The Head Baker
A New Orleans native, Kiwa is a former nurse and lives in Prairieville, LA with her husband and 3 boys. So how did Kinsey Kakes get started you ask? Well here it is...
"Ive always been a creative person at heart. From Making jewelry to decorating to party planing. You name it and I've probably dabbled in it." Having a son with eczema and a daughter with cradle cap (flakey scalp), Kiwa spent a great bit on oils, creams and soaps only to find that many were a waste of time and money. After searching the internet, she discovered a home made concoction made of just water and conditioner to help with her daughters cradle cap. To her surprise it worked like a charm. "I couldn't believe it. It was a life saver." This sparked a creative interest in Kiwa. "I started searching for ideas for my sons skin but I really wanted something that was both effective and more enjoyable to use. Everything recommended for his skin was alway so bland and boring." So she became interested in creating it herself. After some research and testing, she finally found the right formula to make her first creation "body butter". She then began experimenting with sugar scrubs, and bath bombs soon followed. "I mean I really fell in love with making these products and seeing other people loving them made me love it more." "I mean I would just make them, give it away and make more. Thats how much I enjoyed it." Testing and learning and testing she finally perfected her craft and was pushed by family and friends to share her creations with the rest of the world.
But before she could began her bath time venture, she was struck with tragedy when she unexpectedly lost her 2yr old daughter "Kinsey". She struggled for years fighting depression and learning to live with the loss and somehow found comfort in her bath time creations. She has always dreamed of building a business she can one day share with her own daughter and naming the business after her was a way for her to still do so. Thus "Kinsey Kakes" was born. 4 months pregnant with another bundle of joy, she finally scheduled her first trade show. Almost 6 months into her pregnancy, she unexpectedly gave birth to her second baby girl Kayleigh. Unfortunately Kayleigh was too premature to survive on her own. Her second unexpected loss and another tradgic heartbreak. Once again she found herself on the battle field with depression, but she refused to be defeated. "It was hard but I knew I had to do something so I just started trying to think of things that make me happy. Things I enjoyed doing and all roads would lead back to the bath treats. For some reason making bath treats was my happy place. It made me happy and kept me busy and it allowed me to express my creativity. So I started using"kinsey kakes" as therapy. Thats when I really fell into Kinsey Kakes when I realized just how much it was helping me cope mentally. "It became sort of comforting and therapeutic to me and before I knew it I had grown a love for it."
Now with a new baby boy added to the family, she spends her time traveling to trade shows, giving the business much exposure and recognition with hopes of making Kinsey Kakes a huge success. In addition to wholesale, the handmade bath line is carried by retailers across the U.S. She continues to regularly add new products to the line and intends to expand her line with products that caters to women, men and children of all ages. "Most people love products that look and smell great and my products deliver that in a safer healthier way. By offering such a product, I hope to help others to make better yet enjoyable skin care choices." Although each day is still a challenge, she hopes her story encourages others to use what they love to overcome adversities and turn there negative into a positive.