Hey friends! The Women In Business Series this week is something you don’t want to miss!
If you are looking for a new skin regime, that is purely organic, and made in my hometown of Pittsburgh, then I can’t wait for you to meet the woman behind Rutz SkinCare today!
This week I am proud to introduce you to not only a fantastic women, but someone I am so blessed to call a new friend, Stephanie Schuler Founder of Rutz SkinCare.
I first met Stephanie a few weeks back at an awesome event at Metamorphosis Salon and Day Spa, which is Pittsburgh’s only full-service organic salon, spa, and wellness studio.
She hosted an event there for a few Pittsburgh bloggers to try out some of her products, get mini facials and massages. It was fantastic! Especially for us mamas!
When I was talking with her, there was an instant connection. Stephanie is one of those women who you just feel so comfortable to be around. Her positivity and outlook on living a healthy life, and empowering women is amazing.
Then of course, there is her products. Friends, you are in for a treat if you try these. I can promise, and truly say after using these for over a month, my eyes and skin have looked the best they have in years.
So, let’s meet Stephanie and you can get a chance to see for yourself, why I adore her and her products so much!
Hi Stephanie! I want to thank you for sitting down and chatting with me! I can’t wait for the readers to hear all about you and Rutz. First, let’s tell the readers a little about Rutz SkinCare.
Rutz Skincare is a skincare line that has a natural, organic, vegan, paraben and cruelty free offering. Our products don’t discriminate…woman, men, and even your kiddos can use something in our line! Rutz seeks out ingredients that have natural healing qualities and use “the good oils” in our line. We have a website and are carried in yoga studios, spa and salons, and medical spas.
Every aspect of Rūtz Skincare has been carefully crafted with “goodness” in mind. Our products are formulated from ingredients that are of-the-Earth—little pieces and parts of Mama Nature that you can actually pronounce! We have hand-picked every ingredient and hand-tested every product that goes into our line. We want you to love your skin and love knowing that you are taking care of it with nature’s good stuff—vitamins, essential oils, plant-based alpha-hydroxy acids and other skin-loving botanicals.
That is so rare that you actually see a skin line anymore where each ingredient is hand-picked by the founder! I love that! Now, how long have you been in business?
Rutz launched in September of 2013, but we have been carefully crafting our line for the past 2 and a half years.
Can you tell everyone, because I am sure they are curious, as some of our readers are looking to start their own businesses, but why did you start yours? What was the passion behind it?
I always knew I was going to start my own business, I just wasn’t sure what it was going to be, lol. Some may think I’m crazy for saying this, but honestly, God (the universe, higher self…whatever you want to call it) placed it on my heart 4 years ago, and my soul just wouldn’t let me not do it. I would wake up in the middle of the night and get ideas…you should see the journals in my house—need another house for the scribbles of paper, notes, and sticky pads!
I was at a real difficult period of my life…single mom, ex had lost his job, and the bottom kept dropping out…one day I said, Ok God…you win! (I literally had this conversation out loud in the car) I clearly don’t know what I’m doing…I give in…Uncle, you win! I said, “whatever it is I’m suppose to do in life, just guide me, and I PROMISE I will listen this time!” The words literally left my tongue, and I felt this overwhelming sense of peace come over my entire body…I knew from that moment on, that I would listen to my soul and make my decisions based on intuition and not fear. I would listen to the kind and gentle whispers that would say, “you’ve got this”, don’t worry about what others think, how would they know, I put this on your heart, and not theirs.”
Crazy, but my life drastically changed, and for the better. Rutz is the baby that was born of a seed that was planted on my soul 4 years ago. Other than the actual real babies I have (Jack 14, Carson 13, and Ally 11) this 4th child is the one thing I am most proud of. I didn’t give up, even when I couldn’t see the light at the end of the tunnel, that inner voice told me, dust yourself off, get back up, and keep moving forward.
We truly put our loving energy into our products—people say, “they just feel so good”…that makes me smile because I know I’m doing exactly what I was meant to do.
