Wake the Dead Scrubs Brings Skin Back to Life
Harsh winter weather and indoor heating can be absolute murder on skin. Fortunately, indie skincare company Wake the Dead Scrubs (WTDS) is here to help rejuvenate your face and body for spring with zombie-themed skincare. WTDS offers a wide variety of affordable, handmade, and eco-friendly scrubs, masks, skincare, makeup primers, grooming, and bath items for all skin types and sexes. Luxe skincare without unhealthy additives and fillers, all in zombie-themed packaging? Be still our undead hearts!
WTDS is the brainchild of Shannon Veilma, a MUA and owner of the hair salon Lavish Luxe Beauty in Costa Mesa, CA. In 2011, Veilma suffered a work-related accident and had to take a year off. During that year, she had to decide how to work around her disability. As a mother of two, she couldn’t afford the luxury skincare she loved, so she went about researching skincare and creating her own dupes. She opened Waked the Dead Scrubs in 2016, and her self-body painted zombie likeness graces much of the packaging. The company gets its name from its many coffee-based products.
“What better way to Wake The Dead than to put on a cup of fresh coffee? But scientifically, we all know the best way to rejuvenate the skin is to exfoliate that dead skin away,” Veima says on the WTDS website.
Most products are custom made to order, but there is a selection of ready-to-ship items and Zombabe merchandise. WTDS also offers a non-subscription beauty box featuring a selection of WTDS and Zombabe items for $35. You pick and choose which boxes to buy, so there’s no obligation and you get only what you want.
Products can be customized to add ingredients such as extra collagen, or to leave out ingredients that you are allergic to. Most of WTDS’ products are vegan. WTDS is cruelty-free, and Vielma only works with CF vendors and suppliers.
“My ingredients all serve a purpose. Each product is put together with a lot of thought and careful planning,” Vielma states. “It’s not just a hobby, it’s a passion.”
This careful thought goes into every aspect of the product. Nothing is put in the products that cannot be safely rinsed down the sink. WTDS uses jojoba wax microbeads instead of plastic to help protect the environment. Body scrubs are packaged in recyclable, paper bags. Masks are packaged in leak-resistant jars that are reusable and recyclable.
Vielma stresses that WTDS items are only available through her website, www.wakethedeadscrubs.com. Unfortunately, there is a side to the indie scene even uglier than zombies: WTDS has recently been the victim of copycats using her logo and artwork.