What is your super power? It’s a question you should know the answer to and let’s get started on how you can do just that!
The Smudge founders were also the first customers. Lara and Luigi, long-time friends in San Francisco, bonded over their love for pop divas, a deep late-night therapy sesh and the healing powers of crystals. As they dove in deep together and started experiencing the positive impact of having a meaningful spiritual wellness practice, they started spreading the love to their friends and family through customized gifts that helped them find their own personal magic.
Smudge Wellness, the company, was born in 2018, and the first-holiday gift was sent that December. In addition to the power, they get from their favorite stones (Lara is rarely without her malachite, and Luigi has never met labradorite he doesn’t like), what really gives Smudge an extra energy boost is hearing from a customer who is feeling more connected and in love with who they really are.
They named the company Smudge because they wanted to conjure the often messy, the always unique, and the forever beauty of creating a personal spiritual wellness practice — based on their own personal experiences of doing it themselves. As messy as a dirt smudge, as unique as a fingerprint, as healing, cleansing, and special as rituals that bring renewed connection.
What is your super power?
Our approach to spiritual wellness is rooted in mindful self-compassion. There are three pillars to this approach:
Practical magic — our healing products and tools meet at the intersection of pragmatic and mystical.
Life is messy (and that’s okay!) — we embrace ourselves not despite our imperfections but because of them.
Spiritual wellness is deeply personal and one-of-a-kind — the only practice that works is the one that works for you.
We believe that wellness runs beyond skin deep and comes in many different forms. So rather than give you a one-size-fits-all prescription on how to live your best life, we instead search the world for out-of-this-world tools and rituals to help you feel more connected to the power you have and help give you the guidance to amplify it. We are committed to shining a light on our customers and partners in all their unique energy and never remaining silent in the unending fight for racial and social equity. And, of course, Lizzo. We believe in the power of Lizzo.
Name: Philippa Hughes
Self-Description: Philippa P.B. Hughes is a Social Sculptor and Creative Strategist who designs relational spaces for honest conversations across political, social, and cultural differences. She has produced hundreds of creative activations since 2007 for people who might not normally meet to engage with one another in unconventional and meaningful ways. These relational experiences build social capital, social cohesion, and social discourse. Her practice encompasses a multi-disciplinary approach informed by sociology, psychology, philosophy, political science, history, community organizing, design thinking, creative placemaking, art, and humanities. Philippa has spoken internationally, including TEDxAmericanUniversity, Placemaking Week Amsterdam, University of Michigan’s Penny Stamps Speaker Series, and Fort Worth Women’s Policy Forum. Her work has been featured by CNN, PBS Newshour, CityLab, and The Washington Post, among other media outlets. Philippa’s mission: To create a society in which all humans flourish.
What is your Super power? Curiosity and I make connections between ideas and people that don’t seem like they have anything in common at all.
How do you take care of your power? I always say yes to meeting someone new. I read voraciously, and I ask a lot of questions.