Seed & Sprout an epic business making a real difference to our environment. Founded by the lovely Sophie Kovic in Byron Bay just a few years ago. Sophie was inspired to start this forward thinking brand seeing a need for plastic free and fussy kid friendly products when her son started school. She has created products that bridge the gap between the ideal and action. Eco friendly products made for the everyday person.
"My vision for Seed & Sprout is to create a useful company that makes tools for the everyday person. Tools that help you make healthy choices, easily."
Reducing reliance on single-use plastics is a goal for most of us and Seed & Sprout products make this journey so much easier (and more stylish). Our favorites are the Stow Set - a selection of glass and bamboo storage containers, the containers are oven (lid off) and dishwasher safe. The Reusable Clear Wrap Set - an awesome sustainable swap to plastic wrap/glad wrap and you can use it as baking paper *Mind Blown*.
Here at Trader Trove we are absolutely in love with Seed & Sprout and the conversations that these products have opened up! It warms our heart to hear our customers share there little eco hacks and sustainable swaps. (please please feel free to share when you are in store next!)
We are all on this journey together and are so excited to be joined by epic brands like Seed & Sprout.
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Have you ever wondered how we find and choose our gorgeous rugs here at Trader Trove? Well... we've written a little blog that covers everything! At TT we generally have a selection of Beni Mguilds, Beni Ourains, Kilims, Oushak rugs, & Boucherittes, also known as rag rugs! So we thought we'd give you a little insight as to what the difference is between each kind of rug and more!
"Knowing the origin and story behind the items we choose to wear and fill our homes with adds another level of connection and appreciation."In the beginning Avalon (founder of TT) reached out to a few different suppliers in the regions of Turkey & Morocco. "I've visited both of these countries through my travels and knew the feeling I had when I was there and wanted to bring that dreamy feeling of adventure, culture, and curiosity to the space."After taking a few risks and trying a few different suppliers. "I now use one main supplier in Morocco who knows my taste. Their team work directly with the Atlas tribes and other women in and near Marrakech. Producing beautiful new rugs and sourcing rare and vintage one offs."
When procuring these textile gems, "I operate most of the time from a 'feeling' I see the photos and immediately know which ones will fit, as each piece stirs something inside of me. (I'm not always on point though ha ha)".
Beni M'Guild Rugs: For the Berber of the Beni tribes who made them, they were more functional in winter months serving as one of the main forms of warmth and insulation in their homes. The Beni M'guild region in the western Middle Atlas of Morocco can be quite harsh in the winters months. Woven by the women on a vertical loom they tend to have simple geometric designs running down or across the carpet with a background of red, brown, white or sometimes blue.
Beni Ourain Rugs: The neutral tones and elegant, stripped-down geometry of Beni Ourain rugsmakes them one of the most loved. There are endless contemporary spinoffs of the style made known by the Beni Ourain, a network of nearly two-dozen individual tribes in the Middle Atlas region. “Woven from undyed, natural wool, the field is largely cream and the decoration is picked out in delicate lines of a henna-like brown,” F.J. Hakimiansays of the stylish textiles, whose darker-toned lines are traditionally woven with undyed wool from black sheep.
Turkish Kilim Rugs: Kilim, a word of Turkish origin, denotes a flatwoven and pileless textile, whose many variations share a common heritage and are practiced all across Turkey, the Balkans and throughout the Arab world. Because the resulting weave is lightweight, these rugs are well adapted for use in the hot summer months and are happily embraced by Moroccan tribal weavers.
Oushak Rugs: Ushak (Oushak) are known for the silky, luminous wool they work with. The dyes tend towards: cinnamons, terracotta tints, gold, blues, greens, ivory, saffron and grays. Antique Oushak carpets tend to be coarsely woven on a wool foundation with a wool pile, and are distinctive in both pattern and color palette. The designs of Oushak rugs and carpets are typically based on geometric motives with central medallion drawings, smaller all-over medallions or scattered sprays of vine scroll and palmettes. They are also famed for the grand, monumental scale of designs. Today, Oushak rugs are highly desirable and decorative for elegant room settings.
