I believe that our whole lives are written in scent; and just like when you open your journal, one simple note can transport you back to a very particular moment and stir a feeling inside of you…
It is exactly these moments on which The Olfactiv was founded. My collection is also a very personal telling of my own story, with each fragrance holding its own memories, quirky appreciations and life long dreams; it’s like opening up my diary, and reading all the very best bits.
Every product that I create is hand-crafted, fuelled with passion, and dedicated to bringing you hours of whimsical home fragrance – and with that, I hope my scents leave you with a stirred soul and awaken something inside of you; whether it be a memory, an emotion or even a dream.
In the midst of a severe depression, onset by the corporate job I had worked my whole career to get, it was now Boxing Day and I had a friend’s party to attend. I hadn’t left my bed for two weeks, bar Christmas Day when I had to cook the traditional dinner for my family and watch the kids open their long awaited presents.
There was nothing I wanted to do less at that point… but little did I know, that that night I was about to receive a gift that would set me on a completely different path.
One of my dearest friends gifted me with a home fragrance hamper, containing everything from scented candles to room mists and diffusers. Now, not having grown up with these little luxuries, I had never truly appreciated them, which led them to the back of the cupboard, just like the rest.
A few days later, I mustered up the energy to give the house a spring clean, as my parents were due to visit for the holidays. While getting some fresh linen from the press, I accidently came across the hamper I had just recently stashed away – “Aha, these may finally come in handy” I thought, as I opened the package and lit the candles. Shortly after, my mood started to lift – and I knew this wasn’t from the excitement of expecting my parents.
A few days later, I relit the scented candles that were harbouring on the windowsill – and again, my mood elevated. I have always known that aromatherapy has the power to alter your state of mind, but a candle…? Could it be true…?
An intensive few weeks of research quickly ensued, along with a number of orders to wax and fragrance suppliers across the country. After experimenting, making dozens of variously scented candles and conducting even more burn tests, proving my theory that scent (not only essential oils) has the ability to alter ones state of mind (and that it’s not just a great marketing message other companies use), the idea for The Olfactiv was born…
At my lowest low, that simple, little gift quite literally, changed my life!
While my journey has been long and often incredibly frustrating, it has honestly been the most exciting one yet. I had never imagined that it could be possible to create a product, that in the process of doing so, would quite literally stir your soul. It has tested me, taught me, and found me my true ‘happy place’.
I have spent the past 11 months developing our product; trying to both replicate the experience I aim to pass on to you, and perfecting the product itself, together with its performance.
Every single element of The Olfactiv has been touched by me in some way, and with that, it has absorbed all the love and passion that I pour into it. From the brand conception, to product creation, label design, printing and web development – I have done everything on my own (but not without the love and support of my incredible husband and family). This brand, this product, is a reflection of me in every way and I can only hope that you get the same enjoyment out of it as I have had creating it.