Give the gift of glowing, healthy skin. This year's top sellers are sure to please anyone on your shopping list. Healthy skin is always in style.
The One Who: Loves Self-Care Rituals.
The Coconut Colada Bundle is the perfect gift set for that someone who loves a good self-care ritual. Light a candle, put on a hair mask, and pour a cup of tea or wine - it's face mask time! This set includes a Coconut Colada Face Mask (up to 24 masks!), a handcrafted ceramic face mask bowl, and a wooden face mask brush. Did we mention it's buy 2, get 2 free? That's a smashing good deal.
The One Who: Loves a Good Bath.
Chilly season and cozy baths go hand-in-hand. This is our go-to recommendation for someone when you're not sure what to get them. (Mostly) everyone has a bath and they will see this sitting on their shelf and say "yes, tonight is the night I need some relaxation time". They will fill up that bath, add a relaxing and therapeutic Sea Bath and drift away into paradise.
The One Who: Loves Caffeine.
We all have that friend who is always sipping on a cup of coffee and loves it in all forms (me, I'm that friend). Then this is the perfect gift for them, a caffeine kick for their skin! Our Oatmeal Coffee face + body scrub boasts some pretty serious skin healing benefits. It's known to help with acne, rosacea, oily skin, and cellulite. But don't just take it from us, it has 100% 5-star reviews!
The One Who: Always Has Chapped Lips
Winter is tough on our skin, but it's especially tough on our lips. As soon as those cold temps hit you'll start to feel your lips drying out and cracking. If you've got a friend who's suffering, we've got the antidote. Our sugar lips scrubs will do 2 things: buff away dry and dead skin and deeply moisturize. A lip scrub once a week can keep dry skin at bay.
Making sure your scrub arrives under the Christmas tree in time! Ordering deadlines 2021 for Nova Scotia and the rest of Canada for Scrub Inspired. We ship with FedEx, Canada Post, UPS, or Purolator or choose North Sydney Store Pickup. Always all-natural, handmade in Canada, vegan, cruelty-free skincare.
We have a beautiful community who is always there to lend a helping hand. We've been inspired by all the acts of kindness to bring light to these dark times.
Right now, we all need a win, and this one is win/win. Donate to help those in need and enter your name for a chance to score a sweet self-care bundle. P.S. It includes some of your fav local self-care brands.
Tickets are $5 each or $13 to enter all 3 bundles. 100% of all proceeds go to the Ottawa Food Bank.
Tickets are $5 each or $13 to enter all 3 bundles. 100% of all proceeds go to the Ottawa Food Bank. The more you buy, the more you save.
If I buy a ticket to enter all 3 bundles and my name is drawn, will I win them all?
No, your name will be entered separately into each bundle. If you have the luck of the Irish, maybe you will win all three!
How will you determine a winner?
We use a random algorithm that will choose a name for us. We'll be posting it on our Instagram and Facebook stories so you can watch in real-time to see if your name is chosen!
If I win, how will I get my prize?
We will contact you if you win to get your details. If you're in Ottawa proper, we'll arrange a contactless delivery. If you're elsewhere, we'll ship it to you! Just make sure the address you put on the order is the best way to reach you.
When are the winners announced?
Update incoming when we'll be drawing the winner. Just know it will be during the month of April, our month of giving.
How do we know it's going to charity?
We'll post the total amount of money we've raised along with any correspondence with the Ottawa Food Bank.
We've got the inside scoop for an awesome local deal. Whole Foods at Lansdowne is having their annual Mother's Day weekend sale. Save 25% on the entire Whole Body department from May 10th to 13th. That means their makeup, essential oils, and of course Scrub Inspired products!
We'll be demoing scrubs tomorrow from 11 am to 2 pm. Come meet the team, try a scrub, and stock up on this awesome sale! We're happy to answer any questions, or tell you more about our biz.
Want our handpicked favourites for Mom? We did the work for you, making your shopping a breeze! These are guaranteed to reduce Mom's stress, and give her skin care bliss. Don't know what scent she’d grab from the shelf? Check out our product highlights below and find one that was made with your Mom in mind!
If you need a little extra Mother’s Day inspiration, here is what the ladies behind Scrub Inspired choose for their Moms...
