Interview with Maro Mitilinou, Founder of LaRose Skin Care, and Atelier Esthétique Graduate Success Story

Tell us about how you started your business and why?

I created LaRose in December of 2013 when a very close friend of mine encouraged me and helped me to start handcrafting my own natural products. Growing up in a small island in Greece named Ikaria (the island of longevity), I watched the women in my family creating their own natural remedies, healing salves and therapeutic creams out of organic pure natural ingredients, handpicked from their own gardens or wild from the mountains. LaRose products are handcrafted and made with lots of passion and love to help people that are suffering from a host of different skin conditions to heal naturally. My products are safe for the whole family. They contain no toxins, no chemicals, no parabens; are animal cruelty free, vegan, raw, organic and pure. I personally handcraft every single one of my products in small batches from my place in Brooklyn.

What was your experience like at Atelier Esthétique?

I enrolled at Atelier Esthétique in November 2016 and it was one of the best decisions I ever made. It was a great experience and I gained a great deal of valuable information and clinical experience. All of my instructors were amazing – very professional and knowledgeable. I was enrolled in their full-time program, which was very intensive but prepared me well for my board exams. I graduated in March 2017 with Honors. Now I’m the main Esthetician at Slope Wellness in Park Slope, Brooklyn. I have also been continuing to improve and expand the LaRose line of products. I added 5 new products in the past 3 months (Face Serum, Face Mask, Rose Bath Salt, Rose Soap, and Organic Deodorant).

How long have you been in business? How’s it going?

I started LaRose in December 2013 with just 2 products, but now I’m taking it more seriously as a business and trying to take it to the next step. As of now I have 14 different products which I am selling in 4 different stores in Brooklyn and it is going very well.

Why are your products so popular and doing so well?

Everybody loves the products because they see and feel results right away. They are made with only high quality all-natural ingredients (many of which are organic). The products are safe and smell amazing from all the different beautiful therapeutic essential oils.

What distinguishes your products from all the others out there?

The difference between my products and others is that I created this line out of my passion for helping people with troubled skin. My upbringing introduced me to the wonders of carefully handcrafted all-natural remedies. Now I look to carry on the traditions of my Mom and Great Grandmother with a modern, but practical line of all-natural products, made in small batches every time from a careful selection of therapeutic healing ingredients.

What’s next for you and your company? What are you future plans?

Future plans are to continue to expand the line and eventually open up the first LaRose Skin Care Store!

Where can people find you online?

We have a Facebook page and Instagram page.

https://www.facebook.com/LaRoseHandmadeSkinCare

https://www.instagram.com/larose_skin_care

Where can people find your products and buy them?

You can find Larose products at :

Slope Wellness 
816 8th Ave, Brooklyn, NY

bbbarbrooklyn
6601 Bay Parkway, Brooklyn, NY

Jet Beauty
8301 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY

Brooklyn Women’s Exchange 
55 Pierrepont Street, Brooklyn, NY

Why I Chose Atelier Esthetique – Chanell Smith

“I started full-time day program on June 19th.  I just graduated with honors and already have had 7 job interviews and 3 job offers in less than 2 weeks.”

“I was also fortunate to be chosen for a BEAUTY CHANGES LIVES SCHOLARSHIP that paid $2,550 toward my tuition, allowing me to take the Eyelash Extension course.”

“I am very proud to be an Atelier Graduate. I had the pleasure of being taught by all the teachers at Atelier and received great direction and advice.

I am excited and ready to start working in the esthetic industry and feel fully ready to conquer any tasks set in front of me with all my training, knowledge and support from my school.”

Chanell Smith
Atelier Esthetique Graduate
October 2017

Atelier Student, Chanell Smith, Wins Beauty Changes Lives Scholarship

For the second year in a row an Atelier Esthetique Institute student has won the Beauty Changes Lives Scholarship for Estheticians. In 2016 it was Elizabeth Taylor. This year 2017, it is Chanell Smith.

