Welcome back to another edition of Canadian Showcase, featuring beauty brand Clean Kiss! I’m super excited to introduce you to this brand not only because they have great products but also because they have a really interesting history I’d like to share with you.
I was first introduced to Clean Kiss when I received their Find Your 40 Box. As an over-40 women who loves subscription boxes, I was thrilled to receive products that actually suited me and my lifestyle. You can check out the full unboxing on my Pinterest page but spoiler alert… you’re going to want one for yourself!
About Clean Kiss
Clean Kiss is a proudly Canadian brand that make their products in small batches. What this means for the consumer is that each product is made with care and a good dose of consideration… cruelty-free, animal friendly, organic products.
I love that you can shop by body part, which includes face, body, hair, armpits, hands and mouth. You’ve heard me say this before and I’ll say it a million times… what you put on your body seeps into your body so you should absolutely be paying attention to the ingredients of the products you use. ALLLLLLLL over your body! All their products are formulated using natural and organic materials.
Let’s Chat with Clean Kiss Founder, Jodie Pappas
One of my favourite things about this Canadian Showcase series is that I get to meet the amazing Canadians behind the brand. Jodie Pappas is a true “boss babe” who saw a hole in the industry and made it her mission to fix it.
During her struggle with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) and other medical issues, she turned to natural health and food to help her clean up her life. Not only does she now have three daughters, but she’s also known as a Family Natural Health Expert and is a published Author of Your Family Health Organizer (2007, Robert Rose Publishing Inc.). You may have seen Jodie before as she has been featured as a guest on City TV’s Breakfast Television, Global TV Morning, CTV, CHCH, Rogers TV, and countless radio shows in many cities across Canada and the USA. She’s a true advocate for taking charge of our families’ health.
I had the opportunity to ask Jodie some questions so we could get to know her better. Through this interview, we also get to learn more about her new subscription box launch Find Your 40 Box, which is a game changer in the over-40 beauty category.
Tell us a bit about the moment you first came up with the idea for Clean Kiss. Was there an “ah ha” moment or did you develop the idea over time?
It was both actually! My journey towards natural everything began when trying to conceive my children over twenty years ago. I had fertility issues back then due to PCOS and therefore had to make some drastic changes to my lifestyle (nutrition, stress management, yoga, etc.) in order to try to heal my body. It was then that I realized that food and plants had tremendous influence over our health.
Then later when I had my three daughters, I kept delving deeper and deeper into the world of alternative health options to keep my family healthy, naturally. It was when they were teenagers/pre-teens that I decided I didn’t want them using chemicals on their bodies, namely through anti-perspirant, which they soon needed. I had already been on the natural deodorant train for many years myself but wanted something fun and accessible for my girls, and all women and men, to be able to use safely and effectively.
After the deodorant launched and was a hit, I quickly expanded Clean Kiss to other body care products, face care and curly hair care. All of these clean products are in high demand as people become more aware of health risks lurking in their personal care products.
When developing products for Clean Kiss, what are your top three priorities?
All of our products are what we call “Clean at First Sight” Skincare. That means they all have to have as few ingredients as possible (we have up to 3x fewer than our competitors), they have to actually deliver optimal nourishment and performance, and they have to be safe, plant-based and natural.
What has been your proudest moment during your Clean Kiss journey?
My proudest moment was when I got an incredible email from a Toronto doctor that specializes in treatment for cancer patients in recovery. She told me how happy she was to find Clean Kiss and that she finally felt she had discovered products that were safe and effective for her to recommend to her own patients and to put on her own body.
There are a lot of subscription boxes on the market. What sets FindYour40Box apart from others?
There are lots of boxes on the market, mostly for women. But what sets our Find Your 40 Box apart is that it is specifically for women in their 40’s+ (we have different needs than women in their 20’s!), it has skincare curated for the season ahead that your skin needs, it has sustainability as a must-have, and every box promotes and supports at least 1 Canadian BIPOC business owner (this fall box supports 1 female + 1 male actually and the upcoming holiday box also supports 1 female + 1 male). Plus, each box purchaser gets a Complimentary Skincare Consultation with Jodie, Founder of Clean Kiss.
[Pssst…. check out the gallery below for all the products in this season’s box. Over $200 in value for $75 or less if you subscribe!]
What does being a Canadian Brand mean to you?
We have incredible brands and businesses in Canada. I am proud to be a female-owned, Canadian brand. I am also proud to be able to both serve and support my fellow Canadians with good quality products that are home-grown.
Where do you see the brand Clean Kiss or FindYour40Box a year from now? What are your primary goals?
I see Clean Kiss eventually being in every bathroom in Canada as consumers become more educated about why using clean and natural products is the way of the future, for their own health and for the environment. The Find Your 40 Box will just continue to gain momentum as women realize the incredible value it offers to them to and not to mention how fun it is to get a box on your doorstep four times a year full of surprises! I have also started a community on Facebook in a group called “Find Your 40 by Clean Kiss” that brings women together to share our common experiences, to learn from Expert Guests, and to share stories of inspiring women in their 40s that are making a difference.
Thank you to everyone for continuing to support our Canadian Showcase series! In case you missed it, last time we got a glimpse of Designer Hilary MacMillan’s Fall 2020 Collection. Know a great Canadian who should be showcased here? Let us know in the comments below!
Until next time my friends ❤️