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Meet the Makers – Simon Karlik, Cheeki

Meet the Makers was a little delayed today due to my flight from Sydney last night being cancelled, cue the screams of horror! Yes, there will be one complaint letter being written to Jetstar Customer Service ha!

I’ve been very excited to share this Meet the Makers with you as I am a massive fan of the brand, as you can see on my Instagram. Today we are chatting with Simon Karlik from Cheeki – the founder of the very groovy stainless steel straws, stainless steel insulated bottles and more!

Any business who is working towards a better environmentally-friendly future has the tick of approval in my book, and that’s just what Cheeki is doing.

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Simon Karlik, Founder

R. Hi Simon! Thank you for taking part in my Meet the Makers series! Let’s start with the all important question, what lead you to starting Cheeki?

S. I had sold my first business (a brand of outdoor & ski clothing) and had had a good break so was looking for the next idea. I wanted my new business to make a real positive impact on the environment and was getting very tired of seeing single use plastics everywhere. I formed Cheeki with a mission to create a healthy and environmentally-conscious alternative to disposable plastic containers. Cheeki’s range includes reusable bottles, coffee cups, lunchboxes, food jars, straws and tumblers.

R. I love what you are doing over at Cheeki, I took my Cheeki stainless steel bottle and straws all over Hawaii with me!

If you weren’t running Cheeki, what would you be doing?

S. Probably running a smaller and lower-key enterprise and spending much more time in the outdoors. However in saying that, I am incredibly fortunate with the success of Cheeki and that we are based on Sydney’s beautiful Northern Beaches.

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Cheeki at Kualoa Ranch, Oahu

R. The Northern Beaches is incredibly beautiful. I’ve lived all over Sydney however I haven’t been fortunate enough to reside on that side of the bridge – yet!

What inspired you to run a business that has such heavy focus on the environment?

S. My background is as an outdoor guide/educator so the environment is close to my heart. When you spend so much time outside you develop an appreciation like no other for our environment. I am inspired by the challenge of creation but for me, it needs to make a real and positive difference and Cheeki products have and continue to do so.

R. So true, I mentioned above I popped over to Hawaii 2 weeks ago and I’ve left with this amazing appreciation for the land and the beauty it hold.

Walk us through what an average day looks like for you at Cheeki.

S. The beauty of my job is that it is a real mix – general management of a business sees me working on new products, sales into new markets, managing staff, supplier and customer relationships, accounts, cash flow, stock ordering, quality control, marketing – the whole gamut.

R. It’s great you are able to mix the day up! Anything new on the horizon for Cheeki?

S. Later this year we will be releasing our new Active bottle range which come with “Tri Tech” adjustable flow lids – meaning you can sip straight from the bottle without unscrewing the lid, and have the choice of different rates of flow. This has been a two-year project in the making involving a lot of development.

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Cheeki at Haleiwa Beach, Oahu

R. Wow, 2 years in production. I bet you can’t wait for the release and see all that hard work come alive.

Outside of running Cheeki, what do you get up to for fun? Any hobbies or interests?

S. Currently relaxing out in the fresh air as I’m pretty busy with the growth of Cheeki right now. When not so busy, my main interests are hiking, skiing and kayaking.

R. We are so lucky to have access to all these outdoor activities. I’ve recently started bush walking and it’s so much fun!

What would you say is your favourite part of the day?

S. Early mornings which is right now as I write this – I am clear, relaxed and ready for a great day.

R. Where do you draw your inspiration from each day?

S. Seeing the appreciation that people have for our brand and the knowledge that our message of Refill / Reuse is making a difference and being understood. We receive countless messages from people all over the world testifying to this.

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Cheeki at Espresso Room Northcote (I took these with me!)

R. There is nothing like getting that feedback from customers. I always enjoy seeing your Cheeki social media accounts and how your customers interact with you.

Where is your favourite place in the world to travel to?

S. Montana, USA – my happy place with its friendly people, extraordinary landscapes and sense of history and native culture.

R. Oh one place I haven’t visited, however its on the list.

Who has inspired you most on this journey?

S. It goes without saying, my wife.

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Cheeki at Waimea Canyon, Kaua’i

R. Finally Simon, what would you be doing if money was no object?

S. Live somewhere more rural, relax more, be more active in the outdoors but still do something positive for environmental protection.

R. I think that’s the dream right there isn’t it. I have a similar one to get a place in rural Victoria and run a bed and breakfast.

Thank you again for your time Simon, it’s been a real delight!

If you would like to read more about the Cheeki range, you can do so via the website www.cheeki.net.au plus also follow along on Instagram @cheeki_bottles

Have a smashing week all!

Renee
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Meet the Makers – Sydney Makers Meet Up

On Friday, I hosted a lovely lunch with some beautiful Sydney based beauty makers at the Grounds of Alexandria. When I say hosted, I really didn’t do much as the moment everyone arrived magic just happened. I loved that it was intimate enough that everyone got to chat with each other, that at one point Louella whipped out some products for a little demo and that there were so many smiles to be seen.

A special thank you to Davroe and Malie Organics for sending over some surprise goodies for the ladies! They loved them!

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The Grounds are a beautiful place to meet, there is so much to look at and to talk about. Kevin Bacon has left the building but they had the cutest little piggy in his place!

I loved seeing the spring blooms everywhere against the lush green backdrop – so beautiful!!

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Of course I started with a cocktail, it was called a Garden Pavlova – oh boy! It was so yummy with Gin and St Germain the free dried raspberry was a treat!

The Grounds also still had some left over Halloween decorations which was fun to see, I love the styling of this place. They know how to do events!

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After lunch we enjoyed some vegan ice-blocks which were perfect as it was so hot once the sprinkler system shut down! This was the tropical ice-block with kiwi, raspberry and blueberries!

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I thought for this Meet the Makers, it’s a day late – I’m on Hawaii time, I would recap the day and who came along to celebrate all things beauty!

The beautiful Makers included Louella from Kiss Ready Lips, Polly from Sage Cosmetics, Louise from Devine Oils, Sara from Mermaid Cove Organics and Marisa from Marisa Robinson Beauty. My Mum also came along.

All of these beautiful ladies have been so gracious with their time, taking part in my Meet the Makers series. So I thought for this week, we will also recap on their interviews!

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The Makers!

Starting with Sara, my was my first ever Meet the Maker interview. This beautiful lady has gone from strength to strength since opening her online store, Mermaid Cove Organics. Specialising in small-batch products from green beauty makers such as Herbs & Heart, Black Robin and Ili Skincare, Sara has now launched her own face oil range too. It was so lovely to finally meet in person!