Chanell’s Beauty Changes Lives Essay & Inspiration Board

“As a current esthetic student, I want to best prepare myself once I leave school to be an amazing esthetician so that I may snag a position within the industry. This scholarship would allow me all the advantages of taking specialized classes, with my number one being a lash extension course.  This scholarship would be a blessing to me but more importantly, a blessing to my family. I spent 10 years working in the health industry seeking job security, but after being laid off twice and being placed in a situation where I could become homeless,  I decided that I must change my career.

The beauty industry has always been my passion but fear and doubt held me back. When I decided to start school, I was very worried about what would happen to my small family.  I have a daughter who is 5, and a few months ago I adopted my niece who is 7 months. My goal is to show them the importance of staying true to your passions and the liberation of being a business woman.

My “Inspiration Board” is based on my favorite things about being an esthetician and what keeps me motivated to be successful in this industry.”

“A very successful and fulfilling career…” – Elizabeth Maglieri Donat, LE

Atelier Esthetique“About ten years ago, I met with Ms. Hanson at Atelier Esthetique Institute of Esthetics for a tour and knew immediately that I was in the best place possible for my esthetics education.  My time at Atelier was one of the best times of my life.  I studied under amazing teachers that inspired and nurtured me.  I was surrounded by the best in the industry. 

I also made friends there that are still in my life today, personally and professionally.  Since graduating from Atelier’s 600 Hour Program and ITEC International Diploma program, I have had a very successful and fulfilling career.  I have worked in top spas and medical spas in NYC and CT with celebrity clientele. I have had the pleasure of being a regional trainer for Massage Envy Spas in the Northeast USA, an esthetics instructor, a manager for Elizabeth Arden, and now the owner of my own consulting and spa education company http://www.emdskinsolutions.com

As a consultant and beauty industry insider, I have been quoted in several professional blogs and publications including those in the NCEA, ASCP, The Broadcast, Spa Week Daily and Redbook Magazine. 

I recently enrolled in Atelier’s Spa and Salon Professional Management Course and recommend it to all of my clients, friends and colleagues.  I encourage all beauty industry professionals to seek out Atelier Esthetique for all of their esthetic education needs.  Ms. Annette Hanson has made it her life calling and priority to give beauty industry professionals the best start possible that they can have in their esthetic careers.”

– Elizabeth Maglieri Donat, LE

Success Stories – Ruthie Kaplan

Hello Ms. Hanson,

Greetings from Israel.

I just had to share this with you and the other students at Atelier Esthetique (and anyone considering Atelier Esthetique!).

I have moved to Israel and opened a spa wellness center in Jerusalem.

We are now being recognized as one of the most popular spa wellness centers in the city because of the quality of treatments and our customer service.

We have also developed our own skin care product line offering consumers the latest breakthroughs in personal care and skin care treatments.

And it all started at Atelier Esthetique.

Thank you!

Ruthie Kaplan
Atelier Esthetique Graduate

 

Kimberly Broomes Shares Her Journey at Atelier Esthetique

“At a young age I became interested in Esthetics after seeing my mother going for facials and electrolysis, and I also had a slight battle with acne which become a concern as well. I always wanted to become an esthetician but because of fear, and after gathering information about the different topics that needed to be covered such as the human body and chemistry, it deterred me.”

“I decided to follow my other passion for business after growing up in a household of entrepreneurs. I went to Stony Brook University where I received my Bachelor of Science in Business Management and soon after I received my Masters of Business Administration in Human Resources Management at Iona College in 2014. After trying numerous times to find the ideal job for me I became somewhat unsuccessful because most places wanted more work experience although I had the education for Human Resources. This was a passion of mine because I enjoy working with others and knowing that I can help them whenever needed. After my contract ended with my last HR job, I said maybe this is the time for me to pursue Esthetics, I told myself that nothing could get in my way, I got my MBA and could surely tackle some chemistry and anatomy in esthetics schools.”

