How do you manage to juggle work and life balance as a mother?
I’m very well-organized actually! Everything is planned to the minute and I also benefit from my team’s support at work but also in my personal life. I make a lot of “to do” lists in order to clearly identify what needs to be done as a priority and what can wait.
I also take some time for myself twice a week: I practise yoga, swimming or go to the gym in order to relax and try to take it easy in any circumstances!
What was your inspiration behind your brand: Puressentiel?
After working for several years in communication, I felt the need to go back to my roots. My mother was a herborist and my father was a naturopath, so I grew up with a full awareness of all what nature has to offer. When I became a mum myself, I spontaneously took care of my family with plants and essential oils in particular. I just had to apply what I had learnt. I realized then few people were aware of the power of essential oils, how they work and what all their benefits are, it was not easily accessible to everyone. One day, I just told myself that I should share my knowledge with as many people as possible and create ready-to-use aromatherapy products, while proving their efficacy. This is how I founded Puressentiel laboratory in 2005 with my husband. At the very beginning, we launched only 4 products that were distributed in pharmacies. It was a real success and it revealed that people were looking for natural alternatives to traditional medicines to treat their daily aches and pains. Today, Puressentiel offers a diverse range of 170 products!
What top tips would you give to any mum on starting her own business?
You have to accept that you can’t do everything perfectly, even if it’s quite hard for perfectionists! You have to let it go, accept to be wrong sometimes, admit your mistakes and draw something positive from them!
We know you are based in France but do you have a favourite ‘hang out’ spot in London with your children?
My youngest daughter is studying in London and my son is working there too, so I come from time to time to visit them and I usually stay at the Boundary hotel. There’s an amazing rooftop restaurant there which serves great fish dishes just like in the South of France. I love having breakfast with my daughter at the Albion café where there are all sorts of juices and amazing cakes. I also go there to shop for her local and fresh products from their little grocery shop.
How do you define quality ‘me-time’?
In my personal life, all the simple pleasures of life are moments that I cherish. These are very simple things such as talking with a friend of mine for 10 minutes, watching a good movie, practising yoga, listening to music out loud, reading a book.
I get some while working as well, for instance when I spend time in my bathroom testing a new product’s formula.
What does motherhood represent to you?
When you raise 3 children, you deal with 3 completely different people. To me, being a mother is supporting each one of them as they grow up, respecting who they have become and what they undertake while maintaining a harmonious dialogue, a constructive and close discussion between us. That’s the ideal achievement in my opinion as a mum. Of course, you have to compromise, both sides have to, but it is an amazing relationship that you are build throughout your lifetime and it enriches you.
What do you love most about London?
I love the energy that comes out from this city… People seem to free themselves from some “good behaviour and convenience codes” in order to live as they want to, they express their individuality and everyone else accepts it.
What is the best family holiday?
Spending time together on a boat, nothing but us and the ocean! Or on a mountain high, in the wild nature…actually every moment we manage to share just the five of us.
Given we are all about embracing Motherhood, what advice would you give a first-time Mum?
Focus on the moments you have and share with your child: cooking, dancing, reading a story, creating something… Enjoy each of these activities to teach them something in a fun way…and rely on someone else without feeling guilty by the tasks you feel less comfortable with…We can’t always be perfect in every way!
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