”When I think of my Mom, I think of one thing she really deserves; a foot rub. When we get time together, we love soaking our feet - scrubbing with our classic lavender vanilla scrub - then topping it off with a nice neutral polish. We don’t always have time to sit down and catch up though, so when we’re in a hurry, my mom always goes for her whipped matcha butter. It’s rich, nourishing and makes sure her skin is feeling cared for in the harsh Canadian winter and boiling Florida sun (she’s a snowbird, retirement goals, am I right?)”
"My Mom isn't one for a cabinet full of skin care products. Anything that simplifies her routine, she'll stay loyal to for a lifetime. I enjoy treating her to something out of the ordinary, like a Matcha Mud face mask. It's not something she would do on her own, but she loves stepping outside the ordinary to try something new. It's the perfect Mother Daughter activity! The Face Mask + Scrub gift set is a perfect gift for her. Her all time favourite is theCoconut Almond though, it's great for when she is battling dry skin. And she appreciates the efficiency: cleanse, exfoliate, and moisturize in one step!"
Being a Mom is a 24/7 gig, and it ain't easy. But taking a moment for her will be easy with this super relaxing bath salt blend. The gentle aromas of lavender, jasmine, and chamomile will transport her to a place of deep serenity.
Mom can mix shower time and unwind time with this simple, yet relaxing scrub! Give Mom the gift of some well deserved me time. This scrub will buff away dry skin and deeply moisturize the skin, and smell lovely to boot!
A Caribbean vacation not in the budget Mother's Day? Then this is what you need! Give Mom a tropical vacation in a bottle with this pineapple + coconut sea bath. She'll be instantly transported to the beach, with a piña colada in hand!
Since variety is the spice of life, why have give Mom one when you can give her all three? That way she can choose the flavour that suits her day. A lip scrub is a simple act of self-care that makes a big impact.
A face mask is a simple way for Mom to take 10 minutes a week to take care of her. This mask simplifies self-care, making it easier than ever to have healthy and glowing skin. This bundle has everything Mom needs to make a successful face mask weekly routine!
Use promocode "MomLove" until May 12th to save 10% on your order. 💜
Which Scrub Inspired product matches your Mom best? Tell us in the comments below.
Choosing the right face scrub for your skin type is clutch to healthy, glowing skin. Don't just exfoliate with any scrub, get the one that's designed for you! Scrub Inspired breaks down their all natural face scrub line to help you find the best one for your battling. What's your skin type?
This time of year it seems like a hot cup of tea can cure almost anything! Weather is terrible outside? Stay inside with a cuppa and your fav book. Girlfriend had a messy break up? Invite the ladies over to spill the tea. Skin is dry and lifeless? Glow that baby up with a fresh tea inspired scrub!
The base of your scrub is your foundation. Grab some sugar from your pantry, it can be any type of sugar depending on your skin type and what experience you want. For sensitive skin we'd suggest brown sugar.
Step 2: Add moisture
Can't just be rubbing dry sugar on your skin. Add some avocado oil, it absorbs wonderfully into the skin and is a great moisturizer.
Step 3: Select your Tea
If you're looking for a softer, less harsh exfoliant- feel free to pulverize your tea a bit for a finer texture. We suggest ourTurmeric Tonic, turmeric is great for brightening skin and detoxifying pores. Beware- don't use a heavy hand with the tea, less is more!
Step 4: Get creative
This is the fun step where your creativity can shine. Add in some fresh fruit juices, essential oils, fresh herbs, fruit zest- you can create any scent pallet your heart (and skin) desires. Remember to be mindful of the consistency of your scrub- you want to be able to rub it on your skin but also not too moist that it falls apart.
Step 5: Store your Scrub
Reuse & Recycle. Clean out any small jar you have at home ( such as a mason jar) that has a lid.
You're all set! How easy was that? Now you can spoil yourself with homemade scrubs and have your girls over for an evening of Sipping 'n' Scrubs DIY party.
We're so excited to announce that CTV's The Social will be featuring out products tomorrow on their "Shop The Social" segment. They'll give you great deals on all you'll need for last minute holiday shopping.
All week we'll have two exclusive gift sets available for sale on Shop The Social.
