Pip’s products at Dindi are all natural
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.