OrganiQ – Interview with Sally Paech

They say that the skin is the largest organ of our body, so it makes sense to nourish it and look after it with only the best of the best natural products on offer!

One such business that has recently caught my attention is South Australian-based business Organiq. Owned and managed by Sally Paech, the skincare products by Organiq boast of the all-natural ingredients and seriously aromatic options that are designed to provide your skin with a healthy and nourished look. Most ingredients are sourced from and/or created in the picturesque Kangaroo Island, which somehow adds to its appealing quality of being fresh, locally sourced, and made with nothing but love for all skin types.

I was recently acquainted with Sally at an Organiq info session, where we learned a bit more about the story behind the business and also had the opportunity to play around with some of the products. I was sold on buying the Honey & Rose Gift Set, which comes with  French Clay Face Mask, the Native Honey Body Scrub, and the Hydrating Rose Mist.

As a lover of the two key ingredients in this luxury gift set, I was thoroughly excited to use these products and after nearly a week of using all 3 products religiously, I can see how much smoother and silkier my skin feels!

The Hydrating Rose Mist is so addictive, because it leaves my face feeling rejuvenated – whether you use it first thing in the morning or just before heading to bed!

The French Clay Face Mask gives my face an uplifting glow and is the perfect example of how to practise self-care (at least 2x a week)!

The Native Honey Bodyscrub is packed with the best essential salts to exfoliate the skin of the nasty stuff that builds up from being out all day! It not only allows the skin to have a deep cleanse, but also injects a sense of hydration and moisture to otherwise tired-looking skin!

I was fortunate enough to have an e-interview with Sally, where we discussed about the story of Organiq and how it became the flourishing business that it is today! Have a read of our exchange below:

Tema: Who is the face behind Organiq?
Sally: I guess that’s me. The face, the voice, the legs. But, OrganiQ came about as a result of my life journey and the values inherited from my mum and her mother. Strong women with kind hearts, who were ahead of their time and never gave up.

Tema: What made you decide on starting up your own skincare business?
Sally: Both mum and I grew up on Kangaroo Island – one of the most pristine environments in the world. I have always been conscious of what I put on and in my body, but when I was diagnosed with a near fatal thyroid disorder, I suffered a lot – physically and internally. I was not happy with my appearance and lacked confidence, So, I threw myself into research mode and a went on a mission to empower and educate myself. I was personally frustrated by the of lack of access to luxury natural skincare products that gave a high-end experience without chemicals and that had ingredients that lived up to their claim with a genuinely beneficial effect on the skin. I knew I couldn’t be the only one with this problem and my research supported this. I asked friends what they were using, tried those products and spent hours and thousands of dollars researching skincare products and supplements and still nothing worked. Furthermore, I found that a large majority claiming to be natural still contained ingredients I wouldn’t feel safe eating. I could see a gap in the market for a luxury product that would appeal to those like me and so began the scrub. The product that turned out to be the catalyst for changing the way we think about skincare. A product so pure that you can actually eat it. Every ingredient has a skin conditioning benefit, and some can only be sourced from KI.

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Tema: In a nutshell, how would you summarize what Organiq stands for, to someone who has never heard of the brand before?
Sally: OrganiQ is luxury, purity & empowered beauty.
Women’s wellbeing and environmental consciousness are at the core of our values. Most of our ingredients have been used for centuries in food and we have designed our formulas to be so pure that you can actually eat them – because if you wouldn’t eat it,why would you put it on your body? Every product has a story – from the ingredients, to the function and result. This becomes a tool for education, of our island heritage and the benefits of simple, pure nourishment.

Tema: On your website, you state, “Our formulas contain some of the most pure ingredients on the planet. So pure in fact that you can actually eat them.” Can you really eat your products (because I was tempted by the scrub)?
Sally: Yep, but far less calories if used on your skin!

Tema: What is the ideal skincare routine for anyone who uses your products?
Sally: I like to work individually with my customers to create a routine that works for them. However, the standard routine would be:

  • Wake up – warm water, cleanse & condition + favourite mist.
  • If you shower in the morning … use the scrub (just a handful).
  • In the evening if it is mid-week or Sunday – Pink clay mask for 15 minutes, rinse with warm water, followed by the honey scrub rose mist (which is so AMAZING on your skin)!

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Tema: How long does it take you to create your aromatic products?
Sally: Trade secret. But just FYI – every product is packaged by hand.

Tema: Where do you get the inspiration to create your products – how do you decide on the key ingredients for your products?
Sally: I think about what I would like, and how I want to feel and then I mix. It’s important to know the impact of the ingredients; both in and on your body. They must be pure, natural and local where possible.

