Today, I made a huge announcement on social media, and I want to share a little more about what it is, why I’m doing it, and what it means for you.
In October 2014 I started a FB page and started sharing recipes. That evolved quickly to become a social media community of 65,000+, a product range of 80+, a very busy online store, 3 extra staff (incredible, happy, positive humans whom I will forever hold close to my heart) and an actual warehouse. It has been incredibly rewarding and empowering. However, it’s time to make a little change…
We (I) have made the very exciting and emotional decision to close down the part of TILP that sells ingredients and supplies for DIY. In the coming weeks, you’ll notice the website slowly selling out of products, one-by-one.
This change will mean greater inspiration for you. It is in my plans to:
Create more recipes (physical books, booklets and ebooks)
Focus on even more education
Share my top resources with you for supplies, ingredients and packaging
Travel more for talks and events (want to invite me to your town or event? Click here!) plus heaps more.
We will still be stocking Naturally Inspired (my insanely beautiful, 378 page, mega-inspiring, earth-changing, planet-loving new book, available for pre-sale in a few weeks, joint the pre-sale list here for an exclusive offer), labels and a few other bits and pieces.
Why am I doing this? I have a crazy amount of creative energy, it’s something I am proud of and secretly go internally-berserk when it gets noticed, haha! I need the time to showcase it even more than I have done to-date. My energy gets swallowed up by the logistics of running a busy online store and warehouse, even though I have the world’s best staff. I just have way more to give.
I want and need to be a part of something greater– making this planet and the humans living on it healthier, happier, safer.
I also just cannot compete with larger companies who have a greater buying power; even though I always prided myself on not compromising on quality, it’s sadly not a top priority for the majority. I want to be able to recommend the amazing businesses/suppliers out there who do it so well, however, the only way I have been able to afford to continue providing free content for you, is to rely on the warehouse to turn a profit, therefore I was stuck promoting my (absolutely perfectly perfect) stock. I am so excited for this slight swing in my path; it brings me closer to my mission and core values, and it’s only good news for you too.
For those of you that supported the product side of TILP, I am forever grateful for YOU (you have no idea how much I adore my supporters!!). Don’t worry, I am going to share my supplier info with YOU, seek and source the best product info for YOU, so you can make the best possible choices for YOU. You will benefit from this change.
In the meantime, we’ll be running specials, sales and shipping offers, so you can stock up while it’s available. When stock sells out, that’s it, it’s gone for good.
Be prepared to see a crazy amount of awesomeness in this space. I’m excited. You just wait!
Have you made a batch of my natural DIY Lip Balm yet? If not, check out the recipe here. It only requires 3 ingredients, plus essential oils, and takes less than 10 minutes of your time. It is a WAY better option than most store-bought varieties and is an economical gift idea too; I’ve even given them as party favours for Miss 9 and they were a smash hit! While I personally prefer a nude, natural lip balm, I know that many of you want to add a bit of colour to jazz it up (especially if you happen to be DIY-ing with children)! To make it easy for you, I made up a batch of lip balm, divided it into 10 and coloured each portion with a different colourant – most natural, some not. Here are the results; I’ve taken a few photos from different angles and haven’t played with any filters, so you get the most accurate idea of how each colour will turn out. It’s so pretty, isn’t it?
It is important to note the following when colouring your lip balms:
I use approximately ¼ tsp to 1 tsp per batch of lip balm to achieve these colours. It really depends on personal preference as to how much you add. It’s ok to add some colour, mix it up, add some more, etc. If your balm solidifies and you’re finding it hard to add more colouring, just pop it back on your double boiler or give it a re-melt in your thermal appliance (or microwave if you’re using one).
When adding your colouring, mix briskly and thoroughly. There should be no clumps of colouring left.
It is hard to mix some colourings in. If you have trouble, wait until your balm has set and whip (with a spoon or paddle pop stick, or in your thermal appliance). Note that mixing when the balm is cool and solidified gives it a whipped look.
