Pip’s prod­ucts at Dindi are all nat­u­ral

Mansfield Courier - - NEWS - By RHYLL McCOR­MACK

NAT­U­RAL is a word we hear a lot these days.

Our food has to be nat­u­ral, our skin­care, even our clean­ing prod­ucts are all plas­tered with the word that im­plies, though by no means guar­an­tees, a chem­i­cal free prod­uct.

How­ever, Pip Guy­att is one pro­ducer who is, gen­uinely, the man­u­fac­turer of nat­u­ral soaps and lo­tions. Gen­uine goats milk soap? Pip has 15 milk bot­tles full of the stuff in the fridge to prove it, all with la­bels like “milked from Daisy, Au­gust 21, 2015”.

When Pip says she uses olive oil, she doesn’t mean the mass pro­duced stuff that you buy in 200 litre vats – she means the stuff pro­duced right here in the North East.

In fact, Pip’s com­mit­ment to us­ing lo­cal prod­ucts ex­tends even to her pack­ag­ing – she re­fuses to im­port the cheaper plas­tics from China, and in­stead has sourced an Aus­tralian made va­ri­ety.

Pip is the cre­ator of Dindi Nat­u­rals, a com­pany that she has lov­ingly nur­tured for seven years af­ter strug­gling to find a soap prod­uct that did not con­tain chem­i­cals.

“My son had bad eczema, and I couldn’t find a soap that didn’t make it worse – so I started do­ing some re­search and came across a lot of in­for­ma­tion on goats milk, so I had a dab­ble at mak­ing some my­self,” she said.

Although she ad­mits her first few at­tempts “were very ugly”, the prod­uct it­self was what caught her in­ter­est.

Her son’s eczema dis­ap­peared.

“The soap might have looked aw­ful, but it worked – it was so gen­tle and kind to all skin types,” she said.

Pip started cre­at­ing soap for fam­ily, then friends, then a shopfront in her home town of Alexan­dra be­gan stock­ing the chem­i­cal free bars.

From there, Pip re­calls the meta­mor­pho­sis of Dindi Nat­u­rals.

“I took over the kitchen, then I moved out the back to a shed but it got to the point you couldn’t move in there ei­ther, so we ex­panded the shed – un­til that got too small as well,” Pip said.

Nam­ing her busi­ness “Dindi” in hon­our of her home shire, Mur­rindindi, Pip has pur­pose built a new shop front at Yarck.

Fea­tur­ing a pro­cess­ing room, stor­age, of­fice and a mag­nif­i­cent show­room, the Dindi Nat­u­rals re­tail store opened ear­lier this year.

“We were ex­pand­ing with some big­ger con­tracts and we didn’t have the space we needed to fill them – it was get­ting to the point we were mov­ing side­ways down the halls,” she said.

Pip’s shopfront has been cre­ated much like her line of prod­ucts – lov­ingly, thought­fully and with an em­pha­sis on be­ing uniquely Aus­tralian.

Lights hang from re­claimed pieces of t i mber; prod­ucts are dis­played on 100 year old work benches and the sun­light streams in through high ceil­ing win­dows.

“I like to push Aus­tralian - we use Aus­tralian na­tives be­cause the es­sen­tial oils are fan­tas­tic for the skin, and be­cause of that there’s some­thing that draws you back to our prod­ucts,” Pip said.

Start­ing from scratch her­self, Pip also knows, first hand, how hard it can be to get your prod­uct to the public.

With that in mind, she has opened her doors to other lo­cal pro­duc­ers and al­lowed them to use Dindi Nat­u­rals as a plat­form; stock­ing olive oils, fur­ni­ture, art­works, home­wares and food all cre­ated in the North East.

“Do­ing this is some­thing I love – I want to come to work each day,” she said.

“It’s been a huge in­vest­ment, not just fi­nan­cially but time-wise as well, but you have to have faith in your prod­uct and what you are achiev­ing.”

Dindi Nat­u­rals are now stocked in 100s of re­tail­ers, along with ho­tels, bed and break­fasts and yoga re­treats and is also avail­able online.

For more in­for­ma­tion go to www.din­d­i­nat­u­rals.com.

ALL NAT­U­RAL: Pip Guy­att has cre­ated so much more than just a retail shopfront for her Dindi Naturals prod­ucts at Yarck.

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