Our journey is one of a small fish in a big sea, using our family business to make a positive impact and difference to people’s lives.
Recently, we reached the wonderful milestone of 10 years in business. 10 years in providing organic, handmade products that we crafted to improve the health and wellness of people in Australia and around the world.
Being a mother-daughter business by Robyn (mother) and me, Amanda (daughter) we combined our careers and skills to build a brand that is part of a bigger picture — to create a healthier planet while supporting ethical business practices.
My career as a holistic therapist, which includes beauty therapies, remedial body therapies, aromatherapy and reflexology, started well before Mayella ®.
I still need to pinch myself when I think about the generation of people I’ve been privileged enough to take care of over the past 30 years. Clients and their friends, partners, neighbours and daughters, sometimes taking care of whole families. Not to mention the beautiful pregnancies and babies, these babies now as adults.
I grew up dairy intolerant and with a tendency to anemia. Exploring my dietary intolerances, brain fog and fatigue as a teenager led me to look into foods, nutrition and exercise as a solution.
This exploration and a growing love of health ultimately led me to become a holistic therapist.
I was lucky enough to train at an academy aligned with doing things the old fashioned way — the right way — even if it took longer. My time working for others, having my own clinics and an urban spa all helped me to identify needs that were lacking within treatment protocols.
One serendipitous day my mother and I looked at each other and had a conversation about putting our knowledge and combined abilities into helping a wider community.
And from that conversation, our business was born.
Right from the beginning, it has been important to look for ingredients from indigenous sources, supporting local communities and embracing the unique attributes that this brings to the ingredient.
We set out to make ethical choices with clean ingredients while saying no to those toxic to our health and environment. This meant looking outside the box for suppliers we could trust and with clean sources that could be traced. For example, saying no to plastic microbeads and palm oil was an important choice. While it makes the formulating a little trickier, creating products that are beneficial for our skin and our environment makes the extra effort truly worthwhile.
We’re aiming to show people how simple it can be to make healthy choices in everyday life, whether you’re a hard-wired professional needing sustenance or supporting a growing family.
When my kids were babies I used to put spirulina and barley grass into their yoghurt – it was so green! And also fun to take photos of them learning to self-feed with healthy food all over their cute faces. But mostly, it was satisfying knowing they were getting that amount of goodness from such a young age.
That’s a big driving force for us — wanting to help people and families become better and healthier, without a lot of extra work. You’ll never feel like you’re depriving yourself if you’re simply focusing on adding extra nutrition to boost what you’re already doing.
These are the three categories that represent our mindset around inner and outer health:
Our tisanes, or herbal teas, are ancient healing remedies made from combinations of roots, leaves, flowers, seeds and fruits. Tea is an age-old drink for wellbeing in all cultures.
Our nutritional products are based on whole foods and are close to nature, which means minimal processing, no additives and naturally balanced nutritional profiles.
Our skincare range is natural, toxic-chemical-free and not tested on animals. It's no secret that many ingredients have the ability to absorb into the skin, into our lymph tissue and bloodstream. So that’s why it’s important not to compromise on the quality of ingredients that you’re applying to your skin.
Even after 10 years, our business remains built on family, ethical values, positively growing and impacting on a micro-level (us) and macro-level (you and the planet), supporting health, wellness and sustainably for a better tomorrow.
I believe that “health trends” are driving a negative impact on our planet as we flow through new trends every few years. We do need to come back to the premise of not overproducing, putting sustainability as a key factor in production and consumer demand.
As a company we’re conscious about the effects these trends can have on the environment and we pin ourselves firmly on a board with a foundation of ethics in everything we do. Part of that is also respectfully honouring the (sometimes slow) journey and its steps, learning, exploring, embracing, and implementing as we go.
The feedback, testimonials and in recent years, awards, make it all worthwhile and reaffirm why we’re doing what we are.
Would you like to see how our products can help you? View our range here.
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The solstice is a time to celebrate the natural world, take some time to meditate and go within to connect with Self in contemplating the year that has been and the second half of the year to come:
What do you wish to make of this time, goals, your focus, dreams?
A lovely solstice tradition to establish is meditating on the above with the soft candlelight.Here is a short but enjoyable meditation for you to enjoy as a simple way to light up and go within.
Nothing is worse than waking up with a heavy head, a lead tongue and not knowing where to begin to start feeling alive again!
All it takes is one or two extra glasses while enjoying an evening with friends – and cue an AWFUL headache the next morning.
But the question is – can finding relief really be as simple as staying hydrated?
Well yes, and no. Here we break down what really goes into hangover prevention and cures!
Many people are becoming conscious of reducing their waste and consciously buying from businesses that put the environment first. Because of this, plenty of eco-friendly alternatives are popping up. The problem is, not all of them are as ‘green’ as they make themselves out to be, and in fact, many are still harmful for the environment.
In this blog, we wanted to share with you what it takes, and what we do at Mayella, to choose genuinely earth-friendly packaging.