My name is Raluca and I am the founder of Raluca Skincare. Had you asked me 5 years ago what will I be doing in the near future, I am certain I would not have envisioned myself making natural skincare products. I was born and raised in Romania and I came to Canada in 2004. I love cooking, baking, reading books and visiting new places. I love my family and my three beautiful children.
My turning point for starting to make my own natural skincare products was when my youngest child was suffering from very dry hands during cold season. Canada is a beautiful country, with nice places to visit and friendly people to meet. But when it comes to weather, Canada has a harsh and dry winter. I had problems with dry skin as well, but when I saw my child refusing to wash his hands because it would be so painful, I knew I had to do something.
At the beginning I was using different types of creams and lotions bought from the store. But none seemed to work. So I started to do some research and I realized that most of the lotions from the stores have water as main ingredient. Once water evaporates, it leaves the skin dry again. Also preservatives, artificial fragrances and colorants, parabens were in the list of ingredients of these products that I have been using all the time. And not only that, but lots of the ingredients I could not even pronounce nor recognize. As we know, our skin is the largest organ of our body, and it is considered our first line of defense. According to researchers, our body absorbs through skin about 60% of what we are putting on it. Makes you think twice about the cosmetics you are using on your body, doesn’t it?
Therefore making my own products that would help my son's skin became my priority. I realized that he wouldn’t be the only one benefiting from this, but also all my family and friends. I wanted to create something that was safe to put on our skin.
In the spring of 2015 I started my journey and I fell in love with it. I discovered a new me. I was "hungry" to create products that will not only look beautiful but will be good and gentle for the skin as well as for our planet. The journey itself had ups and downs as I had a lot to learn and a lot to test, but I am thankful for having a loving and supporting family that encouraged me to keep on doing what I was so passionate about.
I love what I do now more than I could have ever imagined. And the fact that the products I am making have such a positive impact on so many people, it truly makes me happy and committed to continue this beautiful journey. I hope you will enjoy using the products as much as I enjoy making them.