Our last gift is a reminder to our subscribers to take a breather whenever you can. What better way to practice mindfulness through these lovely essential oils from Gray’s Wood Studio. We had the opportunity to speak to Gill Nontha, founder of Gray's Wood Studio.
‘The world and the planet needs people who care’ – That is the powerful intention that Gill has in mind while she makes a difference to the environment through her business.
For Gill, it took something as simple as an introductory class on the Spirit of the Plant that allowed her to shift her perspective and appreciate the abundant things that Nature has to offer.
It was this powerful moment that moved Gill to stop taking things for granted, and to start making a positive lasting impact through her actions, regardless of how small they were. As an avid yogi and a daily practitioner of meditation, essential oils and candles are an important part of Gill’s lifestyle. With her life-changing realization and love for essential oils, she chose to combine her creativity and compassion with her passion to create the building blocks of Gray’s Wood Studio.
The result is natural, organic and untamed handcrafted goods that are created with love and the environment in mind. Using small jars and knickknacks, Gray’s Wood Studio strives to bring a sense of quirkiness to complement products such as essential oils and candles.
Gill shares with us more about her inspirations and intentions.
Hey Gill! We would love to hear about the mission of Gray’s Wood Studio.
Gray’s Wood Studio wants to offer good quality products with the minimum impact to the environment.
What led you to start this business?
My inspiration came from a short course I attended which was an introduction into the spirit of the plant. It was so powerful and moving. We take so much for granted. Nature has so much more to offer, the more we look the more we see. I am a professional designer, and I do try, to follow a yogic path. Meditation is a daily ritual for me. The world and the planet needs people that care. We all need to reach inside and find our compassion. I suppose this business for me, was part of me having the realisation, that as individuals we can make a difference, no matter how small. The business was born through a combination of my compassion crossed with my creativity.
What are some of your highlights/challenges since starting your business?
The highlights are the wonderful reaction I get when people see my products all together. I like to create an overall feel and story using jars and knickknacks. I have a bit of a fetish for jars. I love to collect all sorts of things from bits of watches to dried flowers and fruits. i display them in jars and cover the lids in a quirky way, as well as make hand written labels. It's also lovely to get feedback on how nice the products are. The challenges I guess are the competition. Also it takes a lot of energy to keep the momentum going when starting up a business.
If you were to describe your brand in one sentence, what would it be?
Natural, organic untamed hand crafted goods, created with love.
What are your hopes for your business in the future?
I hope to expand my product range. Work with more oils, and hopefully sell through some retail outlets.
Thank you, Gray's Wood Studio!
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