If you’re not sure how your colour of choice will work, try pouring a small amount of balm into a separate dish and adding a small amount of colouring to it. This way, if you don’t like it you can bail on the idea with little worry and little waste.
When adding water-based colouring to your balm, be mindful that it may spoil faster.
Natural colourings like beetroot powder and green spirulina can leave balms a little ‘speckled’.
Other additives like honey, vanilla bean paste and glitters can sink to the bottom, so they’re also best whipped again when cool and solidified.
Micas that are coated in bright colours usually aren’t fully ‘natural’ but it’s your decision on where you draw the line.
Reduce your wardrobe to 100 items of clothing. That’s it. Everything else goes into a box, or the attic, and stays there.
I had already pledged to not buy anything new (clothing, accessories, shoes or homewares) in 2019; I love a challenge. I also felt the strong urge to sort my wardrobe, make space and simplify things. My house is already very decluttered, my wardrobe however, needed some serous attention. I kept looking at these 3 gorgeous dresses (thank you, Cue and Veronika Maine) that I bought for my segments on Studio 10 in 2017 and 2018, and they’ve only been worn a combined total of 5 times. FIVE! How is that possible when I paid $350 a piece and they’re so stunning, in both quality and style?
So, 2019 will see me take the next step in my journey towards becoming the most conscious consumer I can be. Note the word journey. I have taken lots of small steps which, over time, have amounted to be one fairly decent-sized leap. Looking back to 2012, if someone had told me that by 2019 I would be where I am in my journey, I would have felt very overwhelmed; how on earth does one get to that place? Well, I can now tell you: one step, one change, one conscious decision after the other. So, if you’re just starting out, take it easy, only do what you can do when you can do it. No point going all out for 2 weeks and then canning the idea altogether! It’s not a race, not a competition; don’t compare yourself to anyone else.
Go through your wardrobe and pull out the absolutey-never-wear-them items. That’s the easy bit. Pop them in a box – don’t even look back in there (or you’ll find yourself justifying why they should come out). I don’t advise throwing/donating anything just yet; plenty of time for a cull later.
Now make a pile of I-love-to-wear-you-all-the-time items. Make sure you have a range of clothing; think of all seasons. Count what you have and either add items to make up 100 (optional) or filter out the items that aren’t all that necessary. For example, after my first crack at it, I still had 140 items. I thought I needed them ALL, and then I noticed 2 black t-shirts and 4 floral singlets. It’s easier to take one or two items away from each category of clothing, so break it up.
Keep going until you have reached 100. Depending on how full your wardrobe is, it can be quite tricky so be prepared!
Tell people! If everyone knows what you’re up to, not only will you feel less ‘judged’ for wearing the same stuff all the time (I’m being general here), but you will no doubt feel on top of the world owning your mission; and hopefully you’ll inspire people while you’re at it!
I made my own rules (I’m a rules kind of girl) and will list them here, but feel free to make your own. This has to work for you!
All clothing counts; tops, pants, dresses, jackets, pjs, active wear. It’s up to you if you include your work uniform (if you have one) in your 100 or not.
Shoes, accessories (jewellery, hats) and underwear is not included in my 100.
All other items must be out of sight and unreachable (must require effort to access).
I will allow myself one item-swap per month. For example, I can swap out a summer dress for a winter coat in May if I wish. I cannot exceed one swap per calendar month, but that’s me. You might like to allow 3 swaps per month (but make a rule you can keep. The whole point is to realise you don’t need so much stuff!).
If I gain/lose weight (don’t plan on either!), or tear a hole in something that can’t be mended, I will allow myself to break rule no.4.
I won’t buy anything new. When I need to go ‘shopping’, it will be once a month for one item only, from my attic.
You might like to give yourself a 2-week buffer. You’ll undoubtedly add items to your initial 100 that you realise you don’t feel as awesome wearing as you thought you would.
Don’t stress about it. It’s meant to be an empowering and positive experience.