Face Mask + Scrub
Scrub Mini Trio
They are fabulously discounted and with a $6.95 flat rate Canadian shipping - it's a no brainer! So get shopping, while quantities last.
Missed the segment? Check it out our 15 minutes of fame here. 👇
That's it, you read it right. Buy any 2 items from our shop, and receive the 3rd free on us!
FREE GIFT FOR THE FIRST 10 ORDERS.
This Holiday season say yes to handmade, natural, and plastic free packaging!
TO SHOP THE SALE:
All you have to do is add a minimum of 3 items to your cart. When you check out, the
third item of the lowest value will be discounted to $0. If you have any questions about the sale or our products, email Jess or Kiersten at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or hit the "contact us"pop-up tab on the bottom right and leave us a message. Sale ends Monday at 11:59 pm EST.
Ah, stress. We’re all familiar with it. The heart palpitations, sweaty palms, trembling lips, and gritting teeth. In our younger days, we might’ve thought that Summer would bring with it relief from all stress. “No more pencils, no more books,” and all that. Now that we’re older, we know that’s not the case. Summer has its own stresses from wedding season galore (“What gift should I get?!”) to trying to keep up with work deadlines when the beach is calling.
Stress isn’t something that should go unaddressed. Debilitating, anxiety-inducing, and generally awful, persistent stress can hurt your morale, productivity, and health. Chronic stress is linked to depression, heart disease, weight gain, and memory loss [i]. Plus, long-term stress can even throw your immune system out of balance, reducing your ability to ward off infections and illnesses [i]. No Bueno.
It seems these days, everyone is stressed out (Twenty One Pilots will back me up on this one) and we at Scrub Inspired are no strangers to stress, either. That is why we have created a line of products that are absolutely perfect for getting back your chill.
// Lavender Vanilla //
Stressful Mondays are no match for our Lavender Vanilla scrub. The hypnotizing scent of this tried and true scrub will leave you in a state of Zen. With fine dead sea salt, grapeseed oil, vanilla extract, and lavender essential oil, this scrub is perfectly catered to combat stress. Use this classic scrub on your chest, wrists, body, and feet and allow your worries to melt away. Aroma-therapy, indeed!
// Coconut Almond //
Stressed is just desserts spelled backwards. And our Coconut Almondscrub is the most decadent dessert you can find – guilt free! Treat yourself with this tropical scrub; it’s the gentlest in our line, perfect for even the most sensitive skin types. Simply massage the product into the skin while you’re in the bath: the soft brown sugar exfoliates the skin while dissolving into a delightful sugary soak around you! Indulge in this delicious scrub – you deserve it!
// Relax Sea Bath //
You’re not you when you’re stressed out. Take time to Relax with our sea salt bath. This perfectly blended mixture of lavender, jasmine, and chamomile essential oils is designed to release tension, relax your body and mind, and restore your equilibrium. Combat stress in the most luxurious way possible! Hakuna Matata.
What are your favourite techniques to de-stress when you're overwhelmed? Leave them in the comments below!
Rick Millette, Mills Photo. Canada Day in Ottawa 2017
A kaleidoscopic parade of people in a sea of red and white. Incandescent fireworks illuminating the night sky. Music, dancing, and festivities for all. Canada 150 was undoubtedly a night to remember.
This past year, the country has gone all out in celebration of Canada’s 150th year of Confederation. I mean, Toronto even debuted a 30,000-pound rubber duck. Because patriotism. All throughout the country, hundreds of thousands gathered in the streets to show their pride for and appreciation of this beautiful, wonderful, and welcoming country.
Now that Canada 150 is over, the hype is dying down. Everyone has washed off their face paint, taken off their patriotic pins, and come Monday, it’ll be business as usual. But the appreciation for Canada doesn’t have to stop. Here’s the secret no one emphasizes: buying local is the best form of patriotism.
I’ll say it again for the people in the back: Buying local is the best form of patriotism.
Stopping Pollution is the Best Solution
Since local goods spend a lot less time in-transit, buying local is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint; that means less pollution, better air quality, and greater protection of wildlife.
One of the best ways to be a patriotic citizen of the world is by buying “green” local goods and doing your part to protect our precious environment.
