WORDS ANGELA COWAN
“One of my passions has always been in developing a brand and seeing it come to life, and I’ve been able to do that in a number of industries.”
Nisha Grewal is president, CEO and co-founder of California-based skincare line Ambari Beauty, and she’s got big plans for the future, including having the company valued at a minimum $800 million in the next eight years, and to be one of the youngest entrepreneurs to reach that level of success in Canada.
The luxury skincare line is set to launch in July, and Nisha is expertly navigating the few hurdles left before it’s released. The secret ingredients in Ambari’s skincare line is set to disrupt the beauty industry as we know it, she says, adding that she’s currently raised $3 million for Ambari which involved major institutions investing in the company.She now has plans to raise an additional $15 million, which will allow Ambari Beauty to distribute its products throughout the United States.
Ambari is a performance-driven skincare line, formulated from Nisha and her partner Ana’s passion for skincare.
“I’ve always been a skincare junkie,” she says, laughing. “I love going to the medi spa. I love getting a peel. I love getting medical grade treatments on my skin.”
She adds: “One of my passions has always been in developing a brand and seeing it come to life, and I’ve been able to do that in a number of industries. Beauty and skincare is one of my favourite industries, and our goal was to develop a skincare line where we were able to get those medical spa results, naturally. Our night serum, for example, uses a natural form of retinol, so you get the benefits without the side effects.”
Another product, a weekly mask, provides the results of a professional-grade peel, within the comforts of home.
“It removes the dead skin, revealing this baby-soft new skin, and you’re able to do that at home,” says Nisha. “It’s a very serious skin care line. It’s not for sensitive skin,” she emphasizes. “If you work your skin up to it, you’re able to get to that transformative level.”
A UBC graduate and chartered financial analyst candidate, Nisha has attracted some of the most sought-after people in the beauty industry.
“We’re working with the top-tier manufacturers, chemists, formulators and salespeople,” she says, adding that the Ambari team is going to be conducting clinical studies on the skincare line with the goal of providing real results to consumers.
“We’re just starting to roll with it,” she says. “Ambari has strategically brought on a very strong board of directors and team members to catapult the company into a leader in the skincare industry in North America.”
“The 7 Sins
Whose shoes would you like to walk in?
Victoria Beckham. I respect and admire her. She has successfully launched brands in fashion and skincare. Even though she is a celebrity, her family values are most important to her, and you can see that through her social media. She’s classy and elegant, and in my opinion has it all together.
What is the food you could eat over and over again? I love a great chicken tortellini pasta with a really good kale salad. I’d happily live on my protein shakes as well.
You’re given $1 million that you have to spend selfishly. What would you spend it on?
Travelling! I’d travel to as many countries as I could, exploring as much of the world as possible. I’d want to visit and experience as many different cultures as I could.
People who make excuses. I can’t stand being unorganized, and inefficiency in myself and others.
Where would you spend a long time doing nothing?
The Maldives or Bora Bora. They’re secluded, serene and peaceful. Amazing places to really relax with no pressure, against a beautiful landscape.
What is the one thing you’re secretly proud of?
My OCD. It gives me clarity. I need to work in a super-clean environment with everything laid out on my desk in an organized fashion — and that relays into my work. I’m meticulous about everything.
What makes your heart beat faster?
The man in my life and the adrenaline I get from
skiing Whistler mountain.”