Hanson & Hopewell Partner Spotlight: Meet Nathalie Bond Organics
Every month at Hanson & Hopewell, we highlight one of the independent businesses we feature in our luxury bride-to-be gift boxes and this month we’ve chosen Nathalie Bond Organics. Nathalie Bond Organics handcraft small batches of beautiful skincare using only 100% natural organic oils that are safe, gentle and can be sourced sustainably. All of Nathalie’s products are created in her Sheffield workshop and have been featured in Vogue, The Daily Telegraph and InStyle magazine.
Can you tell us a little about who you are and what you do?
I am Natalie, and I am the co-founder of Nathalie Bond Organics. We craft small batches of beautiful skincare and candles with organic and natural ingredients. The range includes handmade soap, lip salves, balms, body oils, scrubs, bath salts and essential oil candles.
What makes your business so special to you and your customers?
On average, women apply 168 chemicals to their skin every day with little knowledge of the impact such substances can have. Nathalie Bond Organics overthrows harsh elements in favour of properties that nourish, cleanse and exfoliate. Each natural solution is made entirely from raw plant ingredients; ensuring customers can rejuvenate, hydrate and soothe skin without unnecessary chemicals.
What was it that inspired you to start your business?
When I discovered I was pregnant with my first born, I became aware of the harmful chemicals in many of my favourite beauty products, so Andy and I began making our own simple soap and balms using only natural oils and butters that are safe, gentle and can be sourced sustainably. We now run a growing family business, creating a selection of skincare and candles with 100% natural and organic ingredients that are truly effective and also pretty good for the planet.
Can you describe your typical day for us?
In the week, my alarm goes off at 6 am each morning and I wake myself up with our peppermint and eucalyptus soap or lavender and bergamot if I want a slightly softer wake up! ;) I then spend some time reading my bible whilst getting my breakfast ready. I then do my first work slot of the day between 7-9/10 am depending on the day and childcare arrangements, whilst Andy watches the kids. The rest of my days vary, depending on when my two little ones (Alfie and Ted) are at nursery. Outside of nursery hours I am in full time childcare duty for the rest of the day. The boys and I go exploring sheffield, seeing friends, or just hang out at home. Due to trying to work around the boys nursery and naps as much as possible, I then have to work a couple of evenings a week too, once the boys are down. Life is never boring!
If you had to choose, what has been your favourite day at work so far?
Oh that's hard. I would say one of the most memorable days was last summer when we had to extend our workspace, and did this by building a garden office out the back. The day this build began, we had a massive lorry of timber arrive, which our good friend and now colleague was going to assemble for us and make what is now the office. It was all hands on deck. I had Ted strapped to my back and we were lugging massive timber logs from one side of the house to the next. It was quite a moment!
Has there been a hardest day at work so far?
There has been 3 years of hard work! Building a business is no mean feat. :)
As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I didn't actually have a plan, but I was always into Music and Art. Somehow that has brought me here today.
What or who is your daily inspiration?
What is the most-loved gift you have ever received?
It's not the gift I remember, but when my Mum and Dad both came to see me at Uni for my 21st to take me out for a special meal and present me with a few presents. This was a very rare and special moment as my Dad travelled a lot when I was a child.
Whether it made you laugh, cry or cringe - do you have a favourite wedding moment?
Yes, driving to the reception we drove through a section in the peaks called 'surprise view'. I remember driving round the bend and seeing the view and bursting into tears because it was so beautiful!
At H&H we have friendship at our core - what does friendship mean to you?
Everything. Without friendship/community, life would be so dull and really quite lonely.
If you had to give the H&H #bridesmaidbible readers one piece of advice what would it be?
It's not the day that's most important, focus on what you're building from that day forward!
Shotgun wedding? See what we did there!? Well, here's the quick-fire round - ready, steady, go!
The more the merrier or small and intimate?
Small and intimate
DIY or Designer?
Yacht or Yurt?
Hen night in or hen night out?
Diamonds or Pearls?
Cake or cheese tower?
Pure happiness is...?
A good walk followed by a stop at a beautiful coffee shop or pub