We know how intimating it can be to step into the unknown. We once read a quote by Eddie Rickenbacker, an American fighter ace said
“Courage is doing what you’re afraid to do.”
Everything in life can be challenging sometimes. Let it be going to a new school, starting a family or getting a new degree. When we have courage to do what we are afraid to do; perhaps your success is on the other side of the fear fence, whatever your definition of “success” is.
Babylon Grey is truly blessed to cross paths with so many encouraging and talented souls born and raised in Melbourne, including Vanessa the creator behind Vee.P Bath and Body.
Like everyone else, we all had dreams of a career paths we hoped for once young. Vee had a dream to be a vet or a
Vanessa, tell us more about yourself and Vee.P Bath and Body’s journey so far. How and when did your skin care adventure start?
Vee.P bath and body started 4.5 years ago because of a little bump in the road in my personal life. My fiancé (at the time) and I postponed our wedding. I was feeling down, but obviously did not want to spend my meant to be wedding date moping around. So I looked for a class I could do that day. I found a local soap making class taking place.
From there I became a little obsessed with making soap, trialing new ingredients and creating new designs. I then thought I'd see if this could be a little hobby business. The product range then grew to include body butters, body scrubs and now includes a wide range of skincare products like cleansers, toners, masks, face oil and creams.
I call this business my little silver lining because if I hadn't postponed my wedding, this business may never have existed. Oh, and my husband and I got married exactly 1 year later and have been happily married for 3.5 years now.
We also believe in helping one and another; and it makes us happy that Vee.P Bath and Body gives back! Was there a reason why you have chosen Soap Bar?
I’ve wanted to include a charity in the business since it started, but I'm passionate about many things so it was hard to decide. It was just over a year ago that I had an emotional encounter which led me to find the charity I wanted to work with. You can read about the experience here.
I came across Soap Aid Australia who recycle used and discarded soap bars from hotels and donate them to children living in poverty across Australia and around the world. My heart genuinely broke as I read of the thousands of children that die because they don't have a soap bar to wash with. I knew instantly this is how I wanted to help. So for the last year we have donated a soap bar for every product bought. In the last year we donated over 1500 soap bars!
Vee.P Bath and Body has got all the skin care products covered. Do you only use your own products or there are other brands which you also support?
I mainly use my own skincare products and I make a couple of products that I used for myself, but don't sell through Vee.P bath and body.
I also support other business in terms of skincare and body products. I believe in using what you have and only buying what you need so I don't have a cupboard full of serums and masks. Other businesses I support include The Serum Factory for face serums, Babs Bodycare for natural deodorant, Tribe Skincare for body moisturiser and New Moon Blends for bath salts.
It looks like it is a one man team at Vee.P Bath and Body; do you do EVERYTHING yourself? How do you manage your time AND still find time to relax?
Haha, yes, I do everything myself. I make the products, design the labels, create formulas, test the products (with the help of my tester babes!), run markets, run the online store, social media, and customer service.
To be honest, I'm not the best at time management. I have times where I'm really organised and on top of everything, and then times where I'm running around like a headless chook. I have changed my perspective in recent years though.
I don't subscribe to the 'hustle' lifestyle. I don't believe in working all day, every day until I'm burnt out. I like slowing down and I really try to listen to what my body needs. If I have products to make or an email campaign to write, but I know my body and mind are needing rest, I always choose rest. Not because I'm lazy, but because I know that if I don't choose rest and hustle through, the end result is poor. My products are made slowly and with love. If they are made rushed and quickly, not only is there more space for error, but the customer will feel it on the other end.
Self care and self love are also mucho importante to us. What would be your top five tips for the society today that needs the instant gratification?
1) Self care is NOT selfish. I believe in loving and caring for others, but you can not do that from an empty cup.
2) Self care is NOT always a face mask or a Netflix binge. Obviously, I LOVE both of these, however, self care can be whatever it takes to care for yourself. It might be a daily cup of tea sipped in silence. It might be journaling. It might be a walk while listening to a podcast. If you’re a mother, it might be 20 minutes to yourself while someone else minds the kids. Get creative!
3) Self care doesn't have to be done alone. I'm an introvert so I very much love people, but really need time alone to recharge. But self care doesn't always have to be a solo activity. Maybe you're an extrovert and would prefer to mask with your girlfriends.
4) Schedule it in. You won't do it unless you make it a priority. It's hard to spontaneously say 'Oh, I'm gonna do a face mask!'
5) You don't need to post it on Instagram. While #selfcare is popular it could lead you down a path of comparing yourself to other people and then down a path of #selfhate.
Lastly; if you were to have a superpower; what would it be and why?
It's not a superpower, but if I had the ability to never have to wash my hair ever again, but it still be clean and look nice - that would be great.
Life is strange that way; constantly throwing us curve balls to see how we react and solve the unforeseen issues. We love hearing stories like this, from one sad incident turned into an unexpected passion. Vee recently turned 28, loves dogs (but has two cats!) is capable to turn her life around, and we know you can too!
As a Russian born painter Wassily Kandinsky once said
“Colour is a power which directly influences the soul”.
As Vee would believe; everybody needs more colour in their life because she also believes colour genuinely brings joy to our souls.
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