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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

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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

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Club Members | Bex and Carena West of Clique Fitness

We hosted a conversation with the co-founders of Clique Fitness Bex and Carena West, sharing experiences of how they started their own brand and perspectives on fitness, wellbeing and fragrances.

 

1. Tell me about yourself!

We are Bex and Carena West – sisters and besties who co-founded Clique Fitness. CLIQUE is a size inclusive high-performance compression wear brand for women who want to benefit from compression, whether they’re an athlete or partake in casual fitness. Our tights are renowned for their high waistband and strategically placed seams, keeping you feeling comfortable and confident no matter the activity.

Bex: I’m a dog and plant loving creative living in the city. I really enjoy Sunday markets, painting, interior design and a cocktail now and again. I’m originally from Auckland but our parents and I moved to Bahrain, in the Middle East, when I was 14 and spent my teens and early twenties there. I’m a qualified product designer and practised marketer and enjoyed working in both Bali and Wellington until CLIQUE brought me back to Auckland in 2018.

Carena: I’m a creative designer with a background in garment design. I’m a mother to a 4 month old little girl called Emily and a 2 year old horse called Chunky and we live on a farm in Clevedon. When Bex and my parents moved to Bahrain I stayed in NZ as I had just started university. I’m a pretty busy person, and I’m a bit of a magpie.

 


2. What made you and Carena West start Clique Fitness? And How? 

CLIQUE started when we were both experiencing sub-par activewear and had been struggling to find a solution that was already on the market. Carena came to visit me in Wellington and pitched the idea of high performance compression tights for all women. Athletes, new mums, those who love HIIT training and women who catch up with friends to stroll over coffee. We wanted to create activewear for everyone at every stage. I immediately agreed and moved to Auckland a few months later to start on CLIQUE full time. We take pride in all of the products we design together and ensure that they are the perfect mix of function and fashion with an affordable price tag.

 


3. With the current Coronavirus pandemic, how do you both like to relieve stress and go about your daily life? Do you have any advice for our readers during this season? 

Bex: I’ve been interested in yoga, meditation and pranayama for a few years now, however, when NZ went into lockdown I found myself extremely hesitant to practice any of the things I preached. It’s a turbulent time and so what I found to be the best for me was to accept that it’s OK not to be productive all the time. I gave myself permission to eat lots of nourishing foods and rest, and I found that once I did this, productivity was able to flourish. I spent most of my lockdown alone, but Carena and I talk all day and so being able to communicate with her and Emily was awesome. I’m so thankful for technology!

Carena: I had Emily two weeks before lockdown, so as well as navigating Coronavirus and the effect it had on our business, I was also learning how to be a mum. My approach to stress is to switch off and think about something else for a little bit, usually when my brain is busy doing something else I come up with solutions to any problems I have. It’s quite difficult when something is completely out of your control such as Covid-19, so I just made the most of the time I had with my family, went for walks and brainstormed what Clique’s future might look like.

 

4. As a young mother, do you prefer to use Natural Perfume or Essential oils? When did you consider changing from synthetic to natural fragrances?

Carena: I have a very strong sense of smell so I enjoy both natural perfume and essential oils, but I have to dial it back a bit when it’s in the house so it doesn’t stress me out! I love a subtle, natural perfume.

 

5. How does your fragrance affect your performance in fitness and wellbeing or everyday life?

Bex: A scent can change my mood and affect my mental performance for sure. A scent I love for my every day is Mandarin – it’s light and has an energy about it that makes me feel incredibly productive.

Carena: When I’m wearing scent I usually have something to accomplish, as it makes me feel more confident and feels much more “put together” when I’m wearing a scent. Around the house, I enjoy Lemon, peppermint and tuberose and I feel they are fresh and lively and lift the mood of the (very small!) space

 

6. What is your most favourite perfume note to wear in Winter?

Bex: I tend to reach for heavier fragrances in winter – sandalwood is a favourite for me but I would love to come in and learn more about seasonal fragrances

Carena: I’m not a particularly seasonal person when it comes to fragrances, I just tend to wear what makes me feel good at the time!

 

Bex: When you came to our workshop, you created a fragrance with Clove, Star Anise, Agarwood and Nutmeg – what made you choose these ingredients?

The combination of these ingredients made me feel empowered! The fragrance I created was heavy on the clove and stronger in intensity than I would usually opt for. When we began I didn’t have a scent I was aiming for in mind, so this is really where my nose took me!

 

Carena: When you came to our workshop, you created a fragrance with Poplar Bud Peru Balsam Rear Clove Bergamot – what made you choose these ingredients?

I didn’t come into Perfume Playground with any expectation- I was actually a bit nervous that my nose might deceive me! I chose the above notes because I feel it made my fragrance full-bodied with a bit of spice. It’s really interesting to see what I liked and what I didn’t and how those notes came together to form the end result, I shouldn’t have been nervous at all!

 

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

Bex: I’d say, if you have a scent in mind then that’s great, but try not to be too rigid. Have a play and see what sticks – I think you’ll be surprised at just how many scents you end up loving, all of them completely different!

Carena: My advice is to go in with no expectations of what you plan to create, and enjoy the ride!

 

8. Share with us what fragrance you plan to design next with Perfume Playground!

Bex: I would like to try create a light, flowery scent for summer – something light but not too sweet

Carena: My last fragrance was quite heavy and full bodied, so I’d love to try and make something fresh!

Upcoming Clubs

  • 10 September. Auckland. Perfume Playground NZ. Classic Club. Fast-paced and playful – SOLD OUT

  • 19 September. Wellington. Wine Sentience. Classic Club. Fast-paced and playful – SOLD OUT

  • 24 September. Auckland. Perfume Playground NZ. Classic Club. Fast-paced and playful – 1 ticket available

  • 8 October. Auckland. Perfume Playground NZ. Classic Club. Fast-paced and playful – 1 ticket available

  • 17 October. Wellington. Classic Club. Fast-paced and playful – tickets just announced

Click here for more details.