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Interview: Olympic Hopeful Maya Stephens Creates All Natural Body Care Product Line

Olympic hopeful Maya Stephens and her business Moment Beauty Co. Moment is a black woman owned company specializing in handmade, all natural body-care products.

Established in July 2020, Moment Beauty is rooted in promoting self-love by encouraging people to take a moment for themselves. Throughout her career as an award-winning track athlete for St. John’s University and Team Canada, Maya has grown to know self-care is so important. The Toronto-native wanted to establish a line of products that would give people a moment to themselves and help them feel their best while in their most natural state. With each purchase, Maya includes a self-love affirmation card that encourages customers to remind themselves of their personal power. Moment Beauty’s diverse line of body butters and scrubs have already gained recognition from the likes of PopSugar, Buzzfeed and Toronto’s The Talk.


Since launching in July, the brand has seen much success, selling out its entire stock of exfoliation scrubs, body butters and more within the first 24 hours of launching, and again a week after restocking. Maya’s favorites include the Bronze Blossom Beauty Butter, Soothing Aloe Scrub and Moisturizing Brown Sugar Scrub, which is Moment’s best-selling product. The multi-talented business owner can speak on making time for herself, starting a successful business mid-pandemic and how her background has contributed to starting Moment Beauty.

I had a chance to interview Maya to learn more about her and her wonderful beauty business. Here is my interview:

  1. How do you balance your business and your Olympic training?


From a very young age, I learned the importance of time management. I always make an effort to prioritize each task and do what I have to in order to give the attention needed for everything. I typically train in the morning and then spend the rest of the day taking care of business for Moment Beauty.


  1. What made you decide to start your own beauty business and was it difficult to get started?


When COVID-19 hit and the Olympics were cancelled, I was left with the task of discovering who I was outside of track. One of the things that I have always been passionate about was selfcare. I have been making my own body scrubs since I was about 7 or 8 years old, and those scrubs have always been part of my selfcare routine. So I decided to start Moment Beauty in a way to encourage other people to take time for themselves and practice self-love. In regards to its difficulty, every path in life has its hurdles, but I was really excited about starting the business, so I  enjoyed working through any challenges I faced.


  1. Did you ever think your business would take off so quickly?


No! I had no clue! I’m still always in awe! 


  1. What pressures do you feel by being a role model to so many young girls?


I don’t feel much pressure, I just try to be the best I can be!


  1. What would you tell other young women who have a goal they want to achieve in life?


Just go for it and don’t be afraid! We are more powerful than we know, and when you put your kind to something, you’d be amazed at what you can accomplish! 

Maya is such an inspiration to all girls and boys everywhere! I’ll be sure to keep an eye out for her in future Olympics!

I received a sample of Maya’s Moment Beauty Restful Lavender body scrub. I love body scrubs and love this scrub.  It smells so relaxing and is so nice to use while showering or bathing before bedtime.  The smell of lavender always helps me rest easier, and exfoliating my skin, especially during winter, makes my dry winter skin feel so smooth and silky. I love it!

Learn more about the Moment Beauty Restful Lavender scrub, and take the What’s Your Scrub? Quiz below to see which scrub you match up with! 


Our Restful Lavender Scrub is perfect for anyone looking for a little extra TLC + exfoliation. The lavender buds in this scrub not only serve as an aromatic stimulant, but as little exfoliation buds. 

Lavender has been known to help ease stress and promote a good night's sleep — so scrub away your worries, and enter a tranquil oasis.

Ingredients: raw cane sugar, lavender buds, sweet almond oil, lavender essential oil.

Take the “What’s Your Scrub?” Quiz to figure out what products would work for you and your concerns. Let me know if you have interest in covering Maya and Moment Beauty

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