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Club Members | Kate Jarrett

Kate Jarrett, Director of Loxys in New Zealand talks about her journey within the business, her YAY moments and why she chose a Scent Design workshop for her company’s Christmas Party.

 

 

1. Kate Jarrett, tell us a bit about yourself!

I’m a 32 year old Mumma of 2, business owner and woman trying to find myself in this wild, amazing world.

 

2. Despite our current pandemic circumstances, what are some of your ‘yay’ moments?

Two lockdowns this year provided me a great opportunity to work ‘on’ my business rather than ‘in’ it. It also meant some much needed rest for me! I was due to open a second location the same week of lockdown 1.0 and was near burnout after having my second child and the business’s expansion, so it really gave me an opportunity to recoup before opening and go into it with my best foot forward. I’d also say YAY to a lot more time with my girls, and a break from our normal routine.

 

3. Share a few things about Loxy’s! (e.g. What is your Loxy’s journey? Why Loxy’s? etc.

Loxy’s is a full service hair salon that specialises in a unique method of hair extensions which involves no gluing or braiding. I don’t have a hairdressing background myself, the business was born out of my love for hair extensions and training in them purely as a hobby before they became my full blown passion. I started Loxy’s from a shack (a rented portacom) on my front lawn, and the rest is history.

We’re a team of 20 across two locations now and I’m obsessed with my team who deliver on our world class client experience each and every day. We still have clients who have been visiting Loxy’s since the shack days, and my heart sings every time a client walks through our doors and chooses to call us their happy place.

 

4. What are some of the key elements in running Loxy’s as a director and maintaining a healthy lifestyle?

Haha great question… still figuring this one out after kids, business expansion and general life stresses over the last few years. I know I truly understand the whole putting on your own oxygen mask first thing. Before it made sense but it’s only clicked for me in the last year or so. I am so much more productive and able to deal with the daily curveballs that come with life, when I’m well rested and taking care of myself. My non negotiables are:

  • Sleep (I’m often in bed as soon as my kids go down!)
  • Exercise
  • Meditation / mindfulness practices
  • FUN

Without all of the above, the wheels fall off and it’s not good for anybody.

 

5. Do you use fragrances on a daily basis/to work? If so, what type of scents do you enjoy and how does it make you feel?

I do! I have a bunch of favourite fragrances and choose a different one each day depending on my mood and what energy I need to embody on that day. I love lighter more florally fragrances, and these delicate couple of sprays are always the final part of my beauty routine combined with a few deep breaths of enjoying the scent before I head into my day.

 

6. Share us your daily routine!

I tend to wake up naturally around 6am. I’ll either exercise or meditate before my girls wake up, it puts me in a great space for the rest of the day.

After kindy drop off I head to the salon and my days are spent bouncing between my two salon locations, in meetings, and in the office nailing my to-do list.

I head home around 4ish each day to the girls and head into dinner/bath routine.

It’s not an overly glamorous daily routine right now hahaha but I steal moments for myself where I can and try to practice an intentional life filled with joy and appreciating the simple things.

 

7. During Christmas, Loxy’s did a Scent Design workshop with Perfume Playground for their Christmas Party. Tell us what you think of it and why did you choose us?

We did! We loved it. We really wanted to do something as a team that was different to the normal christmas party (where you go out and drink and not much else). We wanted to have a beautiful memento of the experience too so the scent design workshop worked perfectly for us. It was so interesting to see what different scents everyone was drawn to and the team loved being able to take their perfume home and understand what it was made up from. It was such a great experience!

 

8. What advice would you give to someone thinking about doing a Christmas Party with us?

Go with an open mind and see where the day takes you! You won’t regret it.

 

9. Anything else you would like to share with us that might inspire others?

My life’s  motto changes yearly (if not monthly or weekly haha)… but for right now it’s constantly remembering that good things come from challenging times, and daily reminders that I can do hard things. These reminders have come in handy during a year like 2020!

 

Upcoming Clubs

  • 3 December. Auckland. Perfume Playground NZ. Classic Club. Fast-paced and playful
  • 12 December. Melbourne. Perfume Playground AUST. Classic Club. Fast-paced and playful
  • 16 January. Wellington. Wine Sentience. Classic Club. Fast-paced and playful

Click here for more details.

