What inspired you to start your business?
My inspiration came from boredom and not enjoying the work I was doing. So one school holidays I googled ‘what sells the most?’ It came up with SEX!! Oh jeepers, I thought, but it was my year of ‘going out of my comfort zone’ (I give each year a title). All was going well until my 16 year old son looked at the ‘history’ on my computer. I got a loud …Mum W**! (Not like him to swear in front of me) so I ran to the office to discover a screen filled with adult shop visuals! Opps. Once I explained my idea he even helped with the research…mmm. I didn’t think that one all the way through.
Since I had experience with essential oils I concluded that I could make massage oils and lubricants… why not put them together I thought. So the Sensual Massage Oils were made and just before we went to our first expo I decided to make a moisturiser and sugar scrub. Both of these I had been using myself for years because of my Contact Dermatitis (a reaction to ingredients in many products) and also Psoriasis of the scalp. As it turns out many people suffer from this and they have now become our biggest sellers.
Tell us about your business?
Smooch Natural Products are a natural skin care company. We believe that nature knows best, so we source our ingredients from it. We also go one step further than just using natural ingredients… We don’t use any ingredients that you can’t eat. Our products are good for everyone, but we specialise in dry skin and skin conditions.
What do you love about running your business?
I love the freedom and the rewards of doing hard work for myself, not for someone else’s company.
What have been some of your biggest challenges?
Building a website with the right people. In fact, I’m thinking of writing a book on it!
Do you have a favourite quote?
If your dreams don’t scare you, they’re not big enough. Not sure who said it.
“Be the change you wish to see in the world.” – Ghandi
Who inspires you, and why?
When I first started, it was Richard Branson as there were a few articles on him around that time. He succeeded and failed many times but kept going. He also said always say, “Yes, I can do that for you.” and then go back to your office and work out how. I think that is key in having your own business. Staying flexible and up-skillng all the time.
What growth have you experienced being in Venus?
Personal growth mainly. Growing in confidence and reflecting on what I am doing each fortnight helps. Knowing that the other girls in the group are going through the same challenges, ups and downs as I am. Venus lets you know that you’re not alone!
Women are redefining success and growing businesses on their terms: What does success look like to you?
Having balance in my life and being able to afford to do things that I like doing. I don’t need to be rolling in cash (wouldn’t mind if I was) but just having enough and success also means having time to take a long weekend whenever I feel like it.
What’s your favourite pastime when you are not working?
Travelling, hiking in the NZ bush and reading.
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