Stephanie - Unleashed Oils
Name: Stephanie Matthews
Business: Unleashed Oils
Phone: (778) 228-2536
Tell us about yourself: I am a trained nutritionist and animal aromatherapist. I moved to Vancouver from England 13 years ago, recently making the move to the Coast with my husband, two kids and our dog. My work experience has been wide and varied; I have worked in fashion and sports retail, with horses (riding schools and race yards) and after university I entered the corporate world, working in the UK and then in Vancouver. However, I missed working outdoors with animals so I eventually set up and ran a successful dog walking/pet service business for several years, which was based in Coquitlam.
My nutritionist training made me more aware about living more naturally and healthily. However, my passion is with animals so, more recently, I trained as an animal aromatherapist, which lead me to this new business venture: Unleashed Oils.
Tell us about your business: Unleashed Oils makes and sells 100% natural, health and therapeutic products for dogs and horses. It officially began in spring 2017, with the focus on creating beneficial pet products without using nasty chemicals. We produce dog calming sprays (great for separation anxiety and over-excited puppies), chew prevention sprays (to help save your shoes and furnishings!), fly sprays, flea and tick repellent, paw pad protection, mane and tail conditioner and cooling gel (for over-worked or over-heated horses). I have more products at development stage.
I source my raw materials as local as possible and use essential oils for many of the active ingredients. There are no synthetic/artificial ingredients.
What's your favourite thing about the Sunshine Coast: I could make a long list but here are a few:
I love being close to the beach and walking the dog on the various trails. There are some hidden gems on the coast, I have yet to discover them all.
Very happy to see independent coffee shops, you can never have too many!
I horse ride at a local facility and I love being around the horses - I hope to buy my own in the near future.
It is a great place for families and I love the sense of community here. Wished we had moved here sooner.