Choose the staple items that make you feel good. I have 4 pairs of my favourite jeans (because I live in jeans in the cooler months), and I have 7 dresses (because that’s what you’ll find me in all Summer)!
If you’re going on an overseas/interstate trip with a climate that requires you to visit your reserves, just do it.
It is SO much easier to get dressed in the morning. Less pressure deciding what to wear, less care if other people notice you wearing the same outfit (I’m owning it hard, haha, every friend will know about my cause), and even less washing (I don’t change as often throughout the day – weird, I know).
You will feel empowered. I can almost guarantee that.
By simplifying your wardrobe, you’ll find it easier to simplify in other areas of your life too. If you haven’t tried to DIY your own cleaning and body care, you need to check out my recipes – they’re the definition of simplifying!
I’d love to hear from you if you decide to take on this challenge. Share in our FB discussion group, or use the hashtag #100inmywardrobe on Instagram. I’ll no doubt need some support too, throughout the year, so we can cheer each other on!
Ps. I had a grand total of 275 items of clothing. 275! Who even needs that much stuff. Especially when we mostly wear the same 100 items. Oh, and as for those gorgeous dresses, they made the cut and I’ve decided to wear them to every event on my book tour in 2019 and own it. No need for new outfits for me!
Whether DIY is new to you, or you consider yourself an old pro, I have no doubt that you’ll find this information useful. Please take the time to read it thoroughly.
Sometimes you will want to use an ingredient different to one I’ve suggested. That is totally fine! Go for it. Just be mindful when making substitutions, that the recipe outcome will probably change (that might be a brilliant thing, or it might not, either way, you’ll learn something). Also, remember to make notes on your recipe edits so you can replicate it (or avoid it) in the future. Here are some commonly requested ingredient substitutions and my suggestions:
In most cases, shea butter can be left out and replaced with coconut oil and beeswax (at a ratio of 90/10). It can also be substituted with cocoa butter or mango butter, but be mindful that the recipe outcome will be much firmer (and even a little brittle) so you might like to swap a small amount out (20-30%) and replace with a carrier oil.
If you’re vegan and prefer not to use beeswax, substitute with candelilla wax – but reduce quantity by 50%.
I don’t have a problem with borax (read about it here) but if you prefer to leave it out of your DIY cleaning, just leave it out. There’s no need to replace it with anything else. That goes for dishwasher tablets and washing powder.
All carrier oils are interchangeable, depending on availability, and your preferences and skin type. This blog will help you decide which one will suit your skin type best.
In most cases coconut oil can be left out and replaced with shea butter and a carrier oil of choice (at a ratio of 50/50).
These can be substituted with whatever you prefer to use or have on hand. Read this blog for more info on essential oils, plus blends inspiration.
Magnesium Chloride and Epsom Salt (Magnesium Sulfate)
It’s best you stick to my suggestions for this one. I have chosen the form of magnesium that I believe to be best suited to each recipe.
Choosing Suitable Containers and Packaging
While I personally always prefer glass over plastic, sometimes glass isn’t the best option, particularly around children and slippery surfaces like bathtubs, showers and kitchen sinks. Plastic use is controversial when using essential oils, however, in the dilution rates suggested in my recipes, they should be fine (and if you’re still not convinced, think of mainstream products containing essential oils that are packaged in plastic). When storing in plastic, choose PET or HDPE plastic. Ultimately, the choice is yours.
Deciding what size packaging to use takes a little forethought. Look at the recipe and how much it yields, and compare it to the packaging you have. I suggest making all recipes in a bowl first, so you can be sure you have the capacity to add all ingredients and combine, before pouring it into your container of choice. There is nothing worse than adding four ingredients to a bottle and then realising your final ingredient won’t fit! Of course, some recipes are just easier to make straight in the bottle or jar. Make this decision for yourself once you’ve read through the recipe in its entirety.
An easy way to work out the capacity of your container is to place it on a set of scales and tare the weight back to ‘0’, then fill it with water. The difference between grams (ounces) and millilitres (fluid ounces) is minor and won’t impact the recipe outcome here.
