Orean. presents Pocket Mentors, hosted by CEO Dan Williams, voted in the Telegraphs Top 50 Most Ambitious Business Leaders in the UK.
A series of chats with new and established business owners, entrepreneurs and business mentors.
This Podcast was created to provide tips and insights to many of those wanting to create a brand or business of their own or for those established in business to hear and learn from their peers that have been in similar positions.
Learn of the successes and failures, the highs and the lows and how they grew and evolved through adversity.
#24 - Lauren Murrell - Co Founder of By Sarah London.
Just a couple of weeks before Lauren's law school exams, she was diagnosed with a life threatening case of leukemia. Despite just a 20% survival rate, Lauren made a full recovery through chemotherapy and a life saving Stem Cell transplant from her sister, Sarah. That's not all Sarah helped with. Lauren asked her sister for help with her skin; as a result of the therapy it was very reactive and extremely sensitive so Sarah took to work creating an amazing plant oil based range of products that Lauren could use daily. That was decade ago, and it wasn't until 5 years later that together they would make the decision to launch a brand... it was at that stage 'By Sarah London' was born.
This really is an incredible journey into the power of the human mind and a physical journey across continents. It's one which will undoubtedly inspire.
You'll hear of isolation, the power of visualization, the positive effect your surroundings can have on you, the huge impact words and self talk can have on yourself. Nowadays, the terms, journaling, manifesting, and affirmations are commonplace, but in this instance this all came from within. This really is a story of radical acceptance and the phenomenal result of such practice.
Lauren and Sarah are now going from strength to strength with their 'digital first' skincare brand and built and incredible community with an ever growing following of 'Super Fans' which are so important and highly valued. With both Lauren and Sarah having a complimentary skill set, they continue to manage the business together and have since become a Certified B Corp business.
You can reach out to Lauren and Sarah and find out more about 'by Sarah London' on the following pages;
I really hope you enjoy this episode.
Thanks for listening
Produced by OREAN. Beauty Built Better.
#24 - Karen Ruimy - Passionate, Positive and Energetic founder of the wellbeing/lifestyle brand Kalmar. Author, Singer, Dancer and Philanthropist.
From the testosterone male dominated world of finance through a metamorphosis to a world of spirituality and positivity.
This is the story (so far) of Karen Ruimy and one of my favourite episodes yet.
Karen is the Founder of Kalmar, a holistic wellbeing and resort-wear brand rooted in spiritual self discovery. As a founder of this incredible range Karen knew what she wanted to create, but in order to do so she had to surround herself with experts to enable to bring this scent led range to life.
The journey to date has been far from ordinary, Moroccan born to a childhood in Paris has culminated in a spiritual awakening and one that Karen simply has to share.
A spiritualist, an author, a dancer and a singer…. Karen is a teacher and wants to share and teach everything that she learns while on her own amazing journey.
Sit back, relax and listen to this incredible woman as we discuss her life and the power of positivity!
You can find Karen here;
Karen’s first book: The Angel's Metamorphosis https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/070437188X/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_0NGP4JWSH047VE9T1G80
Karen’s Music: https://music.amazon.co.uk/artists/B001GLUICW?ref=dm_sh_V5HkEAyyiVyp0PuQLpUSuzFKJ
Here’s the shakti mat we talk about too.
#23 - Mark Lockyer - Commercial Director of Sampling Innovations - The future of sampling in a sustainable world.
From an early age Mark admired his father and what he had created; with that in mind, he knew that business was always going to be for him.
His latter years in education had a focus on Business Studies and culminated in a degree at Loughborough University and a years placement with Vauxhall. It was here he really nurtured his love for Marketing.
After a few years working within telecoms and creating value adding offers for consumers, he was offered the opportunity to join his father and brother at Sampling Innovations. A business at the time which provided sampling solutions to brands and retailers by forming partnerships and subcontracting with 3rd party manufacturers.
Now a 2nd Generation business, family members are still firmly involved in the business; however, he's since joined forces with a partner from Spain to create Sampling Innovations Europe and provide it's own manufacturing capabilities.
I talk with Mark about this journey, the ups and downs, we discuss sampling options available, sustainability and the challenges and opportunities that Brexit has presented.
Sampling Innovations Europe deliver full service sampling solutions for fragrance, beauty and personal care brands. With offices in London, Barcelona and Paris, their professional and pro-active team of experts ensure brands gain maximum return on investment from any sampling campaign. Their wide range of sampling formats include sachets, vials, fragrance & make-up labels, miniature tubes and bottles.
