Welcome to WooYou at WooNaturally.com! I’m Kate Guthrie, owner and founder of WooYou. I started handcrafting and creating all-natural body and self-care products after getting amazing results from a gift given to me (You can read more about that below!) I am a mom, wife, caregiver, and friend who has struggled with prioritizing myself my whole life. I’m still on a journey of true self-love and acceptance but firmly believe that everyone deserves to feel their own special, to be wooed, to feel love. At WooYou, I invite you to to be the one that makes yourself feel that way; pursue yourself, nourish yourself – woo you. Treat yourself as well as you treat the world around you.
I believe that self-love begins with something I think we all struggle with: self-care. That means incorporating time for yourself into your routine. Whether it’s a relaxing and revitalizing foot soak, a fragrant exfoliating scrub, or luxurious body oil, treat yourself and your skin with products that engage all of your senses and are free of harsh chemicals and dyes. All of the products offered here are hand-crafted from all-natural (and certified organic where available) ingredients so you can feel good about using products that make you feel good.
What I Want to Share with You
Finding time for yourself is hard and I’m never going to tell you that it isn’t or that I am successful at it 100% of the time. (Here’s a secret: working on launching this website has made me neglect some of my favorite rituals). In addition to all-natural body- and self-care products that me and my friends enjoy using to help make time for ourselves, I want to share some of my favorite things to do to connect with your inner Woo and celebrate how special you are. Get a sneak peak of them in my eBook here.
I want you to feel the special that you are by creating your own body scrub where you choose the raw ingredients that speak directly to your own skin, rituals, and scents that connect you to your core desired feelings (uplifted, connected, rested, pampered, grounded). You can see my raw ingredient list, what types of skin they are best for, their texture, their properties and what they blend well with. You won’t be alone! There is information there to help you choose a blend of ingredients that is about your needs and your wants. I want to minimize impromptu, impulse buys while on line at the grocery store because you need some pampering this very second.
It Began With an Herbal Salve: How I Started Handcrafting Self-Care Products
For about ten years, my hands suffered horribly at the hands of Mother Nature and her cold winters. They would crack, peel, cut, burn, and be a landscape of dry, crusted blood from knuckle to knuckle. It was exacerbated by the fact that I am an avid hand-washer, often in extremely hot water. I tried wax treatments, ointments, gloves; I spent thousands of dollars. Nothing worked well enough to keep me using it or worked easily enough into my routine. One Christmas, my sister in law gave me an herbal salve she had been making. Honestly, I had no idea what a salve was (or how to pronounce it, but I know now it is pronounced /sav/). It smelled divine. I was skeptical. I wasn’t into the Woo-Woo Ya-Ya Sisterhood (yet) and I certainly didn’t see how something basically made of olive oil and essential oils was going to work any better than the $150 cream I had bought from a very well known skincare company (what the heck were essential oils anyway?) And then it happened. Overnight my hands became softer and the cracks had closed. I began applying it after every vigorous hand wash. My knuckles stop cracking. And I was hooked. And then I wanted to know MORE.
I began researching, playing, crafting. What I found was that my skin and me preferred products that were free of dyes and synthetic fragrances. I found more joy in more naturally scented scrubs and lotions. And I found that I could customize almost anything to a particular feeling, or smell, or inspiration that I had. And I wanted to share those feelings and love for these natural ingredients with my friends and family.
In my journey crafting and playing with all kinds of recipes from scrubs to soaks to bath bombs, I found myself on a personal journey as well. I connected with women in a way I never had before and thanks to their own incredible narratives, I learned the meaning of sisterhood and began to embrace what I had lovingly mocked as “the Woo-Woo Ya-Ya Sisterhood”. These women began to help me unlearn what I had been taught by society my whole life: that women were meant to compete and compare with each other. We were told to measure ourselves against each other and not embrace or celebrate the unique being we were. And we were encouraged to tear each other down in order to elevate ourselves. Sadly, that can make for a very lonely life filled with self-doubt.
I had settled on a name for my company. It was an acronym and play on words and at first I thought it was clever. I look back on it now and think it was harsh and not at all inviting. In the summer of 2015, I attended an event held by one of these inspirational women which brought together all kinds of women, with all kinds of personal narratives, all looking to elevate and connect with themselves. The guest speakers were no one I would have sought out in my previous life (though to be quite honest I probably would have mocked them or thought them weird because I was not as accepting of things I didn’t understand yet). One was an astrologist and I fully expected to be bored by her and figured she’d be spewing wishy-washy words about how the universe aligns to blow smoke up your ass. Ha! She was breathtaking, captivating, honest. She didn’t hide the fact that when she began her journey she thought this all had a hint of bullshit to it. And as her story unfolded and I opened my heart and mind, I felt connected; to her, to myself, to the universe, to these women around me. And it felt authentic and genuine and…AMAZING. All of the presenters that day were drenched in the “Woo-Woo”. And I learned that day, that while some may use the phrase “Woo-Woo” negatively; for me it was the perfect encapsulation of what I couldn’t describe but felt mesmerized by; for the magical, unexplainable joys of female intuition and connection.
I came home energized. I opened my little ideas notebook and crossed out “KODE Naturals” and wrote in “WooYou”. It was the perfect name for what I wanted my products to be: a way for women to help woo themselves, and show themselves extra love with these amazing ingredients that nature gives us, and a way for me to spread the word that connecting to your own Woo-Woo Ya-Ya inside can be freeing and healing.
Fun Facts About Me
- I’m not all Woo; I use the Woo to help bring balance to my life (For example, I love makeup. LOVE it. It’s filled with harsh toxins. I continuously try out more organic products, even dabble in making my own, but ultimately life for me is about balance and what works)
- I also LOVE brand name designer handbags and the smell of leather
- I curse like a drunk sailor who got drunk and met the inventor of swear words and wants to compare notes
- I love to sing but am tone deaf. I’m okay with it, and get my “belting those tunes out loud” fix in my car or in my kitchen when no one is home
- I also love to dance and have found it to be one of the greatest outlets for any emotion and consider it a private act of release and replenish
- I am obsessed with Aaron Sorkin dialogue and watch the entire West Wing series and A Few Good Men at least once a year
- I’m not convinced Harry Potter isn’t real and believe there is magic in this world
- Most people think I’m predominately a fire sign when they meet me, but I’m actually an Earth mama
- My favorite feeling in the world (outside of being with my amazing family) is my bare toes in dew kissed grass
- I have a collection of Wonder Woman paraphernalia including drinkware, dolls, action figures, books, and videos. I think she’s the coolest superhero ever because she carries a lasso of truth. I only just now in my life realized that is what I love about Wonder Woman; because I believe that honesty and truth are the most powerful weapon
- I think of gift giving as a hobby