New Season ...

The arrival of Spring is a great time for both reflection and for new ideas.  So it’s a perfect opportunity for us to reflect on our first six months as a brand, what we have learned and to look forward to the coming months and the next stage in our journey.

When we launched last July, we loved what we had created and were hopeful that others would too.  It’s always nerve-wracking to put your heart and soul into something that you believe passionately in, then have to cross your fingers and hope that you’ve got it right.  Six months on, it’s been a roller-coaster, a huge learning-curve and happily, a confirmation that people love what we do.  Phew!  

We have had some really positive media coverage - have a look at our new Reviews section of the website to check out what people are saying about us.  We now have a growing number of stockists; getting our first retail stockist last August, a month after we launched was incredibly exciting for us; it was such a buzz and we were hugely flattered that a retailer liked our products and our ethos so much that they decided to stock our whole range there and then.

Swapping the corporate world for the chance to create our own brand and products has taken us outside of our comfort zone; six months on, we have met some really amazing and inspirational people; learnt some great lessons - about business and about life; and reinforced our determination to continue to grow and expand Gli Oli.

That expansion begins with new fragrance blends for Spring/Summer.  We are currently blending and fine-tuning new fragrances to add to the portfolio in the next few months.  We believe that the best fragrances for your home are those created exclusively using pure essential oils.  Our home and office is currently filled with the aromas of Spring and Summer - rose, lavender, geranium, orange blossom, jasmine as we experiment with creating those perfect new blends.  As soon as we are happy that the new blends are amazing, we will let you in on the secret!

Now, we’d better get back to those blends…

New Beginnings

I wonder how many "big" ideas start on a beach? How many of us dream of getting out of the daily grind? Of being our own boss.  The seeds that Gli Oli has grown from were sown here - on Koekohe Beach in New Zealand, staring in wonder at the Moeraki Boulders. 

Tired of our jobs and worn out by commuting, we had sold our house, sold our car, given up our jobs and embarked on a world trip.  We weren't gap year students, searching for that big adventure before university; we were sensible, happily-married, mortgage-paying, mid-thirties;  desperately searching for something different to do with our lives; something we could be proud of and believe in.

The trip opened our eyes to many things, amongst them the power and possibilities offered by alternative therapies and I quickly became fascinated by aromatherapy and the therapeutic properties of essential oils.  By the time we returned home nine months later, I had decided to train in aromatherapy and follow my passion.

Back home, reality set in, we needed to live, so had to return to working and commuting full-time - I studied for my professional diploma in aromatherapy at weekends and in the evenings.  We still dreamt of being our own bosses and of doing something we believed in, rather than simply working to pay the bills.

I'd be lying if I said our journey to this point was a short one, it has taken us 12 years since we took that picture of the Moeraki Boulders to get here and there have been a few bumps on the road, but we have arrived finally, at the beginning of the Gli Oli story.  

We have strived to create a brand that is luxurious without compromising on our core value - to deliver quality products, using only 100% pure essential oils and natural soy waxes and soya-derived base products, free from chemicals, additives or synthetic fragrances.  

We have enjoyed the ride so far and invite you to join us on the next stage of our journey.