You can read Sara’s Meet the Maker interview here.

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The beautiful Marisa from Marisa Robinson Beauty and I hit it off! We have built a lovely friendship online as Marisa is so supportive of all those around her. It felt like we had been friends or years.

Marisa specialises in the digital world, but blogs about beauty after hours. Just last week she launched her first e-book titled “A Bloggers Guide To Working With Brands and Agencies and is a perfect read for those new & old to the game. Marisa also runs Blogging Bootcamps, which sound amazing and something I need to take part in!

You can find Marisa’s Meet the Makers interview here.

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The beautiful Louella from Kiss Ready Lips and I have been friends now for close to a year. I met Louella at Finders Keepers Sydney, where she gave the most passionate demonstration of her products that feature Chia Seed oil.

Louella was kind enough to bring along some goodies for me to try, her new Skin Veil and the very stunning Glowing Dawn Body Oil. With a quick demonstration of the oil that left everyone in awe, friends you seriously you need to check this oil out – so shimmery!

You can find Louella’s Meet the Makers interview here.

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Beautiful Polly from Sage Cosmetics, it was so wonderful to meet you. Another soul that I’ve met, where it felt like we had been friends for ages. It was refreshing to speak with you so openly about life, motherhood, everything and anything.

I love what you and Lou are doing, running workshops to teach those how to make their own skincare products, I can’t wait to come along to one when I am in Sydney next.

You can read Polly & Lou’s Meet the Maker interview here.

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Now, the beautiful Miss Louise from Devine Oils and I did not get a photo together. How did I let this happen? Not happy Jan! Ha! It was beautiful to finally meet you Louise, such knowledge of the industry which I think is wonderful to share. I’m glad you were able to experience The Grounds, you will have to make it your new go-to place/

I also just realised I haven’t interviewed you for Meet the Makers! We will need to change that ASAP. Instead, you can read my review on the beautiful trial set from Devine Oils here.

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What I took away from the lunch, was how beautiful it was that I was able to be 100% myself. I was nervous to meet so many faces, what to say, do, act etc. The thoughts we all have when we meet new people, but I was instantly relaxed and happy.

I am so grateful to you all for joining me for lunch and sharing more about yourselves.

Truly grateful.

Renee
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Meet the Makers – Vanessa from v e e.p bath and body

Another week done and dusted and I am now in the final week before Hawaii! The countdown is well and truly happening – I am just so excited!

Today we are chatting with the fun and utterly fabulous Vanessa from  v e e.p bath and body, a quirky Melbourne based brand with a focus on bright and colourful vegan skincare.

You may have seen my posts about the “Sunday Blues” Mask from v e e.p bath and body. I picked that up on my recent visit to Finders Keepers in Melbourne. It is pure heaven, made to uplift your spirits, which let’s be honest we all need on a Sunday night. It also has ingredients that have been formulated to brighten the skin and also help balance the skins oil production.

Not only has Vanessa created a range of skincare to help women feel confident in their skin, she also supports Soap Aid. This organisation supports communities who do not have access to basic hygiene items, such as soap. In March, Vanessa introduced the one for one soap initiative. For every product sold, Vanessa donate’s a soap bar to a child living in poverty around Australia and across the globe. Since March, she has donated 600+ soap bars! What a beautiful initiative.

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R. Thanks for joining us Vanessa! I simply adore your Sunday Blues Mask, it’s such a treat to use on a Sunday evening as I mentally prepare for the week ahead!

Lets start with what led you yo starting v e e.p bath and body?

V. I’ve always wanted to run my own business and I knew it would be something creative, but I never pictured myself creating skincare. The business started by accident really. I wanted to learn something new so enrolled myself into a soap making class. I soon became addicted to soap making and it kind of went on from there!

R. Ha! That’s amazing. Well you can see the creative side in your products, the packaging is so colourful and fun!

Walk us through a day at v e e.p bath and body.

V. My days throughout the week a quite different to each other.. the day could be spent doing production, admin, photoshoots, designing, developing new products or studying! I do everything myself so no 2 days are ever the same really!

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R. What have you found to be the biggest challenge while you’ve been in business?

V. Comparing myself to other entrepreneurs/businesses and ‘fraudy feelings’ – feeling like I don’t know what I’m doing and eventually I’ll fail (#realtalk haha)

R. It’s so easy to do isn’t it. Second guess yourself and even compare yourself to others. I can tell you now, you are doing amazing things girl!

Have you had to deal with any negativity?

V. I haven’t had to deal with much negativity from others. The main negativity I deal with is from myself. I am quite an optimistic person so it’s not often that struggle with negativity but when I do it’s usually because I’m stuck in a rut or I haven’t had enough ‘me’ time. So I usually schedule in a night by myself (TV, mask, long shower etc) or I watch inspiration youtube vids, listen to like-minded business podcasts.

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R. I find if I’m stuck in a rut then it is super hard for me to pull myself out of it too.

What helpful advice would you give someone who is looking to start their own skincare business?

V. Take time developing products and testing them out before launching. I would get a few great products ready before launching. And have a brand story ready to launch with. I’ve redesigned packaging 3 times since being open for 4 years haha. In saying that though, don’t wait until everything is perfect or you’ll never start. Also, be aware of other brands out there but don’t be following them too closely or you’ll just end of comparing yourself and feeling down. Have a couple of brand role models but be ORIGINAL! There’s a lot of green beauty businesses with almost identical products – down to the labels and product names! That’s not cool.

R. I agree about not following anyone too closely, in any profession. Especially now with social media, what’s going on behind closed doors is often very different to what is happening publicly. I think it’s so important to keep in mind, just to always be yourself.

What’s next for v e e.p bath and body?

V. We recently released 3 new products! The Sunday Blues Brightening & Exfoliating Mask, Cop That! Brightening & Exfoliating toner, and the Anoint face oil.

I’m currently working on 2 face creams and have plans for a hand cream later on in the year!

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R. Wooo a hand cream, alongside cleansers they are my second favourite beauty product! I can’t wait to see the packaging for that.

I also love hearing about people’s skincare routines, let’s chat about yours – what does it look like?

V. I try to do my beauty routine morning and night, but usually it’s just once because I can be lazy. This is going to sound like a plug but I literally don’t use any other skincare products apart from vee.p bath and body haha

  • Cleanse with Mellow Yellow Cleansing Oil or Calming Charcoal Cleanser – depending on what my skin needs that day
  • Tone – ALWAYS TONE! With either of the vee.p toners but currently the go to is Cop That! Exfoliating toner as my skin needs some smoothing out
  • I use a jade roller to depuff my face and get circulation going
  • I sometimes use a face serum that I made up myself for fun 😝
  • Moisturise with the Rosy Posy face cream (coming soon!)
  • 4 drops of Anoint face oil. Massage it into my skin

People always think that’s a lot of steps but it takes me about 10 minutes.