You just gave me chills! The good kind! I love that! I have worked with so many women in the past, and they say something similar. It is just something that weighs on you, but it’s the good kind of weight, one that gives you hope! When you know what you are meant to be doing it is the most satisfying things in the world.
What is the most unique thing about your product or business that you are proud of?
When I hire, I only hire people who have integrity…I could careless if you went to Yale (we will certainly take your Ivy league self, but not a requirement). I care more about your moral character and not so much if you took all honors courses. I can send people to school to become experts in skincare, I can’t reteach you what your momma didn’t teach you—that’s huge to me.
Now that we know about the business side of you, what about the personal side? You’re a mom of 3 and a business owner, how to do you do it!
Well, let’s just say, everyday is so different! My kids have learned to help around the house, and even help cook! They know there is no laundry fairy or an Alice (Brady Bunch) to make lunches…they seem to appreciate our life (most of the time). I tell my kids that I started Rutz for the 4 of us. I wanted to show myself that I could do it and I wanted to show them what all those quotes and saying slapped all over our house truly meant. I want them to be fearless, courageous, kind, integrity filled beautiful people. I need to show them what that looks like. I laugh and say, one day, you might look back and remember the adversity that mommy went through (and bought you a front seat row to watch) and hopefully, you will pull your own inner strength out to make your own dreams come true. That’s my greatest wish for my children—to be who they truly are, and not allow society, me, their friends, or money to talk them out of that beautiful gift that awaits them.
That I love. There are so many moms out there who want there children to learn through them, and see what having a dream can do, especially since you are doing it right in front of them.
What do you do for fun? Since you so lighthearted, I bet you have some pretty fun hobbies!
I love to play tennis, garden, and workout. I love listening to music…it moves me. I love snow skiing, something I just picked up last year…so much fun! I rarely watch TV, and I try to read inspirational books, and be as present and enjoy the moments of my life!
One last thing, since you are such an inspiration to myself, and I am sure many other women, who inspires you?
I am inspired by trail blazing women! Eleanor Roosevelt (not sure if she owned a business, I just liked her moxie!) Coco Chanel, Oprah Winfrey…woman who didn’t live inside a box…they don’t even know that box existed!;) Favorite quote of all time: “well behaved women seldom make history.” Laurel Thatcher Ulrich
Now that we have chatted with Stephanie about her business, I am here to tell you about the products I have used, and will certainly use again and again.
Do you have those under eye circles like me, you know the kind that just wont let up! Or does under eye makeup where off in like 2 hours of putting it on? Then here is your answer.
Eye Conquered is the first eye cream that I have used, that has truly given my eyes a boost, and they are not dry anymore. Sometimes the circles under my eyes cause dryness. I don’t have an answer as to why, but they do. This cream has helped eliminate all those issues. It took a few days to start working, but give it a week, and you totally see a difference!
The second product I love is one- well this my friends, something YOU NEED to have. I can not say any other words then AMAZEBALLS about this spray. I use it everyday, spritz a little on my face, and my face and makeup feel refreshed, and my redness has totally gone away!
In Your Face Spa-ahhh Elixir Mist is totally amazing. Just some of the things it has done for me, are the same things it is promised to do.
- Inhibits bacterial growth
- Re-balances overproduction of sebum
- Reduces inflammation
- Soothes irritation
- Fights acne
- Revitalizes skin cells
- Speeds cellular turnover
- Freshens makeup
- Lifts spirits and promotes emotional balance
And it smells fantastic!!!
There you have it friends! I am telling you, you owe it to yourself and your skin to give this a shot.
Below is Rutz SkinCare’s website, where you can buy the product, as well as all their social media channels you can follow find out about the new things they are doing!
Till next time friends! Go empower someone to build on their dreams!
Author: Nicole Mildren
Nicole Mildren is the author of Champagne To Crayons, first time mom, and celebrates motherhood in the best way she knows how; by remembering she is just not a mom. Owning her own business, and Marketing Director of the Pittsburgh MomCon helps her stay sane in the world of motherhood.