The Business of Clean Beauty with Natalie Mackey of Winky Lux

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Natalie Mackey was an Entreprenista from a young age. After spending a few years in the finance industry, she decided to pivot to her “industry crush”: the beauty industry, because as she put it, “you get to sell happiness as a product.”

Today, we sit down with Natalie Mackey, CEO and founder of Winky Lux, a beauty brand with an emphasis on clean ingredients and colorful whimsy. She shares about her high school business, her fundraising journey, all about the risks she’s taken, and so much more. 

“​​This is just the coolest industry. I love it so much. And I really wanted to be in it somehow. I just had kind of like an industry crush on it.” – Natalie Mackey

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This week’s takeaways from Entreprenista:

  • Natalie discusses her early experience with entrepreneurialism (1:44)
  • Natalie shares Winky Lux’s origin story (5:12)
  • Natalie talks about her proudest moments (12:34)
  • Natalie discusses Winky Lux’s fundraising journey (15:30)
  • Natalie gives tips for fundraising (24:55)
  • Natalie shares what risks have worked and what risks haven’t (28:40)
  • Rapid fire questions (33:28)
  • What being an Entreprenista means to Natalie (41:36)

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Our Favorite Quotes:

  • “I remember being at a party, I don’t know, in some time in the very early 2000s, pre-Uber and somebody said, ‘wouldn’t it be great if there was a car service that would pick you up and take you to anywhere you want? You could just call them on your phone. But it wouldn’t be like an actual car service.’ And I just remember saying, ‘Oh, that’s a terrible business. I used to do that.’” – Natalie Mackey
  • “​​One of the things they say in the writing world is ‘don’t be afraid to kill your darlings.’ So you might have this idea that you’re very married to but all of a sudden, it really stops working or it’s no longer useful. It doesn’t serve the business anymore. And I find that it’s one of the hardest muscles to grow and then flex is to be able to let go of something and say this no longer serves.” – Natalie Mackey
  • “​​Funds that have focused on female entrepreneurs have historically had better returns.” – Natalie Mackey

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