MNC employee to Startup Entrepreneur

Namrata Agarwal
Posted February 26, 2021 from India
Vishisht - Natural Beauty

I am Namrata Agarwal, the founder of Vishisht Lifestyle, a handmade products` brand based in Bangalore. On a mission to save the planet, I focus on improving the skincare space by offering all-natural, cruelty-free products delivered in zero-waste packaging. Like any other startup entrepreneur, I wear many hats to run my small business. I handle production, packaging, social media marketing, and even photoshoots! 

I featured on The Better India website. My brand Vishisht was awarded a grant under the Facebook Small Business Grants Programme. It was also listed among the Top 500 startups in South Asia by Innopreneurs Startup contest 2021. Before starting my business, I worked in a Multinational Accounting firm as an Auditor for 4.5 years & I am a Certified Public Accountant.

I am passionate about promoting a sustainable lifestyle. What makes my brand unique is that it avoids excess consumerism by offering a limited range of multi-purpose products using minimum materials to ensure people only buy what they need. All my products are prepared in fresh batches and contain pure, natural ingredients for the best results. My brand is carbon-neutral and contributes to tree plantation equivalent to the CO2 emissions generated by the company.   

Vishisht started as a result of my skin problems. I developed some rashes and itchiness one summer & none of the moisturizers helped. Hence I started researching online and learned about the harmful chemicals found in mass-produced skincare products. Soon, I was formulating recipes using natural ingredients and gave family and friends to try. A year later, based on feedback, research, and trials & errors, I launched my brand in May 2018.

I love trying new food and travelling. I enjoy spending time with family, watching sitcoms, listening to podcasts, and reading books & articles on self-development, mental health, etc. I am an animal lover and stand strong against animal cruelty. 

This story was submitted in response to #HerStoryMakesHistory.

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anita shrestha
Feb 27
Feb 27

Great

Namrata Agarwal
Feb 27
Feb 27

Thank you Anita :)

Beth Lacey
Mar 01
Mar 01

I wish you good luck with Vishisht

Namrata Agarwal
Mar 01
Mar 01

Thanks alot Beth :)

Hello, Namrata,

Welcome to World Pulse and congratulations on finally writing your first post! We are happy that you are here and a new voice from India is rising up!

It's so thoughtful and loving of you to choose handmade products that are environment-friendly. Congratulations on the awards you receive, dear sister! It's amazing how you created a product that greatly benefits all living things. Thank you for your introduction! Please keep writing more. We look forward to reading your future posts.

Namrata Agarwal
Mar 02
Mar 02

Karen,
Thank you so so much for your warm welcome. I absolutely love the World Pulse platform and having so many sisters from around the world. I look forward to writing more stories and reading even more.
Lots of love from India <3

maeann
Mar 02
Mar 02

Welcome to World Pulse Namrata :) Your story is your power!

You are a great social entrepreneur. I can see that you created a product that brought social impact in your community. We need more young entrep like you. Congratulations on the award you received. I am a no. 1 fan of 100% Natural Products, a plant based ingredients without parabean and harmful chemical. The product from Human Heart Nature I usually used: lotion, body wash, shampoo and toothpaste. I hope you success on your business.

Minakshib
Mar 03
Mar 03

नैसर्गिक धडा घेणे हे बरोबर आहे म्हणून पुन्हा तुझ्या कामासाठी सलाम