 

Club Members | Natasha Mason

As we get through 2020, many of us may wrestle with thoughts about starting your own business, and what success looks like. We understand the struggle, so we decided to chat with the owner of Nourish Melbourne and meditation teacher, Natasha Mason! Natasha also shares a ‘Perfectly Centred’ meditation with us that you can enjoy.

 

1. Can you tell us a bit about yourself?

I am a mother, entrepreneur, meditation teacher, passionate meditator, self-love advocate, educator, healer, connection and creator! Loyal as hell, always thinking about my next meal, and obsessed with self-care. I also love a good LOL!

 

2. How did you become an entrepreneur and what is it that motivates and drives you?

I always knew deep down I wasn’t made for the office. I now know the feeling of my truth, and with that comes the responsibility to create in order to deliver my heart’s work! My motivation is witnessing the flame of self-compassion be ignited within another, one that drives the incessant need for well being to be their no.1 priority.

 

3. How did you start Nourish Melbourne and why?

Nourish Melbourne started as a very basic blog following my departure from the corporate world. I continued work in the marketing and communications space as a freelancer, working on projects in the health and well being sector. The initial reason for starting NM was to spread knowledge and educate the public on the various types of holistic health services, products and experiences they could find in Melbourne. After a while (about 2 years), my contacts began to grow, events organically started and gained popularity, and with that came the idea for the Nourish Melbourne Membership program. A reward program for individuals who seek out trusted wellness products, stores, services and experiences to best support their well being.

 

4. What are some of the key elements in running your own business and maintaining a healthy lifestyle?

As a sole trader and/or sole director of a business, you are your business. Every decision comes from either a balanced and stable level of self-awareness, or one that is distressed, fatigued, and not able to connect with the heart in order to deliver what your audience and customers need the most. This is why self-care and knowing when you are beginning to become over-stressed and fatigue, requires immediate response.

When I started NM I was under the false impression that harder and faster = more successful. Now I understand that when I am most relaxed, I am most successful. I do less, and achieve more. This requires diligence and devotion to self…because no one else will tell you to do things like eat well, move, sleep well, and have a meditation practice!

 

5. I’ve heard you started meditation teaching! Tell us more!

Meditation has been life-changing for me, and life-changing is not a label I use lightly. It has changed everything – how I take my role as a mother, a woman, a business owner and a leader in the wellbeing space. I simply couldn’t ignore my intuition telling me after 4 years of daily meditation, I now needed to further embody these learnings and teach others how to meditate! I have been teaching my 3-day Learn to Meditate course for approximately 9 months and there is no looking back. While 2020 has meant more online teaching than face-to-face, it has been an honour to sit in the teacher’s seat and witness a just as profound experience from the students no matter which way they learn. And with the world changing and evolving at such a rapid pace, there really has been no better time for any human being to introduce a daily meditation practice into their life.

6. Do you use fragrance/scents during your meditations, if so what combinations do you use?

To be honest I don’t use any scents during meditation but I most definitely use them and have complete reverence for scent and fragrance in every other part of my life! When teaching my meditation course in person I will use incense in the space. My favourite one is a blend of calming lavender, clary sage and rosewood.

 

7. How does your fragrance affect your wellbeing?

I believe fragrance and scent 100% affects our vibration and energy. When I use fragrance, I feel like a goddess. If you feel like a goddess, you can only make the best possible choices that support your wellbeing! Fragrance gives an experience that provides a ripple effect of positive attention, and intention.

 

6. You came to our Scent Design workshop and designed a fragrance with Western Australia Sandalwood, Black Pepper, Peach and Peru Balsam. Why these ingredients?

Ever since I had my first experience with Sandalwood, it stole my heart. I guess I walked into the workshop knowing I would most definitely be using Sandalwood! Black pepper reminds me of my late father. Growing up, pepper was cracked onto everything we ate, and not lightly! So I guess black pepper has my heart in more of a nostalgic way. As for Peach and Peru Balsam, they are sweet and sexy! I had never experienced Peru Balsam before the workshop and as I allowed myself to surrender to the experience and let my intuition guide me, these two blended with the Sandalwood and Black Pepper in an intriguing and surprising way.

