We are swooning over Flynn&King‘s line of natural skincare. Their multitasking products are made in small batches using ingredients you can recognize and pronounce. Ready to upgrade your daily regime? Here’s their powerhouse Revive, Balance, and Replenish trio of cleanser, toner and oil.
Flynn&King is run by Summer Dinh Manske and Corina McDonnell. The duo started making their own products to address their skincare needs, and the small production grew from there to a full line of gorgeous, safe and effective products we’d love to get for ourselves or give as gifts. Summer tells us about their beginnings as a skincare club, their vision and process, and their favorite spots around Bed Stuy.
A little trivia about yourselves
– Born & raised: born Saigon / raised southern California
– Cups of coffee a day: cups or pots?
– Currently reading: Saga, Deluxe Edition Written by Brian K Vaughan and Illustrated by Fiona Staples (comic book)
– Currently listening to: The Weeknd
– Favorite pizza place: ask Corina 😉
– Hidden talent: I’ve been told I can carry a tune.
– If I didn’t do what I do, I would be a… Professional French Fry Enthusiast or Mars Colonizer.
What inspired you to start your business? When did you guys start?
We both worked at a pretty popular salon / apothecary in Williamsburg that specialized in curating the coolest and newest hair and beauty products. There, we carried a variety of great natural skin care brands and learned a lot about exotic ingredients that made their products special. Though we loved some of these brands, some ingredients used were not natural. We felt that there was an easier way to produce great all natural skin care using only the stuff Mother Nature created.
Corina and I were enthused at the idea and started a skin care club where we learned about natural ingredients and how to make safe and effective skin care. We made products targeted for ourselves, friends, and family’s needs and found it to be super effective, not to mention the fact they smell amazing. We’ve been clubbin’ since 2013 and from then on, our club is going strong and eventually became Flynn&King in 2014.
What is your production process like, from concept to finished product?
The first step in producing a product is to troubleshoot a problem that needs to be addressed. Our products were made because we couldn’t find the perfect product to address both our needs. With Summer having problems like seborrheic dermititis and combination skin and Corina with problems like dry acneic skin and eczema, we kind of had our work cut out for us. Almost like Goldilocks and the 3 bears, it seemed like the skin care market was saturated with products that were meant for only one skin type or another; too oily, too dry, too boring, too clean, not clean enough, etc.
Being practical and money conscientious Capricorns, we wanted to make products that are multifunctional for our New York lives. Nobody likes a bathroom filled with 30 different products for 30 different problems. We don’t have the time or room for that. We were both used to using 12+ products for a normal skin care regimen, but after long research, we came up with some products we think are multifunctional and effective for most, if not all, skin types, reducing our daily skin care products to just a few. Saving time and money is what we’re all about.
What are you planning for the next few months?
Flynn&King’s calendar is filled with so many fun projects to last us all year! We’re working with some really amazing organizations that better the world, hosting natural DIY workshops, showcasing at Brooklyn Holiday Bazaar 😉 , and maybe a few new products up our sleeves, I don’t know. You’ll just have to follow us on social media to find out. 🙂
What do you know now that you wish you knew when you started?
I wish we had done this sooner! This line of business we’re in is terribly addictive. We love every aspect of this work from production of our line to the people we’ve connected with. The necessity to solve skin care problems naturally is an exciting challenge that continues to push us to our limits.
What neighborhood are you guys in? What are your favorite spots?
Corina and I both live in Bedstuy.
Fav. brunch / casual business meet up: Black Swan (crazy amazing Bloody Mary’s and great beer selection)
Fav. snack shack / coffee digs: Brooklyn Kolache Company (yummy mix of sweet and savory kolaches)
Fav. Sunday treat: Dough (Best, fluffiest, dreamiest, yeast donuts. ::drool:: It’s really hard to pick a favourite. They’re all so good.)