SUITCASE SERIES: Monique Kaminski CEO & Founder of skincare brand Jeuneora
We caught up with Monique Kaminski, the New Zealand entrepreneur who’s behind the skincare and wellness supplements business Jeuneora to find out what she never travels without and which suitcase brand she swears by.
Founding the business in 2016, Kaminski saw a need for beauty products that could fit seamlessly into busy lifestyles. Monique left a high-paying corporate role and jumped in full-time to dedicate herself to developing the business. This means, solely managing almost all aspects of her business including; packaging, marketing, finance, and logistics. Fast forward and Jeuneora has recently celebrated its first birthday for its skincare range and has grossed over $1.6 million in its first year of sales.
In this week’s Suitcase Series, equipped with a bottle of Jeuneora’s ThemGenes Serum ($98) we take a sneak peek into Monique’s travel psyche…
What’s been your most memorable trip and why?
Travelling to London, France, and Italy. Italy was the most memorable as my husband (then boyfriend) and I hired a car and drove down from Venice to Rome, via Tuscany. We have so many good memories, from the food and the people to the history and scenery. I’d love to go back.
What’s your favourite ever hotel?
Tokoriki Island Resort in Fiji, it’s adults only and a slice of paradise.
Where or what is your escape?
I do love just being at home, but on a beach with a book is always an ideal escape.
If you could go anywhere tomorrow it would be…
In the last two years not being able to travel internationally, I have been fortunate to be able to explore some incredible places in New Zealand, including Blanket Bay Lodge, and the Lindis Lodge, so I would love to check out another beautiful New Zealand lodge.
What’s your idea of a luxury wellness holiday?
Somewhere in nature, with a beautiful spa, healthy food, and quiet.
My top bucket-list destination is…
If you could sit next to anyone – dead or alive – on a long-haul flight, who would it be?
My wonderful stepfather, he sadly passed away 10 years ago.
What is your jet-lag recovery tip?
Hydrate, drink lots of water and have a glass of Renew+ Marine Collagen Super Powder, it’s packed with detox and recovery ingredients like zeolite and vitamin C. Always make sure you go to bed in the evening of the timezone you are in, don’t be tempted to crash if it’s still daylight! You’ll end up paying for it with your circadian rhythm being out of sync.
Jeuneora ThemGenes Daily Resculpting Serum
What is your suitcase stalwart?
I actually have an LV cabin bag with wheels that I’ve used to death, I got it years ago but it’s still going strong. I don’t take checked-in luggage unless I’m away longer than a week (at least). It makes leaving the airport at your destination so much quicker.
What is your number one packing tip?
Versatile pieces you can mix and match, less is more! I’m a roller…
I never travel without…
In my beauty/toiletry bag I always bring…
Jeuneora Skincare (of course). I’m never without MeltTheDay Gentle Gel Cleanser, ThemGenes Serum, SuperSuper Face Oil, and our Vitamin C serum, Brightening Booster.