Slime Princess was created by Katharina Weischede when she was only 11-years-old in late 2017. Now almost 5 years later, Katharina is a 16-year-old princess who us just as passionate about slimes and putting smiles on peoples faces than ever!
My slimey journey started long before becoming a Slime Princess, during a school science fair. In which during primary, my group and I were looking for a project to do and decided on a Crystal Garden, sadly it did not work as we did not have enough time to complete the experiment. So a member of my group suggested to do an Obleck* experiment instead.
*Obleck is a mixture that acts like a solid when lots of force is put unto it and acts like a liquid when you don't add a lot of force. Making it a non-newtonian fluid - just like Slime.
Whilst I was doing my research on Obleck, I found out about Slime. I found that it was all over the internet and everyone was going crazy about it. Likewise, I became very interested in it too and decided to whip up a batch. I dragged my parents to several stores looking for slime ingredients. I don't think they knew I was making slime and I'm pretty sure they thought it was for my science project.
I made my first batch and I felt fantastic! From then on, my love for slime blossomed.
Although, it was not all good as my slime at the start was not the best. So, I was on the hunt for the perfect recipe. I frantically searched through the internet and tried several recipes but none of them worked for me, so I decided to experiment and make my own. I finally crafted the perfect slime recipe.
Soon after, I brought my slime to school and my classmates began asking me what I was playing with, they loved how it felt and were too fascinated by it. I then started to sell my slimey product at school, and from one buyer, the rest followed. My product became super popular at school.
I told my parents I needed to purchase more ingredients. This time they asked me why, as my science fair was over. I told them and showed them my earnings. Being as supportive as they are, they allowed me to continue to experiment and sell my slimes.
I was soon gently told by my principal that I was not allowed to sell my slimes at school... So I decided to sell my slimey goods outside of school at markets, knowing that I liked it and other kids at my school liked it, and I thought "Why wouldn't other children like it?"
In November 2017, I presented my parents with a list of everything I wanted and needed to start my Slime Princess 'business' venture, including a short business plan and my goals. My parents became my 'Slimey Investors'
I am so grateful that they believed in 11-year-old me and continue to so, as it has allowed me to cultivate my creativity, risk-taking, organisation and experience what it is like to own and operate a small-business. Here at Slime Princess we wish to encourage other children and youth to become young entrepreneurs.
During the start-up of Slime Princess I created my logo, social media accounts (@slimeprincessnz) and got in touch with suppliers to create stickers and merchandise, and also contacted market managers to find markets I could attend to sell my slimey products.
After a couple of weeks Slime Princess gained much media attention, from TV interviews and appearances to being on the front page of NZ Herald (New Zealand's national newspaper.) My business was booming! I had the chance to work with MOTAT for the first ever 'Slime Day' and 'Slime Weekend' events in New Zealand.
As Slime Princess grew, I applied to trademark Slime Princess in mid-to-late 2018, as I got scared that people would copy my brand. During the trademark process I received a letter saying that my trademark was paused as a huge corporation giant would not let me trademark 'Slime Princess Ltd.' because they 'owned' the word 'Slime.'
My parents asked me if I really wanted Slime Princess, and I was determined to have it.
I wanted to fight for my trademark, so i got into a trademark battle with Via Com owned company - Nickelodeon.
Parakeet Slimes Store was created by Marisa Gannon when she was only 13 years old! We started on social media creating satisfying ASMR videos with our products and quickly demand to sell the slimes in our videos began to skyrocket! Creating this exact online website in 2017 began the journey into owning a small business. Soon we became the first ever slime shop to sell out in less than 60 seconds with the release of a star selling slime: Cereal Milk (which we still sell to this day) ! All of our slimes are homemade with love! We are incredibly passionate about our slime + especially its benefits for mental health. One of our goals in the future is to do a study on how slime affects your brain + lowers stress levels! Satisfied customers is the driving motivator to our business; in fact 70% of our customers are repeat buyers! We are so grateful for our customers loyalty! Feedback is also super important to us: Constructive Criticism? Yes please! Wanna see a sold out slime come back? Let us know! Love a scent and wanna sniff more slimes with that smell? Tell us + we will! Slime texture not as expected? Email us maybe we can help! We adore our customers here at Parakeet Slimes + are committed to making the greatest, most satisfying, and creative slimes available! In the future we want to expand our brand as much as possible + even create popups + retail stores so you can find us in person!
In early 2019 I was able to go to America to sell at a Slime Convention in Ontario, Texas named 'Slime Con' and met so many amazing and famous American slimers!
At the time I was also campaigning and getting signatures for my trademark petition. It made me feel so happy and blessed to know I had so much support from so many people and slimers from around the world. Then in mid 2019 I was approved for my trademark!
Now, I make cute, creative, and super delicious slimes in my slime cave, and sell my products at markets and on this website (www.slimeprincess.co.nz)
I am grateful of the many opportunities that came from my passion and belief that even as young as I am, I can make a difference. I didn't just want to sell slime for the sake of selling them. I want to see the joy in each one's face buying my slimes and the happiness I feel inside me interacting with the other kids, and their families,
I don't want this slime trend to end with the trends, but I want this to be a start of an even more happy journey to all of us... perhaps, as a means to build a community of love and support.
Thank you for all your support and for visiting my website, as always have a wonderful slimey day!
To spread smiles across faces through slime, and encourage young entrepreneurship.