The Mom-preneur: Judy Dytiandu (mom to Noah, 33 months old)
Her Business: Planet Noah
The Idea: It started with some homemade natural skin remedies that I made for my son when he had eczema. His skin condition was treated exclusively through natural holistic methods. Planet Noah came from my son’s name and the biblical story of Noah’s Ark as a symbol of new beginnings and hope.
Why It’s Unique: Planet Noah makes and markets products that are both environmental and healthy. We’d like to think that we are not just in business for business’ sake. We want to make a positive social contribution to our community. It is our passion that drives profits and not the other way around.
Products for Baby’s Skin: Oasis Baby Care consists of gentle and all-natural moisturizing products that harness the natural healing powers of nature. Our current products: Oasis Baby Oil, Oasis Butter Cream, and Oasis VoCo Cream are excellent for the drier and cooler “ber” months.
On Living Green: Start at home. Get into the habit of saving energy and water. Be conscious of the things you throw away and the things you buy. Eventually, all of them end up in your body or the environment or both! Since our switch to a healthier and toxic-free lifestyle, our family has stopped using commercial toothpastes, shampoos, soaps, etc. We use plain baking soda to brush our teeth!
On Balancing Work Time with Family Time: My other brands are Botany Works and Babysmiths, which I co-own with my partner. I also help my husband with his graphic design studio and I’m a L.A.T.C.H. (Lactation, Attachment, Training, Help) volunteer breastfeeding peer counselor. It’s always a challenge to balance work with family time, but it’s even more important to have discipline and schedule when you work at home.
Advice For Aspiring Mom-preneurs: Find out what you’re truly passionate about and figure out how it can serve others. The money will come.