Conversations with a Sex Toy Company CEO (Polly Rodriguez of Unbound)

Hello hello!

Making my intro quick today because this babe doesn't need it. Polly came recommended to Lindsey and I through the podcast, and we had SUCH a good time interviewing her. She is super smart, down to earth, hilarious, and she is changing the game for women everywhere. 

Polly is the CEO of Unbound, a sex toy company/sexual wellness company that's female driven and is changing the game. Their branding is on point, their messaging is so fresh and fun, and it's growing like crazy. What I love about it, is seeing a new spin on sexuality that's fresh, and doesn't feel male driven.

When describing Polly, The New York Times said it best...

"Dame, along with other new companies like Unbound, House of Plume and Sustain, is part of a tech-savvy and female-led women’s sexuality movement that has made its home in New York instead of, say, Silicon Valley. Women, many of them under 40, are updating sex toys and related products with their own needs in mind, and leading the companies that sell them."

Really, Polly is using experiences in her life that have changed her forever, to fuel her belief that sexuality isn't wrong, and that women should have a say in the space. Before her, and a few other badass females there wasn't much choice and there wasn't much of anything geared towards females and female empowerment.

She's changing that. 

Super excited to share the interview with you, and find more at Unboundbabes.com (you can also use code: almost30 for 15% off your order!) 


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How did the idea of Unbound start? 

When I was 21 years old I went through radiation treatment for a cancer diagnosis that resulted in menopause. My doctors only told me, "Sorry, you'll never have kids" so I found myself on the internet searching for answers and that's how I found out I was going through menopause. I ultimately ended up at a Hustler Hollywood on the side of the highway in St. Louis, Missouri; looking to buy my first vibrator and lubricant and feeling so ashamed and embarrassed of the shopping in the store. The experience always stuck with me and 10 years later I started Unbound as the shopping and content alternative I wished existed when I was 21 years old and going through all of that for the first time. 

 

Can you talk about the growth trajectory of the company? Did you ever doubt that it would be as big as it is today? 

It's been crazy to see the growth of the company, but it definitely didn't happen overnight. I started working on Unbound in December of 2014 and we didn't really see things take off until the end of 2016. In my gut, I always knew it would grow and be big but it's a constant oscillation between self doubt and sheer willpower to succeed. I think you need both in order to be a successful entrepreneur, which is why I guess they call it a rollercoaster.  

What's been the best part about being a CEO of your own company? 

Being surrounded by insanely capable women (and men!) who believe in me and our mission. It's a genuine honor to be a leader and I take that responsibility incredibly seriously. 

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What's the hardest part about being a CEO of your own company? 

At the end of the day, you're ultimately responsible. It's kinda like the captain of the Titanic --- you know the part when Rose is all like "CAPTAIN CMON GET IN THE DAMN ROW BOAT" and he's all like, "Nah, Rose, Captain has to go down with the ship." So, it's being the person in the room who has to steer the boat and if you hit a damn iceberg, you have to take ownership and fix the problem (or die on the ship which obvs none of us want to do). 

How is managing people and creating a team? I can imagine it's difficult to grow and really attract the best talent every time. How do you handle that? 

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The hardest thing about being in the growth stage is shifting from being the person doing all the things to being the person teaching others how to do all the things. And for a while you have to be both, and it's effing exhausting. But, if you hire people who believe in your mission and really give a shit about achieving it, they learn quickly and think like an owner. You want the person who wants to stay late and finish their work bc their heart is in it, not because they just are clocking in face time and trying to impress you. It can be hard to tell the difference at times. 

What do you think hinders women from buying more sex toys or things to please themselves? 

The fear of what others will think. We don't talk about sexuality and so we're all so afraid of what it means to love our bodies, to masturbate, to orgasm. It's the most natural source of joy on this planet and it breaks my heart that some women don't feel entitled to it because they effing ARE. We ALL are. 

I love how you've incorporated wellness with sexuality. Can you talk about how it's related? 