Boucherite: Who would guess such a fun-looking carpet was the result of serious social and economic changes? Boucherouite (from the Arabic bu sherwit, meaning “a piece torn from pre-used clothing”) emerged along with the transition from nomadic herding to modern forms of employment, which has made wool harder to come by. Initiated in the Central Plains by the Beni Mellal and Boujad, eventually this practice gained acceptance by even the most remote tribes in the Middle and High Atlas regions.
"I believe the energy of a space and how you feel when you are part of it is equally as important as how it looks to the eye. Creation is human expression and the rugs we stock in Trader Trove are the epitome of this process and truly are works of art."
Introducing the lovely Anaïs and Wilder Alchemy to the Trader Tribe! Anaïs botanical perfumed oils are chemical free and smell absolutely heavenly. We would love to hear a little about you and the intention behind Wilder Alchemy?
My name is Anaïs, I grew up in the dreamy Currumbin Valley and love coming home after travelling & living elsewhere. I have always had a deep affinity for nature, for flowers, for the wilderness and pretty much all things magical! I am quite a watery woman, feeling through life, which definitely has its moments but allows me to connect with some incredible beings - like all of you in the Trader Community ☺.
The idea for Wilder came to me during meditation almost three years ago when I was living in a special place called Avalon! I meditated on a summer of falling in love I wanted to encapsulate everything that experience felt like to me, from which Tallo was birthed.
Each blend has been channelled, created to captivate the senses and delicately unite the beauty of botanicals with the wild-hearted. For me it exudes the different archetypes we possess within. Wilder has travelled across the sea with me, through ups and downs & is really an expression of the woman I am today. I wanted to grow Wilder… not Tamer..
What is your creative process and inspiration?
Creativity for me comes from the space of feeling. I find that experiencing things that evoke something within me, wether its music or feeling the first light of the morning sun on my face, the scent of swollen jasmine in full bloom, that’s when I find inspiration. Some days (like all of us) the to do list feels overwhelming, though I’m learning to remember and trust everything happens in divine timing. When I try to force things it just doesn’t feel good in anyway and I generally find myself procrastinating in analysis paralysis ha ha! It’s in flow that the pings come, the drive to create, and the happiness that sprouts tingles of excitement all through my matter!
Oh and most of all the SUN!!!! Everybody loves the sunshine.
It took me 5 months to create the four scents in the Wilder Alchemy range. Each scent has been blended when the moon is full and left to marry to synergise infused with love, quartz crystal and intention to captivate the alchemy of scent. I do everything by hand so a lot of love and intention is poured into each bottle. It’s such a heart-warming experience when someone glides a scent on and share that they can feel the love inside!
Why is creating an organic, vegan and ethical product important to you?
We spend so much time and money investing on what we put inside our bodies its equally if not more important to be incredibly mindful of what we’re putting on our beautiful bodies. Our skin is the largest organ; whatever we are coming into contact with is being absorbed and essentially becoming part of our matter. And I believe in the oneness so creating an all vegan and ethical product was a must, its so wonderful that so many others feel so strongly about this.
Nature holds all the tools for healing, its up to us to use our inherent wisdom to access it.
Is your packaging eco friendly, and recyclable? What should we do once we've finished using a bottle of our favourite scent?
Packaging was a huge part of the process for me and after much time I was able to find a recyclable option which is also aesthetically beautiful. I wanted to create with the help of my best friend whom is an incredible artist a colour scheme that represented the turning of dusk. To me the packaging is pretty enough to stand next to your Wilder bottle for display. It can also alternatively be placed in the recycling bin.
I am in the process of setting up through my website an option to reuse your bottle it can be sent back to be refilled at a discounted rate. Otherwise with removing the glass roller ball the bottle itself can be recycled.
Tell us your most loved blend and why?
(we cannot choose, they are all so lovely)
Aw thank you! Honestly it has varied over time, to begin I was definitely an Evá! To me it embodies the essence of a woman and when I’m feeling like I want to be completely in the sensuality of femininity I adorn it with a beautiful dress and music and it makes me feel the true beauty of all that we are.