Something I often do with serums and oil-based recipes is make up a large batch and store it in a ‘master’ jar, refilling my dropper top or roller bottle as needed.
Recipe measurement information
I use weight as my preferred measurement, rather than millilitres (fluid ounces) and cups, simply because it allows for consistency. For example, when you measure an oil into a cup, inevitably some gets left behind. Coconut oil is another one – sometimes it is liquid, sometimes it is solid, so weight will always be the most consistent way to measure it. Skin-care balms, creams and powders need more precision than cleaning recipes.
I do recommend investing in good kitchen scales that will measure down to the gram (ounce) – they’re usually not too pricey. If you’re using a thermal appliance to weigh ingredients, you may find that they aren’t precise enough for small quantities. When I use my thermal appliance, I pop the bowl on the scales and weigh ingredients that way.
The only ingredients listed in my recipes with spoon/drop measurements, are those that don’t register in weight due to the small amount required, or those where it makes practical sense to list a teaspoon or tablespoon (note that I have used Australian measuring spoons).
To make things easier, I now list my cleaning recipes in teaspoon, tablespoon and cup, gram and kilogram (ounce and pound), or millilitre and litre (fluid ounce and gallon) measurements. More often than not, cleaning recipes do not require the same precision with ingredients as skin-care recipes do. The exception is Dishwasher Tablets and Blank Canvas Fizzies as these need to be precise.
A note on methods
I have included two methods for many recipes. Some of the most basic, straightforward recipes will only have a conventional throw-it-in-a-bowl-and-mix-it method. The conventional method includes a list of instructions that most people with basic appliances and utensils can follow. It will often require the use of kitchen scales, mixing bowl and spoon/whisk, blender, stove etc. This method will require the use of a double boiler or microwave to melt ingredients. A double boiler allows for even and gentle heating and consists of two nested saucepans: the top (which could also be a glass jug or bowl) containing ingredients, and the bottom with gently simmering water – enough to cover the bottom of the saucepan (about 5cm | 2in). Be careful that water doesn’t make its way into the top bowl containing ingredients. Mix ingredients periodically – it actually helps them to melt faster!
When using a microwave, aside from general concerns surrounding microwave use, be aware that they also have a tendency to heat unevenly and create hot spots. To help minimise this issue, I recommend microwaving on the lowest power setting for no longer than thirty seconds at a time, checking and mixing in between bursts.
Some recipes will also include a thermal appliance method. The reason I choose to use a thermal appliance is because I find it the easiest, all-in-one method for milling, melting, mixing and whipping. Thermal appliance methods have been written in a generic and generalised format to make them suitable for the majority of these appliances. It shouldn’t matter which brand you use, as long as the appliance performs the basic functions mentioned above. Proceed with care and apply your personal appliance knowledge and common sense to ensure recipe success. Unless stated otherwise, the small measuring cup should be secured on your thermal appliance lid.
Something I get asked often – is it safe to cook from the same bowl you’ve used to make sunscreen? Short answer: yes! Long answer: make sure you clean your bowls and utensils thoroughly before cooking food – refer to this blog for tips on cleaning up.
Can I leave an ingredient out?
As long as you understand that the texture and consistency of the recipe may change, then give it a whirl. Keep in mind that you may be altering the function and purpose of the recipe. Remember to keep notes on any recipe-tweaks so you can repeat or avoid them next time.
How can I make my balms a little less solid?
Reduce the beeswax by 20-50%.
What can I do to stop my products melting in the summer heat?
Increase the beeswax by one teaspoon at a time until you’re happy. Never leave balms or creams in the car or in direct sunlight.
I love the base for that recipe, but I don’t have the essential oils you suggest.
You have permission to experiment, substitute or leave them out. Just make sure you make a note, so you remember how to recreate the combo if you love it. Remember to check out this blog on essential oils.
How can I test an essential oil combination before adding it to my ingredients?