R. Once you get the routine down pat then its super easy. My morning routine is normally just a quick cleanse and moisturise but I spend a little longer in the evenings as I find it nice way to relax.

Now we touched on the skincare routine, what would you say is your go-to skincare or makeup product?

V. My one go-to skincare product is our Anoint Face Oil. I’m obsessed. I put it on morning and night and sometimes just randomly throughout the day.

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R. I will have to pop that on the list of products to try next!

You mentioned above you always thought you would end up doing something creative and have ended up in skincare. How do you think your purposes evolved?

V. Purpose is something I think about a lot. I’m quite a ‘big dream’ sort of girl so when I picture my life and my business I aim to grow not just to have wealth or be known in the beauty industry. I want to grow so I can create jobs and a great work place. My vision is to employ people (mainly women) who struggle to find work – new mums, single mums, unemployed for long periods of time, previously homeless. And I want to grow in revenue so that I can give more back to the community through charities.

I think my purpose is something I’m always working on but currently I feel its to help other women (and men) feel they are beautiful, inside and out; that they are loved and they matter.

R. That’s so beautiful to hear, and what an opportunity to help those that need it. I have no doubt that this is something you can achieve!

Running a business can be chaotic, how do you practice self-care?

V. Self-care is not selfish! And it’s almost much more than a face mask or a bath with a glass of wine. It’ll be different for everyone. If you’re an introvert like me, it might be having the TV to yourself for a night. If you’re an extrovert it might be going out. Self care is knowing what you need and putting that before anything else. Schedule it if you need to.

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R. I agree 100%, sometimes it’s even scrolling mindlessly for an hour on Pinterest putting together your dream home! It really does mean something different for everyone.

I’ve really enjoyed writing this interview with you Vanessa, wishing you the best of luck with all your dreams and goals! 

If you would like to connect with Vanessa you can do so her website www.veepbathandbody.com or via Instagram @vee.pbathandbody

Happy Sunday all!

Renee
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Meet the Makers – Christina from Bayeco

Tonight’s Meet the Makers is short but sweet! We are chatting with Christina from Bayeco. Another Maker whose journey I’ve watched go from strength to strength, a Maker I’ve chatted with and cheered on from the sidelines.

Christina has created a lovely skincare brand, whose mission is to “is to help women look beautiful on the outside and to feel confident on the inside”. The product range consists of the following;

  • Green Tea Correcting Eye Cream
  • Green Tea Multi Action Serum
  • Green Tea Nourishing Night Cream
  • Green Tea Foaming Cleanser
  • Green Tea Brightening Day Cream (just launched!)

The products are made in Australia and use active ingredients such as Green Tea and Kakadu Plum (my favourite!) and contain no parabens, SLSs, phthalates, mineral oils or formaldehydes.

Now I’ve explained a little about Bayeco, let’s get to know Christina!

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R. Thank you for joining us tonight! It’s been such an incredible journey for you, I still recall our regular chats all those months ago when we first met!

What was the driving factor behind starting Bayeco?

C. I’ve always been interested in research and skincare. I like to pick up everything and check out the ingredients list before using a product. Everytime I looked at natural skincare, I’d often put it back down and not use it because I didn’t see active ingredients that I think would work on the skin. And when I look at cosmoceutical skincare, it often contains ingredients which I wouldn’t like to use on my skin because it contains chemicals that I don’t think are good for us.

So for a long time, I haven’t really found anything that I was completely happy with. And it was just an idea to formulate a pharmacist formulated natural skincare which when I speak to people, they also seem to be interested in the idea so I decided to take the plunge and formulate something together with a formulations chemist. It’s hard for someone to know what is good for their skin and what isn’t good. Bayeco takes the guesswork out for them and they can use it with confidence knowing that it contains ingredients that are good for them.

R. Knowledge is such a powerful thing, especially when it comes to what we eat or what we put on our skin and I agree if you aren’t familiar with the terms and ingredients – it can be a real battle.

Walk us through what a typical day looks like for you.

C. I have a bit of a ritual in the morning. I start the day with jumping on the trampoline for 15 mins to get my heart pumping. Then I meditate for 10 minutes after that and then have breakfast with all my vitamins and goodness before I do anything. This way, I know that I’ve got my mind in the right place and it’s easier to make better decisions.

After sending my kids to school, I’ll usually do online packing or wholesale packing, check my to do list, answer email enquiries, talk to my PR guy about any updates. I’m also planning for the next 3-6 months and working out what needs to be done now for later because time flies so fast and everything takes time to make it happen.

I’m lucky to be able to pick the kids up from school and take them to their activities. I often will bring my laptop with me and work while they do their activities.

Then home and dinner. By night, I’m usually exhausted but as a business owner, it’s really hard to switch off so I’m usually still chatting to someone somewhere about Bayeco. And at some point, I’ll crash in bed with a book to relax my mind.

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R. While I have no doubt that your days are jam packed, it’s lovely to see you are able to juggle family and work life balance – it’s true though, it can be so hard to switch off!

Are you currently working on anything new or exciting?

C. The Day cream has been something we’ve been working on and we’re so excited to say that it’s now launched! Apart from that, we’ve been working on a toner and a sleeping mask. These are some exciting products that are in the pipeline.

R. Oh my a sleeping mask! The perfect way to look after your skin and provide some much-needed nourishment as you sleep!

What are your thoughts on gratitude, is this something you actively practice?

C. Being grateful is really crucial in every way. I think when you’re grateful for things in life, it really puts things into perspective. It also helps you to have a more abundant mentality, where you think that there’s more than 1 pie to share. When you’re grateful, it helps you to see opportunities and helps you to think creatively. Either in the morning while jumping on the trampoline or last thing at night, I will make sure that I think of at least 5 things I’m grateful for.

R. I love that, especially the abundance mentality. I’ve written a note to do a little more reading on the subject.

As the founder of a skincare business, talk us through your beauty routine.

C. My beauty routine is really simple. I hardly do anything to my skin! When you use good ingredients on your skin and you’re eating healthily, you really don’t need to do much to your skin. And it’s also really important to use sunscreen everyday. That’s always part of my beauty routine and of course Bayeco skincare.

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R. Oh sunscreen! So important and the one step that is so easily forgotten.

If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?

