MEET THE MAKER | Christiana Jackson of Mimosa Botanicals
Natural products always have a place in my heart but organic, botanical products with a whole lot of heart and beautiful branding, that is a dream come true. Christiana’s collection of handmade blend certified organic or Australian essential oils and absolutes with organic botanicals and delightful little additions like Australian organic oats, coconut cream powder, organic fairtrade cocoa butter and Australian clay's create the ultimate in relaxing, guilt-free bathing.
Her products are crafted with passion, skill and a genuine love for making.
Tell me a little bit about your business.
I work out of a studio in Castlemaine, country Victoria where I hand craft bath soaks using pure essential oils, organic botanicals, magnesium & Australian salt with Australian clays. I then package them up in sachets & glass bottles with vintage botanical illustrations for bath lovers to enjoy. I wholesale to a lot of stores, both bricks & mortar, and online as well as having my own web store with the occasional design market.
The perfect setting for creating natural products! How did you get started creating such beautiful blends?
I started formulating about 3 years ago when I was working for a friend in her small business and had a moment where I thought I can have a small business too! Working for her gave me some insight into wholesaling and how a business works, and it started from there. I have been making products for about 25 yrs for myself so I thought it was about time I started to share them with others.
What drew you to this particular form of creativity?
I am a trained aromatherapist and I guess I express myself through scent. I love to blend for therapeutic reasons but also to create something that smells lovely for people. I also adore vintage & old worldly pieces and wanted to create that classic, almost antique feel in my branding.
What does a usual day look like to you?
A usual day for me starts with school drop off and then I head into the studio (I was a home based business up until 2 months ago so the new studio is still a novelty!). It starts with coffee from the local coffee roaster on site & Instagram where I will do a post & browse other people's posts for a bit.
I will then check and send emails before making stock and packing orders, booking couriers, ordering in ingredients or going to the post office with web orders.
I am not in the studio everyday ( 3-4 days a week) but I try to make the most of it when I am!
What do you enjoy most about making?
Creating something by hand gives me so much joy, seeing other people also enjoy your creations gives me even more joy!
What projects are you working on right now?
I have just finished my eighth bath soak blend in the range which is a good number I think. After the crazy festive season I am going to start working on some other products which I am keeping close to my chest at the moment.
Very exciting! I cannot wait to see what you have in store for us all in the future! What is your favourite current blend?
I have many favourite blends but I have to say geranium, patchouli and orange. It is a blend that I have been using for years in various products and now features in the Geranium, Orange and Cacao bath blend.
Because handmade has soul.
So true. What are your goals for the future?
To continue to grow and learn, launch more pure aromatherapy products for people to enjoy and keep expanding my stockists to perhaps include New Zealand (my hubbie is a kiwi so I now feel like it's my second home).
And lastly, what is something that you couldn't live without?
My husband, our son and spending time in nature. And coffee!