Currently in the winter months I’ve been wearing Dahlia… She is the night queen. A potent floral elixir with grounding woody notes - so very warming for the senses as well as lighting up the night. She’s like the exotic night queen and adds a bit of magic to the evening, I’ve had some women buy this for their wedding.
What is on the horizon for you and Wilder Alchemy?
I’ve been working on expanding the range to compliment the olfactory senses. I also have some exciting things to bring forward in the coming months in collaboration with two wonderful like-minded businesses.
I’m also dreaming up future workshops that allow hands on approach to the alchemy of scent. Finally, I’d love to take Wilder overseas.
Period, Rags, Monthlies, Aunt Flow, “Time of the Month” whatever you want to call it, women from as young as 9 start their menstrual cycle. This means that the average woman endures around 456 periods over 38 years, which is roughly 2,280 days or 6.25 years of her life. We all have different feelings attached to this cycle (especially if your a man reading this) but......
Have you ever thought about the money you spend on sanitary items? Or about the impact on our environment?
The Average woman uses 12,000- 16,000 menstrual pads and tampons in her lifetime. In Australia alone 18,000 metric tons of metric waste goes into landfill which takes 500 years to breakdown. Just how much does your period set you back over your lifetime? Taking into account pads, tampons, pain relief, birth control, new underwear and of course chocolate, and we’re guessing it’d be around the $19,000 mark. (think of what you could do with $19k? Holiday to the Maldives anyone?)
If you know better do better hey? Well we are trying! You may have noticed Trader Trove is growing and evolving we are slowly exploring a new vision - which includes working towards reducing our impact on this earth.
We are so excited to be stocking Modibodi - An Australian company, founded in late 2013 by Kristy Chong, MODIBODI, provides women all around the world with access to reusable and sustainable women’s and teen briefs. From periods to sweat, bladder leakage and incontinence. Empowering women to have the confidence to get on with life, whatever their challenge, while also reducing their impact on the environment (by reducing disposable personal hygiene products).
So how does it work? its actually very cool - watch the video below.
Anything new is a little scary! We get it! After using pads and tampons for years that the thought of just letting it all flow seems like crazy talk.
I opened up a conversation with some lovely ladies in our community about ModiBodi Period undies and other alternatives - It was actually so refreshing to discuss menstruation and hear different opinions and candid questions.
With those questions lets ask two of our Trader Team who have made the switch!
Avalon, Founder of Trader Trove, Energetic Healer and mother of 2 gorgeous boys.
Sharna, Trader Trove's ray of sunshine Marketing Manager and Owner of Swimwear Label Salté.
Why the change to Modi Bodi period undies?
Avalon: I had never considered switching from tampons and guess it was just a habit of cultivated since being a teen and uneducated. I have always suffered with pain and long bleeds so when a friend suggested that my symptoms may be caused by them I wanted to try an alternative. I switched to pads and found instant relief! I couldn't believe it actually! I’ve been looking at ways to be more sustainable in all areas of my life so instantly looked for an alternative to using many pads each cycle and after researching online found Modi Bodi!
Sharna: Imagine this. Working your ass off each week, to save some money... and then using that hard earned money to purchase pads and tampons that we literally bleed on and throw in the bin. After researching the amount of money each woman uses on sanitary products in their lifetime I said cya to tampons and pads, and created a passionate love for Modi Bodi, and the menstrual cup!
Before converting to Modi Bodi what was your sanitary item of choice?
Avalon: Tampons and pads as I would need both because my cycle was long and heavy. I tried the cup too but found it messy and uncomfortable.
Sharna: Tampons during the day & pads at night.
What type of Modi Bodi period undies did you buy and why?
Avalon: I bought a mix of the high waist intimates and 1 x boy legs to try something different. 3 x heavy flow and 2 x light flow in total.
Sharna: I purchased the Classic Bikini (max absorbency) in black & the Sensual High wasted bottom (moderate absorbency) in beige.
Lets talk about the fit? does it feel like you are wearing spanx? and would you say true to size?
Avalon: love the fit! Super comfy, lovely fabric and true to size.
Sharna: The fit is amazing! They just feel like normal undies with a little extra padding. I would say they're true to size, yep!
How do they feel? damp? uncomfortable? Bulky?