All options customized to suit any brand, their ethos and values, their product, target audience and budget!
#22 - Lorraine Dallmeier - Biologist, Environmental Scientist, Self Confessed Geek and CEO of Formula Botanica
Lorraine is an award-winning CEO, as well as a biologist and Chartered Environmentalist, but that really is just the tip of the iceberg!
She was voted the most influential person in natural beauty for 2020 and awarded the Digital Achiever of the Year award for the cosmetics industry by Google and Cosmetic Executive Women (CEW) for growing Formula Botanica from a tiny bootstrapped startup to a global education institution.
Lorraine is on a mission to make formulation as commonplace as cookery, as she believes that anyone can learn to formulate with natural, sustainable ingredients. Lorraine is a full Member of the Royal Society of Biology, the Society of Cosmetic Scientists and the Institute of Environmental Management & Assessment. She lives in the southwest of England with her partner and two sons.
This is an incredible journey and one that screams 'say yes to opportunities' and have self belief to your core.
This is an episode that will fascinate, inspire and ignite your own enthusiasm.
Follow Lorraine on:
Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/lorrainedallmeier/
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/DIYBeautyDiva
Twitter - https://twitter.com/herbBlurb
#21 - Jo Chidley - Co-Founder, Beauty Kitchen UK - Sustainable Beauty Pioneer
For years, Jo Chidley searched for beauty products that were effective, natural and sustainable. Jo also wanted the brand itself to run it's business in an ethical way. Unfortunately, Jo could just not find what she was looking for and took matters into her own hands. So began the journey with her husband and Co-Founder Stuart Chidley - The Birth of Beauty Kitchen.
Jo is Beauty Kitchen’s toughest critic, inspecting everything from the efficacy of the products, to the way the ingredients are sourced, right down to the packaging sustainability for each product. Sustainability in packaging is a subject that is close to her heart and inspired Beauty Kitchen’s RETURN • REFILL • REPEAT program which was created after reading and being inspired the book Cradle to Cradle by William McDonough & Michael Braungart. In a world where the emphasis is predominantly focused on us to reduce and recycle, the big focus of Beauty Kitchen is RE-USE.
Jo and Beauty Kitchen have won industry awards, including being voted in the Top 5 of ‘Who’s Who in Natural Beauty’ 3 years in a row and business awards such as ‘Scale Up Entrepreneur of the Year’.
Jo features in national and international press and is regularly invited to speak at global sustainability events, to share her ideas and knowledge on how all of us can develop new ways to build a more sustainable future.
Jo and Beauty Kitchen can both be found on social media at the links below:
#20 - Millie Kendall MBE - Beauty Industry Rockstar! CEO & CoFounder of the British Beauty Council, Co Founder of BeautyMart and Co Founder of Ruby & Millie... but it doesn't end there...
In 2007, Millie was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2007 New Year Honours for her contribution to the cosmetics industry. Fast forward to 2020 and Millie's voice couldn't be any louder and has used her status to great affect. Millie's been one of the most influential voices throughout the COVID-19 Pandeminc lockdown, fighting tirelessly to ensure that a £28.4 billion industry is heard and supported. For that alone, and I know I speak on behalf of thousands of others, I'm extremely grateful for.
This is a fascinating insight into a hugely influential figure in the Beauty Industry. The story begins in London in 70's, but quickly switches to LA where Millie's father had his own Salon, before Millie headed back to London as a teenager and began work at Toni & Guy in Mayfair. Millie admits hairdressing was not her calling and was much more mathematical than artistic.
It was product that lit Millie up and it's this passion that has shaped her story so far.
Millie introduced Shu Uemura to the European market, launched Aveda in 1997.
While at Shu Uemura she worked very closely with Mr Shu Uemura himself and she describes him as her "greatest mentor". Mr Shu Uemura encouraged Millie's radical and maverick style and provided her with a safe and supported environment to flourish.
Alongside make-up artist Ruby Hammer, Millie launched Ruby & Millie in 1998 in Harvey Nichols then Selfridges and retailing in Boots.
On Millie's return to London, she reconnected with Anna-Marie Solowij, the former Beauty Editor of British Vogue. Millie and Anna-Marie partnered to launch the first beauty boutique in store and online, BeautyMART.
The story doesn't end there... as a devoted mum of two, Millie still finds the time to carve and shape the industry and help support and mentor many other brands. Millie has a clear, yet adaptable vision of what she still wants to achieve and I for what am very excited to be part of this amazing industry.