Give Your Body The Supplements It Really Needs With Well Told Health
by Natalie Mouradian on 10/31/2017 | 5 Minute Read
Former advertising executive Monica Ruffo has launched Well Told Health, a line of organic certified, whole-food vegan supplements that contain absolutely no synthetics, fillers or isolates. For Ruffo, the company is the manifestation of both professional and personal experience.
Ruffo is a serial entrepreneur and a well-known leader in the Canadian advertising industry. Early in her career she assumed the position of Chief Strategy Officer at Cossette before founding the Montreal agency Amuse in 2008, which was acquired by IPG. Following that acquisition, Ruffo served as CEO of Lowe Roche, where she was able to put her long-standing passion for health and wellness to work on campaigns for the Heart and Stroke Foundation and the Canadian Cancer Society.
In 2015, however, a breast cancer diagnosis set Ruffo on a path of natural wellness that led to the creation of Well Told Health. Following her diagnosis, Ruffo sought out pure and natural, plant-based supplements, those free of synthetic ingredients, fillers and ingredients harvested from animals that would support her treatment and health. She found there were none. So she began researching the category extensively.
“We should get our nutrients from the food we eat but in some cases that is simply not possible. That’s when you really do want to know what you’re putting inside your body,” says Ruffo. “Take Vitamin D for example. Most people take a vitamin D supplement but very few people know that over 90% of the vitamin D on the market comes from sheep lanolin. That’s vitamin D harvested from the oil of the wool of sheep with a few fillers thrown into the capsule for good measure. Ours, on the other hand, comes from Portobello mushroom to which we add spinach and quinoa to help with absorption – and nothing else.”
While Ruffo saw a gap in the market for a completely clean product, she also saw an opportunity to bring some beauty to the supplements category, which is not known for its appealing branding. Working with Montreal designer and longtime collaborator Geneviève Lapointe, Ruffo has applied exceptional design to every aspect of the brand, which is inspired by a modern British apothecary.
“This brand had to be highly differentiated with a strong sense of aesthetic and beauty,” Ruffo says. “We wanted the packaging to make customers feel pampered and special. That’s how you should feel when you are taking care of your health and giving yourself some love, so to speak. There is very little beauty in supplement packaging and branding overall. We wanted to change that.”
Ruffo also collaborated with celebrated illustrator Josh McKenna, whose recent work includes Instagram’s London’s Pride Wall, on the brand’s promotional video and materials.
In addition to ensuring that everything within Well Told’s capsules are wholefood, plant-based and sustainable, Ruffo has built the company’s entire ethos on sustainability and transparency. With a mission to demystify and simplify a whole-food, plant-based lifestyle, the Well Told Health brand is completely open with its research and will include a content strategy to help educate customers about its products and plant-based living. Well Told Health is a paperless company, and all packaging uses recycled paper and water-based inks. Finally, 1% of sales will be donated to philanthropic organizations that support food deserts, areas where there are no fresh fruit and vegetables within convenient traveling distance.
Creative Director and Lead Designer: Geneviève Lapointe
Graphic designer: Steve Desmarais
Photography: Amber Lomer and Robert Ruffo (Amber+Robert); Roger Proulx
3D artist: Diane Simard
Project Managers: Manon Pelletier (packaging), Asaf Salem & David Benchetrit (Blue Badger for website)
Website UX: Rachel Richer (Blue Badger)
Front end development: Rohan Paranjpe, Sebastian Catalin Paraschivescu (Blue Badger)
Back end development: Alexander Tarasov, Tony Belanger (Blue Badger)
Web Tech lead: Jonathan Hiltser (Blue Badger)
Copywriters: Rae Ann Fera, Odile Coiteux, Rosali Peccia
Illustrator (video): Josh McKenna
Animator (video): Sophie Koko Gate
Music and sound design (video): Skillbard
Public Relations and social media:
Erin Richards, Kylie McGregor & Brianna Persall (Hype PR); Katie Volney (Lola Red); Shannon Stephaniuk (Glossy); Raphaelle Harvey