 

7. What advice would you give to someone thinking about joining our workshops?

If you’ve thought about it, then life is simply waiting for you to click ‘confirm’! Perfume Playground workshops are a joyous experience where you can truly let go, have fun, learn and even have a childlike experience of flow and innocence as you try something new. You might even learn something new about yourself.

 

8. Share with us what fragrance you plan to design next with Perfume Playground! Would you use similar ingredients or something completely different?

I think Sandalwood is a keeper for me! I do also have a fond connection to floral scents and in particular I adore jasmine and damask rose. May Chang is another scent that has caught my attention over the years, so that could well make an appearance.

 

9. Anything else you would like to share with us that might inspire others (you could even tell us your life’s motto!)?

The way you do one thing, is the way you do everything!

 

JOIN US FOR A MEDITATION

There’s no perfect moment in the future. Perfect is here, right now. You are perfect, right at this moment. This meditation serves to uplift and centre you at the same time. It will dissolve doubt and external negative influences that are affecting the ability for your true essence to shine. It’s a reminder that you and your life are perfect and sacred, in every single way. Click here to access a guided meditation with Natasha.

Check out more of Natasha’s journey on her personal Instagram  and visit Nourish Melbourne 

 

Upcoming Clubs

  • 31 October. Wellington. Wine Sentience. Classic Club. Fast-paced and playful
  • 12 November. Auckland. Perfume Playground NZ. Classic Club. Fast-paced and playful
  • 14 November. Melbourne. Perfume Playground AU. Classic Club. Fast-paced and playful

Click here for more details.

Club Members | Abigail Ryburn

Abigail Ryburn shares with us her story of moving from New Zealand to Melbourne, how she spends her time during the pandemic, and her journey from synthetic to natural products.

 

1. Tell me about yourself!

I’m from New Zealand, I moved to Melbourne 9 years ago to expand my knowledge in nursing. I work at the Royal Melbourne Hospital in theatre as the ANUM for Orthopaedics and one day, I would love to take  my knowledge back to New Zealand.  

2. How are you spending your time during lockdown in Melbourne?

 I’m always trying to learn different things! I’m currently learning French and trying to start German soon. Also, I learnt the violin when I was around 6 years old for a number of years, though I haven’t played for most of my adult years. I decided to buy a new violin and am in the process of teaching myself how to play again. 

 

3. I would love to hear about your fragrance journey! How did you transition to using natural fragrances?

 I grew up at an organic blueberry orchard in New Zealand. It was the first organic blueberry farm in New Zealand! My journey of moving away from synthetic fragrances to natural fragrances was affected by how I was brought up. If I had the choice of chemicals vs non chemical, I would always find my way back to the non chemicals. 

My mum was also quite herbalistic and she was always using home creams. All of the products I use now have no synthetic ingredients in them.

Even with my background, I never seemed to be deterred from synthetic fragrance. I suppose I felt as though they were okay given the perceived minimalist amount that might be absorbed? However, one day my Mum told me not to spray it on my neck. For years and years my Mum & Aunty sprayed perfume on their necks. Now they both have brown marks on either side of their neck, from the combination of synthetics and sun exposure. Ever since then, I sprayed my synthetic perfume either on my clothes and hair. Slowly, I’ve started to discard my synthetic perfumes altogether, as I’ve started to really dislike the chemically laced scents.

I like natural fragrances because they’re not toxic with the bonus of just smelling great! I know people say it doesn’t last as long, but the smell of it is so much better and I feel so much better for it. 

 

4. How does your fragrance affect your wellbeing?

One thing I really liked when I went to the Perfume Playground Club workshop were the flower essences! At the end of creating your perfume, you can add flower essences to your creation if they’re there to use. You can add as many types which resonate with you as you like, because they don’t alter the scent. The ones I’ve added focused on strength and immunity and it was very uplifting.

 I find all of the citrus based scents to be very uplifting, which is important for wellbeing. I’m fairly certain my favourite is grapefruit, they just make you feel so good.  