“I heard about Atelier Esthetique from a former student that went there over fifteen years ago and heard great things about it. After completing these long four months I can say that I met some incredible individuals that helped me flourish even better. I can also say that the knowledge that I obtained it something that can never be taken away. It is something that will help me grow in the esthetics industry. I not only want to make money, but I want to know that when I have a client I can educate them thoroughly about their skin. Overall it has been great, no experience is perfect, there are always ups and downs, but most importantly I have succeeded!”

Kimberly Broomes

Atelier Esthetique Institute of Esthetics Graduate

Shardae Boyce Shares Her Experience at Atelier Esthetique

“I recently graduated from Atelier in NYC, in April 2017.  I am writing this review to share my experience to anyone out there who’s considering a career in skin care. I started as an evening student back in September 2016, which is a part-time 8 month program. My teachers, Ms. J and Ms. Kyra for theory and practical were amazing and very knowledgeable in the skin care industry. She taught me all about how I should use my “spa voice” now that I’m a professional in training.”

“Once I became a senior I had the pleasure of having Ms. Elise, Ms. S and Ms. Karen – they were all terrific! Ms. Elise was our waxing queen here at Atelier and had an amazing resume in the skincare industry. Ms. Karen was a nutritionist in addition to being a licensed esthetician, and she was so informative when it came to the course material on nutrition!”

“All in all, I must say that I had a great experience at Atelier Esthetique from all of the staff to majority of my classmates! Everyone was so nice and welcoming; especially Ms. Regina! We had great times and even went to the Dr. Oz show (thanks to Ms. Elise)! If anyone is interested in this school, I highly recommend it because everyone is very experienced and some are still working in the industry.”

“We, as students, are able to even take advanced courses during the 600-hour basic, so you have a leg up in the industry. I’m grateful to the founder of Atelier, Ms. Hanson, who actually put the Esthetics program into fruition. If it wasn’t for her, we would still have to take a cosmetology course to work in the industry, and I don’t do hair! Atelier is a great school with a great curriculum and an amazing staff! I hope this helps anyone who is interested in becoming an Esthetician in NYC – there’s no need to second guess!”

Shardae Boyce

Atelier Esthetique Graduate
April 2017

My Journey – Kimberly Broomes

At a young age I became interested in Esthetics after seeing my mother going for facials and electrolysis, and I also had a slight battle with acne which become a concern as well. I always wanted to become an esthetician but because of fear, and after gathering information about the different topics that needed to be covered such as the human body and chemistry, it deterred me.

I decided to follow my other passion for business after growing up in a household of entrepreneurs. I went to Stony Brook University where I received my Bachelor of Science in Business Management and soon after I received my Masters of Business Administration in Human Resources Management at Iona College in 2014. After trying numerous times to find the ideal job for me I became somewhat unsuccessful because most places wanted more work experience although I had the education for Human Resources. This was a passion of mine because I enjoy working with others and knowing that I can help them whenever needed. After my contract ended with my last HR job, I said maybe this is the time for me to pursue Esthetics, I told myself that nothing could get in my way, I got my MBA and could surely tackle some chemistry and anatomy in esthetics schools.

I heard about Atelier Esthetique from a former student that went there over fifteen years ago and heard great things about it. After completing these long four months I can say that I met some incredible individuals that helped me flourish even better. I can also say that the knowledge that I obtained it something that can never be taken away. It is something that will help me grow in the esthetics industry. I not only want to make money, but I want to know that when I have a client I can educate them thoroughly about their skin. Overall it has been great, no experience is perfect, there are always ups and downs, but most importantly I have succeeded!

Kimberly Broomes
April 27, 2017

Why I Chose Atelier Esthetique – Kim Schanzer

Kim Schanzer is an Atelier Esthetique graduate and another one of our success stories! She took our part-time evenings New York State Esthetician licensing program, and advanced education offered at the school, and fulfilled one of her dreams – opening her own business in the skin care industry. She has achieved incredible success and we are so proud of her!

