Hayley Benseman from Hayley Benseman?
Welcome to our ‘Meet the Maker’ series, where we stalk makers/curators of things and hound them until they agree to be part of our blog.
Name: Hayley Benseman
Business name: Hayley Benseman
What do you make / create: ‘Mindful’ Skincare
What inspired you to first go into business and make your own products?
I was a relatively young mum! So we were thrown into parenthood in a time where most of our friends were just into the workforce post university! It was a very trying time financially ‘and emotionally’ because I knew If I were to have kids I was going to be a stay at home mum!
I had made that decision very early in life. Because of that though we were only living on the standard wage of a young guy! What a trial that was. Literally struggling to pay for the essentials BUT loving our beautiful baby. Baby number two came along with huge allergy issues so again we were thrown into the unknown. scary! Still struggling financially AND emotionally I made the decision to start diving into natural healing herbs and luxury formulations to provide soothing products for our girls severe eczema, and my own skin/ mindful needs. I was a high school dropout with a little post school learning, so everything I learned was at the library with my babies on my lap or on the internet when we could afford to get connected! Wow I am amazing lol.
So I ended up supplementing the family income while being a full time mum, also gifting myself and my sanity natural ‘mindful’ skincare that alleviated stress and brought me five minutes me time. This also, over time, gave me confidence in my own abilities, so I re-visited education as an adult securing certification in Aroma Science and now studying with the Aromaflex Academy for my Anatomy & Physiology.
“we are capable of anything we put our mind and body to”! I live and breathe that every day.
What’s one piece of advice you wish you’d had when you first started?
Get help! Get advice! and make sure you take it on board with grace and acceptance. Surround you and your business with like minded people. You ‘cannot’ do it alone forever so be open to opening up to others on your journey.
What’s your favourite product from your own range?
Two! My Calendula & Frankincense Oil Cleanser and my NEW My Blend oil (aromatherapy blended oil for happiness and wellbeing).
How do you like to treat yourself?
Meditation – face masks – yoga & my husbands good food
What’s your go to place when looking for a gift for others?
My workshop of course!!!!!
What’s your favourite NZ made product?
Whittakers chocolate lol – butter and cheeeeese
Who are some of your favourite small businesses?
My girls around me here in Taranaki who rock small businesses from home or have a local outfit! Victoria Bond spiritual medium and coach from Halo Healing – Ashley from The Spilt Milk Co – Dani from Foxy Lady Beautique – Phillippa Kingi from Pilates for Living – Rebecca from The Felt Factory – there are many more strong women taking the lead here in Taranaki! yuss
What can’t you live without?
My own strength and independence – the connection I have worked on with myself to find love – faith and companionship with myself and my own abilities. This is the most important. Without YOU there is no one else. No mum, no friend, no cousin, no boss, no nothing.
That is the biggest lesson I have learned in life, so that is why I share this with the world and empower women to ‘mindfully connect with themselves’ full of love and gratitude.
Where can we buy your products?
And what are your social links?
Come join our new Mindful Me group : https://www.facebook.com/groups/340478800
Thanks Hayley, we loved finding out more about you and your story. We included her amazing panda eyes makeup remover cream in our Kindness boxes, (and switched out to the Golden Dew Drops for our vegan subscribers).
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