Bea here - Julies Daughter. Of course you all know Julie. Lots of you have met her and heard a version of our story in person. But I wanted to take the time to share the story of Love to b through my eyes. It’s been a humbling process watching my mum (Julie) birth our family company over the years. The older I get the more I have such a gratitude for Mum and what she did all those years back for me and my older sister Jess.
About 12 years ago now I had a skin condition and was simultaneously going through a rough few years at school, and my mum literally did everything she could to help my skin. It’s taken me until 26 to fully comprehend the love it would have taken to step out into the unknown like my mum did. She made her own balms and butters from our kitchen cupboards when nothing else worked. Deep down she knew that getting rid of the eczema would do so much more for me than just healing my skin. She wanted more than anything to help my skin heal. And to our amazement - it did!
We never set out to make a whole skincare business. It began after we had tried almost everything to heal my sensitive eczema prone skin. We had tried everything from brands claiming to have ‘simple’ skincare, to steroid creams prescribed by doctors, to the most expensive lotions department stores offered. One day we decided enough was enough. Mum threw away everything we had tried previously and went headlong into researching about natural alternatives. At the time it was a last resort option ~ little did we know it would also be the best!
Mum began researching into methods that different tribes and indigenous cultures around the world used on their skin. She found that they didn’t use acid peels, retinols or steroid creams. They used what was accessible to them and genuinely simple ingredients that were as close to nature as possible. Ingredients like Shea Butter and Kokum butter. Oils that are naturally high in all the vitamins and lipids our skin needs in order to thrive. And what was the one reoccurring factor with these cultures that used simple ingredients? They all had healthy glowing skin.
We love watching videos like this to see how certain ingredients are traditionally processed: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DxmgJQArYGg
To Julies surprise ~ Bea’s skin completely transformed for the better in the space of about 2 weeks. Was there a coincidence between stopping using all the non natural ingredients and her skin healing? We don’t think so. Our skin THRIVES when we give it exactly what it needs and that is often far more simple than we think.
Many people began noticing how Bea’s skin healed and started asking for Julie’s help with their skin. Without knowing how she would do it, she started making the products in small batches from her dining room that had now been overtaken by soap making equipment! Every month we would open the home and the kitchen would be transformed into a very small makeshift shop. For those of you that remember and have been with us since the beginning, you’ll know how lovely those gatherings were. People would join us from far and wide and we now look back at those times extremely fondly. I think society lulls us into thinking that huge success is what we want, but often the very beginning stages, when we have no idea what we’re doing are the very best. It’s the journey, not the destination.
It’s been both a blessing and a humbling learning curve. There is definitely no linear path to building a business - we are still learning! We have since expanded from our soap making shed that we built at the back of our garden into a bigger factory just outside of Ringwood. Who would’ve thought it!
We believe strongly in the power of our skins own natural ability and function to heal itself when we give it what it needs. Natural simple goodness.
Please come back next week - not yet sure what topic we’ll be covering but we will certainly love having you again. Thankyou.
Love from Bea