High Vibe Life: Vandana Ranchod
A few months ago I was making my way through the SODO Flea Market (a Seattle staple if you’ve not been!) and stumbled upon the most divine skincare products with a name that made me do a double take: Empathocary.
As a professional intuitive (and life-long empath), I had so many questions for Vandana, the creator of Empathocary products and organic skincare formulator. I picked up the Love & Light perfume oil and knew I had to feature Vandana and her company on the blog as her main goal is to help people maintain their energetic integrity.
Sarah Farris: What prompted you to start a business that specifically caters to people who identify as empathic?
Vandana Ranchod: I was having a day where I felt more sensitive than usual and I reached out to a good friend. She said, “If only there was a lotion that could give you thicker skin." She was joking, but an idea sparked and I said, “I need to make that!”
At the time I was making soap and just branching out to other products. So, I created an Empath Protection Butter as a symbolic shield--something that made me feel both nurtured and like I had an extra layer of protection against energetic attacks. Since I am an empath myself, I get how hard some days can be and I wanted to create something that would help other empaths.
SF: Many of my clients and readers identify as empaths but I'm curious about how you would define an empathic person. How does this show up?
VR: I would describe an empath as someone who feels deeply. For me, sometimes I will take on or absorb energy around me, whether it be from the environment or a person. If I see any type of suffering that can affect me for days.
SF: As a Reiki Master, I always think about working with empaths from more of an internal perspective and I've never really thought about using skincare as a way to help mediate the side effects of living as an empath. In addition to your products, what other outlets have you tried to balance out your empathic ability? What's your favorite outlet or method?
VR: One of my favorite ways to help balance my empath-being is with meditation. I meditate twice a day (in the morning and at night) with a practice that I've done for 10 years, Vipassana meditation. I'm not quite sure what I would do without it.
SF: I've seen you talk a lot about the importance of being cognizant of your vibe and taking steps to raise your vibration (something I am very passionate about!). What's your favorite way to elevate your vibe?
VR: My favorite way to elevate my vibe is spending time with my little empath dog, Metta; animals have such an innocence to them and he brings me right back to the present moment. We also like to spend time in nature--it helps for grounding and to connect with the source. I surround myself with crystals, palo santo, essential oils, and I eat mostly a plant-based diet.
SF: How do you balance being a business owner and an empath?
VR: It's very hard at times! If I'm not feeling like I’m in a good place, I won't work on it. I would rather wait until I'm in a positive space so I can pass on the healing vibes to my customers.
SF: Do you have a spiritual practice and, if so, what does it look like?
VR: Yes, in the morning I make Tulsi Tea, I pray, and then I meditate. Afterward, I write in my gratitude journal.
SF: What are you working on and where can people purchase your amazing goodies?
VR: I'm currently working on two vegan facial washes; one is an activated charcoal wash and the other a cream cleanser. I am also working on a high-performance age gracefully serum. You can purchase products at empathocary.com.
If you are in the Seattle area, you can visit Vandana at the Urban Craft Uprising on Thursday, April 5, 2018. Click here for more info!
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