5. Do you have any scent obsessions?

I’ve always had an obsession with scent, I’ll go into the shops and smell all the soaps and room diffusers, perfumes etc. The last time I was in Italy, I found this store tucked away on a side street in Florence where you can see the whole process of creating essential oils before they make them into their perfumes. This was quite important to me as it wasn’t made in a lab and I could see the entire natural processes evolving before me. Ever since then, I haven’t used any synthetic fragrance. Monna Lisa Aua Flor was one of the first natural perfumes that I bought.

6. When you came to our workshop, you created a fragrance with Mandarin, Honey Myrtle, Manuka and Peru Balsam – what made you choose these ingredients? 

I chose Mandarin because I wanted something uplifting though also fresh. The Honey Myrtle added a similar freshness to the design and the Peru Balsam was a warm base to ground it. I chose Manuka because I was experimenting and that’s why I enjoy the workshops so much, because I get to test all the ingredients and create my own fragrance.

7. What advice would you give to someone thinking about joining our workshops?

In some of the workshops, I found people second guessing themselves, unsure with what ingredients to choose. But at the end of the workshop, we get to smell each other’s creations and I have always been astounded at how they’ve turned out! The workshop is all about experimentation, trust yourselves, and Samantha is fantastic at guiding you if you feel unsure.

8. Share with us what fragrance you plan to design next with Perfume Playground! Would you use similar ingredients or something completely different? 

 I would like to try something quite different next time. I’ve noticed that I use Cedarwood and Sandalwood a lot, and Citrus oils because of their uplifting effects. I know what I like now, so I want to see what I can create and still like! Perhaps Bergamot, Thyme & Musk (the vegan derivative that is).

In this lockdown period, I’m actually trying to make something by myself at home with the few oils I’ve purchased from Perfume Playground. 

9. Anything else you would like to share with us that might inspire others? 

Experimentation is fun, that’s why I like going to the workshops. I get to tap into my creative side and it’s quite meditative. The whole process of making something is very calming. If you’re somebody that goes 100 mile a minute, everything is left at the door when you walk inside, & your phone is definitely on silent. 

As a nurse and being busy all of the time, it’s lovely to take a moment for yourself and just enjoy the process.

 

Upcoming Clubs

  • 31 October. Wellington. Wine Sentience. Classic Club. Fast-paced and playful

  • 12 November. Auckland. Perfume Playground NZ. Classic Club. Fast-paced and playful

  • 14 November. Melbourne. Perfume Playground AU. Classic Club. Fast-paced and playful

Click here for more details.

 

PERFUME & CHAMPAGNE

Perfumes and champagnes are the ornament of sophistication and sensuality. Enjoy our musings on the history, composition and their similarities! 

History Of Perfume
Maverice Roucel is quoted as saying, ”Your fragrance is your message, your scented slogan”. Perfumes are something we are all familiar with, and in the absence of we often won’t leave the house. We wear perfume to please others, to leave a good impression on them, and to surround ourselves with a pleasing and lasting scent. The use of perfume is mainly associated with fantasy, enigma, and imagination. Although fragrances do have a long history, it has not always carried a hint of romance. So, where does this word ‘perfume’ originate? 

The English word Perfume comes from the Latin phrase Perfumare, which means to smoke through. Perfume is thousands of years old, with evidence of the first perfumes dating back to Ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, and Cyprus. Initially, it had a religious purpose, but now it’s become an ornament of sophistication and elegance for both men and women. The Egyptians were the first to use perfumes for personal enjoyment. The first modern perfume, which was made of scented oils blended in an alcohol solution, was created in 1370 at the command of Queen Elizabeth of Hungary and was known as Hungary Water. All public places were scented during Elizabeth’s rule because she could not tolerate the lousy odor. Just as the art of perfumery progressed through the centuries, so did the art of the perfume bottle. The earliest specimens of perfume bottles date back to about 1000 B.C. In ancient Egypt, glass bottles were made chiefly to hold perfumes. Eau De Bc is known as the oldest perfume in the world.

Composition

Fragrance is mainly composed of three things; essential oils, fixatives, and solvents. Essential oils are derived from natural aromatic plant extracts or synthetic aromatic chemicals (Perfume Playground use Naturals only). Fixatives are natural or artificial substances used to control the rate of evaporation and a solvent is  the liquid in which the perfume oil is dissolved, which is usually 98%ethanol and 2%water. 

