Bec - a skin therapist with over 16 years experience - is a self-confessed 'skin nerd' and founder of skincare brand Botanicals By Luxe. Her small-batch skincare range is ethically made in Australia using only sustainable, natural and skin-safe ingredients... and a quick glance at the raving testimonials Bec receives proves it clearly works.
Q. What inspired you to launch Botanicals By Luxe?
Bec: I have been a skin therapist for 16 years, I love everything about it and always knew I wanted to have my own range but always put it in the 'too hard basket'. After a pretty rocky road of fertility treatments to have the boys, my husband Nato and I knew we wanted to create our own business and for me to stay home with the boys. It was definitely not easy, I couldn't find a manufacturer to take me seriously, with several of them calling me a mum with a hobby! I persevered and found a wonderful team we still work with today.
I wanted to create a range that was vegan, Australian, ethical, results-driven and created with passion and experience. We started off with one product in April 2018 and now the range has 14 products and is shipped Australia-wide every day.
Q. What does self-care mean to you and what role does it play in your life?
Bec: I'm working on this! Self-care to me is downtime, time relaxing with the family - without my phone! Being present, enjoying the simple things. We love going to bush walks, beach adventures and I also LOVE a bath! I also enjoy going for early morning walks with a girlfriend and spending time with my family in Warrnambool. I suffer from postnatal anxiety which is under control now but I really believe it is important to my mental health to have those self-care moments every week.
Q. Self-care isn't always easy. What advice do you have for anyone who's struggling to prioritise themselves?
Bec: I get this absolutely! Especially mum-guilt! As mentioned, I am working on this and do truly believe the saying "you can't pour from an empty cup". When the boys were younger I even used to feel guilty going to the supermarket alone and I would rush home haha. Nato is always telling me to take some time out for myself which I am starting to do more of. It is SO important to take those little pockets of time for yourself and go for a solo walk, have a cup of tea in peace.
Start small, it doesn't need to be a girls' weekend away every month - just recharge your batteries when you can and try and schedule in a little bit of "you" time every week.
Q. Do you have a favourite quote, mantra or role model that inspires you to practice self-care?
Bec: I love a good mantra!! Some of my faves that resonate with me are;
"I am worth taking good care of."
"I rise each day with new possibility."
"When I look after myself, I can shine my light brighter on others."