What inspired the idea of DIVONA?I grew up knowing that my close relatives lived in poverty in a third world. In theory, they had access to education because schools were free; however, transportation to a free school made education unaccessible especially when you had to walk 3-5 miles in the blazing summer with a government mandated uniform that you couldn’t afford. I knew early on that I was lucky and I, in turn, wanted to help those who couldn’t help themselves because the cards they were dealt in life. To this day, I continuously support my family in the Philippines as supplemental income to ensure my nieces and nephews have an education in order to empower them for their dreams ahead. My cofounder, Mylene, always had the dream of creating her own perfume since she was a little girl. While entering adulthood, she experienced years of traumatic abuse that damaged her self-confidence and courage to pursue her dreams.
One day, a friend gave her a loving care package filled with items that helped her start a new life. It had a simple note: “I believe in you.”This was exactly what she needed to have a fresh start and it encouraged her to move forward in making an impact in the world. She and I met and we bonded over our mutual desire to support women. We want to bring the same support Mylene received and I gave to countless other women. This is why at DIVONA, a portion of each perfume purchase goes toward creating care packages for women in need. We believe that every woman can become empowered when they are given love and support!
Tell us about your platform for ordering DIVONA perfume and giving back.The journey begins with discovering your perfect perfume with one of our quizzes that provides a perfume match for you. Then, $2 from your purchase goes toward creating care packages for survivors of abuse and trafficking. The care packages provide basic necessities as well as items of comfort and encouragement for the recipient. The package is assembled with love by the DIVONA team and is then sent to the recipient chosen by our wonderful nonprofit partners. All care package items come from suppliers that also support women. Because of the contents inside the package, it means that one care package impacts countless women across the world. DIVONA is currently in the midst of their Kickstarter campaign to help launch the project. To contribute, click here.
I love that DIVONA is focused on local impact. Tell us a little about how your nonprofit partners distribute the care packages in Canada and Florida, USA.Our nonprofit partners do incredible work by offering women shelter, education, and counseling. The women who receive the care packages are currently in a program within the nonprofit or have recently graduated from one of their programs. We ship the care packages filled with items chosen by our customers to the nonprofit organizations and they give them directly to women facing challenges.
Happy to see DIVONA is staying away from harsh ingredients such as phalates and parabens. Tell us a little about your strict ingredient policy.
We were shocked to discover that 75% of household products contained very harmful chemicals that have been shown to damage the lungs, kidneys, liver, and reproductive system.Parabens are in the same boat. This is why we worked closely with our perfumer and manufacturers to ensure each of our perfumes were free of these chemicals. We are also dye-free and cruelty-free! DIVONA is currently in the midst of their Kickstarter campaign to help launch the project. To contribute, click here.
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