Munday Body Care is all about self-care. We craft natural body and skincare products designed to nurture and revitalize the body, mind and spirit, with a focus on traditional self-care botanicals and extracts used in many Southeast Asian and Australian communities.
Our story began with the birth of our second child. Our son had allergies right from infancy, and I began channelling my scientific and creative passions into finding natural ways to soothe and heal his symptoms.
My passion for combining creative arts with scientific research has propelled me through life—as an architect, as an entrepreneur, and as a mother. I have always been fascinated by native herbs and botanicals from various regions I have called home or visited. I have meticulously researched their benefits and their use and have incorporated many of these ingredients into our food, skincare and everyday practices.
My career in architecture has taken my family to Southeast Asia and Australia, and we have travelled extensively to Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, and Cambodia. On every journey, we have been inspired by local traditions passed down through generations—and I have learned of so many wonderful ways the earth can nourish and protect us.
I observed the way the Balinese use boreh—a paste of ginger, cloves, cinnamon, and other herbs and spices—as a reviving facial mask and scrub. I saw the many ways Cambodians weave the nourishing leaves and oils of the moringa tree into their daily diet and skincare. In Indonesia, patchouli and ylang ylang are more than intoxicating perfumes, they are “jamu” (herbal remedies). The Burmese apply a ground paste of Thanaka bark on their faces daily to protect from the sun and promote flawless skin, and in Australian Aboriginal culture, emu oil has been utilized as a great healer from the distant past in modern daily living.
And across all of these rich and complex cultures, I discovered that spending time on self-care practices plays a central role in everyday community life, revitalizing the senses and recalibrating life’s balance. The wisdom that we must take care of ourselves before we can take care of others is truly as old as time.
In every country, I have asked questions of knowledgeable elders, and learned, gathered and incorporated these incredible ingredients into our home life—all to keep my family happy and healthy on our travels through life. Back home in Toronto, my family and I wanted a way to share these traditions—and the lessons from our travels—with those we love. We also wanted to create something that could act as a reminder to caregivers of the crucial and restorative powers of self-care.
Through Munday Body Care, we share the antioxidant benefits of Indonesian coffee; the antibacterial benefits of Australian tea-tree and cajeput; the anti-inflammatory benefits of Thai lemongrass, and many more through our handmade bath and body products. We also love sharing stories about our journey—learning about the ingredients we use and how to incorporate self-loving practices into our daily lives.
In every culture, the tranquility of a spa and wellness is widely practiced. They all use their own unique natural ingredients common to their regions and they are proven over centuries. The Balinese retreat is one of the most enjoyable. So are the wellness spas of Cambodia, Vietnam and Thailand. Munday Body Care will attempt to bring the spa and wellness to you in the serenity of your own home. Bringing Bali to you to your own self-care sanctum. Just close your eyes and imagine the scents of a far away land.
Replenish your cup. You deserve the self-love.
Made by hand. Made for mindfulness. Made for you.