Avalon: I was immediately so surprised that they are not bulky at all, nothing like having a huge pad in your undies. I was even doubting they would work as I just felt naked wearing them!
Sharna: I guess it depends on how much you bleed, but mine weren't damp. I mean, if you're a heavy bleeder & they felt damp you could always just swap during the day. I didn't need to though! Other than that they are super comfy! Comfier than all the other sanitary products that's for sure.
Tell us about the washing process?
Avalon: I immediately rise them when I take them off or just hand wash and hang so they are dry and ready for the following day unless of course I’m out where I just take a bag to pop the used ones in and change to a fresh spare pair which I take with me.
Sharna: After wearing mine all day, I rinsed them in the shower, hand washed them with some mild soap & let them dry outside. Good to go again! Yipee!
What would you say to the ladies contemplating but maybe a lil nervous about making the switch?
Avalon: Try them! You have nothing to lose! Even if you use tampons, a cup or have heavy discharge the Modi Bodo product is so versatile, sustainable and feels like a gift for my body every cycle. Honouring the flow is more then just awareness. My cycle went from a painful 14day mess to a now 4 day healthy joy. No joke, Modi Bodi has totally changed my life!
Sharna: Do it darls! It's not gross! It's better for the bank, the environment, and your body. What have you got to lose?
We have a size range of all the most popular styles of ModiBodi in store!
If you a curious and want to know more follow the link below.
Meet Carl & Nicole from Exotic Soirées - Luxury Marquee Hire! A local dynamic duo who we have had the pleasure of working and collaborating with. We featured one of their Luxury Marquee’s at our recent night market. The whole experience was effortless and made our event so so special. Over the past few months we have also worked closely with Carl & Nicole collaborating on the Freya range available in store at Trader Trove and for hire via Carl & Nicole. We love supporting and building strong connections with local businesses and are so excited to introduce this amazing team.
What motivated you to start Exotic Soirées? And tell us a little about yourselves?
As mentioned we are a wife and husband team! Carl’s background is in retail management and Nicole’s career was within the beauty industry. It all started when we were planning our daughter’s birthday, hoping to create a beautiful and practical party space in our back garden. So, we did our research and purchased our first marquee. It provided valuable shade (a necessity in the Queensland Summer) and the perfect solution if the weather turns! All our friends loved it and wanted to borrow it for their Arabian and Bohemian parties. So Exotic Soirees came to life.
What type of events inspire you the most?
Our greatest inspiration comes from the close connection we experience with nature and the outdoors. This is expressed through our work with amazingly creative florists and stylists who are part of the team we’ve formed for our installations.
Knowing that we have contributed in a unique and special way to our clients’ vision for their event makes our hearts sing and inspires us for the next event!
What has been your most memorable event?
Ooh it’s hard to choose. There are two particularly memorable events we’ve had the privilege of being part of – the first was one of Australia’s first LGBT weddings and all the extravagance that went with it. Secondly, supplying 13 luxury marquee installations for an international event being held on the Gold Coast for Queensland Tourism.
We have absolutely loved collaborating on our Freya range with you guys - How would you describe your vibe? Your style?
A little taste of the exotic with a modern bohemian vibe.
What is in the future for Exotic Soirées?
It’s been a whirlwind two years so far, and we’ve got big plans for the future. We are expanding into the Sydney event market. We also have some beautiful custom-made larger garden tents and marquees in the pipeline ready for our growing wedding clientele.
To say we’re excited for what’s to come is an understatement.
Hayley Sheppard is a local florist and the creative genius behind Huckleberry Flowers. Her dreamy arrangements of dried and fresh blooms, make a statement in every space and the most beautiful gifts. A range of her dried bunches (which may we add last forever) are available here in store at Trader Trove!
Keep reading below for a Q&A with the floral Goddess herself.
Tell us a little about yourself.
I am 28 and from a little town on the coast of Central Queensland, though now I call myself a Burleigh local. I have an amazingly talented, helpful and supportive boyfriend, Fred, and two crazy huskies Zora and Kahlo. I love to hike, though I haven’t been doing much of it lately and I live and breathe flowers.
