Give us the Made by Coopers birth story...
Created by myself and my partner Darren, the brand began as an idea whilst travelling around India on a three-month yoga expedition. India was part of a personal healing journey for me and Darren. After years of suffering with anxiety disorders (and Darren with sleep problems) throughout most of the latter part of my twenties, yoga and meditation finally gave me some solace. Meditating with frankincense and regularly practicing yoga in London was just the start. I knew I wanted to delve deeper into this healing work, and was drawn to India where our story began.
During our travels, we spent time at an Ayurvedic retreat in Kerala, learning all about the power of plants and natural healing, as well as lots of yoga, meditation, and early five a.m. chanting ceremonies! It was at this retreat, we got to see first hand the plants and herbs transformed into oils used for treatments. To experience how the aromas from the oils made us feel during our own massages and affect our wellbeing in a positive way, was a life changing experience. Following the powerful experience in the Ayurvedic retreat, the idea was formed to start a range of natural products, infused with essential oils, with the focus on emotional wellbeing. Made By Coopers Apothecary was officially launched in July 2016.
What does a typical day in your life look like?
I am up at 6am, sort the kids out and get them to nursery, check my emails and try and get an instagram post done. Then me and Darren discuss whatever we are working on, sometimes over a coffee over looking the beach(the perks of moving to the coast!), then head back home and get on our laptops and get to work! When its time to get the kids, we take it in turns working and I try and go to a yoga class at some point of the day wherever I can squeeze in, which often ends up once the kids are in bed!
What do you wish you knew when you started up about running a business?
I wish we had a strategy in the beginning or got better advice so we didn't waste so much money and time!
What does inspiration come in the form of for you?
We are inspired by Ayurveda, to treat the body and mind as a whole and that is what we try to acheive by every one of our products having a focus on emotional wellbeing.
Tell us the 5 products you absolutely can't live without?
Lions Mane mushroom powder (it makes me more alert and have clarity in my mind), my yoga mat, my Purify mist, my Sleepy Head pillow mist and mascara!
What's on the horizon for Made By Coopers?
We are hoping to expand our retail presence this year and bring out a face mask to add to our beauty range.