“Female Disruptor” How I used my STEM background to launch a successful skincare brand and land a de

Hi i'm Lyndsey Brantley, Structural engineer turned Medical Aesthetics practitioner and my company Camellia Alise is the first natural unisex shaving solution to be picked up by Walmart….. Here is my story!

9 years ago I found myself looking at a letter that I never expecting to get, I was a new graduate with one year on the job as a structural engineer that was at the top of my class and had just started to learn what it was like to be in corporate America, there was a downturn in the oil and gas industry and the company I was working for was going through a massive layoff cycle, I unfortunately was a casualty of the cycle so I was laid off with no back up plan and had no clue what to do next.

After 6 months of trying to get another job in the industry I decided to go another way and get a job at a medical spa since it had always been a passion of mine to learn about the industry. Of course many friends and associates questioned by decision but I saw it as an opportunity to try something new (Definitely not knowing what it would ultimately lead to!). I decided to go back to school and get my Medical Aesthetics certification because I really loved the field and everything that I was learning.

I ultimately went back into the Oil and Gas industry but couldn’t let go of the feeling that I was meant to go back to the skincare and wellness industry.

Fast forward to 2011 when I found myself trying to start my family with my husband and running into more difficulties then we ever thought possible. I had been diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) at a very young age and had been struggling with the skin sensitivities most of my life but it wasn’t until I dealt with it on the fertility side that I started to understand that the skin issues and the PCOS were actually symptoms of each other. Then I started to recall all the ladies I had helped when I was working at the medical spas and how I had come up with innovative concoctions to help their scars and to help alleviate their razor bumps when there was nothing on the store shelf to help and a light went off in my head!!!! I put on my engineering hat and I decided to find a solution to the problem.