“Studying esthetics almost 10 years ago was the best decision of my life! I had been practicing law for 12 years, but I was very unhappy. So I kept my job and started the part-time evening program to pursue my passion for skin care. I am currently in my 8th year of business as the owner of a top laser center in Midtown Manhattan. I have 6 estheticians on staff and the business is growing. We are currently planning to move to a bigger, more beautiful new space and expand our operations. I am so grateful I made the sacrifice and followed my dreams. Thank you Annette Hanson and Atelier Esthetique Institute of Esthetics!” – Kim Schanzer, President/Owner. Pulse Laser & Skincare Center. Part-time Evenings New York State Esthetician License course graduate.

Atelier Esthetique is a New York State approved school for esthetician licensing, and advanced training in skin care, located in Manhattan, NYC. It offers a variety of classes and programs and is one of the most respected New York City beauty schools. Get the best training you can! Our graduates get jobs fast!

My Experience at Atelier Esthetique: Chloé Dambricourt

Describe Your Journey at School

My journey at the school was a really good experience. I thought it would be difficult because I was coming from another country. Thanks to Atelier Esthetique Esthetique I have been able to learn skin care both theoretical and practical. I enjoyed the fact that we combined both theory and practical during the week, so it was never boring. I was enrolled in the week day course and the hours were a perfect match for my lifestyle.

Were the Teachers and Staff Helpful?

The teachers and staff were amazing. As I already said, coming from another country (France) was challenging for me and I was afraid that I may not be able to understand everything, but the teachers and staff have always ways been there for me, always present to explain what I did not understand. They were really patient and they motivated me a lot too. Also, I liked the fact that every teacher has a different background and experience in the skin care industry, so they all were able to present a different vision. Thanks to Miss S., Miss Kyra, Miss J, Miss Elise, Miss Tracey, Francisco, Angie, Ann, Regina, and off course, Miss Hanson!

Has the School Helped Prepare You for Your Career?

Yes it has because the teachers and the staff prepared us for the “real world.” I feel completely confident and ready to start my career as an esthetician. I know all the options this industry offers me. Thanks to the practical experience and the fact we can have clients in the clinic of Atelier Esthetique, I have gained experience and feel confident for the future!

Chloé Dambricourt
New York State Esthetician License Day Program

Atelier Esthetique is a New York State approved school for esthetician licensing, and advanced training in skin care, located in Manhattan, NYC. It offers a variety of classes and programs and is one of the most respected New York City beauty schools. Get the best training you can! Our graduates get jobs fast!

 

Atelier Graduate Elizabeth Taylor Awarded Beauty Changes Lives 2016 Esthetics Scholarship

We couldn’t be more proud of our recent graduate, Elizabeth Taylor, who has been awarded the 2016 Beauty Changes Lives / Murad Esthetics Scholarship.

Elizabeth submitted an essay (below) as well as her vision board.

Congratulations Elizabeth! We look forward to hearing more about your successful career in the skin care industry!

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“I fell in love with holistic skincare, after discovering the healing magic in plants. I thought that I was alone in the world with skin so dry and sensitive that I can’t even use Dove soap. Beginning with just a few products that I formulated, designed, and manufactured, I opened a boutique called True Beauty Brooklyn dedicated to all natural and organic skincare. Over the past three years, I have built a clientele of people who search us out because they too thought that they were alone in the world, desperately searching for products without scary ingredients and that can really heal their skin. Some of our clients have had recent cancer scares and are completely ridding their lives of chemicals. Others suffer from psoriasis, eczema or rosacea, and everything they have ever tried before has just made things worse.

Some are pregnant and are scared to use chemicals because their unborn child will absorb whatever is entering their bodies. I love that every day I get out of bed to educate people about my passion, and plant seeds of passion in them. It is time to take my passion and career to the next level. I must obtain my esthetics license to become a professional skincare expert and to be able to help my clients on a broader scale and to help to grow the Green Beauty Community.”

Elizabeth Taylor
Atelier Esthetique Institute of Esthetics, Class of August, 2016

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