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Let’s face it being a mum is a big enough job on its own. It’s a full time commitment with no pay and mad hours! So adding ANOTHER full time job to the mix is not only very impressive but also massively inspiring. We recently spoke to Scientia Founder Tiffany Salmon to find out how she manages it all..

Explain what you do in a sentence?

Creative Director, product innovation expert and brand founder!

How long have you done your job?

I’ve been working for my family’s cosmetics business for 15 years now, helping create beauty brands for some of the biggest retailers in the world. Then, just over two years ago, we decided to start creating brands for ourselves, setting the wheels in motion to launch 4 brands within one year! Scientia, Glow Hub, Tiffy & Tallulah (my daughter and I’s namesake!) and Soak Sunday.

What’s the coolest thing about it?

Having an idea and then however many months later seeing it on the shelf. Hearing people talking about and loving your brand and products, it’s such an incredible feeling.

What does your day or week entail?

Being Creative Director for my family company and the founder of our brands, every day and week looks different. From Zoom calls with the team, to press interviews, creating social content to visiting my family’s production site to sign off on production of a new product, my days always vary. Today I’ve been immersing myself in research, tapping into current global trends, finding new ingredients, and listening to our consumers to help guide future product launches. It is very possibly my favourite part of the job, but ask me again tomorrow when I’m working on something else that’s equally exciting…

Where did you start out?

Like I said earlier, I was extremely lucky that my family business was in cosmetics. So, after many years of supplying other influential brands and retailers worldwide, yet still having so many ideas I wanted to see come to life, paired with the ability to manage the whole life cycle from product to shelf, my family and I decided to bring brands direct to consumer and it’s been a whirlwind ever since!

What has been your biggest challenge?

I’d say having children and not wanting to feel the pressure of losing touch or being out of the game. The beauty industry changes so fast and so do children, it’s definitely a balancing act keeping up with both!

What piece of advice would you give to someone hoping to do the same?

Not everything will always go to plan and that success doesn’t happen overnight. You’ve got to take the knock backs, learn from them and then carry on pushing forward to get to where you want to be.

Something you’ve learnt that is crucial to either your job or to success:

You have to be passionate about whatever it is that you’re doing. The product, the job – if you don’t love it and aren’t completely invested in it, how can you persuade anyone else to feel the same?

How important is it to switch off?

Very! It’s so important to stop, switch off and recharge. I found that separation of home and work life especially tricky during lockdown, so it’s super important to make an effort to truly unwind. It was actually the inspiration behind a couple of my brands…

Soak Sunday is a sensorial, sustainable and indulgent bath & body care brand, telling stories through thoughtful design and indulgent experiences. Launched in the midst of a pandemic, I wanted Soak Sunday to be about more than just a simple soak. We all felt the need to touch base with nature, to ground ourselves and elevate our usual routines, I turned to self care to soothe mind, body and soul, thus Soak Sunday was born.

Then there’s Scientia, the supercharged skincare brand and ultimate glow giver, blending power natural extracts with cutting edge science and technology to bring you products that deliver maximum skin health, all whilst boosting wellbeing. The act of sitting down and applying a carefully chosen routine each morning, the feeling you get when your skin looks flawless. Grabbing a glass of rosé after a long day… Investing in yourself – that’s all about selfcare and switching off, so it was important for me for Scientia to also be about feel-good rituals, giving you your glow from the inside out.

How do you manage your work / life balance?

Honestly, I find it really hard. Having 4 brands, some involving my kids, means that often my work does sneak into my home life. You’ve got to make a conscious effort to work at it, acknowledge when you’re not quite right and need to take a step back. I try to make sure to keep weekends free of work, embracing those small special moments with my family.

How do manage mum guilt?

It is really tricky! I want my children to see me as a hard-working woman, proving that you don’t have to choose between motherhood and career. However, getting that balance can be hard, making sure you don’t miss out on those everyday moments, the good parts and the not so good!

How did you get over the feeling of missing your baby when you went back to work?

It’s definitely a struggle for all Mums, but I think it’s just getting used to it as time goes on. For me I just threw myself into work, my days are so busy and full it kept my mind and myself busy before rushing home to see my babies. There’s no greater feeling than getting home from work to your amazing kids waiting for a cuddle.

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