Tema: What is the one product that you simply can’t do without?
Sally: The combination of the honey scrub and the rose mist – I use it every single day!

Tema: What are your most popular products currently on offer and why do you think that’s the case?
Sally: Honey Scrub + Rose Mist + Pink Clay Mask. Because it’s like having your own personal day spa skincare range. Every Single Day.

Tema: What have you found to be one of the most rewarding things about being a small scale business in South Australia?
Sally: Community. Adelaide is a hard city to crack but I have met the most amazing people in business that have literally changed my life. If you are willing to listen and learn. People are willing to help!

Tema: What have you found to be one of the most challenging things about being a small scale business in South Australia?
Sally: The competition is more apparent and its very easy to become victim to mean girl syndrome. But its about resilience and dedication. Focus. Change what you can, improve on your business and your self – daily. Never Ever Give up

Tema: Is there anything else that you’d like your customers / our readers to know about Organiq?
Sally: If you do one thing this week take the time to shower or bath with our Body Scrub. You will notice the results immediately and hopefully be reminded about how important it is to take the time to love and nourish your body!

Official website
https://organiqaustralia.com.au/

Social media
Facebook // Instagram

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Fae and Wildling – Skincare Routine

I am ~the worst~ when it comes to taking care of my skin. Absolutely guilty. I don’t do much to care for it, I don’t follow a routine, and yet when there is the tiniest of specks developing on it, or if it appears to be a bit too “powdery” or “flaky”, the panic sets in on how I dared to neglect my skin for it to be that way.

When I visited the Gathered SA markets a couple of months ago, I walked around the different stalls and came across the lovely Sophie Welsh from Fae and Wildling. I wasn’t necessarily in the market for any skin care, due to my atrocious negligence towards it. But, as Sophie explained what her products were all about and how easy the routine was, in terms of using her products, it caught my interest and I was keen to give it a go.

Sophie has been an absolute angel, who guided me through the process of using her oils and face masks. Her social media presence is strong and it is a no-brainer that she is 100% committed towards delivering only the best for her customers.

I have had sensitive skin all my life, so every time I even think about trying something new, a significant part of me hesitates. It does help to put one’s mind to ease, knowing that the products by Fae and Wildling are:

  • Proudly Australian (South Australian)
  • Made from all the natural ingredients (aka all the good stuff for your skin)
  • Aromatic with their earthy and floral tones
  • Cruelty-free
  • Extremely easy to use and allows you to a good 5-20 minute relaxing experience

Whether you’ve bought a package or are primarily focusing on using the facial oils to bring back the glow to your beautiful skin, there are handy step-by-step instructions available on their website, which greatly helped me get the most out of the products that I was kindly gifted by Sophie:

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So, I was given samples of the Ethereal Polish, The Auricle, The Fates, and The Immanence.

I started off with the Ethereal Polish, which is a face scrub that you can make by adding a bit of water to make a paste. There’s an earthy tone to the mix, which also resonates in its texture when you apply it on the face. After leaving it on for about 10 minutes, I wiped it off with a damp cloth and felt like my face had a matte finish to it. The earthiness was subtle but apparent, with me sensing the gentle exfoliation process that was happening as it came off. My skin felt velvety and smooth. However, it didn’t appear to be a bit dry… like it could use a bit of moisture.

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That’s where The Auricle steps in. This is, hands down, one of my favourite products – I’ve used it in conjunction with the Ethereal Polish as well as on its own and the effects post-use are always a winner! It not only feels like my face has been injected with a new sense of life, but I can’t stop touching it!! It’s super soft, almost like a newborn baby’s skin! It is the product that I’ve run out of (the quickest), but it’s for a good reason and I can’t recommend this oil enough.

 

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The Imminence and The Fates are oils that I use interchangeably. These two oils have become part of my (very) early morning routine – leaving home for work at 6am means I have tired and half-dazed looking skin, which is not really a look that I’m a fan of. By dabbing a pea-sized amount of oil around my eyes, lips, and the sides of my nose, there is a visible and instant improvement in my overall look, where it boasts of a natural glow, whilst also injecting a sense of moisture and hydration to the vital parts of my face. The same goes for when I’m about to head to bed – I dab the tiniest amount of the oil(s) on my face after brushing my teeth and the subtle, natural aromas helps me fall asleep with ease, knowing that my skin has been taken care of, especially after a super long day at work, where there is no exposure to fresh air or sunlight!

And that’s it! 4 simple products that, in their own little drops, add a touch of freshness, hydration, and life into your face! Be sure to follow Fae & Wildling on their social media platforms (links below) and also don’t miss out on their blog articles, where they explain the origin of their name and how we as customers can get the most out of their products.

Official website
https://faeandwildling.com/

Social media
Facebook // Instagram