C. I’ve travelled to many places in the world because my husband and I love travelling. My absolute favourite place in the world is Japan. I’ve been there 3 times now. I love every season there. I love looking at the autumn leaves, I love their scenery, I love the snow there, I love the food there, I love the people and I love the culture. I love that they live their lives in sync with nature. So much of their beauty is about going with the flow of things and not trying to force something. That’s the Japanese way. It has to be my favourite country hands down.

R. Japan is on my list, it looks stunning! The scenery is perfection, and don’t get me started on the food. I could be easily tempted to make it my next place to visit.

Thank you again for spending some time with us, and sharing a little more about yourself and Bayeco. It’s been lovely!

If you would like to explore the Bayeco range, you can do so here; https://bayeco.com.au or via Instagram @bayecoskincare.

Who would you like to see next on Meet the Makers? Send your ideas my way!

Renee
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Meet the Makers – Marisa from Marisa Robinson Beauty

I am so so excited for today’s Meet the Makers! As Meet the Makers grows and develops it excites me to broaden the range of guests that I have on the series.

Today, we chat we a fellow Beauty Blogger, Marisa Robinson, who has been extremely supportive of not only myself but the wider Beauty Blogging community – gotta love that girl power!

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While I have (and will continue) building relationships in this industry, at times I have found it challenging to develop on those relationships. We are all moving through this life at an extremely fast pace so it is easy to get carried away in your own bubble.

Not with Marisa, she is always so engaging with myself and other followers and is even running a Beauty Blogging Challenge over on her website right now!

R. Good Morning and Happy Sunday! My favourite question first up, tell us, what lead you to starting your business?

M. I was always inspired by the bosses of the small businesses I worked for and the lives they were creating for themselves. My parents raised me with a really strong work ethic and I always gave 110%, but one day I started thinking ‘instead of making them (my bosses) rich, why couldn’t I work that hard for myself and live the amazing lives they were?‘.

It didn’t happen overnight, I was still working full-time when I launched my first business which was an online jewellery boutique selling collections from independent designers. I loved doing that and it was successful but unfortunately the timing in my life wasn’t right and I didn’t pursue it.

I continued to work full-time, all the while wishing I was doing my own thing, until about 4 years ago when I started freelancing as a Digital Marketing Specialist, studied makeup artistry and worked at a retail makeup counter just to be more hands on with makeup. I did wedding and occasion makeup for about 12-18 months before I realised that blogging was what was really filling up my cup and it made me feel so fulfilled that I was able to help other people by sharing my skills and knowledge.

Fast forward to today and I am still freelancing as a Digital Marketing Specialist while also being a Beauty Blogger and I wouldn’t have it any other way 🙂

R. As I mentioned above, I absolutely love your presence I the beauty world, your passion and the fact you are so supportive of others. 

What do you think you would be doing if you weren’t running your business?

M. Probably working for someone else and making their dreams a reality haha but I would like to say travelling the world or running an animal sanctuary.

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R. Running an animal sanctuary would be actual goals! We have an amazing one here in Melbourne called Edgars Mission, I will take you there when you visit Melbourne.
What does any given day look like for you?
M. I wake up (usually by my cat Bear) and check my emails and social media accounts. If I am seeing Digital Marketing clients I have breakfast get ready and head out to see them which may be all day or just for a few hours. I do a lot of my digital work remotely so I am lucky that I have the flexibility to work from anywhere, anytime!
But when I am blogging or creating content I usually set myself up on my laptop and try to write a few blog posts or set up my camera and film some videos for YouTube. I don’t have a strict schedule and mix it up so no two days are the same.


R. I’ve found the beauty industry (like most industry’s) has it’s fair share of drama – with some influencers willing to “spill the tea” at any moment

How do you deal with any negativity that comes your way?

M. I have been fairly lucky and not had to go through negativity in my blogging career but I have been faced with some difficult clients and strong personalities in my day jobs. It actually took a lot of internal work for me to realise that those people are generally more unhappy within themselves than they are with me but it can be hard to see that at the time.

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R. I completely agree, and while it can be challenging to make sense of, generally those that are making things difficult or causing trouble tend to be frustrated in themselves.
 

What’s next for Marisa Robinson Beauty?
M. I am excited to announce that I have launched a Beauty Blogging Bootcamp where I will teach budding bloggers how to successfully create a blog and turn their passion for beauty into profit.
R. When I heard you were launching the Beauty Blogging Bootcamp, I was so excited for you. What an absolute gift to those that are curious about the industry and want to learn how to make something from their social media!
Any specific tips for those wanting to start a business in beauty?
M. Find your niche. It is a very saturated market so you need to find a way to stand out and your unique point of view.
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R. Yes! Finding that niche is important, and also having a creative edge. I also think being your genuine self helps too!

I note that from January 2018, you ruled out using any products that were tested on animals and not cruelty free. How important is the use of organic/natural ingredients to you and your brand?

M. I have been using more natural products lately, especially skincare, and I think it is super important to recognise what we are applying to our bodies. Just because something is applied topically doesn’t mean your skin isn’t absorbing it. People are so conscious about the food they are digesting but I think caring about what products you’re applying to your skin is equally as important.

As a Cruelty Free Beauty Blogger I am also very conscious of using products which aren’t tested on animals or sold into Mainland China where animal testing is a legal requirement.

R. Who has been the most influential person to you and your business?

M. It would definitely have to be one of my clients who I met through a previous job. When I told her I was going rogue she believed in me 110% and lined up a lot of the clients who I still work with to this day. She will never know how truly grateful I am for the support and the opportunities she has given me.

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R. Sometimes we just need a little push, a little motivation and a bit of support to help us take that next leap of faith.

Time for some reflection questions! What’s your favourite part of the day?

M. It would have to be the mornings. I have been waking up early (mainly because our fur baby Bear wants me to feed him hehe) and the sun just streams in through our windows and it makes me feel happy to be enjoying another day! I can’t say I am a morning person but waking up like this certainly makes my day 🙂

R. I love seeing Bear in your stories, he is the absolute cutest!

I often speak about purpose (another favourite question of mine) and what it means to someone. Do you think you have figured out your purpose?

M. I feel like teaching is my purpose. As a blogger I get to teach people about beauty, makeup and share my gift of makeup artistry. I get a lot of self-satisfaction from helping others and love watching them flourish and succeed which is definitely what has inspired me to start my Beauty Blogging Bootcamp too.

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R. This leads me onto gratitude, how do you practice this?

M. I like to take time out and give thanks to the universe for all the amazing people and opportunities I have in my life. I am polite and kind to everyone I meet, I smile at strangers and I try to support the people I love as much as I can.

R. Yes! It costs nothing to be kind. I couldn’t agree with you more!

Ok, walk us through your beauty routine, I’m super keen to know this one!

