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By Rich M. Salibay
All of us have been affected by the escalation of COVID-19 into a pandemic. The pandemic scare pushed us to lock ourselves inside our homes for safety. It also resulted to the closing of many business establishments, which left millions of people jobless and put them into a situation where they can hardly provide the basic needs for their families.
Lyka Ravina Arong, a young mother from Minglanilla, Cebu, shared how she stood unfazed by the situation despite being forced to stop doing her fieldworks as Area Business Officer of an advertising firm. She admitted that, at first, knowing that it was her only source of bread and butter to support her three grown-up kids, Lyka began to feel scared not of the virus but of the thought that her family might not have foods to eat in the coming days.
With optimism and, perhaps, drawing inspiration from Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray, Lyka looked at the hard situation with a silver lining. She found hope in online selling with the help of Sir Jim Acosta, the president and chief executive officer of Placenta Formula Cosmetics, the company that produces the two-decade-old Psalmstre products. Lyka proudly shares her experiences with Psalmstre both as a product user and an online seller.
Showbiz Sosyal (SS): What is your realization about this pandemic?
Lyka: It is important to develop a habit of saving. The pandemic caught us by surprise. Those who don’t have savings really find it hard to tide them over this difficult time.
SS: How do you meet both ends, knowing that you were also forced to stop working in your previous company?
Lyka: I sell different merchandises online, but I’m focusing with Jim&Jel Herbal Beauty Soap. I am very lucky to get the support of no less than the owner, Sir Jaime Acosta.
SS: What made you decide to prioritize Jim&Jel in your online business?
Lyka: Jim&Jel Herbal Beauty Soap has three variants: Glutathione + Milk; Kojic + Papaya; and Carrot + Papaya. It is one of the most affordable beauty and antibacterial soaps in the market. At the same it is very effective. I and my family are using Jim&Jel. Instead of using different soaps for washing hands, taking a bath, and taking care of the skin; Jim&Jel alone gives us all the benefits. It is also a family soap. This whole thing makes Jim&Jel sellable.
SS: Is it important to use soap in cleaning our skin and body?
Lyka: Yes, because soap can help disintegrate the lipid coating of the virus which makes it easily flushed away with water. But take note, not just any soap. I recommend Jim&Jel Herbal Beauty Soap.
SS: Do you sell other beauty and skincare products online?
Lyka: Yes, I also sell other Psalmstre products like New Placenta and Olive-C. These products have specific targets. New Placenta is for adults, while Olive-C is for teens.
SS: How long have you been selling Palmstre products online?
Lyka: I started jus two months ago, but I already feel how helpful this business to me. I’m thankful these products are really moving fast. This online business has really helped me and my family get through the hard time.
SS: How is your experience working with Psalmstre?
Lyka: I am happy with my experience. I am comfortable working with Sir Jim who is very hands-on. I admire his humility. Most CEOs of big companies don’t communicate directly to their employees, especially to us who are not a direct employee, but he spends time to connect with us. It’s very inspiring knowing that the owner himself supports us in our small business.
SS: How about your experience with the products?
Lyka: Jim&Jel Herbal Beauty Soap keeps people with a tight budget protected against viruses and bacteria that cause diseases such as COVID-19. With pocket-friendly price, it will help our family do the necessary preventive measures. Prevention is always better than cure. I also noticed that those who are regular users of New Placenta and Olive-C continue to buy them. Psalmstre products always deliver the best results for the past 20 years.
SS: What did your customers say about Jim&Jel products?
Lyka: My customers happily told me how much they like using this effective but inexpensive all-in-one soap. I, myself, have experienced the wonders of Jim&Jel (I like the Glutathione + Milk). I can see how my skin greatly improved in just a month of using this soap. I am an avid fan of a certain brand for 9 years, but I took the risk of switching to Jim&Jell out of curiosity and to also cut some expenses. It did not fail me. I love how my skin glow and lighten in just a month of using it. I am so excited to see the changes of using it in the long run.
SS: Who are your usual markets for Jim&Jel Herbal Beauty Soap?
Lyka: I have a good number of markets both from the teen and the adult groups, who luckily have made repeat orders already.
SS: Is it easy to promote and sell the Jim&Jel Herbal Beauty Soap?
Lyka: Definitely, yes! I, myself, am very particular about skincare regimen and I would certainly not recommend anything not effective. Since I am able to personally experience Jim&Jel’s magic, I am confidently promoting the product to a huge market without any hardship. In fact, I have been receiving great feedbacks and success stories of using Jim&Jel.
SS: What can you tell other mothers like you, who want to engage in online business?
Lyka: Know what’s your passion, the things that you like. That way, you won’t find it hard to promote them and convince your customers. You are the best model for your products. Also, seek help from people you know because they can help you while you are struggling to start.
SS: You are such an empowered woman and an inspiration to all single mothers. How can future customers contact you?
Lyka: Thank you for the appreciation. Those who would like to ask about the products that I sell online, especially Jim&Jel and other Psalmstre products, you can reach me through the following mediums:
Facebook: Lydrick Arong
Tiktok: Lcnc Arong
Mobile Number: 09753175004
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