Inspiring "Lady Boss" Brands - International Women's Day

March 8th is International Women’s Day. A day to shine light on and celebrate the many women who inspire us.

At ORESTA, we are blessed to be surrounded by a sisterhood of strong, talented and beautiful "lady boss” women who have created beauty brands that have pioneered the healthy beauty movement. We applaud their vision, commitment, perseverance and smarts. We have asked each one of them to share with you their favourite empowering beauty quote, their favourite product at ORESTA and their message to women on International Women's Day. So powerful, so empowering!

As women, today and every day, we stand together to support one other so that we may rise strong and shine bright. We are committed to creating a united, safe, healthy + harmonious world. Happy International Women's Day!

Julie Clark, Province Apothecary

My favourite empowering beauty quote:
Love your skin! Since I started PA, my focus has been to help people love their skin and teach them how to take care of it.

My favourite product at ORESTA?
I can't live without our Rescue Balm. I apply it to my hands after I wash them and always before bed. I carry a tin in every bag. I also love daily dry brushing. If you haven't tried it you should and I love using Living Libations Ozonated Happy Gum Gel on my gums!

My message to women on International Women's Day:
Women are so powerful. But the fortitude and equality of women is not recognized and respected everywhere. There's so much to be done to make this world better for all girls + women. I find it less overwhelming if I focus my attention in small, direct ways. For this International Women's Day, I'll be taking some time to consider the women in my life who I am grateful for, whether I know them personally or not. I'm going to write it down and take a moment to thank them. Locally, we can support women-owned businesses with our spending power and donate time + money to organizations that help women in need (like Sistering in Toronto).

Laurel Shaffer, Laurel Whole Plant Organics

My favourite empowering beauty quote:
The attention that I give myself during the simple act of washing my face is healing and profound. I explore a label and consider the journey these plants had to take and consider the laboring hands that worked to support my skin health in this moment. It is humbling, gratitude sparking, and empowers me so that I can show up more significantly and empathically for others. - Laurel

My favourite product at ORESTA:
Our Laurel serums are definitely something I can't imagine life without. Our Antioxidant Serum is a blend of 31 whole organic plants and their full expression of dense phytochemistry, with rare White Rose, rich Pomegranate Seed Oil, and infused connective-tissue-plumping Gotu Kola. Pair any of our serums with a Jade Roller Pro, and you have a simple and easy but highly effective beauty ritual to enjoy!

My message to women on International Women's Day:
Stand firmly rooted in your imperfections, your vulnerability, your compassion and your courage. Your unique authentic self is needed by the world. You should continue to share your voice, your heart and your creativity because it is needed and seen by people you aren't even aware are watching. I am constantly inspired by the women around me and rooting for them to succeed, even the ones I haven't met. Thank you for being your brave self, we all need each other.

Sasha Plavsic, ILIA Beauty


My favourite empowering beauty quote:
There is a time for work, and a time for love. That leaves no other time. - Coco Chanel

My favourite product at ORESTA?
Soapwalla Deodorant - because it really works!

My message to women on International Women's Day?
Just do it (which is somebody else’s slogan) but truly believe that with all the noise for women today that it isn’t about inequality anymore, it’s about speaking up for what you want, what you believe and then going after it.

Melodie Reynolds, Elate Cosmetics

My favourite empowering beauty quote is actually my own: Putting on Mascara, isn't going to change the world but, it may change your perception of yourself just enough, so you can.

My favourite product at ORESTA:
Elate's Vibrant Lipstick in Blaze.

My message to women on International Women's Day:
Never let fear stop you from standing up, from speaking your truth, from helping another person do the same. Together, we are strong and we will rise.

Cynthia Bestman, Violets Are Blue

My favourite empowering beauty quote:
Beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself. - Coco Chanel

My favourite product at ORESTA:
Aside from the Violets Are Blue Scar Repair Serum, Coola Sunscreen. I live in it!

My message to women on International Women's Day:
Don't let anyone or anything define who you are. Only you can define who you are and it is 100% okay for that definition to be ever changing and fluid. Time, age, society, all of these things are irrelevant if and when you find a passion for something. It is never too late to figure out who you are or what you want. When it happens, Seize it, and until then, keep searching.
Meryl Marshall, Hynt Beauty

My favourite empowering beauty quote:
No matter what life challenges you with, move forward with resilience and grace.

My favourite product at ORESTA:
Hynt Beauty DUET Perfecting Concealer. I love to mix it into my SPF primer for an awesome tinted moisturizer with the benefit of sun protection.

My message to women on International Women's Day:
You are strong. Face challenges with grace. You are always taking care of others, but make sure to take care of yourself first.

Katharine L'Heureux, Kahina Giving Beauty

My favourite empowering beauty quote:
"The true beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It is the caring that she lovingly gives the passion that she shows. The beauty of a woman grows with the passing years." Audrey Hepburn

My favourite product at ORESTA:
The Jade Roller

My message to women on International Women's Day:
We, as women, when working together can be such a force for positive change. We need to work to support each other and lift each other up.

Sarah Richer, Wild Hill Botanicals

My favourite empowering beauty quote: "Beauty is a ritual." There is a bewildering array of approaches to skincare and beauty out there. The most important thing, from my perspective, is to maintain a beauty ritual that supports the healthy functions of your skin. Quality oils and waters are the time tested foundation of such a ritual. From there, keeping things simple tends to favour healthier skin. Healthy skin is beautiful skin.

My favourite product at ORESTA: I love ORESTA! The stores are a fabulous, curated resource, where you can shop with confidence knowing that these women have carefully selected skin, hair, makeup and oral care products which are quality, non-toxic, and effective. The shops have a great selection of brands, there is definitely something for everyone.

Karen Johnson, K'Pure Naturals

Favourite empowering beauty quote:
I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. Maya Angelou

My favourite product at ORESTA:
K'Pure Fix It Repair Balm. I love the balm on my dry winter hands. It's great to keep beside the sink for super hydration after washing my hands multiple times a day. It also works to prevent my cuticles from drying out and can be used to spot treat dry patches on my elbows and lips!

My message to women on International Women's Day:
We are all in this together! The potential for greatnes is so much higher when we work together and build each other up. The best work is always done when you surround yourself with strong, confident women.



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