Kiana Manson – Pure Keys Products

Dr. Marrissa Dick | September 13th, 2018
Kiana Manson (Photos by Marion Woodhouse)

Kiana Manson (Photos by Marion Woodhouse)

There may be several ways to describe Kiana Manson. She is colorful, articulate, intelligent, and very ambitious. Yet, the most accurate description is that she is accomplished. At just 25 years old, the Petersburg, VA native holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry from Norfolk State University and is currently employed full time as a Scientist II in Richmond. In 2016, she became an entrepreneur, launching her very own all-natural product line of skin care items with Pure Keys, LLC.

Kiana’s products are designed for both men and women. They include body washes, bar soaps, body scrubs, body butters, lotion bars, and lip balms. All of her products are handmade from all-natural, raw, organic, and pure ingredients, using no harmful chemicals, manufactured in the comfort of her home.

“Because I am a scientist, by default I began to grow curiosity about the ingredients of the products I use. Between 2015 and 2016, I started making soaps and lip balms for myself. My business began in the summer of 2017, after much trial and error with making products for my personal use. The results I experienced were great and I then decided to share them with others,” she said.

The response Kiana received was very encouraging. So much so that she kicked production into a higher gear to meet a growing demand from others who were interested in caring for their skin naturally. “I never thought that I would have my own business, let alone a business that would enhance the quality of lives of others. Also, nothing inspires me more than knowing I am capable of helping others overcome problems they may be dealing with their skin, whether it be eczema, acne, breakouts, and/or rashes,” Kiana expresses.

Starting a business was challenging for Kiana. “Growing up I was told to graduate high school, go to college and major in something that will make you a lot of money. I had little to no exposure of entrepreneurship. I knew I had a product and service, but didn’t know where to go from there, and didn’t know what steps to take first or even how to get others interested,” she said. So, she began reading and researching and still admits it’s a constant learning process.

For most entrepreneurs, a stable and support system must be in place. For Kiana, she has leaned on her family every step of the way. They were there during college and during her most difficult moments of pursuing a Chemistry degree. “My family never doubted me even when I doubted myself,” she says. When she created Pure Keys, LLC, her family were the first people to try her products. “They were completely honest with me about the products and their properties (feel, smell, consistency, etc.),” she said.For others who may follow in her footsteps, Kiana offers a bit of advice. Try to be consistent and work hard. Don’t be afraid to learn from the mistakes you will make during the process. When you learn from your mistakes, it makes you a better business minded individual, and it will continue to help your business grow. Finally, always set goals to keep you on pace of your goal progression,” she says.

Currently, her overall plan is to continue to create and develop all-natural products for both men and women. Her short-term goal is to spread awareness about skin, and it being the largest organ in the human body and how important it is to take care of it on a daily basis. “With taking care of our skin, I hope to explain the importance of each of my products and why and how they should be used. My ultimate goal is to open my first store that will include all of my products in all varieties,” she says.

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