers to her disease.
A year later, I had another chance, another reason to keep my promise. I met my husband. He was always wearing shirts that covered his neck, frequently glossing his skin with baby oil. I soon realized that he, too, had those same red, scaly patches. It was all too familiar. Even with frequent doctor visits and treatments, the condition never went away. Once we had two kids who also inherited psoriasis, I knew that I needed to find the answer. With my background in polymer science, I spent night and day researching, tinkering in my lab with different natural ingredients, just like my grandmother used to do, applying each trial on my husband and kids for years. Finally, to my surprise, their redness was improved, cracks were smoother, and they were no longer scratching. I made it; I finally did it.
Once I saw how happy my family was, I excitedly gave small samples to my close friends with calloused heels and acquaintances with harsh handshakes. Once people were asking me about wanting more, I knew it was time that I shared this invention with everyone suffering from dry skin. I had the potential to give them a new beginning, a new life free from insecurities and discomfort that emerges from conditions like psoriasis. This sparked the idea of N’Vive Essentials, and with a little French translation, it signifies ‘New Life,’ or more personally, ‘The Story of my Life, as my Vietnamese name is Nguyet.
All this time, I know my grandmother is still watching over me, guiding me as I carry out my destiny. So as I am living my dreams, I know she is doing the same, preparing a Coq Au Vin with her beautiful, flawless hands, in a beautiful, white kitchen. With her inspiration, I am able to care for others, boosting their beauty and confidence, based on a, ‘Fusion of traditional wisdom and advanced engineering.’”
Research & Editing By:
Phi-Yen Tran Vu
                University of California, Irvine
                 Biological Sciences, B.S.
                 Cognitive Psychology, B.A.
To learn more about her company and Natural Cream, visit www.nvive99.com.
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Cau Q Shampoo is an answer for hair loss and dandruff. Nvive99.com
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