M. In the morning I always start by washing my face and spritzing it with a facial mist. It is an instant pick me up and super refreshing.

If I am having an off duty day, I just apply a tinted moisturiser or SPF but if I am putting on a face I generally go with the products I have listed in question 8. They are my go-tos and can take me from zero to one hundred in minutes!

In the evening I ALWAYS remove my makeup – that is a non negotiable. I then cleanse my skin (I am currently using one from DermaEnergy) and then apply my night cream/mask and eye cream. I love the Murad Resurgence Retinol Youth Renewal Night Cream and Glow Lam Eye Serum.

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R. Haha! Make up off before bed is an absolute must! I admit, there are a few instances where I haven’t followed this rule and my skin has regretted it immensely in the morning.

What would you say are your go-to skincare or make up products?

M. I have so many! Here are my essentials:

– Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Rosewater
– First Aid Beauty Coconut Skin Smoothie Priming Moisturiser
– IT Cosmetics CC+ cream (I am currently trialing the matte and illuminating finish and I can’t quite pick which finish I love more!)
– Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara
– Kat Von D Beauty Signature Brow Precision Pencil
– Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb


R. Finally, where is your favourite place in the world where you would travel back to, time and time again?

M. Definitely Bali. Not only because it a stones throw away and there is a spa or beach club on every corner, but because I love nothing more than booking a private villa, chilling in the pool and watching the clouds float by.

R. Oh Bali! Take me back, I’ve been twice and couldn’t agree more. One of the best places for a little downtime and relaxation!

Thank you again for taking the time to chat with us! I wish you the best of luck with your Beauty Blogging Challenge! I have no doubt it will be a success!

If you wish to connect with Marisa you can do so here – @marisarobinsonbeauty on Instagram or via her website http://marisarobinsonbeauty.com/

Have a wonderful Sunday!

Renee
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Business in Focus

Meet the Makers – Juliet from Mermaid Julisa

The lovely Juliet and I have followed each other for quite some time now and I was delighted when I realised we would both be at the same trade show back in August of this year.

I eagerly approached Julet, and she greeted me with a massive hug. I’m not the hugging type, and when I do it’s extremely awkward, however Juliet made me feel at ease. We chatted about her new range of nail polishes and a few things she has planned for Mermaid Julisa, and I was so excited for her. I just knew that she needed to be part of Meet the Makers!

Mermaid Julisa focusses on mindful beauty rituals, where you can take time to focus on yourself and give yourself a little self-love. Juliet has a range of toxic free nail polishes in the most amazing colours (Ariel & Ghost Cactus are stunning), acetone-free nail polish remover, crystal rollers and organic Tamanu skin oil.

Juliet’s website is a visual delight too, and makes me want to just dive into the ocean and become a mermaid! You can find her website here.

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R. A big hello to you from Melbourne all the way to sunny Queensland! You’ve had a few massive months since we met, with the trade show and then your overseas adventure. I should say welcome home!

I’d love to start with learning a little more about how Mermaid Julisa was born!

J. I used to suffer from symptoms of hormonal imbalances that have really affected my body and my mind. That prompted me to research about the potential hormone disruptors such as phlates that could be hiding in my skincare, beauty and personal care products.

I feel dedicated to overhaul my care routine with toxic free products and that was the most important decision I’ve made for myself. I pretty much could find alternatives to most products, while I felt there isn’t many choices of toxic free nail polish in the market that appeal to me. I’m attracted to bold, magical shimmers and glitters and I’m very adventurous with styling colours. Most natural cosmetics in the market offer the ordinary and nude palettes only. It’s inspired me to start my own range of non-toxic polish range with the most mermaidy, out of this world shimmery palettes! Also being a green beauty blogger myself before starting Julisa has helped me understand where my tribe is and how to cater to their needs.

R. You mentioned you struggled with symptoms of hormonal imbalances which is one of the reasons you turned to green beauty. Any tips for those also looking to make the switch to green beauty – where should they start?

J. Make a list of types of products you use most and start swapping out your most frequently used products first. Swapping your entire beauty and personal care collection could be expensive to do all at the same time. It took me around 9 months to completely overhaul mine. In the meantime, do your research online on sites such as EWG and Safe Cosmetics Australia – they certify brands that meet their clean ingredient standard (proud to share that Julisa is accredited by SCA). Also follow green beauty bloggers who do authentic reviews (hello @thehappyorganicgirlau!). Getting to read how other people rate the products is the best way to get a feel if those might suit you.

R. I mentioned above that you were in Melbourne with your new product range, with that stunning new packaging! Anything else in the works for Mermaid Julisa?

J. Too many! After launching our recent rebrand the next product range we want to expand is our beauty tools range. I’m currently playing with a few prototypes after my recent visit to our crystal suppliers and I can’t wait to share some sneak peeks on my Instagram! Of course, they’ll be non-invasive and working in line with holistic health practice.

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R. Oh yes! You are definitely leading the way with your crystal tools. The Rose Quartz Facial Massage Roller Wand is out of this world. I haven’t seen anything like it!

Often in business (and in life) we have to deal with negativity. What do you do to overcome these challenges?

J. First of all, I select my tribes and the type of energy I want to associate myself with. If I could sense negative energy I tend to stay away. But of course, unfortunately, negativity isn’t something that one can completely avoid. When that happens, I always try to stay calm and inspire the person to be positive as much as I can. I think setting your own mindset is really important, and I won’t let anyone else take my positivity away from me.

I feel that having clarity and a focused mind is the first step to any problem solving process. When I feel stressed out when faced with a challenge, I take a step back and have a short quiet moment to calm my nerves. I find that short meditation practice helps immensely, as well as conscious breathing exercise to clear my mind. Because nothing’s worse than creating another problem with a quick-fix type of solution that wasn’t being thought through properly under stress.

R. Mindset is incredibly important. I know, if I am in the wrong mindset I find it incredibly challenging to pull myself out from it. I generally need to remove myself from the situation and take some time out. 

Having been a beauty blogger, and now running your own small business, do you have any tips for those considering jumping into a Green Beauty business?

J. Start small & start now! There’s no better timing than right at the moment when you feel you have that million dollar idea. I’ve come across way too many people with brilliant ideas but their business plan was put off by their own excuses – whether not being able to let go of financial security of a stable job or just being passive about execution. For green beauty industry in particular, I feel that being authentic and knowledgeable is the key to attract your like-minded tribes.

R. Yes! That’s the best advice – start now. I often reflect on where The Happy Organic Girl would be if I had started sooner. I’m just glad I started!