Strengthening the Local Economy
Buying local means more money stays within your community. In fact, research data shows that every local dollar spent generates twice as much income for the local economy [i]. Crazy, right? But that's not all. Community support groups and non-profit organizations rely more heavily on small local businesses: on average, they receive 250% more support from small business owners than they do from large conglomerates [ii].
Your dollars spent on local goods eventually trickle down to help the neediest members of your community. It's a beautiful butterfly effect!
Imagine a world where everyplace is the same. The food. The products. The culture. All homogenized.
Local goods and small businesses make up the fabric of a place. They offer uniqueness, diversity, and personality - they're what make "home" home. By supporting local goods, you protect the distinctiveness of your community which can help promote a sense of identity. Plus, it boosts tourism [ii]!
In the Spotlight: Invest Ottawa
Invest Ottawa works to help entrepreneurial momentum in the nation's capital by supporting and encouraging local businesses. Recently, Scrub Inspired participated in Main & Digital, a grant program with Invest Ottawa. We are so excited to announce WE WON!!! The first place prize was $7,500 which we can't wait to put to good use. Catch up to all the deets in the video below:
Got a vacation-itch you can’t scratch? Satisfy your wanderlust at the Keltic Lodge in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia! Enjoy our top-selling scrubs at this premier resort and spa – your perfect summer getaway. Hiking, beaches, waterfalls, and more await your next adventure.
Glowing Skin is Always In
Always wanted to know how to do DIY Beauty? Learn from the Experts!
Join the #scrubgirls in Ottawa, Saturday June 24th at 10am for a full green beauty workshop. Take part in the amazing Craftfest 2017 festivities for Canada's 150th and get to know your local, handmade artisan and craft community.
For just $40, make your own scrub AND sea bath, learn about some amazing natural skincare ingredients, and get to know the ladies behind Scrub Inspired. You won't want to miss it: Reserve Your Spot Now and get that summer glow! ✌️🌸🌴
Keep an Eye Out for New Scrub Inspired Products Launching Next Week
Can't stand the wait? Here's a little teaser to tide you over. Any guesses what our new products could be?
Tea tree oil can be summed up quite simply: the anti-hero. Anti-inflammatory. Antiseptic. Anti-microbial. Anti-bacterial. Anti-fungal. It’s the perfect anti-dote to many of your skin woes.
This was the inspiration behind our Lemon and Tea Tree sea salt body scrub. Our scrub can be used on your scalp, body, nails, and feet to treat a myriad of skin issues. Here are the incredible benefits:
Don’t be Flaky
Is it snowing indoors? Nope. That’s just some good ol’ dandruff. Having a chronic scalp condition like dandruff can be annoying, frustrating, and generally embarrassing. Never fear: tea tree oil is here! Its anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties effectively stop the over production of skin cells that lead to dandruff [i]. Plus, a few drops go a long way to unclog hair follicles and remove excess sebum [i]. So go ahead girl – don’t be afraid to put on that little black dress!
Salon Style Treatment
Getting a luxurious nail treatment is seriously therapeutic. If you don’t believe me, then you clearly haven’t watched Legally Blonde (you should really get on that, by the way). But, as with many of the finer things in life, mani/pedis can seriously put a dent in your wallet. And leaving your feet untreated for too long can lead to unhealthy and embarrassing conditions. Thankfully, you can always DIY! Incorporate tea tree oil in your at-home spa day for healthy, polished nails and feet. Tea tree oil is a powerful antiseptic and anti-fungal treatment that can kill nail fungi, treat athlete’s foot, eliminate foot odour, and soften cuticles [ii]. Never feel embarrassed of your feet again – if the shoe fits, wear it!
Get Silky Smooth
You won’t be feeling like anyone’s Venus, fire, or desire if you’ve got unsightly razor burn after shaving. Ingrown hairs and red bumps are neither cute nor comfortable so quite simply: they’ve got to go. Tea tree oil’s anti-inflammatory properties soothe soreness and irritation to put you at ease [iii]. Plus, this powerful antiseptic prevents infection and speeds healing time to remedy the bumps [iii]. Get a silky-smooth shave every time!
