artisan skin care

Thank you!

The saying goes that it takes a village to raise a child, and I can tell you that it also takes a village to grow a successful business.

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I feel incredibly lucky to have such an amazing support from the Ottawa community and from women from all corners of Canada. So many women are cheering me on and encouraging me to spread my wings wider and wider. I will not name names because there are so many of you… you know who you are:) You are amazing and so incredibly generous and kind! Whenever, I’ve had a moment of doubt, someone has appeared out of nowhere with encouraging words, a beautiful testimonial, business advice, offer to help or to host a WD pop up shop:) You have been continuously referring your family members, your colleagues and your best friends… And you choose my products to grace your skin. Please, know that I am beyond grateful and I will do my best to take really good care of you and to pay it forward.

 This was a great year for me and for Woman Divine for so many reasons! I have learned tons about myself and my business (still have tons to learn.
I’ve been able to learn few new moves for the treatment room. I’m in the process of upgrading my herbal medicine knowledge, continuing Ayurveda studies and exploring the art of face reading (this one is a lot of fun and very fascinating). I have a few new formulas on the go and I can tell you that one of them will include local organic 🥕🥕 (they are so good for your skin)🙂. I also have one very special collection ready for launch in the early spring. And Woman Divine Lift & Gift classes will be starting at the end of January. As you can see I’ve been a very busy bee!

 A Big thank you to all my skin care colleagues all over the world! You are such an inspiration and I learn so much from you! It feels like we are really creating the much needed shift in the realm of Beauty Care and I’m very happy that we are doing it together:)

Thank you to all who follow me here and read my posts❤️

I hope that the New Year will bring you joy, prosperity and lots of love! May you always feel supported to live your true self!!! .
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Woman Divine in the news:)

Thank you KATERINA ROWLANDS & S/magazine for including Woman Divine on your list of the 'Must-Visit Natural Beauty Havens Across Canada'. We feel very flattered to be in a company of such amazing Canadian Green Beauty companies. Read the article:  http://smagazineofficial.com/trending/7-must-visit-natural-beauty-havens-across-canada-041311609

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My thoughts on Beauty Industry, ingredient sourcing and transparency.

I’m part of a professional group and there was an interesting discussion about transparency and ingredient sourcing in a skin care product formulating.  I would like to share some thoughts with you on this subject because I believe it is an important one.

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In general there are very few companies in the skin care industry that are truly honest about their ingredients. Period! First it was (and still is) game playing with the word ‘organic’. Many used one organic ingredient in their formula but made it sound as if their whole formula was such… Some did not use any organic ingredients and still managed to sneak the word ‘organic’ into their packaging and advertising.  Now I can smell the same thing happening in regards to ingredient sourcing…. So watch out! The industry is going to entertain you with words like ‘transparency’, ‘sourcing’ and such for the next little while.

To tell the truth, I don’t spend much time any more on trying to figure out who speaks the truth and who does not. I don’t even consider myself part of the industry to be honest. I do my small thing in my small way and I am content with it. My products are truly a micro-batch creation and when I call it ‘artisan’ and ‘handcrafted’ it is because these are proper and honest words to describe what I do. Tim Hortons has an ‘artisan’ sandwich and a ‘handcrafted’ latte on their menu now. You could think we work in similar ways lol. 

I feel like I am part of something much more beautiful than the INDUSTRY can ever be or offer. I am part of a still small, but very potent movement which is built around TRUST and RELATIONSHIPS and HONESTY and COMMUNITY and a simple belief in surrounding yourself with decent, solid human beings whose intentions and integrity you don’t have to question. 

I thought about my sourcing practices and I must say they are not very complicated at all. I happen to know the people who grow herbs for my product. One of them is a dear friend, the other came to me as a client a long time before I bought any herbs from her. We know and understand each other’s values and beliefs. That’s what keeps us together:)  They have my full confidence. I know how much love and care goes into their growing practices and I’d like to think that they trust I will put their hard work of growing herbs to good use. When I purchase other ingredients which come from far away places (which I had no chance to visit personally yet) I do so through people who have developed relationships with small producers around the world, similar to the one I have with the herb growers. TRUST is a common theme.

