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In this episode of the All Things Relax podcast, I sit down with Shannon Smyth, founder and Chief Pampering Officer of A Girl’s Gotta Spa!, a woman-owned artisan bath and body care company based in Pennsylvania. I talked with Shannon about why she developed her product line, gain insights into her creative process, and who inspires her.
Shannon started A Girl’s Gotta Spa! as a beauty blog in 2005 where she reviewed countless spa and personal care products. This experience gave her a unique understanding of which ingredients work best for a product to deliver on its claims. In formulating her products, she has taken the conscious decision to not follow current trends. Instead, likening her approach to the blogger’s world of writing evergreen content, she designs products that withstand the latest fads that her customers will love.
During our conversation, Shannon states that
Skin care is self care
I couldn’t agree more. When you feel good in your skin physically, it has a ripple effect on your mindset. She tells our listeners how her degree in Psychology and previous experience working with children in the mental health space informs how she develops her products and how she runs her business. What touched me the most was hearing how she is inspired by her customers, notably, by the transformation that happens when they discover a product that solves a problem.
In addition to being inspired by her customers, Shannon shares how her family’s move from the suburbs of Philly to the Poconos Mountain region in Pennsylvania sets the tone for relaxation and rejuvenation. She juggles being a small business owner with being a mom to six boys (ages ranging from 5 – 21).
Shannon’s commitment to caring for others is evident when she tells our listeners how she makes it a priority to have dinner every night with her family, even on nights when it’s a quick bite to eat or how she sets boundaries and tries not to schedule work during weekends.
Skin and Body Care Products I Love!
All Things Relax carries A Girl’s Gotta Spa! products in our online boutique and reached out to Shannon to interview her after using and loving several of her products. My personal favorites include the Be Well Relaxation box (a theme box, so no commitment to a monthly subscription!), the Energizing Citrus Body Lotion, and the Synergy Himalayan Salt Scrub. All of her products are certified Leaping Bunny, vegan, and 100% natural.
I hope you have a chance to listen to our podcast interview with Shannon Smyth. You will be inspired by her creativity and drive. You’ll want to stay tuned as she will be releasing two more all-natural essential oils based perfume rollerballs towards the end of September. Stay tuned — we will announce their release in our Instagram stories!