It took a while to find the right angle on how to give women permission to enjoy their bodies. Wellness, to me, is associated with wellbeing or a baseline level of health. Sexuality is our body's natural urge to explore itself and I think we need to stop thinking about it as an indulgence and instead think of it as a bare minimum of what we need to function day to day. 

What's are your top 3 favorite products on the site? 

The Unbound Squish, Jelly, and the Oh! to go bag!

If you could tell every women one thing about sexuality what would it be? 

Masturbation is not weird and you are entitled to enjoy your body. 

What are you excited about in 2018? 

We're 1/4 closer to Trump being gone? 

Where can people find and connect with you? 

I'm @polly_claire on insta and TWATter (aka twitter) 

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Loving your self first on Valentine's Day (featuring Aveeno)

Hola chicas!

How are you? How was the weekend? Keep me posted :)

You may have seen, but we've been moving and shaking lately! A bit of travel in Phoenix, and then this past weekend speaking at an event, and lots of recording for the podcast with really great guests. On Sunday I had a really relaxing day, and really didn't do much of anything besides a workout, lunch and recording. It felt SO GOOD.

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Today I had the feeling of needing a reset from my daily routine. Where, what you're doing isn't bad, but you know that you need to take a bit of a step back to reset and relax.

Basically, it's a Sunday in a nutshell. 

One of the best parts of my Sunday yesterday was taking the end of the day, to finish some cleaning, and take a long hot BATH.

For the water, I use a bit of epsom salt, some essential oils, and if I have flowers that week at home I will actually throw them in the bath too just for affect, ha. For the past year or so I've been really into finding natural beauty routines or easy free methods that add some beauty and wellness into my life. I've written a lot about Ayurvedic practices and the ones that I have incorporated into my life that are free or basically free, like coconut oil pulling for oral hygiene, Tongue Scraping for sugar cravings, and meditation, for clarity and calm.

All natural methods that really help to set up my day and help me hit the reset button for a great morning. 

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One part of my beauty routine, is a bit out there. So bear with me.

I have never actually said it out loud, and am not sure if it exactly 'works' but the belief in positivity and thoughts are things propels me each time I get out of the shower or bath, to continue in my weird process. 

Might as well get out with it.

So, in the shower, when washing my face (with my Aveeno Positively Radiant Scrub) I tell myself I'm beautiful.

Yes, I said it. Yes, it's corny and cliche. I KNOW. 

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BUT, while scrubbing slowly with the really light, ultra calming, scrub I repeat lovely mantras to myself to make myself feel good and remind myself that I am attractive, or smart or enough. \

I like to use the Aveeno scrub because of the exfoliating aspect. It has really helped to reveal softer skin on my face which takes moisturizer better, leaves a better base for my make-up and gives me that glow. It does this by removing dead skin cells, polishing off any old makeup and sweat.

Which is super key. I've loved using this face wash for that reason. This is the type of face wash where you're like, dang that girl lights up the ROOM. HOW SHE SO GLOW-Y? So highly recommend adding this into your routine to give you a glow boost.  

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Along with that for my face, after each shower, when I am putting lotion on I repeat to myself and tell my body positive affirmations. 

I've been putting on lotion since I was little. I grew up with eczema, so putting on lotion was part of my routine. I would have such dry skin it would bleed at night when I was little :( so it's been really important that I say as moisturized as possible.

Therefore having the lotion part of my routine hasn't changed, but definitely adding in the positive affirmations, has. 

It's easy - it's things like, you're perfect, you're strong, you're fit, you're able...things like that. 

You're routines, don't have to be mine, but it just has to be something you can tell yourself that really resonates with you.

It's pretty powerful stuff, and like most things, even if it's placebo affect, it's got to feel good to tell yourself nice things once a day. 

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In addition to the facial scrub, I've always used Aveeno on my body - ever since the Jennifer Aniston days, I've noticed that it keeps my skin calm, moisturizes really well, and helps my skin to really stay bright. I use the positively Radiant Body Lotion, and it's been my go-to favorite for giving myself a rub down while reaffirming all the love that I have for a body that can take me through each and every day. 