Dermatologist in a Bottle
Itchy, agitated skin? No thanks. Sometimes, skin just loves to freak out for no good reason. When that happens, tea tree oil is there to calm it down. Whether you’ve got a condition like eczema or psoriasis, or just dry skin in general (it is winter, after all), tea tree oil is the perfect fix. Soothe, moisturize, and cleanse your skin all at once.
Our energizing and cleansing Lemon and Tea Tree scrub is the perfect way to relax and regenerate the skin. Alert your senses and relieve any muscle aches and pains with this light and bright adventure for your body and mind!
Reap all the benefits of tea tree oil when you shop Scrub Inspired – you won’t be able to get enough!
I used to think people who loved winter were a myth, like unicorns or centaurs or some other equally crazy creature. Well, apparently – they’re real. I think it’s weird and deranged, but who am I to judge?
I’m sure you winter lovers out there are shaking your fists at the screen. Winter is awesome! I bet you’re thinking. You can skate, ski, snowshoe, and have all kinds of frigid fun. Let’s just agree to disagree. Because even if you love winter, your skin doesn't.
And if you’re not a winter lover (what I like to call a “normal person”) don’t think for a second that your skin is spared. Indoor heating seriously dries out the skin. So, even if you’re curled up at home under a mountain of blankets, your skin is still suffering.
Here are some winter skincare tips to keep your complexion dewy, plump, and healthy when the weather outside is frightful.
Pull Out The Gloves
Compared with most parts of the body, the skin on your hands is thinner and has fewer oil glands [i]. Double whammy. Because of this, your hands require extra attention during winter to prevent dry, cracked skin, eczema, or premature aging. Luckily, there’s a simple solution: gloves. By wearing gloves, you protect the skin on your hands from the unforgiving winds and cold temps. Gloves also lock in moisture to keep skin hydrated and healthy. Plus, they’re super cozy and cute!
Defy the Dry: Humidify!
Indoor heating systems (using oil, wood, or electricity) parch the skin [i]. Humidifiers put moisture back into the air, which stops your skin from getting itchy, flaky, or dehydrated. The benefits don’t stop there: humidifiers are also helpful for treating dry lips (smooch away!), stuffy sinuses, and scratchy throats. This simple change will make your toasty nights in much more comfortable – and better for your skin!
Sleep in Style
I’m sure you’ve all heard it before: sleep is very important for your skin (gotta get your full eight hours, folks!). While that’s true, you might not realize that what you sleep in is also very important for the health and beauty of your skin. Look for sheets and sleepwear in natural fibres like cotton, silk (ooh, fancy!), linen, and cashmere [ii].
Pro-tip: Avoid blends of cotton and synthetic fibres as they can be abrasive and irritating for the skin [iii].
Then, snuggle up and recharge!
Make Scrub Inspired a Part of Your Winter Routine
We at Scrub Inspired know how difficult it can be to achieve glowing and healthy skin when the temperature drops below zero. That’s why we created a line of products perfectly suited for harsh winters (and we know harsh winters. Trust us, we’re Canadian!).
If you’ve been looking for the perfect winter scrub, search no more! Coconut Almond is the gentlest scrub in our line, perfect for even the most sensitive skin. It can be used daily from face to feet to gently exfoliate dry skin and moisturize deeply. If you need even more of an endorsement, this scrub also happens to be Scrub Inspired co-founder Kiersten Hanly's favourite!
Dry, chapped lips are a staple of winter – but they don’t have to be. Our line of lip scrubs will leave your lips exfoliated and moisturized giving you the perfect, supple pout. Whether you’re rocking a bold red lip, or flashing an all-natural smile, your lips are sure to look healthy and beautiful. Incorporating this into your routine is simple: just wet your lips, apply the scrub in a circular motion, and lick or wipe off. Treat yo self!
There’s nothing more satisfying than taking a warm bath after a cold winter’s day. Take time for you and Refresh with our salt bath. This invigorating blend of essential oils is specifically designed to revitalize your spirit and energize your mind. No more winter blues! The peppermint, eucalyptis, and orange essential oils boost immunity to heal congestion. Arm yourself this cold and flu season while relaxing at the same time. Your body will thank you!
What are your favourite techniques to keep your skin healthy in the winter? Leave them in the comments below!
Really, man? A bouquet of flowers? A box ofchocolates? The originality is overwhelming.
