‘Come on out and get in the Christ­mas spirit’

‘Scrub In­spired’ demos to be part of Glace Bay Her­itage Mu­seum an­nual bazaar and tea, Sun­day

Cape Breton Post - - NEWS | GLACE BAY / NEW WATERFORD - BY SHARON MONT­GOMERY-DUPE smont­gomery@cb­post.com

A Glace Bay woman has found the for­mula for life af­ter re­tire­ment.

Joan McNeil, of Glace Bay, a lab tech­nol­o­gist for 34 years, in­clud­ing at the Glace Bay Hos­pi­tal as well as in the mi­cro­bi­ol­ogy depart­ment at the Cape Bre­ton Re­gional Hos­pi­tal, is now us­ing herbs she grows and lo­cally sourced prod­ucts to make scrubs for her daugh­ter Jes­sica McNeil’s busi­ness, Scrub In­spired.

“The scrubs are really unique be­cause they are home­made, we just use food in­gre­di­ents so the sugar scrubs are ac­tu­ally ed­i­ble,” she said.

McNeil said her daugh­ter comes up with the recipes for the un­qiue prod­ucts.

“They are won­der­ful for your skin.”

McNeil, a mu­si­cian who is also in­volved with a spir­i­tual as­so­ci­a­tion, will be giv­ing demon­stra­tions of some of the scrubs dur­ing the an­nual Old Town Hall Christ­mas Bazaar and Tea be­ing held at the Glace Bay Her­itage Mu­seum on McKeen Street, Sun­day from 2-5 p.m.

McNeil said peo­ple can make scrubs in their own kitchen, but don’t.

“We can make bread in our own kitchen but we don’t, we go out and buy bread. Like bread com­pa­nies, this com­pany has the edge, peo­ple like to have a prod­uct made for them but with the con­fi­dence it’s whole­some, it’s fresh, it’s lo­cal in­gre­di­ents.”

Af­ter re­tir­ing more than six years ago, McNeil had got­ten into sell­ing her wood­work­ing at the farmer’s mar­ket.

How­ever, one day her daugh­ter Jes­sica McNeil, now of Ot­tawa, who has a de­gree in commerce and stud­ied mar­ket­ing and hu­man re­sources, had a rose­mary plant and through re­search on the com­puter made a sea-salt scrub with in­gre­di­ents that in­cluded grape­fruit and rose­mary. She shared it with her friends, who came back for more.

“Peo­ple were telling her, ‘You have some­thing here,’” McNeil said.

“My daugh­ter gave me the recipe and showed me how to make it and asked if I’d make it here us­ing lo­cally sourced in­gre­di­ents and things from my gar­den from the sum­mer­time. I said, ‘Yes, that sounds lots of fun.’”

McNeil said the prod­uct amazed her.

“It ex­fo­li­ates and mois­tur­iz­ers the skin,” she said.

Since that time McNeil’s daugh­ter, along with her busi­ness part­ner, Kier­sten Hanly, also of Ot­tawa, have formed Scrub In­spired, offering a wide va­ri­ety of unique sugar and body scrubs.

The names alone are ap­peal­ing such as ap­ple pump­kin pie, which in­cludes in­gre­di­ents of brown sugar, grape seed oil, al­mond oil, pump­kin seed oil, and ap­ple-cin­na­mon tea, cin­na­mon and ground cloves.

Then there’s pom pom, a mix­ture of sugar, grape seed oil, fresh pomegranat­e seed puree, and sweet or­ange es­sen­tial oil.

Other sugar scrubs in­clude co­conut al­mond, oat­meal cof­fee, sweet lemon grass, grape­fruit and rose­mary. Body sea-salt scrubs in­clude laven­der and vanilla, as well as lemon.

McNeil said her daugh­ter and her busi­ness part­ner come up with the con­cept of the scrubs but she has used her skills as a lab tech­nol­o­gist in help­ing de­velop the end stages for some of the prod­ucts.

Scrubs are avail­able at the Glace Bay Town Hall as well as the Cape Bre­ton Cen­tre for Craft and De­sign in Sydney, De­fi­ant Dar­lings in Sydney, Kreative De­signs, Sydney River and La Quain­trelle in North Sydney.

McNeil also goes to most of the lo­cal Christ­mas craft shows.

There are pre­mium and reg­u­lar scrubs and so prices can vary slightly but many range from $10.99 for a small to $34.99 for a large.

The busi­ness can also be found on­line, with ad­di­tional prod­ucts, at www.scru­bin­spired.ca

Elke Ibrahim, vice-chair of the Glace Bay Her­itage Mu­seum So­ci­ety, said it’s hoped peo­ple will come out to the Old Town Hall mu­seum Sun­day 2-4 p.m. for their an­nual bazaar and try a scrub demonstrat­ion and enjoy hot cider, en­ter­tain­ment, book sign­ings from lo­cal au­thors Teresa O’Brien and Donna Troicuk, shop­ping in the Old Town Hall Is­abelle Har­ris Gift Shop, a silent auc­tion and much more.

“Come on out and get in the Christ­mas spirit at the Old Town Hall.”


Joan McNeil, left, of Glace Bay, does a demonstrat­ion of the ap­ple pump­kin pie scrub from her daugh­ter’s com­pany Scrubs In­spired, with au­thor Teresa O’Brien at the Glace Bay Her­itage Mu­seum Old Town Hall in Glace Bay. McNeil will be giv­ing...

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