Talk us through a day in the life of you.
My day involves very early starts, usually beginning with a drive to Brisbane before the sun is up to select the finest of what the flower markets have to offer. Then I bring home my haul and unpack all my flowers, cut their stems and put them in water so they can live their best life. I take my energetic puppies for a run or to the beach, drink soy lattes, make bouquets and deliveries, clean buckets, and then I sit down to reply to inquiries, and do lots of research before sending out wedding quotes.
How long have you been working with flowers?
I began making bouquets and peoples’ days (haha) in 2012, starting with study in Sydney, work experience and working for florists but it wasn’t long before I knew I needed my own brand to unleash my creativity and I so started up Huckleberry Flowers in 2015.
What made you choose the florist life?
I always wanted to be an interior designer, actually, and since being good at art alone in school wasn’t enough to secure me a place in university it meant I would have to take the long road to get there. So I moved to the Gold Coast, got a casual job in retail and started paving my way. I transferred to Sydney with the same company and before I knew it, was manager. My job was so stressful, I was very unhappy and my life was monotonous – and so I decided a big dramatic change was needed. The thought of Interior design, still excites me but I know that a big part of it would be sitting down in meetings – a little too familiar for my liking. But I did need something creative and challenging, where my days were never the same and I could get my hands dirty, and still help people. The best idea I could come up with at the time was to become a florist and I can’t believe I didn’t think of it sooner because it suits me perfectly and I absolutely love my job. Owning a business is still very stressful but just the act of using my hands to create is the perfect therapeutic offset.
If you were a flower what would you be?
My favourite flower is a magnolia so it may be a little biased but if I were a flower I would want to be a magnolia flower. They are from a tree which seems nothing special but when you look closely the leaves are ugly but beautiful – a little bit luxe, a little bit vintage. The flowers are shy and tightly closed for most of their life but when they bloom they are striking but simple, an honest, timeless, effortless beauty. Cut them from where they sit and they don’t last more than a few hours, but leave them where they are happiest and, once the petals fall away, what is left is a strong-cored ugly-beautiful husk.
Do you prefer fresh or dried blooms?
Hard to say, I love them both! I love experimenting with dried flowers and they can add such great texture to arrangements. I’m definitely on board with the dried trend at the moment, it’s so cool to see the look being reinvented. Though, it’s hard to beat going to the flower market early in the morning and the first thing you see and smell is the fresh seasonal flowers. It hits all of your senses while you’re sleepy and it’s exciting, still, and for that reason I think I will always prefer fresh flowers - they are why I love what I do.
What inspires you while creating such beautiful arrangements?
So many things. Of course fashion, trends and seasonal availability play a big part in the outcome, but I’m mostly inspired by nature. I get to work with natural elements and a big part of Huckleberry Flowers is in respecting the pieces I use. I experiment with colour and contrast and texture and movement but I never want the end result to look too unnatural.
Do you have vintage furniture that could do with a bit of love through a makeover? Or have you changed the colour scheme of your space and have pieces that would be better suited in a different shade? Well.. Trader Trove are officially a stockist of Annie Sloan chalk paint!
In 1990, with a background in fine art, Annie Sloan created her own range of paints for decorative purposes, which filled a huge gap in the market. Her paints, stencils, inspirational books and magazines are now available in fifty-five countries and have given at-home-furniture-makeovers a whole new direction.
‘Recycle, re-use, re-imagine,’ is Annie Sloan’s message and overall mission as a company. We are in an age where living an environmentally friendly, sustainable life has never been more apparent or important. Annie Sloan’s purpose is to reduce waste by giving older items a new lease on life and inspiring people to get creative!
Chalk paint is not only available in forty-two divine colours, it can also be applied to just about any surface, indoors or outdoors and is super easy to use. No sanding or priming is required to get started and if you can’t `find the exact colour you are after, these paints mix perfectly.
Whether it is your first time attempt at DIY to spruce up your beloved furniture or you are an interior designer, or artist looking for some high quality paints to help your vision come to life, these paints will not disappoint! With plenty of step-by-step online tutorials of different techniques on multiple surfaces, created by Annie Sloan and existing customers; creating a unique masterpiece or refurbish a favourite item has never been more simple.
