WHAT! A! YEAR! Our team is taking a much-deserved break this week; getting some much needed R&R while also recharging for another incredible year to come. While they do that, I (Josh) thought I’d jump on the blog and reflect on what an amazing year we’ve had by going through some of our highlights. So strap in!
A good problem happened to us early in the year when we realised that we had outgrown our manufacturing space that we had out the back of our Westfield Kotara store. So we put the vote to you on our socials; do we find a find a shed somewhere and keep our Westfield store, or would you follow us somewhere new that would accommodate all of it. The response was a massive help and we started hunting for a new space.
In September this year we found the perfect space and got to work painting, building walls, laying floors, hanging shelves… we did it all. The new space has it all; a shop space, a huge production space, a room for our workshops and even space for us to build our ‘Got A Queery’ podcast studio. We LOVE it and couldn’t be happier with how it turned out.
In July this year all our hard work was recognised when we found out that our brand and myself were both finalists in the Local Business Awards and the Australian Small Business Champion Awards. We were so honoured and excited to get dressed up and attend both Award nights, even if we did have some sore heads the mornings after.
We were even more excited when our name was called out as the WINNER for the Specialised Retail category at the Local Business Awards. We can't wait to apply & cross our fingers for 2023!
In September we were absolutely HONOURED to sponsor the Knockers & Moles event, organised by the Hunter Breast Cancer Foundation. We have been working with HBCF for a few years now, like donating a portion of every sale from our limited-edition Pink Lip Balms every October. We always jump at any opportunity to help the incredible work they do across our local area.
Another way we stepped up this year is by putting my hand up for the Stars Of Newcastle, where business owners and local personalities (aka Stars) light up the dance floor with local dance teachers to raise funds for Cancer Council. Think ‘Dancing With The Stars’ but local and for a good cause. I’m is hoping to raise a massive $20k for this great cause, and you can help me out by donating HERE.
FIVE new product ranges were released this year. Not just 5 new products, 5 new collections of products. And we have more on the way in the early new year that we’re SO excited for you to see/smell/use.
XL Candles – You asked, and we listened. All our amazing fragrances became available in these HUGE jars with a 120 hour burn time.
Travel Candles– Just like the XL Candles, our Travel Tins were born from the feedback we received from all of you. Perfect for taking your fave fragrance away with you.
Reed Diffuser Refills – No need to buy a whole new Reed Diffuser when you run out now. Just grab these refills and fill up your empty jar.
Face Serums – These took sooo long to perfect but we’re so happy they did because the final products are incredible! 6 new Face Serums to treat a whole range of skin conditions. Have you found your face yet?
Hair & Beard Oils – We often get asked for hair & beard products, so this is just the start. Watch this space for a whole bunch of new goodies coming next year.
Waaaaay back in 2019 we started running workshops, which then got put on hold thanks to Covid. By the time we could safely start running them again, we didn’t have the space to do so.
But they're back and last month we christened our new Newcastle workshop space with the return of our Body Scrubs and Candle Making workshops, which were a huge success!
Did you know that you can book your own private workshops or even hire out the space to run your own? Get in touch with us to get something organised: firstname.lastname@example.org
To think that we have been fortunate enough to still be doing something we love after 6 & a half years absolutely blows my mind. I won’t lie, there are definitely hard, stressful times, but I wouldn’t change it for the world. To be able to celebrate our 6th Birthday earlier this year, alongside an amazing team of talented and hard-working individuals, was such an honour. Here’s to another, even better, 6 years to come!
We are so grateful for our incredible family of wholesalers who have our goodies lining their shelves all over Australia, Singapore, and Japan. The number of fabulous retailers stocking our wares has nearly doubled in the last 2 years and we are overwhelmed with the positive feedback we receive. Do you know of a store where our products would be a good suit? Let us know in the comments.
To wrap up, the most amazing thing to happen to us this year has been you; our incredible community who supported us all year long. Not just supporting us by purchasing our goodies, but by liking our posts on socials, leaving reviews, providing feedback, and helping us spread the word (if you’ve made it this far down the blog, that’s real support! Lol). Without this support we wouldn’t be able to do what we love, so THANK YOU!! Thank you for everything.
Stay safe, stay amazing and we’ll see you next year! 😉
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