Meet Jana Blankenship, the CEO/Founder/Captain at Captain Blankenship, which is a green beauty products business. Social responsibility, sustainability of ingredients and packaging are at the heart of the company and Jana’s work. If that wasn’t enough, Jana is a writer, too. She will be releasing her first book, Wild Beauty, in July. (I’ve seen it, and it’s gorgeous.)
In this episode, we talk about art curation versus creation as well as Jana claiming her artistic confidence through Captain Blankenship. Plus, we discuss how Jana navigated the intersection of career, family and honoring the different parts of herself, including the tiny chemist. At a young age, Jana started making potions. She eventually developed a sensitivity to synthetic fragrance, which as an adult led her to dive headfirst into natural perfumery and research plant-based ingredients. She’s smart, artistic, and resilient - all of which we discuss during our conversation.
Buckle up everyone, or grab your life preservers, because Jana and I cover a lot of ground in this episode. Oh, and before you do dive in, consider sharing this episode with one other human. Not only will you help me out, but you will also help to get the word out about what Jana has created. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Selected link love + resources from the episode:
Mandy Aftel (perfumer)
Joyful by Ingrid Lee (book)
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All of this is from Jana (with some minor edits for readability).
[00:09:11] [On reawakening her artistic nature in the form of plant-based perfumery] I was an artist. I was a painter. And after starting to learn about natural perfumery and essential oils, I realized that this was an incredibly rich palette of plant-based materials that I got to work with.
[00:27:06] If you know what it's like to run a business, if you think too much about it, I probably wouldn't have started a business.
[00:37:27] It was like juggling. I was trying to fill all these parts of myself. I just had to listen to my body, take care of myself, my family, and this business.
[00:45:57] I think about how my parents supported me. My Dad was always so supportive of me. I think of all of these lessons, and they taught me where I want to put my energy. I try to channel it into things I feel passionate about and to being present with my children.
[01:00:34] When you have an idea that you're incredibly passionate about and you just can't act on, it is just reinterpreted somewhere else. If you don't get to everything, you're not a failure.
[01:15:03] Listen to your intuition. I think that's so important and so is not giving into other people's expectations, not letting anyone take away your magic, and the truth that you believe in. Also, believe that you can do anything.
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