I understand, that the bigger the company the more tricky it gets to have this kind of connection. The beautiful values of HONESTY, TRUST, RELATIONSHIPS, COMMUNITY, which I cherish are lost and abandoned in mass-produced product and profit driven industry. Isn’t it ironic that we call it BEAUTY INDUSTRY. Where did the BEAUTY go?

Magdalena xo

Woman Divine online store is live!!!

It was one of my goals for 2016 to create the online store. I barely made it:) but it’s finally here:

www.womandivine.ca/shop

This is very exciting for me and I hope that it will make it easier for you to purchase Woman Divine handcrafted skin care products.

Working solo is a beautiful thing but I can appreciate that buying products from me until now might have seemed a little bit like buying illegal drugs…:) You leave your money in a special envelope, I leave your merchandise in a special place…:) Thank you for being so understanding and easy going about this! I truly appreciate it!

As you know, my company is small, very small:)  but I do want to make a difference. Making high quality organic skin care accessible to all women who want to live a healthy life with a healthy glow is my priority.

I make this happen by selling directly to you. There are no middlemen, and no need to inflate my prices. Woman Divine products are available only through my online shop and the studio.

I handcraft these organic plant based products to inspire you to take loving care of yourself and to bring more beauty and health into your life. I believe that using them should be your everyday practice, and not just a luxury.                                                                                                                  

With the new store come a few changes and I would like to tell you about them.

1) New labels, new look.                                                                                                                                 Woman Divine skin care products got a fresh, clean and modern look. I hope that you will like it. In the process some products got renamed. Here it goes:

Face Serum / restorative blend is now Face Serum rose + sandalwood

Regenerating Face Oil is now Face Oil frankincense + camellia

Rose Hydrosol changed to Rosewater Mist

2) We have a few new products:

Face Serum fennel + primrose / to keep our skin nice and tight and to give it some luster

Face Oil calendula + chamomile  / for sensitive and delicate skin / with our local organic herbs and sunflower oil as part of the blend

Body Oil jasmine + tuberose / a beautiful hydrating oil with a lovely sweet scent

Lip Balm argan + orange / my lip balms are really lovely:)

I am working on new products, which will be created, around our local organic herbs… good stuff coming in the future.                                                                               

3) Your Woman Divine products can always be purchased during your visits.

When purchasing online you have a choice to have products delivered to you or to pick them up at the studio. All the details about purchases, shipping and such can be found on the customer care page of my website: www.womandivine.ca/customer-care

 

 I would like to say thank you and acknowledge a few talented people who have helped me with this big project.

Karoly Molnar has put my website together and created the Woman Divine online store. Karoly is a very smart guy with great work ethics…. I am very lucky to have his support and I feel very grateful!

Anne-Marie Bouchard is an amazing photographer who transferred my vision into beautiful images and made my website and store oh so awesome and good looking! You can look at her work and book through her website: www.ambphoto.com

Graphic designer, Sylvain Cregheur is responsible for creating our new logo, Woman Divine printed material and of course giving my products new look.  I am so happy I found Sylvain. He is very talented and wonderful to work with.  And he did an amazing job! You can find him at:

www.empatiqdesign.com

Sascha Smith created lovely cotton and gauze draw string bags to hold the Woman Divine All You Need is Balm collection. Sascha creates lovely impeccable quality designs. You can find Sascha and her business at

www.hintoflime.ca

I highly recommend services of everyone mentioned above! If you ever need a job well done, these are your people to hire.

So, this is a new chapter for me and my business. Wish me good luck please:) I trust this is just the beginning...

 If you have any product or online store related questions or any other questions for that matter, you know where to find me:)

Thank you for being here with me,

Magdalena