Muzon Ashgar is the founder and CEO of MZN Bodycare, the first
Saudi handmade skin care brand.
When she was growing up in a family that appreciated arts and
crafts, her mother, an art teacher, instilled in her a love of
handmade products. Ashgar fondly remembers completing craft
projects with her mother for school assignments, to create home
accessories and for family events.
After leaving school, she attended the College of Architecture and
Planning at King Faisal University, from where she graduated top of
her class with a degree in interior architecture. She then began
working in the college as a teaching assistant.
After getting married in 2008, Ashgar traveled to the UK with her
husband where she undertook a master’s degree in design with
learning and teaching in higher education. She returned to Saudi
Arabia and went back to work at the college, this time as a
A social event changed the course of her life. After inviting
friends to a spa party, Ashgar decided to make them gifts that
matched the theme. After doing some research online, she decided to
create some DIY skin care products. She began to search for the raw
materials and packaging with a degree of interest and detail that
she could not explain at the time. Because she is a designer, she
also created an “MZN” logo for the gifts and designed labels.
The party was a hit, and her friends were so happy with their gifts
that they asked for more.
When she heard about new family bazaar events, where artisans can
sell their handmade items, she decided to have a go at selling the
skin care products she had created with her newfound hobby. Her
stock sold out at her first bazaar, and when on her second attempt
she again sold everything, she knew that this was something she
wanted to explore further to see where it could lead.
Ashgar ran her fledgling brand from home, taking over the family
kitchen, which was filled with different kinds of butter, essential
oils and empty containers. She signed up for skin-care formulation
and soap-making courses, while continuing to sell her products at
bazaars and markets until she received several offers from local
pharmacies, boutiques and online stores to sell them.
None of this came easy; there was lots of hard work and long hours
to prepare the products, design labels and to stand and sell her
products at the bazaars. But being a working mother — Ashgar has
two children, Lara, 7, and Muhammad, 5 — is not easy, and when
you add even a small project on the side it can become almost
impossible at times. As a result, she put MZN on hold for a few
months but after talking to her family about life choices, it was
clear where her passion lay.
Ashgar returned to working on MZN, which now has a licensed factory
and its products are available in pharmacies nationwide. For her
success, she first thanks Allah and then the support of her husband
and family. She now works to help other entrepreneurs achieve their
career goals, as a member of the Chamber of Commerce board for
Youth Women Entrepreneurs.
Source: FS – All-Fashion-Blogs
TheFace: Muzon Ashgar is the founder and CEO of MZN Bodycare