The team at Market 13 digs into the real life story of Justyna, founder of The Little Sweet Peach.
My name is Justyna and I am the owner of Little Sweet Peach, a natural bath and body brand. Handcrafted in Ottawa, Canada, I started Little Sweet Peach in early 2019. I began my entrepreneur journey with the desire to create delicious looking bath treats that could put a smile on anyone’s face! Products that are always organic, beneficial, ethical and cruelty free. I want my products to inspire everyone to slow down and take some time to relax our mind, body and soul.
1. How did your business start and why?
I started my business when I lost my job at a local spa. I have always had an entrepreneurial mindset, where I knew I could only be happy by building my own dream. I decided to go in the direction of natural body & skincare. I have always been a huge advocate for natural, cruelty free products, that is why Little Sweet Peach will always be true to that. Once I began my journey, I learn so much about where lots of the raw materials come from and I have decided to always go the ethical way, fair trade and sustainability. I want to leave the world better than I found it, having a business that is 100% guilt free is my goal and motivation.
2. What was one of the biggest challenges you faced during your journey to where you are today?
“Focus on what you can control, ignore what you can’t.” How I define my beliefs is crucial to how firmly I stick to them. Believing that I am capable of achieving my goals is the first and most important step, because once I believe I can I follow through with the work.
3. Who would you describe as a role model and why?
One of my role models would be my cousin, that woman seems to be unstoppable! I can always admire strength, perseverance and honesty of course those are all words that best describe the life she leads. If you’re looking for a celebrity I admire, it would be Elon Musk. Why Elon? Well, not only is he a visionary but he is a true leader, “a man for the people if you will”, creating so many positive changes that will help humanity and this world to live better for centuries.
4. Tell us one thing about you that most people don’t know.
Many people see me as extroverted and a social woman, however I am very introverted and need lots of time to recharge after every social event. I love having time alone where I can disconnect from the outside noise and reconnect with myself. I think that is a big reason of why I started Little Sweet Peach in the first place; to reconnect with myself. Self-care has become a “luxury” statement, when in fact self-care is healthcare. We as human beings need to take time to recharge, especially here in the western world, where the focus is always on the hustle and how many achievement awards you have.
5. What is one piece of advice about how to cope with challenges/struggles you face in life that you would like to give to the world?
Mindful meditation is huge. I began my interest in meditation years ago but only started to understand the benefits of it this year, when Covid-19 hit. If there is one thing you can do for yourself, I would suggest meditation. Taking 5-20 minutes every day to quiet your over active mind will help you in staying focused, patient and productive all day. That’s where the design and inspiration of my products comes from, a clean look for a clean mind.
9. What is ONE word that you feel defines you? (It could be your profession, a personality trait, or a quality you possess).
Thoughtful. I was raised to always respect and be kind to others. I chose “thoughtful” because I am always looking to brighten someone’s day or simply have others in mind when I live my life. Giving is a big part of my life, whether it is time or a material gift, witnessing other people’s happiness brings joy to my life.