Outside of Mermaid Julisa, what do you get up too in your downtime?

J. Making a switch to green beauty has really opened up a whole new aspect of life and hobbies for me. I’ve been practising yoga for around four years. I tried to head to my local studio twice a week despite my busy schedule.

I try to fit in some holiday travel as much as I can, sometimes by combining work and leisure trips. I love exploring off the beaten track destinations and places where I could marvel at natural wonders.

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R. I love that your business has changed other aspects of your daily life for the best! 

You mentioned you often try to combine work and travel, where is your favourite place in the world to travel too?

J. Vanuatu tops my list of wow-inducing destinations to lose myself. I spent a week on the remote Santos island. The meditative sound of lapping waves on the beach every morning is the best wake up call one could ask for!

R. That sounds absolutely divine, I can just hear the waves lapping on the beach!

Mermaid Julisa is all about mindful beauty, how do you practice self-care?

J. I try to take 10 minutes before bedtime for self-care. It could be a quick manicure session, self body massage, facial massage or soaking in warm bath. I try to switch off my phone so that I can be really mindful of the sensations and how I feel dedicating some precious self care time to myself.

Constantly reminding myself to be mindful about my own ways of thoughts and how my inner energy radiates. I’m trying to be more vocal and open about showing my affection for my loved ones.

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R. I might try the warm bath tip this week. I never really focus on the water as I am always so busy taking photos ha!

Lastly what is your go-to skincare or make up product?

J. I literally can’t live without my rose quartz gua sha. This pretty, non-invasive tool does so much to help with my puffiness (bye-bye marshmallow face!). Also for sinus relief on flights and relieving muscle tension around neck & shoulders. There are so many wellness benefits of gua sha and I feel I’ve just started with exploring more.

R. I absolutely love my Gua Sha tool, the way it curves to my face and the cooling feeling from the crystal is absolute bliss! 

Thank you so much for taking time out to be a part of Meet the Makers! 

J. Was so lovely meeting you Renee at Life In Style in Melbourne! Thanks for having me and I can’t wait to catch up!

R. I absolutely loved meeting you and the bond we have made!

If you are curious about Gua Sha, you can purchase the tool from Mermaid Julisa and shortly I will have available a walk through on how to practice Gua Sha! I can’t wait to share that with you also.

Happy days!

Renee
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Business in Focus

Meet the Makers – Kailah from MG Naturals

Good afternoon friends, and happy Sunday! I hope everyone is enjoying their long weekend. Did you watch the AFL Grand Final yesterday? I didn’t but I thought there would be many who are so decided to delay the posting of this week’s Meet the Makers!

Today we are chatting with Kailah from MG Naturals. I met Kailah close to a year ago in a Facebook group for business women, aptly called “Like Minded Bitches Drinking Wine” which is a wonderful community of women supporting women!

MG Naturals is one of those brands I really love, creating wonderful make up & skincare products that are vegan, organic and 100% titanium dioxide free. Which is great news for your skin considering what we apply to our bodies is absorbed into it.

MG Naturals have a range of products from vegan brushes, foundation, bronzer to lipstick and mascara. Kailah also loves feedback and suggestions on future products, if you have a great idea you can contact her here.

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R. Welcome Kailah to Meet the Makers! It’s been wonderful watching the brand grow! Tell us, what made you decide to start MG Naturals?

K. Becoming a Mama led me to start my business, the MG actually stands for Mama Going Natural. Before my daughter was born I assumed that all products sold in stores must be safe, otherwise you wouldn’t be able to sell them, right?! Boy was I shocked to find all the chemicals & toxins that were in products that my family used every single day.

I couldn’t find any makeup brands that I was 100% happy with, so out of necessity MG Naturals was born to create safe, natural products for my family & friends, it actually took off quite by accident! There was such a demand for safe, honest makeup!

R. I always wondered what the MG stood for! That is very cool! It’s amazing the demand for safe, green make up and skincare and I believe as Australian Makers we are leading the way in producing great quality green products!

How & why are organic ingredients important to your brand?

K. Organic natural ingredients are the cornerstone of our brand. If I won’t put an ingredient on my sweet babies skin I wouldn’t include it in our products. If we can’t make a product to our exacting standards of purity & safety then we just don’t make it.

We want people to know they can trust us, the green beauty sector can be a mine field of mis-information & green washing so we like to think we stand as a beacon for people to trust & believe in, they can safely order our products & know we don’t use any nasties, ever!

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R. Argh green washing is so common and it drives me mad! It’s true, as consumers we don’t have massive amounts of time to be reading through ingredient lists so you think you can trust what the packaging says – unfortunately it’s not always the case.

Are you currently working on anything or any new products about to launch?

K. We have so many new & exciting products in the pipeline. We are constantly testing out new formulations & playing with makeup. Formulating green makeup can take a lot longer as we try to recreate the look, feel & function of big brand makeup just without all the nasties. We have so many products in various stages of testing & production: a fuller coverage solid foundation, lip n cheek colour pots, a full coverage colour-correcting concealer palette, liquid eyeliner & we want to get into pressed powder products later in the year.

R. Oh the lip n cheek colour pots sound exciting – well it all does! I can see how the formulation process can take a little longer than traditional methods.

Do you have any tips for those who are wanting to move away from mainstream make up brands and into safe and vegan alternatives?

K. It can be expensive (but very worthwhile for your health) moving into green beauty & tossing out all your non-green makeup.

To make it easier on your wallet I recommend starting with your foundation or BB cream as these products are often used every day & are being absorbed into your skin. Then I’d look at your lip products as we inadvertently consume a lot of lipstick & lip balm overtime. Those would be the products I would worry about first & then everything else can be swapped out as they start to run out. But just changing those products alone will reduce the amount of toxins & chemicals your exposed to each day.

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R. It’s amazing just how much lip balm/stick we consume without even knowing it. I seem to go through so much of it, so ensuring what I use is natural is extremely important to me.

Where do you draw inspiration from each day?

K. I am inspired by my children, they are my greatest teachers. My eldest Aleena is zen, nothing much rattles her, so she reminds me not to sweat the small stuff. My toddler Lexi is bolshy & fearless & does not accept No for an answer, she inspires me to be brave & go after what I want. And our latest addition Baby Aubree is never-ending happy, she wakes up smiling and smiles her way through the day, she reminds me of the pure delight of being alive even when your seriously sleep deprived!!

R. That is so beautiful! They say that kids really are our greatest teachers. I’ve actually been trying to include more child-like play into my life. Things we did as kids that brought so much delight, like rolling down this massive hill at work. People were asking why I did it and I thought why not? It was actually so much fun and left me grinning from ear-to-ear!