We have a vast range of Chalk Paint shades and fun stencils available in store, along with Volume One and Two of Annie Sloan’s Magazine The Colourist, which features inspirational ideas, step-by-step guides a stencil for your work and more.
We plan on hosting a DIY Chalk Paint workshop sometime in the near future so please let us know if you would be interested in getting creative with us!
It has been two weeks since our last goddess gathering, which fell on Easter Sunday. The space was set out with colourful Moroccan rugs and pillows for the group to sit on, in a circular formation. Candles dreamily lit the centre of the circle; surrounded by crystals, flowers, shells and Oracle cards.
The evening began with insightful words by Trader Trove’s founder, Avalon. She discussed femininity: how it is written about in ancient times and how it has evolved through history, how far we have come and the exciting changes that are in the very midst of occurring. That every soul, male and female have both feminine and masculine qualities and energies within them; yin and yang, equally as important and valid as each other. Avalon led the group into conversation by talking about her own experiences with femininity and her intentions for the evening.
Avalon’s beautiful sister Emma, then shared with the group a delicious warm blend of cocoa, cardamon, cayenne pepper and other spices, that she collected on her recent trip to India. After the drinks were passed around, the group shared their personal intentions following on from Avalon's introduction. This sharing experience was nothing short of magic. Each member around the circle was able to share their thoughts, to a group of like-minded individuals, free from judgement or interruption. Despite being a room full of mostly strangers, everyone was able to participate in this meaningful conversation and were given undivided attention and genuine interest whilst speaking; an opportunity that does not happen regularly enough in day to day group conversations.
The last forty-five minutes of the two hour event were spent in a guided meditation, channelled by Avalon. If you are anything like me and your mind is forever running a million miles an hour and find it very hard to switch off to meditate. Guided meditation makes this process so much easier. In general, Goddess Gatherings are a great way to reflect on how you have been feeling, release tension and anything that is no longer serving you and switch off from stress, routine and technology for a couple of hours.
Introducing Little Loving Things and the brilliant lady behind them: Quigley Ashton. These beautiful, locally handmade soaps and hair bars, have recently graced the shelves in our store and we could not be more excited! Aesthetically pleasing and created with sensitive skin types in mind, these products are bathroom essentials! We sat down with Quigley to learn about her journey, process and juggling her creative passions with her day to day duties, in a home of six.
When did you learn how to make soap, did someone teach you this skill or did you teach yourself?
I’ve always thought of myself as a wannabe clever person. This has somehow allowed me to give myself permission to learn new things ( and not feel bad to call myself a “beginner”, regardless of my age ). I’d dabbled in soapmaking about 5 years ago whilst attempting to follow youtube videos and various blog instructions. However, my results displayed themselves in mushy disintegrating lumps in the shower. About 6 months ago, I found a local instagram soap account, Allison @gigglesuds. Her beautiful soap is similar to what I envisioned myself wanting to create. After making contact I was fortunate to be kindly welcomed into her home for a soapmaking workshop. I’ve been mixing, combining and creating my own recipes and blends ever since in my kitchen :)
Tell us about your journey, when did you start Little Loving Things and what inspired you to start this handmade soap venture?
I’ve never really enjoyed using soap. My sensitive skin has always found it too drying, irritating or heavily fragranced. My husband, however, loves using soap. I became frustrated with spending money on soap that had weird stuff in it and decided it was high time to have a go at making some. I wanted to make something that was kind to my whole family’s skin as well as something that was beautiful to look at and lovely to smell.
Now, our whole family loves using soap (all six of us!). Personally, I love enjoying how much my skin is nourished. The ingredients are all beautiful oils and the results are that my skin is not as dry nor as reactive. AND! My shower doesn’t smell like a hospital anymore (no offence to hospitals).
How long does it take to make each batch of soap, please briefly run us through your process? Each batch of soap is pretty special. It takes a few hours to mix and blend all of the oils together just so. Then, after mixtures are poured into moulds, they have to sit for two days so that all of the ingredients can hang out together and celebrate the amazing thing that they are creating!
