Interview with Jess Arthurs from Wild Roots Esthetics & Massage

When you move to a new town it's hard to find out where to go for all your esthetician needs. Last Fall I was feeling stressed out and needed a serious relaxation massage so I googled what was in Ucluelet and came upon Wild Roots Esthetics and Massage. I had the most amazing treatment with Jess and felt so much better afterwards. I found out all her other services she offered so I went back in December to have my lashes done for our holiday to Thailand. That's when I really got to know her. She is the sweetest and funniest woman and really looks after her clients. Getting your lashes done takes a lot of time and can be super uncomfortable. However, she made me laugh and talk through the whole appointment that it was a really enjoyable experience. I couldn't recommend Wild Roots Esthetics anymore! Check out her website: for all her services and her Instagram: @wildrootsesthetics to see all her the awesome work she does. 


Tell us a bit about yourself...

My full name is Jessie Lynn Arthurs Arthurs, really. It was meant to be Jessie Lynn Arthurs Chandler (Chandler was my dad's last name and Arthurs is my mom's maiden name) but for some reason that I don't know I was named Jessie Lynn Arthurs Arthurs. I like to think it's some hilarious story, however, I think my Mom was busy with a toddler and then I arrived and the paperwork just got slapped together and tada! Jessie Lynn Arthurs Arthurs, the world is your oyster! 

I am a mom to the most outrageously funny 8 year old boy. I call him Pie but his real name is Will. I have a dog called Stitch who I am busy trying to make an Instagram celeb. I also have a cat named Skateboard...and a hamster named Winter who keeps on living, somehow. I love playing in the ocean, playing the ukulele, running like I am on fire and laughing. I do not like cooked cauliflower and I drink coffee at bedtime. 


Where did you grow up?

I was born in Nova Scotia in a little town on the south shore called Bridgewater. My dad moved to Ucluelet when I was a little girl. I grew up everywhere from Coast to Coast. That is pretty cool. I used to bushwhack to Big Beach before it was so perfectly groomed and super accessible.


Where did you get your training?

I did my training at VIU. When the program was over I was asked to be in a video for VIU to help promote the program. It's so embarrassing but pure comedy. Check it out for a good laugh! 

I followed that with training at Aveda Institute in Victoria. I have also added several feathers to my cap over the years, from massage to lash extensions and lifts. Little things here and there, when I can sneak away. 


Did you always want to have your own business?

My inspiration for becoming a business owner comes strongly from my Grandmother Ethel (we have the best names in our family.) She has owned and operated several very successful restaurants on the East Coast. She started with nothing and smiled always. She was a single mother to 3 children. ETHEL is a boss! We speak regularly and I give her so much credit for who I am today. 


Why did you choose the name Wild Roots Esthetics?

I can't take credit for the name of my business. I have this cousin, his name is Ken (decent name) who is more like a brother. He and his family came for a visit and we were having wine and planning my life. I couldn't come up with a name for this little teal studio. He was making jokes about our "wild" family in another conversation with someone who I can't remember now. Anyway, one comment led up to the next and finally "Wild Roots" Esthetics and Massage was born. So, Ken Chandler wins, AGAIN! 


What services do you provide? Do you have a favourite?

I do a lot of treatments at my studio. From massage, facials, pedicures, manicures, lash extensions and lash lifts and tints. I also do waxing, hot paraffin treatments, the list is so long. Check out the full list on my website:  

I really love every treatment, however, I am best known for waxing. 


Is it important to you to use organic products?

More than anything I wanted to carry a local and organic product line. It is so hard to choose and I am so stoked to have found the two that I carry: Modern Hippie from Vancouver Island and KODO from Victoria, BC. 


Do you have a favourite product?

I am really in love with the Rose Tea Clay Mask from the KODO collection. As well I really can't say enough good things about my recent Charcoal Mask from Modern Hippie


How important is self-care to you?

I am in the business of self-care. It is so easy to do as a career and I do a pretty great job of caring for myself too. I run, laugh and play. I feel like I am a lucky one. 


Where do you see your business going in the future?

Oh, I have the dreamiest plans. I see the beach in the future of Wild Roots. I can take this turtle shell career anywhere, however, until my son is out of school I will continue to be making big waves here in Ukee. I have a few things in the works for the near-ish future, but I can't spill all of my secrets. 


Thanks to Jess for being a part of my blog and taking the time to let me photograph her beautiful studio and answer all my interview questions!