History of Champagne
Just like perfumes, champagne is also considered as a symbol of elegance and sophistication. French author Guy de Maupassant succinctly declared, “Champagne…the wine of kings, the king of wines.” Champagne is a reputed and protected wine which is both globally recognized and rooted in centuries-old traditions. Champagne is a sparkling white wine that comes from the Champagne region of northeastern France. If it’s a bubbly wine from another area than northeastern France, then it is sparkling wine and not champagne. While many people use the term “champagne” for any sparkling wine, the French have maintained their legal right to call their wines champagne for over a century now. The Treaty of Madrid, signed in 1891 established this rule, and the Treaty of Versailles reasserted it.

Composition:
The grapes, pinot Noir, pinot Meunier, and chardonnay are used in the production of almost all champagne. But a tiny amount of pinot blanc, pinot gris, arbane, and petit mesleirare are used as well. 


Similarities between the two:
There is more than one similarity between two of life’s greatest sensory pleasures, Champagne and Perfume. Both of these are recognized for their elite status and are widely known to be as luxury goods. But they also share similarities in how they have been constructed and how they can evoke memories and enjoyment through smell.  

The sense of smell is very closely linked with memory due to the setting of the olfactory bulb in the brain. A scent can bring back a flood of memories and even affect a person’s mood. The olfactory bulb is a part of the brain’s limbic system which is sometimes called the emotional brain. And the limbic system is an area which is closely associated with feelings and memories. So because of this reason, the sense of smell can call up memories and robust responses almost instantaneously. The aroma of champagne has this effect as well. 

Another link between the two products is the careful construction of the finished piece. Champagne is all about the art of blending. In Champagne, not one but three grapes are assorted so that the wine is more composite and more consistent in quality. However, the mixing of the three grapes that are (chardonnay, pinot noir, and meunier) is essential for dynamic and regular champagne. Perfume is also about the art of blending with a careful selection and skilled mixing of flavors and unique aromas.

Blending is where the skills needed of the perfumer and the chef de cave (winemaker). The profession of a champagne maker is very similar to the perfumer. They both should have the necessary skills and practice to know to the aromas and flavors. The production of both these things is a complicated art and requires years of training or practice. Both of these are created with memory and sensory skill rather than a formula or recipe. 

When we taste champagne or any wine, it is multi-sensory. We admire the champagne with our eyes, then with our nose and finally with our palate. But it is our nose, which can pick not few but thousands of scents. If the wine doesn’t have the sensual aroma coming through, we won’t have the same enjoyment or pleasure of the wine that we would do with the palate. Both champagne and perfume can shift us to another place in time, to another moment or another feeling. No doubt one of happiness which may give us pleasure. 

We will conclude with a quote by Mireille Guiliano, ‘French women know one can get far with a great haircut, a bottle of champagne, and a divine perfume.’ 

TICKETS

Join us for a Champagne and Perfume Masterclass

Tickets are now on sale for the all new Champagne & Perfume Masterclass, taking place
2-4pm, Sunday August 25th at Work Club, Level 2 287 Collins St Melbourne.

Book here

Kids Fragrant Fun

“It is a happy talent to know how to play” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

When it comes to learning, let’s not forget about fun – especially for kids.

Nowadays, kids are ‘scheduled’ – that is to say, they carry around the responsibilities of being in school. The more commitments and expectations they have to carry, the more their bodies and mind are affected – which can be overwhelming and manifests in the form behaviour issues, academically, stress or anxiety.

Why is it important for kids to learn through play?

Social play allows kids to be creative. They become more confident when experimenting and absorb lessons quicker. Play is not just something children like to do but something they need to do. It is important for their well-being. When left alone or with peers, kids instinctively organise their own little games and activities, launching into their imagination inventing stories and characters.

In our urbanised world, kids often spend more time indoors – with television, computers and video games. There’s growing evidence that children are more disconnected from the natural world, lacking knowledge of biodiversity and awareness of its importance. When exposed to nature, kids become more hands-on picking things up such as rocks, leaves, sticks or flowers, jumping in puddles, climbing rocks or swinging from trees. Nature provokes endless possibilities for play and imagination as kids wonder how to use the materials they picked up, what they are, what can they do with it, how do they feel and so on. The exposure can be as simple as going for a walk, hiking or playing in the yard. It encourage them to learn to observe, describe their observation and giving them opportunity to discover nature on their own.

