Producing her own series of homemade balms, natural soaps and aromatherapy products, Phoebe Sin’s (單文柔) new venture receives the support of her husband, actor Ruco Chan (陳展鵬)!
Natural Soap for Skin Conditions
Appearing at a Kowloon Tong mall’s pop-up event where the festive edition of her products were on display, Phoebe shared that her daughter Quinta (Little Piggy 小豬比) suffered from eczema flare-ups on her hands at ages 1 to 2. Despite seeking help from both western doctors and TCM therapists, the condition would always return again. Prompted to experiment with making her own soothing balms using Marigold extracts, Phoebe found that these not only improved her daughter’s eczema, but also proved effective for Ruco, when he developed psoriasis periodically from filming under high temperatures. Thus she decided to work with a studio for production and sold small quantities online via platforms hosted by Ruco’s fan club.
Although response has been positive, Phoebe confessed that starting her own business is something which has never crossed her mind, as she realized the enormity of the challenge – sharing that the production, packaging and logistics of the festive edition alone had posed a huge deal of stress due to the hiccups involved! Instead, her main motivation was that her products can help other kids and adults who encountered the same problems with eczema.
Asked about the finances, Phoebe sweetly replied that Ruco has been helping her out, as he quipped, “Of course I must lend her my support, just a modest amount. If it’s not sufficient, then it would have to come from the household allowance!” Ruco added that the two have been saving up all along, so the amount invested came from their shared savings.
Expressing encouragement for Phoebe to pursue her interests as a form of stress relief from parenting duties, Ruco said the key thing is that Phoebe enjoys what she does! When Phoebe suddenly blurted that she would like to try out acting, Ruco laughed and said that was fine too, as “being married should not mean restricting each other from individual pursuits”.
Trying for Baby No. 2?
As Phoebe had made previous visits to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) therapists to boost her body constitution, netizens were curious if the couple were planning to give Quinta a sibling! Explaining that she grew much more aware about health after the arrival of Little Piggy, Phoebe admitted that they were starting to make preparations as “it’s easier to have kids too, when your health is in a good place”.
Receiving support from netizens for his Best Actor award nominations in the dramas Secret Door <隱門> and From Hong Kong to Beijing <香港人在北京>, Ruco expressed greater confidence in the latter, which he described as bringing fresh perspectives to an otherwise familiar topic, adding that what’s most important was not the wins, but that “everyone is happy” and “viewers enjoyed watching”.
As for his own transformation after marriage and starting a family, Ruco shared that he now has a stronger sense of ritual in everyday life, thanks to Little Piggy’s enthusiasm about various occasions in the calendar – she is the one in charge of their home’s festive décor this Christmas!