Valentine’s Day is coming up which means things just got a lot pinker and people are handing out cards of some winged baby with magic love arrows (why do we never acknowledge how weird that is?) It also means that you’ve got the perfect opportunity to show that special woman in your life just how much she means to you. What you get your lady says a lot and the pressure to get her the perfect gift can be overwhelming. Don’t panic, dude, we’ve got you covered.
We've curated an amazing Valentine’s Day Gift Set that’ll take the guesswork out of gift-giving. 💘
We’ve even gone above and beyond: our set comes packaged in a (very cute) pink reusable bag with tissue paper. Totally gift ready.
Check off her wish list with all the amazing gifts included in the set:
// Scrub //
Your leading lady deserves nothing but the best. Invigorate her day with our Sweet Lemongrass body scrub. The lemongrass protects and firms the skin, while the avocado oil moisturizes deeply. Together, this scrub regenerates the skin, reduces fine lines and wrinkles, repairs sun damage, and will leave your lady absolutely loving the skin she’s in! Brighten her days with this revitalizing scrub – it’s our winter bestseller because it’s like a pop of sunshine on a cold, dark winter day.
// Lip Scrub //
Why she’ll love it: Invigorated. Exfoliated. Moisturized. Her lips will be at their peak with our pretty in pink Pom Pom Pucker lip scrub. The fresh pomegranate and pop of citrus gently buff away chapped skin, leaving lips healthy, bright, and beautiful. Her alluring smile will give Kylie Jenner a run for her money.
Why you’ll love it: You’ll be stealing kisses all night when you get a look at her soft, supple pout. Just remember, a gentleman doesn’t kiss and tell!
// Sea Bath & Scented Candle //
Spice up the romance and intimacy by drawing a romantic bath for two! Our Relax sea bath is perfect for a sensual couple’s night in. The expertly blended mixture of essential oils is designed to release tension in the body and mind. Transport yourselves to a place of serenity while strengthening your bond. For some added romantic ambiance (and brownie points), dim the lights and fire up our luxurious scented candle. Ooh la la!
Plush teddy bears at every storefront window, bouquets of flowers scenting the air, red and pink as far as they eye can see – yup, Valentine’s Day is almost upon us.
And while Cupid’s favourite holiday can be an amazing opportunity to show your special someone just how much you care, it can often make those who are riding solo painfully aware of their singledom.
We’ve all seen the archetypal portrayal of a single woman on Valentine’s Day before: mascara-streaked face, buried seven feet deep into a tub of ice cream, crying over pictures of an ex (“I still love you, Brian!” she screams hysterically) with her two ride or die homies, Ben and Jerry.
Ladies, please. It’s time to put an end to this madness. Women are not defined by their relationship – or lack thereof. And more than that, being single on Valentine’s Day does not have to mean a sad, lonely night of wallowing.
In fact, it’s the perfect opportunity to celebrate a different type of love – with Galentine’s Day! A day to honour the women who have laughed with you until soda streamed out of your nose (don’t lie, we’ve all been there), lent a sympathetic ear when you were in crisis mode (and, okay, maybe it’s possible you were being a teeny bit dramatic), and lifted you up to become the total boss diva you are today.
But hey, if you still can’t help but feel a little salty about not having a plus-one, we’ve got you covered! Our Salt Lover Valentine’s Day Gift Set will totally perk you up. Invite your friends over for an at-home spa day, because it’s true what they say: misery loves company.
Here are all the incredible goodies included in the gift set:
// Scrub //
Get your besties together and pamper yourselves with our Lemon and Tea Tree sea salt scrub, perfect for a DIY pedicure. Fresh lemon zest and tea tree essential oils combine to cleanse, soothe, and regenerate the skin. This scrub can be used on your entire body, but its foot healing properties are where it’s at. Treat your feet with this anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and muscle ache relieving blessing in a bottle. Plus, enjoy some blissful bonding time with your favourite gals!
// Lip Scrub //
Can we just take a moment to celebrate you? Yes, yes we can. Toast yourself and your friends with our Champagne Sugar Lip Scrub. Give your lips the star treatment they deserve in just three simple steps: wet your lips, apply the scrub in a circular motion, and lick or wipe off. Your lips are sure to be perfectly exfoliated and moisturized. Then, raise a smile in honour of all the lovely women in your life. Cheers!
