1 Amazing Intern
We were so blessed this year to work with our fantastic intern, Yuri! She initially reached out to us in February after discovering our products at-shelf and giving them a try. We're so glad she messaged us because we honestly can't imagine NIU BODY life without her! Yuri is the brains behind our photography, managing our #BOSSBABE series, and Instagram content plan. She's also always a ray of sunshine in the office, with her cheerful disposition and crazy hard work ethic. They say finding great talent is difficult, and we definitely lucked out with Yuri. We love you!
2 Pitch Competitions Won
We had the opportunity to pitch at and win 2 accelerators this year - the Make Lemonade Build Your Dream accelerator, and the Queen's Venture Network UPstart Venture Challenge. We're not going to lie - there were a few sleepless nights leading up to both pitch nights, but we did it!!! It was incredible hearing such positive feedback from judges and audience members about our future plans for NIU BODY.
2018 was the year we both went FULL-TIME with our company! The decision to quit our stable jobs and venture into this business was not made lightly. We thought about it and saved up for almost a full year before taking the leap. A common question we get asked is when we knew it was time to quit our jobs. For us, it got to a point where we realized we couldn't grow NIU BODY as fast as we knew it could if it continued to be a side hustle. Going full-time on NIU BODY has truly been a dream come true. We feel so lucky to be able to work on our vision each and every day.
15 Pop-Ups and Markets
One of our favourite things to do is meet our customers in person. Laura and I always say that we have the best customers in the world - you guys are so supportive! To be honest, markets and pop-ups are pretty exhausting (we're usually standing on our feet for ~10 hours on average), but what makes our day is having customers approach us and tell us how our products have changed their skin.
18 All-Natural, Certified Cruelty-Free & Vegan Skincare ProductsWe've poured a whole lotta love into 5 product lines and 18 SKUs. Each of our products was created after listening carefully to our customers' requests. We value your opinions and are always striving to make the best possible products for you! Case in point: our new gel cleanser, which will be launching in the new year, took 9 months of back and forth with our manufacturing partner before we felt confident in releasing it to the market. We can't wait to hear your thoughts!
24 Incredible Retail Partners
Along with having amazing customers, we are SO grateful for our retail partners. We still pinch ourselves when we walk the streets of downtown Toronto and see our products at-shelf! Our stockists are all amazing business owners who took a chance on two 25-year-olds with a crazy dream, and for that we are eternally grateful.
28 Badass #HerHustlers
This year we had the opportunity to sit down and chat with 28 inspiring female founders. We feel so honoured to be able to share the stories of their challenges, hustle, and grit through our #HerHustle series. We can't wait to show you the lineup we have for 2019!
703 5-Star Reviews (Of 1 Product Alone!)
When we featured our Piña Colada Lip Polish in one of our fave subscription boxes, Petit Vour, we were anticipating happy customers, but we had no idea it would become one of their best-rated products! Sounds cheesy, but sometimes when we're having off-days, we scroll through customer reviews on our partner sites or on our site, and our day instantly feels brighter. :)
So what's next for 2019? We can't spill it all at once (what fun would that be?), but we can tell you that we'll be launching 8 new products and have 11 flights booked for just Q1 alone. We're on a mission to make clean beauty accessible to everyone and won't stop until we do you guys proud! Thank you for all your support - it truly means the WORLD to us.
Happy holidays from us to you,
Connie & Laura