Simply combine a little coconut oil or carrier oil (preferably one that has no aroma) with a smaller ratio of your chosen oils and apply to your arms. You will smell the top notes first, so leave it on for a good hour before making your decision. Continue to tweak your blend until you’re happy and then it should be pretty safe to add to your recipe. I learned this one the hard way!
I want to tint the colour of my balms; how do I do this?
Add ½ teaspoon of cocoa/cacao powder per 100g | 3.5oz of melted balm and mix well. Add more powder if required. If you find cocoa/cacao to be too dark, try using bentonite clay. Have a read of this blog for more colouring tips.
What can I do to make my balm feel less greasy?
Adding one teaspoon of arrowroot flour per 100g | 3.5oz of melted balm and mixing well should help. However, the most effective way to reduce that greasy feeling is to use less balm. If you’re new to DIY, you might be used to products that absorb right into your skin, feeling dry almost immediately. We’re not using ingredients that perform this way. Don’t be too heavy-handed. Tinting balms can also help reduce greasiness (see point above).
How do I avoid grainy balms and creams?
If you follow my recipes and set balms and creams in the fridge as suggested, you shouldn’t have this problem. Solid butters and oils have a melting point, and once they cool down they re-set to a solid form. This can be done several times without compromising the properties of these ingredients – keep the heat gentle and moderate. Examples of melting points are: shea butter – approx. 40˚C | 104˚F, beeswax – approx. 65˚C | 149˚F and coconut oil – approx. 25˚C | 77˚F.
Sometimes, balms containing shea butter (also cocoa and mango if you’re swapping out the shea) go ‘grainy’ over time – it may look like the product is blooming with mould spots, but it’s (usually) not the case. This is usually due to melted balm cooling down too slowly and fatty acids solidifying at different temperatures. The easiest and most efficient way to combat this is to place balms in the fridge or freezer to set, forcing the fatty acids to cool down and solidify at the same rate (graininess is more of an issue when balms cool down slowly).
Note that graininess doesn’t affect the integrity or performance of the final product – it might just feel odd on your skin until you’ve rubbed it in. And if you forget to set your balms in the fridge and find your mixture becomes grainy, you can gently melt your balm again, and mix/whip it to make it smooth.
Keep an eye on your balms and take them out of the fridge or freezer once they’ve set. As a guide, this usually takes approximately thirty to forty minutes in the fridge and ten to fifteen minutes in the freezer.
Adjust your expectations, especially if you are brand new to DIY. If you’re used to crystal-clear, squeaky-clean glasses, then you might not love the dishwasher tablet recipe; if you’re used to antiperspirant deodorant, you might not be an immediate fan of the deodorant recipe. Just remember why you’re giving DIY a go and keep at it. I can almost guarantee you will adjust and love the results in the long run.
Read each recipe in its entirety before starting. This will help prepare your mind. Then, ensure you have all the ingredients and tools handy, so you can maximise your recipe success.
It is difficult to guarantee the outcome of any given recipe, and you might find yourself making one batch of something with great success, only to find yourself making it again and being less than happy with the result. Because there are so many elements that may affect recipe success, if this happens to you, the best advice I have is to ‘dust it off’ and try again.
Recipes may be halved, or doubled (handy when sharing your creations), providing your appliance or bowl size will accommodate your alterations. Some recipes are written specifically for 50ml or 100ml bottles, but these quantities can be altered (I have suggested the most common size). However, for those recipes described as single use, I’d encourage you to leave as they are.
Always keep preservation in mind – this blog includes essential information on shelf life.
Label everything you make! Chances are you won’t remember what is in that bottle or jar a few weeks down the track.
Remember, we are on a journey to reduce the number of toxins we’re exposing ourselves to. My main aim is to provide you with simple recipes to help you create a life that is less toxic. My intention is not to provide you with scientific formulations for products that can be mass-produced and distributed, and that includes markets and fetes. The idea is to make enough for yourself (and maybe a little extra to share) to use within a reasonable period of time.