So, my new weird routine is simple. It's using my favorite Aveeno Face Wash to keep me glow-y and to give my face a little love and compassion. 

Then when giving my body a rub down with Aveeno Positively Radiant Scrub I also reaffirm that I am enough. It helps me to stay balanced, healthy and radiant from the inside out. 

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These two favorites, I always pick when I am shopping for the essentials from Rite Aid. My list is simple. It's toilet paper, paper towels, mascara...and my Aveeno lotions. It's nice to go to Rite Aid too because because: Aveeno Skin Care will be Buy 1, Get 1 50% off during the weeks of 2/18 and 2/25. During the week of 2/25 when you use your Rite Aid Wellness+ Card, for every $30 you spend, you will receive $10 in Bonus Cash towards your next visit. 

Free money is good money, right? 

Plus I am hosting a giveaway for $50 to Rite Aid - so you can get your self love affirmations on each time you shower, and get yourself some of the best Aveeno products like: 


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In order to win the giveaway, I'll be asking on my Instagram your favorite way to show yourself love. Whether it's reading your favorite book, a good meal to yourself, or positive affirmations when you rub your lotion on or face wash, I am so excited to hear!

Enter by going to my Instagram. The giveaway ends on Friday the 16th at 5 PM PST. 

Excited for this one! 

Have the best week! xo

Krista 

This post was sponsored by Aveeno and Rite Aid but all opinions are my own. 


CUTTING OUT SUGAR: Your Sugar Cleanse Shopping List

La la l la LADIES!

Okay so you may have read my post with my nutritionist Jessica Suchan - but if not - read it! It's here. We talk about her journey, easy health tips and SUGAR. Why sugar could be holding you back form mental clarity, hormone health, your weight loss goals and more. 

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Truly - cutting back on sugar has been a game changer for feeling SANE, having a consistently calm demeanor, and overall not feeling like I have intense or insane cravings that I need to force myself to adhere to. 

When reading nutrition labels its the first thing I look for over calories, over carbs, over anything. It's the number one for me, and since working with Jessica she has given me an amazing list of her favorite products and foods when you want to cut back on sugar, or when you want to do her Sugar Cleanse. The sugar cleanse is not meant to be a diet but rather a nutritional reset and only lasts 20 days. You can enjoy  lots of REAL foods with tons of healthy proteins, fats, veggies (and even dessert) and you will take a break from all added sugar and anything that turns into sugar in the body.

Her sugar cleanse is an extensive guide that details exactly how to rid your body of sugar and to reset your entire metabolism so that you can really kick the habit. I highly recommend checking it out and using this list for your journey! But this list is a great start if you're looking to incorporate more products in your life that are free of sugar! Use code: Hundred for 50% off!

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Sugar Free Cleanse Favorites: Use this list as a guide when shopping or reducing sugar in your diet, this has been vetted by Jess and these are DELICIOUS amazing staples in my current pantry and fridge that have been game changers for me! 

Beauty Bar Chocolates

Hyperbiotics (pre & pro-biotics)

Four Sigmantic Mushroom Elixirs

Matchaful Matcha powder Use code: Bodybliss15 for 15% off 

Foods Alive Flax Crackers

Primal Kitchen Salad Dressing

Hum Nutrition (Daily Cleanse & Flatter Me)  Use Code: Almost30Nation for a Discount

Califlour Pizza Crust Use code bodybliss for 10% off 

Nuco Coconut Wraps

Lakanto Monk Fruit Sweetner

Becca's Petitie's BOUCHÉES

Further Food Collagen Peptides bodyblissbyjess10 for 10% off

Plant Fusion Protein Powder 

Vital Proteins Collagen Protein

Artisana Coconut Butter

Navitas Hemp Seeds 

Milk & Eggs Grocery Delivery (for all your needs!)  Use code Jessica for $15 off your first order


What are your favorites? Any brands that I missed?! LMK!

xo

Krista