I’m delighted that best-selling women’s magazine, Marie Claire has asked me to take part in their ‘inspire & mentor’ programme as featured in on page 199 of the May 2014 issue. As Co-Founder of natural skin care brand, Balance Me I know a thing or two about the highs and lows of launching a business. Marie Claire has called me a ‘fairy jobmother’ but I hope to be more than that to the mentee that I will meet in June. I hope to be able to learn about their business idea or actual business (if they have one) and act as a sounding board; to help them to network more efficiently with peers/people who might be able to help them; to be reminded that ‘cash is King’; and to ensure that they stand back and challenge themselves on every aspect of their business. It always helps to be given an impartial view as I know how close I get to the day-to-day direction of Balance Me!
Ever since Clare discovered aromatherapy at university and created Balance Me super toning body oil aged 18, I believe we were destined to create our own British aromatherapy-inspired brand. Our first big break came when Topshop approached us to buy 200 of our skin brightening exfoliating body polish and gave us our first ‘pop up’ shop in their Oxford Street store way back in 2005. We worked on our counter in the store – I swear I was the oldest person in the staff room – so we could really learn who our customer was, if our packaging was robust enough, what people thought of our paraben and sulphate-free range and if we had a brand that would stand the test of time.
Fast-forward nine years and we still manufacture our products in the UK, are stocked in John Lewis, Waitrose, Debenhams and Wholefoods in the UK as well as retailers in Denmark, Sweden, Germany and the Far East. We have graced the covers of over 2 million magazines and two of our daily essential favourites will be sampled on Marie Claire in the summer, rather excitingly. Clare, Sian and I have produced five children between us and we still have a social life. Most importantly, we LOVE what we do and the fact that we inspire entrepreneurship in others. It really is rewarding to see your dream become reality and be able to pay yourself a salary at the end of each month (otherwise it would be a hobby!). We now have a team of 12 in our London HQ who are all first class ambassadors of our brand and we believe Balance Me is ‘beauty that works naturally’ and that we’ve helped to challenge what natural beauty stands for in the UK.
Apply here for Rebecca to be your career mentor by 31st May http://www.marieclaire.co.uk/features/mentorsapplication.html
One of the first Balance Me products ever created, Super Toning Body Oil is 100% natural and works to deeply hydrate and tone the skin. It contains a unique blend of Juniper, Bergamot and Geranium oils, to improve circulation and give the skin a more refined appearance. Jojoba, Wheat Germ and Macadamia oils are bursting with essential fatty acids, anti-oxidants and vitamins to smooth away imperfections and target cellulite.
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