Describe yourself in 3 words...
Organized, professional, and a great multi-tasker.
What inspired you to create CocoBaba?
The idea came to me in a very organic way. I was pregnant with my first child and looking for beauty products designed especially for moms-to-be that used safe, natural ingredients. I wanted something that would help stave off stretch marks as much as possible. I realized that most products didn’t meet my needs. I became acutely aware of what I was putting in and on my body, and how it could affect my unborn child as well as myself. I decided to create my own skin line whose ingredients I would oversee and make certain met my criteria. There needed to be a product in the market that was safe and simple for moms-to-be who are conscious about their health and beauty routine and products they use.
What is coming up in the pipeline for your business?
Launching CocoBaba in the US is our next big move. CocoBaba is produced and manufactured in Germany and currently only sold within Europe. I wanted to start small and to be able to iron out any kinks before bringing it stateside. So, I’m more than ready to get to this point, which is a truly exciting next step for me.
What is your personal skincare routine?
Being a working mom of two, my skincare routine needs to be easy but effective. I start with Lumion’s Oxygen mist and Serum, then I alternate Dr. Barbara Sturm products and UMA Oils. I love Sturm’s Glow Drops and I adore UMA’s anti-aging oil. These three beauty lines are my total go-to must-haves.
What skincare products do you prefer to use on your children?
I use Honest Co. for my daughter’s hair and body in the shower. For after shower creams, I alternate between my CocoBaba products. Sometimes I use the Coconut Body Oil if they seem on the drier side or the Coconut Body Butter Mousse. My youngest Evelyn, usually requests the oil because she knows she’ll get a little massage out of it.
What is your favorite family vacation destination?
We usually head to Turks and Caicos. It’s a place my husband has been going to for 20 years and now as a couple I’ve been going there for 11 years. We never get tired out it. It’s very serene, great people, terrific food, and not to mention the scenery. Our family is all about a beach holiday.
What are your favorite kid-friendly restaurants in New York?
My husband and I love sushi so we were hoping our kids would follow suit, so we introduced sushi to them early on. We started taking them to Nobu, which is a fun restaurant as they love to sit close to the sushi bar and watch it being made. There’s a lot of hustle and bustle, which makes it all the more fun and entertaining for them. We frequent Rosa Mexicana, as the kids love seeing the guacamole being made, and it’s delicious. Next on the list is Benihana, but my gosh is that place popular—hard to get a reservation!
What are your most memorable family activities on weekends?
We live about an hour out of the city so most of our weekends are spent in the city. We love going to all the usual museums—Natural History, Children’s Museum, and The Met. My kids are at a great age that we are introducing them to Broadway. We took them to see The Lion King, which is just such a beautiful play. We are taking them to see Aladdin for Mabel’s 6th birthday, which is coming up way too soon! We live close to Central Park, so when the weather is nice we are always there.
What values do you hope to instill in your children?
There’s so many aren’t there? We have a saying at home—speak freely, live fearlessly. I want my kids to know that their voice is important.