// Sea Bath & Scented Candle //
It ain’t easy being fabulous – and for you and your besties, it’s a 24/7 gig. Give the gift of tranquility with our incredible Relax sea bath. The expertly blended mixture of essential oils is designed to release tension and transport the user to a place of serenity. Even better, we've included a luxurious scented candle to create the perfect soothing ambiance. Incorporating this relaxation into a busy lifestyle is sure to make it all the more bearable when nosy family members ask – for the zillionth time – when they'll be hearing wedding bells.
It was the busiest night of the year at The Highlander Pub, a Scottish tavern in downtown Ottawa, and Kiersten Hanly was in the middle of her first-ever training shift. Not ideal. The steady murmur of dozens of voices filled the air as she tried to keep mental notes on everything her training manager was saying. Maybe she looked a little overwhelmed, because Jessica McNeil shot her a supportive look and a friendly smile.
“Us curvy girls gotta stick together,” Kiersten said by way of introduction. And the rest is history!
More Than Just Business Partners
A business partnership which started over girl-talk and iced teas is quickly becoming a force to be reckoned with. Jessica and Kiersten are not only close friends and business partners – they’re roommates too. I sat down with these two ladies in their charming living room to get to know the masterminds behind Scrub Inspired. All throughout the house there is evidence of their deep bond – paint nites they’ve enjoyed together, framed photos of fun times, and – of course – their adorable dog Mackie (who loves to beg for food at the table – talk about a guilt trip!). As we settle in, I ask them what they’re looking forward to in the future. “That’s easy,” Jessica laughs. “Scrub Inspired World Domination.”
What are 3 ways you would describe the other?
JESS: Grammar queen, dynamic, the every-woman
KIERS: Robot queen, energetic, and driven
What is your biggest pet peeve about the other?
JESS: Kiersten’s always right. It's the most frustrating thing ever!
KIERS: Jessica always thinks I’m starting an argument. But to be fair to me, I’m always right so ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Share something about yourself
JESS: I’m in love with CBC radio. And crosswords. So I’m basically a grandmother. CBC has seriously changed my life. I discovered it when I was 27 and haven’t looked back.
KIERS: Not a lot of people know that I’m a classically trained Shakespearean performer. Pericles is one of Shakespeare’s lesser-known plays – totally underrated and my absolute favourite! I also love Hamlet. I love reading classical literature because it’s almost like a whole new language. I always like to say I speak English, French, Shakespearean, and gibberish.
Which Scrub Inspired scrub is your personal favourite and why?
JESS: Oatmeal Coffee. Cannot live without it. Hands down, it’s my favourite! Even after we’d started Scrub Inspired, I had really bad acne. I’ve struggled with acne my whole life, actually. I was discouraged because I had really bad skin and was trying to start my own skincare company. How are we going to go out there and tell people to use our products when I can’t even heal my own skin? So we did research. A lot of research, actually, and came up with a scrub with a ton of healing, natural ingredients. Straight from the get-go, I noticed a difference in my skin. Now – years later – it’s gone leaps and bounds. I use it every day. If I go even a couple of days without using it, my skin’s just not the same. It’s actually our top-selling scrub. People will come up and tell us that we’ve changed their lives because this scrub has just totally changed their skin. I love that.
KIERS: For me, it’s got to be Coconut Almond. So rich and moisturizing. It’s super soft which makes it perfect for everyday use. We call it “body fudge” because the brown sugar starts to melt on contact with water. The brown sugar is super gentle and exfoliating and the coconut oil just saturates and moisturizes. It’s also really effective for treating psoriasis and eczema.
What makes Scrub Inspired different?
JESS: I’d say it’s the level of care that we put into our brand, our products, and our customer service. If you want to understand how to make your own scrub, we’ll help you. That will never change because what we care about most is educating people and helping them make better decisions for their skin. Our ingredients are another thing that sets us apart. We never settle... we use wholesome, natural, and local ingredients.
Describe your first sale
JESS: I was at work when I got the notification on my phone and I totally screamed and did a happy dance!
KIERS: It’s such a good feeling. And it hasn’t gotten any less exciting. Every time it’s a huge rush because we care so much about this business and our customers.