Many of us (in general) have become accustomed to mainstream products with what seems like indefinite shelf lives, right? Preservatives are usually what make that a possibility. We all want a long shelf life, it just means less effort in the long run, however, a decision needs to be made on whether we prefer the simplicity of DIY (and knowing exactly what is in our bottle or jar), over the potential that these preservatives could be causing other issues within our bodies.
When we DIY, we need to be cautious, we need to remain vigilant, we need to exercise common sense as much as possible. Because the reality is, we don’t create in sterile environments, and we don’t know exactly how our completed recipes will behave. So, this post will help you ensure you get the maximum possible lifespan from your DIY, and to also decide when it might be time to remake and replace.
Because there are so many variables with every single recipe, I can’t accurately predict shelf life. Even the testing I have done at home would be considered amateur and again, it varies each time. What I can do is give you a guide, which will help you get the most out of your products, and the longest possible lifespan.
A guide to shelf life
Products that don’t contain preservatives can start spoiling even before they are visible to the naked eye. Water is the perfect breeding ground for bacteria and mould to grow and I am mindful to be extra conservative with washes, toners and other water-based recipes. These are best used within a few weeks, even though I personally have my batches for four to six weeks at a time. Storing water-based recipes in the fridge will naturally extend the shelf life further. If you’re ever in doubt, make smaller batches and keep them for one to two weeks tops, just to be safe.
Body and face scrubs with only salt/sugar and oil should last several months, some even one year onwards, providing they’re not contaminated with water (or bacteria from fingers). Scrubs with fresh ingredients such as citrus peels, coffee grounds, lavender and rosemary (that aren’t fully dehydrated) may only last a week or two.
Dry botanical and powder-based products usually hold a shelf life upwards of one year.
As a rule of thumb, your oil-based products will usually hold a shelf life that is equal to the shortest expiry date of your individual raw ingredients.
You might choose to keep cleaning recipes around for longer due to the fact you aren’t applying them directly to your body. That’s up to you.
Some useful notes
Sterilising utensils and packaging before use will remove unwanted dust and bugs from the get-go. I like to wash in hot soapy water, rinse with clean water, then swirl a little vodka in bottles (with narrow openings), thoroughly drying before use.
Choosing amber or cobalt blue packaging is better than clear as it helps prevent sunlight penetrating (and this can cause your products to degrade or spoil faster).
Storing your products in airtight jars, bottles or containers in a cool and dry place, away from sunlight, dust and excess moisture/humidity is imperative for most recipes. Storing water-based products in the fridge is even better.
You can preserve the integrity of your products by using clean, dry implements to scoop, rather than wet or dirty fingers.
Most essential oils contain antimicrobial and antibacterial properties. This may help extend the shelf life of your creations.
Adding vitamin e to your oil based recipes will slow down the rate at which oils will go rancid. It won’t extend the shelf life of water-based recipes.
In water-based recipes, use distilled, filtered or boiled and cooled water without exception.
Always, always, always, always be vigilant and exercise common sense. If your product smells or looks unusual, it is best to discard it. It’s just not worth taking that chance.
Exercise caution in the kitchen, especially with your appliances, tools – knives, glass bowls etc. Basically, apply the same rules for cooking food in the kitchen. However, there are a few extra considerations when DIY-ing natural body care and cleaning, and I’ve listed them below, in no particular order.
Regardless of how natural something might be, always treat ingredients with respect, care and caution.
Take care not to inhale any dust matter. Wear a mask when working with loose, powdered ingredients.
To avoid reactions and irritation, I always advise that you test ingredients (especially essential oils and those you haven’t used before) on a small area of skin, being mindful of any irritation or sensitivities that may arise.
If you’re concerned about the quantities of essential oils used in any of the recipes, reduce them or leave them out – make sure you’re comfortable with every step in the process.
Stick to the suggested melting temperatures to avoid overheating balms and essential oils. This will help protect the beautiful properties of these ingredients.
