Q: Vivian from Boundless Organic (Co-founder of Boundless Organic)
A: Vanessa Megan Gray from Vanessa Megan (Founder of Vanessa Megan)
Vanessa Megan believes that you should never put anything on your skin that you wouldn't eat. With that in mind, Vanessa Megan’s has developed a range of pure, natural and organic products that are Australian-made; animal cruelty free and Australian Certified Organic. She has avoided using ingredients like mineral oils and paraffin to produce a product selection that has been satisfying customers since 2001. On her website there are glowing testimonials to the effectiveness of her product range, which caters to men, women, children, expectant mothers and infants.
Q:What inspired you to establish Vanessa Megan?
A:’Vanessa Megan’ products were born from my best friend’s phrase: "You should never put anything on your skin that you wouldn't eat''. Galvanized by this concept, I began investigating the ingredients in my bathroom cabinet. Discovering skin care products laced with harmful and synthetic ingredients, I commenced a quest to find a chemical free product that had all the regenerating and healing properties I was looking for. The search revealed a shortage of truly harmless natural skin care products and In 2001 I started formulating natural face products in my kitchen, studying the effects of various ingredients on my own skin. My love of biochemistry resulted in the birth of my own natural skin care brand which I christened: ‘Vanessa Megan’ after the Greek translation: Vanessa - ‘Butterfly’ and Megan - ‘Strong’, my first and middle names.
Q:Within your range, there are products labeled 100% natural while others are recognised as Australian Certified Organic, what is the difference between the two?
A:Nearly all of our products are Certified by the ACO, we have a few products that aren’t. The perfumes, as they are predominantly water and our shampoo and conditioner. If we were to certify these two products they would retail at approximately $100 a bottle. For wash off products we realise this is an extremely high price, so we opted to use 100% natural ingredients to make these items accessible to everyone.
Q:How are naturally formulated products more effective?
A:Natural formulations are the purest form of any ingredient. On a cellular level the ingredients penetrate and heal / protect / moisturise / hydrate and ultimately have an anti ageing effect. It is a short term and long term advantage over synthetic ingredients. Not to mention the health benefits of using chemical free formulations.
Q:While more people are transitioning into the use of organic products, there are still synthetic products in the market that claim to contain natural ingredients. What suggestions do you have for consumers to make the right organic choice?
A: I have been educating our customers for years on how to recognise the beneficial ingredients from the ingredients that are synthetic. My first tip is: Read your labels. If there are any numbers in the ingredients it is generally synthetic. If you are unsure of an ingredient, look on the Skindeep EWG website - http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ and it will tell you the level of safety, the ingredients origin and if it is toxic or carcinogenic. The only logo I trust in the industry is the ACO logo. They are the pinnacle of organic, are recognised globally and when you see this logo, you know that you can trust the brand completely.
Q:What are some of the most popular products within your range?
A:We have just finished Award season and it was a very successful year for the Vanessa Megan Brand. We won Best Certified Organic Product of the Year for our N.E.O – Nature’s Elixir Face Oil. We won Best Hand Cream for our Peruvian Flower Hand and Body Cream We were Runner Up in the Beauty Awards for our Lemon and Eucalyptus Exfoliating Hand Wash Our Shampoo won most Recommended Shampoo of the year in the Nature and Health Awards. Alongside these products the following products are our top sellers:
• Certified Organic Rose Water
• Essential Blend Natural Perfume
• Petitgrain Cream Cleanser
• Marine Collagen Intensive Night Cream
• Bug Off Me – Bug deterrent