Today I would like to introduce you to Kerrie from Alchemists's Grove who will be at Piccadilly Market on 4 August.
Tell us a little about yourself? I'm married with two primary school aged kids. I love long walks on the beach and spending time with friends and family.
How did you come up with your business name? Alchemist's Grove. From a joke a girlfriend made that I was going over to the dark side (cosmetics). This was after having worked in the hard sciences for years as an analytical chemist.
Alchemy is aimed at magically transforming a substance of little value into one of great value. Alchemist's traditionally sought ways of turning base metals into gold and searched for the universal solvent and elixir of youth. The Grove side came from Ocean Grove where I live.
Tell us how your product/range/business came about? I was looking for something that fit in with my professional skills and with my family life.
With fussy skin I appreciated great handmade soap. We have such beautiful oils available locally to make soap with, I wanted to use them to make a great product. After spending some time working out a few great base recipes. I got to the fun part which I absolutely love, the creative aspect of playing with colours and fragrance. I know I have way too many soaps in my line up but having the freedom to play around with special editions is half the fun of having my own business. I love working with natural colours and the freshness and complexity of essential oils. They have something that is missing from many fragrance oils.
How long have you been in business for? It will be 3 years in October.
What inspires you? A whole range of things; sometimes it's a colour I spot and I want a scent to match, sometimes I have an idea in mind of a particular blend of scents I want to try. Sometimes it is an event like the winter solstice soap I made last year.
Have you always been ‘creative’ or has it bloomed later in life? I always loved art and creating things at school although I went on to have a more practical career.
When you are not busy creating what do you love doing? Walking on the beach, gardening, playing with the kids and helping out at the Ocean Grove Surf Lifesaving club.
What is something cool that most people wouldn’t know about you? I'm a 6th generation Geelong kid and I spent 6 years working with natural poisons at CSIRO.
If money was no object what would be your dream destination? I'd love to spend a year travelling around the world me too!!!
What are you reading right now? The Big Year by Mark Obmascik, It's about 3 crazy American birdwatchers and the insane lengths they went to one year to spot the most North American birds in that calendar year.
What is your favorite website(s) ? My favourite soaping forum.
Kerrie is kindly donating 3 soaps to the giveaway hamper on 4 August