Since Vinessa Antoine ended a four-year run as General Hospital’s Jordan Ashford in 2018, the actress has stayed busy, most notably with a starring role on the Canadian drama, Diggstown, playing corporate lawyer Marcie Diggs.
Vinessa Antoine: Entepreneur
But she’s also explored opportunities away from acting. Recently, Antoine launched Teonille Beauty, an organic, vegan, and cruelty-free company focusing on utilizing the highest-quality plant-based ingredients for its product line. She launched a campaign on IFundWomen looking to raise $4,000 to get her project off the ground.
“Teonille is natural products that are environmentally responsible and good for the skin and hair,” she explained on the funding site. “We are black-owned and believe aging is a source of celebration and a beautiful process that should be embraced and discovered. Our intent is to unleash the power of authentic beauty.”
The actress explains that the name of the company derives from her mother’s middle name, and it was her influence that made Antoine develop a love for natural ingredients.
“As a child, I loved doing natural facials and hair treatments with my mom that I concocted in my kitchen,” she said. “I simply love the act of self-care. I used that special time to regenerate my body and my mind. I was fascinated by the amazing effects and results of ingredients that I found in my kitchen and it led me down a path of homemade products for my friends and family.”
An earlier attempt by Antoine to start her own company in 2006—also dedicated to using only natural ingredients for the skin and hair—had some success, but the actress realized she had “bit off more than I could chew for a one-woman show.” It closed after a year, but she always knew she wanted to get back into the business.
“Since that time, I’ve had plenty of amazing experiences working as an actress in film and television. I’ve tried A LOT of products! At the end of the day I knew what ingredients worked on me and what did not and what kind of company I wanted,” she said. “My formulations and mixtures come naturally to me and honestly have been the secret to my skin and hair care regimen over the last 15 years in film and television.”