What is your favourite part of the day?

K. My absolute favourite part of the day is working at my desk & watching my girls play on the fort in the backyard. Sometimes being a Mama & running a business can be a bit of a hard gig. But when I look at my girls, I know it’s all worthwhile because one day they will be wearing makeup &I don’t want any nasties on those precious little faces.

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R. Finally, as the Maker of such wonderful products, tell us – what does your beauty routine look like?

K. Being a Mama of three (with two being under two) my beauty routine is very parred back at the moment. Alone time in the bathroom is a foregone conclusion in our house so I have to get ready to face the world in a matter of minutes. I always start with our BB Cream in luminous light because that’s my moisturiser, sunscreen & makeup all in one. I then like to apply a few coats of our Organic Volume Mascara because I love lashes & then a swipe of our Wild Rose lipstick and I’m ready for the school run. I used to wear foundation but now that I have no time for skincare I have swapped to the BB as its my moisturiser, serum, sunscreen & makeup in one easy 30 second application (leaving me more time to apply my mascara!).

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R. Oh the ever precious mascara! I don’t know what I would do without it, I love it. Something so simple, that can make you look and feel like you’ve slept for a solid 12 hours – ha!

Thank you again for joining us Kailah. I’m excited for what’s on the horizon for you and will be keeping close eye on the lip and cheek pots!

You can find Kailah’s bright and cheery website here and also reach out to her on Instagram via @mgnaturals.

I’d also love to know who you would like to see interviewed next, feel free to let me know!

Have a wonderful week!

Renee
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Business in Focus

Meet the Makers – Erin from Tinka the Label

I always envisioned Meet the Makers being this beautiful thing that constantly was evolving and becoming better. So it excites me to see all the wonderful Makers from Beauty, Food, Bloggers and Designers who are excited to be part of this.

With that being said, I’m excited to welcome Erin from Tinka the Label to Meet the Makers. Erin is an extremely talented designer of jewellery and is located right here in Melbourne. This wonderful business she has created and grown, started when she was just 17 when she designed the pieces she wanted to wear for her school formal – amazing!

I met Erin nearly 2 years ago (time flies!) at Rose St Artists Market in Fitzroy, Melbourne. I was new to Melbourne and was just so impressed with her gorgeous pieces!

Not only is Erin extremely talented at design, she is and extremely driven business chick having collaborated with Square in their campaigns.

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“To me, jewellery is the instrument used to state who you are” – Erin Browne


R. After such a massive week, with the launch of your new Spring/Summer range on Wednesday I wanted to thank you for taking part tonight!
Although I touched on it a little, tell us – what lead you to starting Tinka the Label?

E. I always knew what I wanted but couldn’t find it anywhere so I started making it instead. After years of making jewellery as a hobby (with love ones telling me I should sell it) I decided to give it a crack (but that was only once I had cured my itchy feet and was content in settling in one place)

R. If you weren’t busy designing beautiful new pieces (the Spring/Summer range is gorgeous!), what would you be doing with yourself?

E. I always wanted to be in the film industry so I’d probably be chasing that dream…having said that, it is still something that I see doing, just need to focus on one dream at a time haha

R. Since starting Tinka the Label, what have you found to be the biggest challenge?

E. Social media. It’s not something I’m particularly into personally but it’s grown so dramatically that your business suffers without it. I guess I’m a bit of an old soul that needs to keep up with the times

R. Gone are the days of traditional marketing. Social media is such a crazy beast. You are correct in saying, that every business needs to have it. Not only that though but engaging with customers is extremely important too. At Tinka the Label, what does any given day look like?

E. Definitely starts with a coffee…and then some. As a small business owner the “to do list” is never-ending but I have to write it out and cross them off so I can physically see what I’ve accomplished in the day, otherwise I get a little hard on myself and think I’ve done nothing all day (even though I’ve worked like 14 hours).

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R. The to-do list is a great idea, I need to jot things down so I don’t forget ha!
What is your best tip on how to overcome hurdles in the business world?

E. The best thing to do is deal with it, things just don’t go away. Nothing ever comes easy and even when things get tough you’ve got to step back and assess the situation because it’s not the end of the world, just a little obstacle to overcome. If you learn from these situations, you’ll become a stronger person (and business) for it.

R. That is honestly the best bit of advice I think I’ve ever heard. It’s so true that when things get tough, just re-asses as it isn’t the end of the world – amazing!
A friend comes to you and mentions they want to start a business, what advice would you give them?

E. Don’t go into it half heartedly. We all have expectations and goals but sometimes they take longer than we hope, so you just have to go with the motions. There’s no such thing as an over night success.

R. What’s next for Tinka the Label?

E. Yes! I have just launched my latest collection Secret Garden. I’ve worked on this collection for a long time so I’m so happy to have finally released it!!!

R. The launch party looked fantastic and the new pieces absolutely stunning! So proud of you girl! Now I know there is no rest when working on your own business, but how do you let your hair down and have fun?

E. I’m definitely a beach bum so soak that up any chance I get (was much easier when I lived on the Gold Coast), I love doing outdoor activities and try to tick off as many items on my bucket list when I can (like skydiving, hang gliding etc), I love camping and road trips, belly laughs til I cry, and basically anything where I am with my close friends and family. I’ve also been skateboarding so hopefully I get a little better this summer.

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R. Skateboarding is one sport I’ve never been able to manage – even with a bunch of practice as a child so that’s some skill right there! Where do you draw inspiration from?

My customers. They’re everything to me. The advantage of selling in person at the markets is that I get to know my customers! There’s nothing more rewarding when they come in to see me, even if it’s just to say hello or to have a chat.

R. I love the client/maker interaction, it’s wonderfully rewarding building those connections. Have you figured out your purpose?

E. My purpose is to not only create jewellery that is different to the mainstream market, but for my customers to have a memorable experience with Tinka the Label from start to finish. I don’t want to just sell a product, I want them to be proud of their investment, because that’s what it is, they’re investing in you!

R. What is your biggest self-care tip?

E. Learn to switch off. I’m always on some sort of screen for work so it’s the last thing I want to be looking at when I’m not working. I’ve pushed and pushed myself at times but it eventually catches up with you, so you need to learn to have balance.

R. I’m trying to be mindful of having all my work done before I get home so I can just refocus on being present at home – but its such a challenge! As a jewellery designer, what is your favourite piece of jewellery?

E. Oh god, that’s too hard…but you’ll always see me in one of my statement pieces!

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R. Of course I need to ask this next questions, what is your go-to skin care or make up product?