Be mindful that some of my recipes may not be suitable for everyone, particularly pregnant and breastfeeding mothers, infants, children, the elderly and those with compromised immunity or medical conditions.
If you decide to gift any of these completed recipes, keep in mind that some essential oils, and the quantities suggested, may not be suitable for everyone. Exercise caution and do your own independent research. Also make sure you list every ingredient used for the recipient’s benefit – this is especially important when it comes to allergies.
Surfaces get oily easily and that makes them incredibly slippery. Move slowly around your workspace and keep it clean and organised.
Be careful when using body scrubs, salts, melts etc. in the bath and shower as they may leave the tub and floor quite slippery.
Always supervise children when DIY-ing, but also around ingredients and finished products.
Once you get the hang of it, and maybe adjust your expectations a little, DIY can be incredibly rewarding, uncomplicated and beautifully sustainable.
The Inspired Little Pot started out as me and a desk in my home office, back in October 2014. And it remained just me for a few years before I worked out that I would lose my sanity if I didn’t get some help. So I did! I’d love to tell you more about my journey and introduce you to the gorgeous humans that I now call my team!
It all began with a few simple recipes. I wanted more control over the number of chemicals entering our home, and ultimately our bodies. I was happy with how these recipes performed compared to their toxic counterparts so I shared some of my creations with friends, and it was so well received, I thought I’d start sharing on a little Facebook page, basically to reach a few more people – friends of friends. Well, this little page grew quite quickly (today it has 35,000 followers) – it seemed it wasn’t just me concerned with toxins. #winning
Because I started a Facebook page and not a group, I couldn’t load documents for people to easily search for recipes, and I got too busy to copy and paste these recipes into comments, so I decided to start a free WordPress site. That was great! I then ran my first Chemical Awareness workshop for a small group of people in Perth (eventually I went on to run 25+ across Australia, meeting around 1000 people). But I quickly realised that I could teach people to make natural recipes all I wanted, but unless I could help them access truly natural ingredients, it wasn’t that helpful.
So I got a better website and started stocking a few ingredients like washing soda, bicarb, salt and borax, back in early 2016. I then got in shea butter, beeswax and coconut oil. It was hard to draw the line! I kept creating recipes and needing to stock the ingredients I was using. Now 3 years later I stock 60 different product lines.
For a long time, I did it ALL myself. I expanded to my entire home office, then I claimed part of our garage, then the theatre room was converted to a workspace. Over 5,000 orders were packed and despatched by my two hands. Then it got to the point where I realised I couldn’t sustain that level of man-hours without destroying myself. So I got help! There have been a few beautiful mum-friends, in between jobs, who have put in a few hours here and there, but now, I have a team of amazing women that have the same vision as me, and they help TILP to be the most efficient, effective and inspiring operation that it can possibly be!
Meet the staff
This is me (on the cover shoot for my third book – keep watching, as this one will be next-level inspiring)!
Carron came on board in September 2017, and she is the person behind the website order picking and packing process. The reason that our orders are almost always shipped within 24-48 hours is because Carron is a diligent and efficient human-packing machine!
Jenita joined TILP in October 2017, and she is our Stock Production Manager. Every single package of raw ingredient that walks out of our door has been bottled or bagged by hand. Jen is responsible for 90% of that.
Carly is my angel in disguise, my part-time marketing coordinator, admin assistant and PA! She’s extraordinarily efficient, and secretly my no.1 cheerleader 😉
Carrie is the world’s best photographer and my go-to when I need stunning images. Have you seen the images in my books? They speak for themselves.
Nadia is TILP’s resident editor, but she used to be my very first babysitter (for the kids, not me, haha). If you see any mistakes in any of my work it will be because I haven’t shown it to Nadia!
To date (October 2018), we have sold 20,000 copies of The Inspired Little Books, moved into a warehouse, shipped over 16,000 orders and have a combined social media following of over 60,000. Yay!
So there you go – my gorgeous team of superwomen, and a nutshell version of the TILP journey! We promise you some amazing things over the coming months, so keep an eye on us!