In­no­cent in­spired by na­ture

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A Mata­mata Col­lege stu­dent has launched her very own small busi­ness, which is in­spired by na­ture.

Emily Now­ell and younger sis­ter Caitlin, have launched their busi­ness, In­no­cent.

The sis­ters sell beau­ti­fully scented and brightly coloured soaps, bath bombs and body scrubs. The soaps use an olive or co­conut oil base and the ad­di­tional in­gre­di­ents are all nat­u­ral too.

They will be sell­ing their prod­ucts at the Novem­ber and De­cem­ber Mata­mata Mar­ket and Craft Fairs and are es­pe­cially look­ing for­ward to ex­hibit­ing their busi­ness at the Twi­light Fair this month.

The fledg­ling busi­ness was born from Emily’s Mata­mata Col­lege busi­ness stud­ies class. Stu­dents were en­cour­aged to get into groups and come up with a small busi­ness to take to mar­ket.

Emily says af­ter the school project was over, she de­cided to con­tinue run­ning the busi­ness. She wanted to sup­ply peo­ple with na­ture-in­spired soaps, and over the past few months has been scour­ing the in­ter­net for recipes.

She asked Caitlin to be­come in­volved and the two of them make all the prod­ucts them­selves. The bath bombs are cre­ated in an hour. The body scrubs are even faster to pro­duce but the soaps are made in bulk and take six weeks to cure.

Emily says the pack­ag­ing is the most time con­sum­ing.

Mum Deb­bie Now­ell says she is proud of both her daugh­ters for how they have man­aged the chal­lenges of run­ning a small busi­ness and how they are balanc­ing school and busi­ness obli­ga­tions.

‘‘They have worked hard on com­ing up with a great prod­uct and pre­sen­ta­tion. The in­gre­di­ents are all re­ally good qual­ity and peo­ple think great.

‘‘They are tak­ing af­ter the rest of the fam­ily, who are all in busi­ness, but school must come first.’’

Deb­bie is par­tic­u­larly fond of the cof­fee body scrub, which she says leaves your the skin re­ally smooth and it smells de­li­cious.

The girls are pre­par­ing for Christ­mas, putting hampers to­gether, mar­ket­ing them­selves on-line and sell­ing their prod­uct through their mum’s Arawa Street store For­get Me Not.

The Twi­light Fair is Sun­day, Novem­ber 27.

See the video on the Chron­i­cle’s Face­book page. the prod­ucts are

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