Cover Photo: Cuura

Treat yourself this International Women's Day with pampering picks from these female-led businesses

Pico Olo

If you've ever spotted Pico Olo's kuih-inspired jigsaw puzzles and other kitschy art on Instagram and wondered what the brand was all about, here's what you need to know. Founded by Michelle Alice Tan and Abby Chung, Pico Olo is a design house in Kuala Lumpur that produces vibrant locally made puzzles, Rubik's cubes, posters, wall stickers and more for adults and kids. 

Inspired largely by The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Pico Olo collaborates often with like-minded artists and creatives in Malaysia to produce the kind of gift-worthy items you'll love for your home.         

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Modest-wear fashion entrepreneur Sarah Shah Nor started her ethical and organic skincare brand Cuura during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic as a means to support herself and her team through those trying times.  

Starting from its first ever product, the skin-rejuvenating Pure Beauty Oil, Cuura became a huge success, enabling Sarah not only to support her employees but also expand her team to include beauticians for her newly opened Cuura Skin Spa.   

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Scentses + Co

Did you know that Malaysia's first designer fragrance subscription service, Scentses+Co is helmed by three young sisters?

Sadira, Sabreena and Sandra Yeong launched this fragrance e-commerce platform in 2021, allowing users to have fragrances delivered to their home each month for a monthly fee of RM49.90. Packaged in travel-friendly 8ml bottles which are enough to last around 30 days, its selection spans over 100 brands such as Gucci and Tom Ford–all with free nationwide shipping within Malaysia.

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Lumi Beauty

Helmed by entrepreneur, investor and Curate Group director Chryseis Tan, Lumi Beauty needs little introduction. Aside from its cruelty-free botanical skincare must-haves that include the Vitamin Glow Skincare serum and Rose Brightening Moisture Mask, Lumi's scented candle collection comes in three scents of lily, rose and pear, the perfect companions for a spa day at home.       

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The Hive Eco Bulk Store

Who said self-care couldn't be sustainable? The Hive, founded by eco-warrior extraordinaire Claire Sancelot, offers women a chance to practise a greener lifestyle where period care is concerned.

In conjunction with International Women's Day 2022, The Hive's Fatimah Crime Scene Prevention Kit named after Tun Fatimah Hasyim (the Malayan government's first female minister) makes a great gift for a friend (or for yourself). It includes a Hivette menstrual cup, Squeaky cup cleanser, a reusable sanitary pad, a reusable organic cotton liner and code red comfort period underwear.               


From innovative skincare to soothing essential oils that are non-carcinogenic and non-toxic, Puras harnesses the goodness of plant-derived products to enhance your wellness journey at home.

Puras is the brainchild of entrepreneurs Angie Chong and Michele Kwok, who are both powerhouses in luxury fashion and F&B respectively. The brand's bestsellers include the Dragon's Blood skincare line and roll-on essential oils.     

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