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Meet Nancy Fuentes of Relax & Scrub in Whittier

Today we’d like to introduce you to Nancy Fuentes.

Nancy, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
Growing up by a single mother, I always saw my mother work so hard to provide the basic necessities for my siblings and I. I remember just thinking in order to get somewhere I must just work as hard! All my challenges in my childhood molded me to a strong woman I am today. I worked for some companies that didn’t appreciate my work and my loyalty to the company.

After five years and after having my son J, May 2017. One day, finally I told myself ” this can’t be it, what’s next… I decided, it was time to grow out of my comfort zone, and follow my dream to become an entrepreneur. To provide my son J with a better life, than what I had. One night I was so stressed out from work, I put my 6-month-old son (at the time) to bed. I started thinking how do people relax? My answer was a nice warm, relaxing bath… A little bulb just sparked!!!

I started doing my research, watching videos on how to make soap and bath bombs… It was my hobby that would let me tune out for a while. My hands were creating something beautiful and it  was therapeutic for me. I decided that it would be nice to start a business to help people relax in the comfort of their own home. So that’s when ” Relax& Scrub” was born. I started learning about the benefits of essential oils, flower, and plants… I add natural ingredients to all my products to provide my customers with the best!

As of today, I continue to bring new products, attend many events, and meet other amazing vendors that are on the same journey… I surround myself with women that are empowering and inspiring… I am thankful for my husband Steven, my mother, my best friend Deb family members and friends that continue to support me this journey…..

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
It definitely hasn’t been a smooth road… there have been times where I have to push through… For example, being a mother, wife, and entrepreneur and trying to find balance without feeling the mommy guilt… But I know when J grows up, he will be proud of me because I DID IT!! It will all be worth it!

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Relax & Scrub – what should we know?
Relax & Scrub, is known for handcrafted soaps, bathbombs and scrubs… I add all natural ingredients to all my products… What makes me proud that I can provide the perfect essentials for a nice relaxing bath, at the comfort of your own home… I take all my product pictures, I manage the whole thing: making products, managing the website, shipping, packaging & I’m the face you see at our pop-ups.

Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
My husband has been my #1… He’s listened to my crazy ideas, but he tells me all the time ” if it makes you happy, do it”… My mom is another critic/supporter… She’s always trying all my products before it even goes out to the public… she tells me to add more of this, less of that… I love her for that !! You know how moms are lol…

Pricing:

  • Soaps $4 & up
  • Bath Bombs $3
  • Scrubs $6

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