We are Karen and Roger Dewling and we are East Coast Glow! A creative iceberg water cosmetics studio located in amazing Bonavista, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada.
East Coast Glow was created simply from two creative minded parents searching for a natural solution to their newborn daughter’s agonizing skin condition.
Eight years later, our studio sits near the edge of the North Atlantic Ocean, dotted with prehistoric icebergs silently drifting past, offering to us the purest water on the planet to use in our formulations. Spring, summer and fall offer an abundance of icebergs, medicinal mushrooms, salt and wildflowers that we carefully gather at their peak. While Winter offers quiet, tranquil days to spend innovating and transforming the raw, wild ingredients into powerful skin tonics made from iceberg water botanical distillates, pure essential oils and nourishing plant oils, butters and waxes.
We believe that the earth provides for us the very best ingredients and the alchemy of each of our scent profiles is designed to capture the essence of the wild that inspires every product we create. We invite you to join us in a simple, unhurried self-care ritual that is uncomplicated, luxurious and sensual.
Karen Dewling, Creator
Karen holds an undergraduate degree and graduate level work in adult education. However, she has always been a “maker” and for as long as she can remember, she’s been collecting treasures from nature with the intention of creating. So, when faced with the problem of an infant daughter with an painful skin condition, and by living completely plant-based for nearly 20 years, she was familiar with the healing power of plants. An innate curiosity for nature is what drives her innovative ideas for developing modern, effective formulas that create connection with the wild. After traveling the high arctic and a chance meeting with a kind Inuit elder in Resolute Bay, Nunavut, who told her she had “that east coast glow”, an idea for a company was born.
Roger Dewling, Creator
Roger Dewling is a professionally trained Red Seal Chef and has worked at some of the finest restaurants in Halifax, Nova Scotia before heading back to his roots in Newfoundland where he held several sous and executive chef positions and organized large culinary events focussed on local fare. Roger has worked at the Bonavista Insititute for Culinary Tourism facilitating courses that bring together culture, tourism and culinary arts. Roger is a lead chef on the “From this Rock” Culinary Roadshow, focussing on local and sustainable ingredients in a farm-to-table culture. These beginnings paved a natural path to using these same ingredients in skin care.