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Welcome back I'm -- -- -- -- many -- -- thank you so much for joining us we're joined by a very special guest today the founder of -- botanical.
A pharmaceutical I guess it's it's a skin care line and it we're joined by Francesca -- -- -- -- for coming in today of course thank you.
So I have to ask you you know your brand is very well known I have read about it -- countless publications Vanity Fair and Mary Claire.
Harper's bazaar I mean you really have a very successful brands.
But of course the story behind it is just as important products why did you start.
Is what happen well I never.
I never thought that I would own my own business worse -- Caroline on eleven years ago I was working at Harper's bazaar.
And I was promoted and my last day at work at it timeshare and Long Island.
And I got the house and there was a pool.
And I dove into the pool thinking I was diving into the defense but I don't think the -- and the second that I do have been -- -- hit the bottom of the pool and my head snapped back with such force that it shattered my C four C five vertebrae.
Which is about three inches above that little bump in the back of your -- As soon as that happens.
I was paralyzed and I knew it but -- your conscious -- a completely awake -- -- I could see the bubbles floating up from my mouth.
And I couldn't do anything about it -- -- you thinking it -- I kept thinking you are an idiot because then I knew I had.
Authentication and -- great credit that -- well you know I grew up swimming I know how to dive into pool I -- You know I was a boy scout -- know how to how to do all this stuff.
But in now when flash of life my entire life and it's changed with the blink of -- -- So.
I'm I was brought over to the hospital that night and the doctors told me I had and 81% chance of dying at night.
And if they did survive it would never -- in my own and move my arms -- speak because my left vocal chords paralyzed.
And when my parents showed up my mother looked at the end and Italian she says move something just -- something.
And -- which may.
Shoulder a little bit and she kind of decide you don't know my son to the doctor but that was one of those moments when I -- -- that support.
Outside family suicide affected the injury is not only could I not feel remove 98%.
Of my -- But my -- stopped reacting to hot and cold.
So I don't sweat when it can -- Because of that my skin is at least toxins like yours does and it felt like the perfect storm of anything and everything that could go wrong with your skin went wrong with my skin.
So would -- acting -- it would turn grain in certain areas but very read -- synchronization and others.
It was Whaley -- -- in certain areas I tried.
300 dollar -- ten dollar creams prescription.
Anything I could find and nothing worked.
And this is a time in my life and I was doing about.
Seven hours of physical therapy every day wow so.
I wanted to do more than just therapy and so it -- my father.
Who's a medical doctor and homeopathic doctor and it's that you have to help me.
Look like myself again because -- look like.
Alf and look like you know that alien TS but could -- -- completely different than your old self I -- And acting in a room if there would be windows in the room I couldn't even look at a window because I somber reflection I would burst into tears.
Because Hollywood notice where he's four wheels have been sitting on instead of myself and so I wanted to become more social but I -- -- to become more more of an advocate for other people with disabilities.
In doing so.
Ironically the way that I looked became important for the first time in three or four years so I looked in the mirror for the first time and that's when I -- -- my dad.
And when it looked into.
And investigated 78 different essential oils and botanical extracts until we found just an absolute and that's the basis for -- -- service.
-- doesn't have slid.
The one particular.
Our pre existing.
Product or it doesn't mean you -- created -- Patent and we are -- it and it's.
So leave for -- the tentacles and it's kind of the basis of the entire line because it's rebalancing for your skin.
And you're trying to find your -- and you realized he might have something to sell.
Are you know I had I didn't think I was gonna sell it I just wanted to look better myself I was selfish you know.
So we are making it in the kitchen and then -- -- entities that because she's had offered to schools can looks a lot better than my sister started to steal it.
And then a lot of my dad's patients who are sensitive to pair of -- -- we -- use and we don't sort of sort of in the Russell -- in these ingredients that are too harsh and skin -- they started using it to.
So essentially it starts to spread and let's fast forward to where you are now you're -- very successful business that you're very well branded.
How is revenue how was profits and and what is the next step -- It's kind of like it pinching myself -- you just even asking that question because it puts things in perspective because.
We lost and Henry -- -- CO Bigelow and Fred Siegel three stores I've seen yourself at the start yet now we launched internationally -- -- -- in the UK.
-- and -- the United States -- -- QVC about every two months now.
We just -- Japan and Australia.
We're going to be -- -- Canada and so.
Going global yeah we're going global well you congratulations I have about a million more questions asked you have fortunately our time here.
-- is coming to an end but thank you so much for joining us have a very inspiring story.
It's Clark's botanical did you check it out online protest this -- it's also online will be posting this video for you as well he can go back in here it's very inspiring story.
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