When Lani Lazzari, then 11 years old, was told commercially produced skin care products would irritate her eczema, she took things into her own hands and created an all-natural sugar scrub. Six years later, the high school senior is CEO of Simple Sugars (www.simplesugarscrub.com), and her sugar scrubs have been featured in publications ranging from Teen Vogue to Allure. "They are completely all-natural and safe for sensitive skin," Lazzari says. "You could actually eat them if you wanted to."
On Tuesday, Sept. 20 Lazzari will stop in New Orleans — one of 26 cities on her cross-country tour — where she will give away T-shirts, bumper stickers and product samples before speaking to Tulane University students about entrepreneurship. It's part of a long-term dream of hers: to create enough buzz to garner an appearance on Ellen.
"It's so important for women and girls to understand that financial independence is an option for them regardless of their situation," Lazzari said in a press release. "You can create your own opportunities by following your passion and working hard to make it happen."
Visit www.simplesugarsscrub.com to buy the sugar scrub or to keep up-to-date on Lazzari's tour. — Wilkinson