What is beauty and wellness?

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Beauty & Wellness is craftsmanship, and so is Cultureย ย 

Issue 4 - October 2020

I hope your October is going safe and wellโ™ฅ.ย This monthโ€™s blog post is going to touch upon a subject that may stir up some good memories of inspiration and love in you.ย 

โœˆ๏ธย Travellers read on...


The Mermaid, Copenhagen. Courtesy of Betty Norton.

Since Virtueberryโ€™s blog journey is about sharing holistic wellness and beauty with the world, this includes topics such as travel and lifestyle. I believe travel and lifestyle influences our ability to experience beauty and wellness.

I wanted to first acknowledge the difficult times we are living in. Even though we may be safe, we need to be cautious. The Wuhan Virus (as my Chinese friends call it, among other things), has a second wave coming. Already thereโ€™s been reports in China, as well as other parts of the world, including Europe. My second Polish grandmother lives there, and has caught it in the seniorโ€™s home she resides in (thankfully sheโ€™s recovering).ย 

I feel sorry for all the losses and fears that this world pandemic has created. Those travellers out there, who have stopped their regular travel interaction with the world, I feel your loss, which includes more heart to heart connecting with your friends and family, or new and not so new, planned environments to visit. I hope the rest of your 2020 is filled with a little bit of travel, to safe places. Let me know how it goes for you. I would love to hear about it!ย 

For example, Vancouver Islandโ€™s Herbalist Professor that I studied under, Betty Norton, has shared a beautiful memory of some past European travels with Virtueberry this month:

โ€œTravel seems so far away at the moment, but I have amazing memories of my time in Denmark. One afternoon stands out to me and makes me smile every time I think of it. I was in a small town on the out skirts of ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Copenhagen. Walking along a path in the countryside and came across a beautiful Nettle patch. In that moment I felt so connected to the plant into the planet. Finding my favourite plant on the other side of the world, warmed my heart in such a way that I cannot explain. Amazing medicine found all over the world connecting all of us.โ€ โœˆ๏ธย  -Betty Norton

This monthโ€™s blog post is a reflection of some personal travels from last October, and what it means to stay connected to the wellness and beauty realm. I thought it was appropriate, due to the time to reflect upon such experiences, and October-being the special month last year-when I visited Europe unexpectedly after graduating from Business School. This included bringing Virtueberry as a few gifts (and leaving my laptop behind-no regular computer use for over a month was unbelievably refreshing).ย 

Herisau, Switzerland. Courtesy of Virtueberry.
One of the European countries I was truly blessed to visit was Switzerland in October 2019. ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ ๐Ÿฅ‡ย 

Family friends I visited in Switzerland showed approval of learning about Virtueberry salt scrubs. I am grateful to get their blessing, as these people, as well as their culture still today, are one for quality. An attitude of cherishing quality was a consistent theme I witnessed everywhere I went.ย 

There are some things that everyone generally knows Switzerland for is true:

-Cheese ๐Ÿฎย  (and the land their cows and sheep live on, is grazed and well kept to perfection)
-Chocolate โ™ฅ (tastes different in Switzerland than Canada, maybe it was the Swiss Hot Chocolate Cafe in St. Gallen that was a reason for this to be true)
-Banking ๐ŸŽฉย  (Swiss bankers (alongside their country) are the ones that kept neutral during the war)
-Watches ๐Ÿ˜… (and everything to do with time, like their transit, is truly always on time)ย 


Swarovski, St. Gallen. Thanks Simon ; )

And what do these products have in common with Virtueberry, aside from the Swiss connection approval (which was much more valued than learning about a business degree or other experiences, in their eyes)?ย 


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Courtesy of @catherine.lili in Zurich.

Quality Craftsmanship

And more people are choosing quality craftsmanship because it is beautiful, and uplifting to the mind, body, and soul.

For centuries, people have and continue to choose quality products and services.


For example, Virtueberry was approached by some micro beauty influencers from ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡นย  Italy in 2019, and shared photos and videos on their Instagram with the world.ย 



Courtesy of @Naomiabbate_

I want to thank these lovely Italian influencers again, and hope they are keeping well during this time. I will include two of these micro influencers past posts below. Feel free to follow them on Instagram, or visit @Virtueberry and check out some other Influencers under saved videos. Sorry, I didnโ€™t stop in Italy last year, and havenโ€™t been able to make it back to Europe, but would love to visit your country again! โ™ฅ๐Ÿ’‹๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡นย 


Courtesy of @concettalalalala.

Virtueberry products are made with care and love. ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ


Quality craftsmanship includes:

Products made without cutting corners to make profit while damaging our bodies and the earth with cheap ingredients and slave labour. Cruelty free products that are born of love and goodwill is what all people on the receiving end of products and services hope for. I truly believe that fine craftsmanship reflects quality environments (which donโ€™t pollute) and treats people making such creations kindly (with dignity and respect).

Fine craftsmanship expresses the beauty of life!ย 
Cartier in Zurich. Courtesy of Virtueberry.

And for those who support artisans and quality products and services-thank youโ™ฅ! It is much appreciated (and good karma)! Please continue being aware and awake and making purchase choices that support pro future beauty and wellness! I wanted to finish with a Mother Theresa quote (someone I studied in business school in leadership class with a team):

"Not all of us can doย great things. But weย can do small things with great love." -Mother Teresa


*Blog posts on Virtueberry, including this one, will be updated occasionally. For example, this post may include some more research on history and how it ties into the theme of this blog post.

Check out last month's updates, which include Himalayan Rosehips, incase you have not already.๐ŸŒน

Himalayan Rose Salt Scrub in Switzerland. Courtesy of Virtueberry.

6 Responses

  1. Andrea
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    This is beautiful post. Love the focus on quality craftsmanship and Virtueberrry’s connection to culture. Makes me want to visit Europe.

    • Sarah
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      Thank you, Andrea! I hope you get to explore Europe in the future too. You will love it : )

  2. Jot Manjhu
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  3. Ania ERN
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    โค๏ธ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜ŠDanke, liebe Sarah, ein sehr interessanter Beitrag, alle guten Wรผnsche und herzliche Gruesse an Dich und Esther sendet Ania ERN

  4. Brad-lee Bussche
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    Truly appreciate the connection you have to the world around you!

    Holding onto the magic of reflection and storytelling throughout your blog and sharing this with your readers is a wonderful gift!

    I am a stickler for quality over quantity it appears, thus Switzerland and I may get along well apart from my love for dark chocolate and cheese!

    I have hand carved chairs, solid wooden fairytale folk like chairs from Switzerland and more specifically coming from the hands of a Swiss woods-maker/craftsman!

  5. Sarah
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    Thank you, Brad-lee!

    Amazing!! I appreciate you adding to the heartfelt comments here, your own cherished connection to culture and craftsmanship! I’m so inspired by you all and appreciate the details. Very special to have Swiss designs in your Canadian home from the Swiss themselves! Wow!

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