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MEET THE MAKER: CORINNE TAYLOR

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MEET THE MAKER: CORINNE TAYLOR

TELL US, WHO ARE YOU?

Hello, my name is Corinne and I am the owner and managing director of Corinne Taylor Aromatherapy Products.


WHAT DOES YOUR BUSINESS DO / WHAT DO YOU MAKE?

Along with my partner Dan and a small team, we hand-make all natural, vegan friendly & cruelty free wellbeing products for bath, body and home.


HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN DOING THIS AMAZING JOB?

We have been going for over 5 years now! The business started when I was working full time as a holistic therapist. Dan and I had a lightbulb moment and decided to start a weekend market stall, with 100% natural wellbeing products to compliment my treatments.

WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO BEGIN THIS JOURNEY?

After training to become an aromatherapist and working in my first therapist role, I was amazed to learn first hand the benefits of essential oils by using them with my clients through massage. I then began to experiment by making products containing essential oils to compliment my treatments, such as bath salts to de stress or boost energy. Soon friends and family wanted to buy from us and we started selling at a market stall at weekends. Dan used his graphic design skills to create all of the labels and banners, whilst I worked on the product blends. After a few months we launched an Etsy store then around a year later our website. Now five years on we have expanded into wholesale supplying over 50 retailers in the UK as well as stores in Europe and Japan.


WHAT WERE YOU DOING IN YOUR PREVIOUS LIFE ... JOB?

I worked full time as a holistic therapist practising treatments such as aromatherapy, reflexology, deep tissue massage and reiki. Previously I studied art and textiles at university and have always been very creative, so starting the products business has allowed me to combine that creativity with my passion for holistic living and aromatherapy.


WHAT ARE YOUR BUSINESS VALUES?

Our ethos is to keep our products as close to nature as possible, therefor we only use 100% natural ingredients, never any sls, parabens, synthetic colours or fragrance. Our full range is also palm oil free, vegan friendly - registered with The Vegan Society, and certified cruelty free with the Leaping Bunny. We use recyclable and eco friendly packaging wherever possible and are constantly looking for new ways to introduce more eco friendly working practices.


WHAT KEEPS YOU MOTIVATED?

Seeing so many unnatural and unethical products on the market motivates me to get our range out there and to spread the word about green, clean beauty / home fragrance. Also, seeing stress and anxiety levels at an all time high motivates me to educate people about self care and wellness.


WHAT INSPIRES YOU?

I am inspired by nature, as well as natural ingredients and holistic therapies. I am always inspired by the many creative and awesome female bosses out there making incredible things happen in the world as well as new innovations in ethical and sustainable products and practices.


WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT WHAT YOU DO?

I love that I am doing something different everyday, and that our business is always evolving. There is never a dull moment, and although it can be challenging at times, running a business has allowed me to grow in so many ways and is incredibly exciting.


WHERE ARE YOU BASED - WHERE CAN WE FIND YOU?

We are based in Brighton, UK but you can find us in a number of independent stockists around the UK, including Planet Organic and Oliver Bonas, Europe and Japan. You can get our full range from www.corinnetaylor.co.uk.



WHAT DOES THE FUTURE LOOK LIKE FOR YOU ?

We are currently working on some new skincare and wellness products to add to our range this year which is very exciting, as well as also expanding our distribution to a few new European countries.