Many studies have shown the benefits of kids playing and being one with nature. They show how play and nature enables children to gain an abilities that help them learn and engage with others, becoming more cooperative. This is a form of exercise for children minds and their creativity. Play prepares kids for how to work together and, at the same time, how to be alone. It teaches how to be human.

Having the right balance between work and play is essential. Initially, play is the method and learning is the outcome. While adults may think that play is just a waste of time, it’s an opportunity for kids to learn and demonstrate what they’ve learned. These social competencies get transferred to children’s everyday behaviour.

Join our Kids Exclusive, 13 October, 10am-2pm
Suitable for 7-14 years.

NATIVE & WILD SOLID PERFUME DESIGN

Perfume is like a new dress, it make you quite simply marvellous – Estee Lauder

Humans are emotional beings with a “desire” or passion for life on earth. We’re chasing the desire for love, for a frame, for beauty, for wellbeing. We’ve an inherent motivation for our lives to be a unique, enjoyable journey. Fragrance stimulates the five senses and is able to activate this desire. Alongside, eau de toilette and colognes, solid perfume also stands up in the fragrance wonderland.

What is a solid perfume – we use jojoba oil and beeswax
Solid perfume as a fragrance is the texture of a lip balm. Instead of spraying, solid perfume is applied to your body to make you smell fantastic.
Solid perfume requires you to grate and melt beeswax, which has a softly sweet honey-like fragrance. The melted beeswax, and we use a simple hotplate, is combined with organic jojoba oil. We use jojoba as it’s an excellent moisturiser as it’s very close to human sebum and have a longer shelf-life than other carrier oils.

New Zealand or the lungs of the earth, has 10%-15% of the total land area covered by the native plants, 80% of our trees, ferns and flowering plants are endemic.
Coprosma propinqua, New Zealand owning 45 species of coprosma. It can grow up to 4m tall, the leaves are similar to the culinary rosemary. Also, its stems covered with blueberries.

WHAT ARE FLOWER ESSENCES?

A flower essence is a liquid infusion of fresh flowers.

Recent studies have shown that bees are attracted to the energy in flowers, rather than their colours or fragrance. The research, completed at University of Bristol, showed that flowers emit electrical impulses. Bees are then able to detect the vibrations of different flowers. For instance, if a flower is full of nectar, it emits a different vibration compared to if it is empty.

Flower essences capture this bioenergetic imprint of a flower, which positively interacts with your bodies energy field. The effect? Depending on their purpose, flower essences can restore balance, encourage flow, inspire creativity or invoke kindness. Incorporating flower essences into your functional fragrance is a gentle form of natural healing. Katie Hess in ‘Flower Evolution’ states that flower essences, “travel through the acupuncture meridians, like an acupuncture treatment without the needles.” The deep healing is generally subtle at first, but after consistent use, results are astounding. Unlike essential oils, they do not have a scent.

Bach flower essences may sound familiar. The most well-known Bach flower essence is Rescue Remedy, a natural stress reliever. At Perfume Playground, we have a full range of Bach flower essences, Heart2Shine vibrational essences, Australian Bush Flower Essences and NZ First Light Essences

We have joined forces with Heart2Shine vibrational essences in the past, to create a powerful fragrance incorporating their ‘Peace’ vibrational essence. Zoe Alexander, creates her essences in collaboration with nature and spiritual forces. By adding peace essence into the fragrance, it became a biodynamic companion to personal relaxation rituals. To be applied before yoga, listening to music or meditation.

Whether the idea of positive vibrations and flower essences resonates with you or not, setting an intention with a fragrance by adding a flower essence is a beautiful way to enhance its function.

MOTHER’S DAY

In our first year of business we created a space for play for a week. We celebrated Mother’s, Woman, Females – the entire sisterhood and family.

Over five days we hosted over 500 people. We guided each person how to design their very own Natural Fragrance from single aroma molecules, total transparency,