"People will come up and tell us that we’ve changed their lives because this scrub has just totally changed their skin. I love that."
Any advice for young entrepreneurs or people interested in creating their own start-up?
KIERS: Find mentors. Find good people to work with. Listen to them, but don’t necessarily follow them blindly. People will always offer up advice - it’s up to you to figure out what advice is good and what works for you.
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Okay, so last night you were up late binge-watching The Walking Dead and this morning you look like you could single-handedly destroy the world in a zombie apocalypse. We’ve all been there before. Luckily, there’s an effective, natural ingredient that can help you look and feel more rejuvenated and awake: simply, mint!
Mint is an incredibly versatile and potent ingredient that provides a plethora of skin and health benefits. Seriously, this stuff is the MVP of the plant family.
Here are some of the amazing benefits:
Rise and Shine
Tired of looking tired? Applying mint on the area directly beneath your eyes can reduce puffiness and discolouration making you look energized, awake, and ready to take on the day. Buh-bye bags! But mint doesn’t just make you look more awake – it makes you feel more awake, too! The invigorating scent of mint is proven to increase alertness, focus, attention span, and memory, making it the perfect way to start your morning right[i].
Acne’s Natural Nemesis
Acne sufferers out there can attest that having bad skin is a special kind of torment. But mint is ready to save the day! Naturally rich in salicylic acid (a key ingredient in many topical acne treatments), mint is effective in treating inflammation, discolouration, oiliness, and other fun acne perks [ii]. Its anti-microbial and anti-bacterial properties can help relieve redness, irritation, and swelling to leave your skin looking calm and clear. Mint: 1, Acne: 0
Paging Dr. Mint
Down with a cold or the flu? Mint. Horrible throbbing headache? Mint. Stomach ache curbing your appetite? You guessed it.
Apart from its beauty properties, mint is also effective at treating and healing an array of pesky ailments. If you’re feeling congested, suffering from a headache, or experiencing digestive discomfort, applying mint topically - that's right, topically! - to the affected areas can really help.
We at Scrub Inspired are personal fans of mint and you can see why. That's why we have incorporated this incredible ingredient in two different body scrubs that can be used from your face to your feet.
If you're looking for a pick-me-up, Citrus Mint is your perfect match. The scrub delicately blends orange and chamomile together, two ingredients that, when combined, are known to lift your mood and give you back your vivacious spirit. Va Va Voom!
For the Winter lovers out there, you'll adore Simply Mint, our winter seasonal scrub. Luxuriate in a cozy night in with this spearmint-rich scrub to relax, quiet your mind, and decompress.
I've been going to the chiropractor for over 4 years now. There are a lot of misconceptions about chiropractors, but I am confident in their practice and their ability to heal and strengthen the spine.
Throughout my chiropractic journey I've learned so much about the importance of maintaining a healthy spine, and the implications of subluxations. I encourage everyone to take some time and educate yourselves on the benefits of chiropractic care, and if it may be right for you. I am stronger, taller (literally), and I have a sense of empowerment as I age that I will continue to lead a healthy life inside and out.
The stores we choose to partner with are also very close to our heart. You won't see us in big box stores. Rather we prefer small businesses with strong values and a clear mission. Strada Health and Fitness is a one stop shop for healthy living, and we are proud to have Scrub Inspired on their shelf.
"At Strada, we have a full team of professionals that are ready to tailor to your individual needs. We offer everything required to live a vibrant healthy life including chiropractic, personal training, massage therapy, and physiotherapy, in a modern therapeutic environment."
Helloooo LOVR, introducing the new eco-chic organic beauty marketplace. LOVR is launching this Monday, August 29th! We're so excited to be a part of something so amazing in the organic beauty retail industry.
Has natural always looked this good? Their website is fresh and floral, and will get you in the mood to change your beauty routine. Explore their curated selection of green beauty brands and experience the difference yourself!
We're passionate about offering a natural solution to skin care. We were disappointed with the products on the market when we realized the side effects of the beauty products we were using. We love what we do, and have a blast making fun fresh scrubs that will heal and rejuvenate your skin. We've joined over 100 organic beauty innovators doing some pretty rad stuff in the green industry!