AFYNA: TO BEAUTIFY
In November 2011, Sara Young opened River Spa in Wadebridge, with three more salons opening in quick succession; at St Enodoc Hotel in Rock, The Metropole Hotel in Padstow and The Point at Polzeath. Sara now employs ten beauty therapists across the four locations.
Not content with just one successful business, this summer the 32 year old entrepreneur is launching her own range of modern, organic skincare products. Using natural ingredients with “hi-tech bio-extracts”, the products are hand blended here in Cornwall. The brand is named “Afyna“, which means “to beautify” in Cornish, and is formulated to “support your skin in looking firmer, younger and brighter”.
The range includes body and bath oils, serums and scrubs, day and night creams, exfoliators and masks.
Wrapped in beautiful packaging and smelling just heavenly, we’re looking forward to trying them out.
Afyna launches at a party with music, cocktails and canapés in Wadebridge’s popular River Spa on 15 May.
Sara took time out of her busy schedule to answer our twenty questions:
What is your earliest memory?
I used to be, and still am, a little bit of a tomboy, and I remember playing pirates with the boys on the indoor slide.
Where is your favourite place in Cornwall?
Anywhere the sun is shining and the surf is good.
What’s no.1 on your bucket list?
I would love to go away in our van for months going from country to country meeting people and collecting experiences.
Camping or glamping?
Camping without a doubt. There’s nothing quite like peeling yourself out of bed, wiping the sleep dust away and seeing an awesome view. If the weather is looking good then my boyfriend and I just pack up our van and head away for the night.
What is the last book you read?
Wild Guide to Devon, Cornwall and the South West, planning on where to head in our van next.
What is your favourite ice cream flavour?
Who do you most admire?
Anyone that makes a change for the better.
Where’s the strangest place you’ve ever spent a night?
One ski season a friend and I were heading to France and missed our train to the resort so we ended up sleeping on a park bench with all of our snowboarding stuff – I have never been so cold and would definitely not recommend it!
Early bird or night owl?
Early bird as I love getting up in the morning and heading to the beach to walk my dog and enjoy the first hours of the day. However, if I am at music festival then I definitely turn into a night owl.
Favourite kids’ TV show?
The classics such as Tom & Jerry are just so timeless and cross all language barriers. I once sat in a bar in Istanbul with friends and looked around at the whole bar all laughing away at the same time because everyone could understand it no matter what language they spoke.
What is your favourite word?
I have chosen please & thank you – such simple words that mean so much.
Three items you’d take to a desert island?
I would have to take my boyfriend, my dog and some music.
What would your superhero power be?
Teleporting from place to place.
What’s your greatest achievement?
Leaving a corporate job to move to Cornwall and follow my dream.
Cup of tea or G&T?
Tea one sugar please – I don’t drink.
What would you choose for your last supper?
BBQ – I am totally BBQ obsessed, as soon as it is dry then it’s BBQ every night if I can.
What’s the worst job you’ve ever had?
I have had some awful ones in my time when I was saving money to go backpacking. My worst was working in a salad factory looking for bugs in the salad as it went by on a conveyor belt. It was so noisy with machines that I quit after one shift.
Surf or turf?
What’s your favourite album?
Whatever is in my car at the time.
The best thing about living in Cornwall is…
The chilled out lifestyle and people.