I owe credit to my Mum for teaching me many things, including how to care for my skin. My mum certainly knew where to access the best skin care products, like those on Premier’s website, to keep my glowing complexion. Growing up she helped me create a regime that I carried through my teen years and it wasn’t until my twenties that I began exploring different products to switch up my 3- step program (you know the one, it’s French & starts with a ‘C’). As I’ve shifted towards more natural products, I have reconsidered what I use on my skin and have had a hard time finding products that I love as much as those from that famous French brand until recently. I stumbled upon Studio Aroma at my favourite farmer’s market this past Summer and have been trying out a few of their products including the Moisture Balm, Multi Purpose Balm, and Eye Serum. Founder Jen is a certified aromatherapist and is an advocate for using natural products, both for the benefit of our bodies and the environment. Her products are made from natural and raw ingredients, making them a great choice for individuals with sensitive skin in addition to regular daily needs.
Jen started creating her own skincare products as a teen struggling with acne after being told the product she was using contained a steroid that was affecting her body. With no commercial options available, she successfully learnt how to blend essential oils and use them to treat her acne; she was soon creating unscented products for daily use. This experience led her to further study in aromatherapy and essential oils where she learnt how to formulate skincare products, receiving feedback from family and friends she shared them with. After years of trying products that simply didn’t work for her, Jen realized there was a gap in the market and Studio Aroma was launched in 2014.
Hands down, the Moisture Balm is my favourite face cream of all the ones I’ve tried, and what Mom doesn’t need some help with those fine lines and wrinkles around their eyes? This brand specializes in holistic personal products for the face, lips, skin, and body that are made in small batches from high quality ingredients sourced from around the world. I like that the products don’t include harsh chemicals and my skin agrees. I also love her mantra: Passion and motivation are a basic foundation of starting a business. To help you get through the colder months ahead, Jen has offered some tips to help us care for our skin.
Skincare Tips for Fall & Winter
Exfoliate regularly– In Winter, a lot of people think their skin is too dry for exfoliation, but this isn’t the case. Regular exfoliation helps to clear dead skin cells and prepare your deeper layer of skin to absorb moisture.
Moisturize more often– Depending on how dry/ chapped your skin is, you’ll want to moisturize more often. Try adding soy milk and/ or a few drops of almond oil to your cleanser to help. (Starting in December we will be offering custom skincare for customers based on their unique skincare needs).
Adjust your skincare regime– No matter what your skin type, you may have to adjust how you care for your skin in the Fall/ Winter. In the Summer we have the heat and UV rays of the sun to contend with; in Fall/ Winter we deal with elements such as the cold air and wind (but still have to think about the sun!). Now is a great time to transition into a skincare routine for the cooler months.
3 Questions with Jen (founder)
Why do you think it’s important to use natural products? A polluted environment, plus the chemicals/ artificial ingredients in many personal care products can affect our health and weaken our immune systems. We can’t always change our environment, but we can change the products we use.
What is your favourite product that you offer & why?
Hydrosol Tonic would be my choice. Hydrosol (also called hydrolat) is a co-product of essential oil distillation, with similar effects but more gentle and non-oil based. Hydrosol itself can be used as a cleanser, mask, body spray, and as a natural toner to help balance and improve the condition of the skin. We distill hydrosols in our studio from raw natural ingredients that are free of artificial additives, alcohol, preservatives, or colouring. The Hydrosol Tonic is usually blended with up to three hydrosols according to the customer’s choice or with our consultation to match their skin type or special needs. This is a product I use every day. If you’re unsure what your skin type is, you can find skin type information from Renée Rouleau to get a better idea.
What is your most popular product?
The Eye Serum is one of Studio Aroma’s signature products and is the best seller. Customers from different age groups purchase it and I am glad to see women as young as their twenties taking care of their skin to help prevent wrinkles when they’re older. I have several customers who are flight attendants and need to put on make up almost everyday; they’re also working in planes with recycled air which can be tough on skin. They found that our eye serum effectively soothes and hydrates their skin after working in a dry environment all day and after removing their makeup.
Studio Aroma products retail for $11- $30 CAD and can be purchased online and at various locations in BC.
Visit the Studio Aroma website for more info and find them on social media: Facebook | Instagram
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