Big dol­lars in scents for cou­ple

Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - - BUSINESS - ALISTER THOM­SON alister.thom­son@news.com.au

PA­CIFIC Scents is hop­ing an ex­pan­sion this year has the sweet smell of suc­cess for the busi­ness, which counts per­fume gi­ants Guer­lain and Dior as clients.

The com­pany was launched 17 years ago in New Cale­do­nia and moved to the Gold Coast in 2015.

Nathalie Point, who runs the busi­ness with hus­band David Point, said they chose to move to the Coast for a change of life­style.

The pair’s en­tire busi­ness foot­print re­lates to a bed­room and garage at a He­lensvale res­i­dence, although they are plan­ning to move to a ware­house this year to cope with in­creased de­mand.

The prod­uct range is vast and in­cludes es­sen­tial oils (in­clud­ing san­dal­wood, clove and cam­phor), cos­met­ics, flo­ral water, veg­etable oils, tea and cos­met­ics. San­dal­wood oil is a key in­gre­di­ent of many of the prod­ucts and is sourced from a dis­tillery in New Cale­do­nia.

The pro­duc­tion process in­volves felling trees and then re­mov­ing the sap­wood for de­liv­ery to the dis­tillery.

The wood is stocked for dry­ing then milled to be­come wood­chips. The chips are then

placed in a dou­ble boiler heated by a wood fire, where the steam al­lows the wood to ex­ude its es­sen­tial oil.

The oil is used for treat­ment of de­pres­sion, daily stress and states of anx­i­ety, fear or chronic ill­ness as well as skin­care. Mrs Point said the move to the Gold Coast had en­abled the busi­ness to ex­pand its prod­uct range, in­clud­ing a san­dal­wood-cos­metic range.

She said a chance meet­ing at a lo­cal gym had been the cat­a­lyst for mov­ing their prod­ucts into a net­work of al­most 500 health shops and lo­cal stores through­out Aus­tralia.

“We talked about our prod­ucts, and the store owner was very happy to take them,” she said. “That was a big break be­cause it got us into Go Vita at Aus­tralia Fair where a dis­tributer no­ticed our prod­ucts.”

That dis­tributer de­cided to place Pa­cific Scents’ prod­ucts in 130 health shops.

Last year they signed a deal for another dis­tributer to place their prod­ucts in 350 shops in Vic­to­ria, Western Aus­tralia and Tas­ma­nia. The first de­liv­er­ies started this month.

Mrs Point said the new deals meant the firm needed more room to store stock.

“We are burst­ing at the seams and need a fa­cil­ity,” she said. The pair run a hands-on busi­ness, plac­ing la­bels on bot­tles, bot­tling the liq­uids, and pre­par­ing and dis­patch­ing or­ders them­selves. Eigh­teen months ago they launched a web­site, which Mrs Point said was do­ing a brisk trade.

Mrs Point said they had been sup­ply­ing com­pa­nies in­clud­ing Dior for 10 years. She said the san­dal­wood from New Cale­do­nia was renowned for its qual­i­ties through­out the world and was a key at­trac­tion for the pres­ti­gious com­pa­nies.

“San­dal­wood oil is used in ayurveda (sys­tem of medicine with roots in the In­dian sub­con­ti­nent), aro­mather­apy and is a key in­gre­di­ent in many lo­tions and soaps thanks to its an­timi­cro­bial (agent that kills micro­organ­isms or stops their growth) prop­er­ties,” she said.

Pic­ture: JERAD WIL­LIAMS

Pa­cific Scents owner Nathalie Point with some of the prod­ucts the com­pany of­fers.

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