Then, it’s time for my favourite part... slicing! ( I often post the slicing process on my instagram account @littlelovingthings ) It’s so soothing... like cutting the most beautiful butter with a sharp knife. After bars are sliced, the soap sits for 4 - 6 weeks in a quiet shady calm part of the house so that it can cure. This means that the water slowly evaporates which allows the soap to harden so that it lasts a really long time at your house! We understand that you make soaps for different skin/personal needs (eg. sensitive skin, dry skin, vegan etc.) and you mainly scent your products with essential oils.
Please run us through a couple of soaps that are best for these needs and why you use certain ingredients? All of the soaps from Little Loving Things are Palm Oil Free. This means it’s a bit more expensive to make, but also more appealing to many customers. I’m really happy that I am able to meet the requests of this supportive community in a sustainable manner.
Little Loving Soaps are also only scented with essential oils. This scent is softer than fragrances which works better for sensitive skin and can be a bit kinder on the nose. Essential oils also have many wonderful benefits which is a lovely way to make using the soap an even more nurturing experience. As you probably know, Lavender may be calming for some, whilst Peppermint may be uplifting for others. Both wonderful qualities to have in your soaps whilst you are starting or finishing your day. The soaps are vegan (except for a couple varieties which use a bit of beautiful local honey) mainly because I have an unusual allergy to meat which makes me unable to work with tallow, another soap base (which is not vegan). However, it’s also nice to know that vegans can use this soap with confidence knowing that it ethically aligns with their beliefs as well as beautifully nourishes their skin. Some people prefer an unscented very simple soap, which we have as well. Our Refresh bar is made of only olive oil for soothing sensitive skin and little bit of castor oil for a good lather. This soap is plain, luxurious and only available after a minimum 6 - 8 week cure time.
What is your personal favourite, go-to soap from your collection? Well, that is a tough question! Is it trite to say that I love them all? I really find them so beautiful to look at. I also love the way they feel as I lather up in my hands. The subtle scents are so lovely too, as they’re not too strong on my nose. Did you know that each bar looks different? Because of this, I feel like I’ve won a prize with every bar that I choose! I’m going to officially say that I can’t choose wrong - they’re all my go-to!
You are also an amazing artist! How long have you been painting and what inspires you when creating art? Why thank you! I’m so flattered. You see, as a wannabe ;) clever person, I’m still strengthening my “accept compliments” muscles. So, thank you very much. When painting, I love love love to be led intuitively. I love to pick a few colours and then just go. Let my hands, wrists and fingers move as they may and see what happens. Its a very freeing, terrifying and invigorating experience. Every time. Then, I sit back, breathe and allow the painting to come together. Quiet things down. Finally, a completed piece results. A reflection of wild abandoned chaos and quiet calm together on a page. Perhaps a depiction of my life? ( usually more the wild chaos than the quiet calm )
As you are a mum and also have another job, do you have any tips on creating balance between busy routines and finding time to be creative?
Yes! Work life balance does not exist! Whether your work is in the home or outside of the home, this whole balance concept can be crushingly misleading. If I’m soaping, the house doesn’t get cleaned. If I’m on school holidays with the kids, the soap has to be put on the back burner a bit. I’ve set up my painting area in the kitchen so that I can paint in between making a meal. Sure, it’s great to have hours on end, but more often than not, painting is me with 5 minutes or 30 minutes on a timer. Ready! Set! Go! ...and I’m only allowed to celebrate the results. Celebrate that I somehow carved out a moment for myself to create. That always feels good. We have to forgive ourselves more, and just do what we do. That is where the balance is. Be kinder. To ourselves.
Shop Loving Little Things soaps, hair bars and wooden drying racks in-store.
On Sunday the 14th of April, we opened our big wooden doors and welcomed the community into our magical space. Uncle Boomerang offered an Indigenous Cultural Ceremony & Ochre blessing thanking 'Jagun' - The Earth Mother. Lindy from Gypsy Vibes served us delicious warm Chai, all the while Uncle Boomerang shared local stories, history, and language. It truly was a special night to remember, shared with our nearest and dearest.
Photos by the lovely Katie Smith from @happyhumanphotography