E. Red lippy. Straight away I feel instant glam!

R. You manage to get some time free to explore, where is your favourite place where you can just zone out and enjoy life?

E. I have two spots that are my favourite places in the world and they both involve a lighthouse and are the perfect spot for whale watching. One of them is Byron Bay and the other…well I’m just going to keep that one for me.

R. Oh no! You can’t keep a secret like that from us, perhaps you can let us in on where to get the best coffee in Melbourne? 

E. Oh god, that’s hard! Some places it depends on who is the barista but I’ve found The Glass Merchant in Balaclava to be spot on 👌🏼

R. Ha! So the coffee question is a new one as I am curious where the best coffee in Melbourne is as I absolutely love it. Thanks for the suggestion!

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Congratulations again on the launch of the new collection and thank you! You are are a wonderful influence and I love your passion for what you are creating.

You can find Erin’s designs here.

Have a wonderful Saturday evening all!

Renee
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Note: All photos used in this interview are courtesy of @tinkathelabel, thank you!

Business in Focus

Meet the Makers – Greg from Grampians Olive Co.

Something a little exciting is happening tonight! After just over 3 months getting to know some amazing beauty Makers, tonight we are doing something a little different.

I’ve always wanted to celebrate all Makers, even Chefs, Restaurant Owners etc. It’s just I thought beauty was a great place to start. In saying that, tonight, we are chatting with Greg from the Grampians Olive Co. I met Greg roughly the same time that Meet the Makers started, when I visited his family farm and did a wonderful tour of the grove. You can read about our visit here.

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The Grampians Olive Co. is a wonderful family owned business. The day I was there, Greg’s father was working on the machines and I’m pretty certain that Greg’s brother made our coffees.

What I love also, is the grove is certified organic, they rely on rainfall to water the trees and use sheep to not only fertilise the soil but eat the bottom of the trees to keep them in tip-top shape.

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R. Thank you for taking the time to have a chat with us, I imagine you are quite busy with the upcoming birthday celebrations! Tell us, what lead you and your family to this point?

G. My family and I took over nurturing the olive grove which will be marking its 75th year this Spring for a change of pace in life and to get back to nature. When we took over the grove in 2008 it was already a flourishing business that had cultivated a reputation of being Australia’s best producer of premium quality organic olive products and today, we honour its history and through our careful custodianship of the land, we are devoted to its best practice and organic principles.

R. As a family business, where you are all contributing to the growth and day-to-day running, I’d love to know what any given day looks like for you?

G. I can go from packing orders to ship directly to our customers, to opening our farm shop mid-morning, serving up some of our delicious platters for lunch customers to taking a drive around the grove in the afternoon to check on our olive trees and how pruning is coming along – which is after our year’s harvest.

R. I haven’t had dinner yet, and now I am dreaming of that platter with the gorgeous dukkah and the Grampians Olive Co. Extra Virgin Olive Oil – yum! What would you say is the biggest challenge in business?

For us here at Grampians Olive Co, we are always at the mercy of the weather – our location at the foot of the Northern Grampians was chosen specifically for its ideal Mediterranean climate which is required for producing quality organic olive oil – that is hot dry summers and cool wet winters but as you know you can’t always predict what the seasons will do.

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R. You definitely can’t predict what the weather will do, especially in a place like Melbourne! Why is the use of organic/natural ingredients important to your business?

G. Our olive grove has been certified organic by NASAA (Cert. No. #3232P) and organic farming practices have been employed since the beginning when our trees were hand planted in the virgin soil. When it comes to feeding our family and growing food, we wouldn’t have it any other way – and nor should our customers.

R. As time moves forward we are incredibly lucky to be able to access more organic produce for our families, especially as farming practices evolve. 

Everyday brings new challenges, how do you overcome those?

G. I thrive on change and challenge – providing you look at every challenge as an opportunity.  Whilst it can make business a little stressful, challenges can make businesses fun, adaptable and interesting.

R. We mentioned that the business is celebrating its upcoming 75th birthday, anything new or exciting on the horizon?

G. Just recently we released our 2018 Olio Nuovo – each harvest season we bottle Olio Nuovo (new oil) – a special limited release of unfiltered cold pressed organic extra virgin olive oil from the first olives harvested each season. Picked, cold pressed, unfiltered and bottled within 24 hours while still cloudy – the flavours are amazingly vibrant and fruity, as fresh as you can get! We still have a few bottles so get your order in so you don’t miss out.

Our 2litre cask, whilst it’s been available for many years, is an exciting way to buy our Grampians Olive Oil – not only is it easier to open than a tin but it preserves the quality and integrity of olive oil, meaning it stays fresher for longer.

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R. I remember trying the extra virgin olive oils treat from the press, the flavour was amazing and incredibly deep. 

If you weren’t running your business, what would you be doing?

G. It’s an easy answer – we’d be travelling the world.

R. Geez that’s the dream isn’t it! Outside of the business, what hobbies do you enjoy?

G. I am passionate about growing organic vegetables and hiking…but between running my own business and my growing family, I don’t have a lot of time for hobbies!

R. I speak often about purpose, and have it answered in nearly every interview – have you figured out yours?

G. I am a perfectionist, my purpose is to do the best I can in everything I do every day (for my own satisfaction) – something our customers benefit from.

R. It’s easy to get caught up in the day-to-day activities of running a business, it’s sometimes nice to sit down and reflect on it all. Do you take time to reflect and practice gratitude?

I am incredibly grateful to be doing what I am doing everyday, something both my family and I love. Sharing sample product with our customers and giving to charity are just some of the ways we show how thankful we are to be doing something we truly love.

R. Days can be long in a small business, with a never-ending to-do list! What is your favourite part of the day and where do you draw inspiration from?

Being greeted by kids when I come home – working on the olive grove is a full-time job and I can often be up way before they rise in the morning.

I am inspired by my family, our beautiful grove and of course our customers that love what we do – all the reasons I need to jump out of bed and appreciate what I have got.

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R. With the long days, comes the need to look after yourself and acknowledge what you are putting in. Any self-care tips?

G. Running a business doesn’t stop – so I do need to remind myself regularly to switch off and just enjoy what I have around me.

R. Switching off, one of the hardest things for any small business! Especially in this day and age where you can be contacted easily anywhere in the world.

Finally, where is your favourite place in there world where you can just relax?

G. Hiking in the Grampians – just a hop, skip and jump from home.

R. Amazing! Thank you so much for taking the time to speak with us, I absolutely love what you and your family are doing for organic farming.

I wish you all the best for the upcoming 75th birthday celebrations!

Enjoy the read all, and have a wonderful Saturday night!

Renee
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