Sustainable living is at the heart of how we source products. It's part of my commitment to keep the climate crisis and our planet in mind as I go about my daily life. Since Century General Store is such a huge part of how I spend my days, any conscious decisions I make here add up to a pretty big percentage of my waking hours. That commitment extends to home, too. Once I began a few years ago to look more closely at my consumer habits, especially the amount of plastic that came into our home, the bathroom seemed a good place to begin to make some small changes. One of the first was to stop buying shampoo in bottles, and switch to zero-waste shampoo bars instead. Bronwyn of Fife-based Bodylushious Skincare works using nature's finest ingredients to make vegan shampoo bars with amazing scents to make that switch easy.
One of the best parts of running an independent store is that we get to meet makers from all walks of life who are doing their thing, honing their craft and putting passion & energy into everything they make. We get to fill our shelves with unique, handmade products, and to welcome people into the store to learn more through workshops and collaborations. This relationship with makers brings Century to life! While our bricks and mortar store is closed, we're sharing sneak peeks into the lives of those who make the products we stock, because we're all craving connection and community at the moment. So put the kettle on, sit back and find inspiration in our 'Ten Minutes With...' series over the coming weeks. Today, meet botanical skincare maker Bronwyn of Bodylushious Skincare as she invites us into her workspace.
Who are you and what do you make?
I'm kiwi gal Bronwyn Tutty, I live in Fife and I make small batches of natural vegan friendly skincare.
What's the best thing about your work space?
It's bright yellow, it's cute, it's functional, it's cosy. Every possible space has been used so practically.
Where do you find your inspiration online? And your inspiration in real life?
I won't lie, apart from tuning in and out of what my friends and acquaintances are up to in their lives and businesses, I don't do a lot online actually. Well no that's not true, I like following some nutrition nuts: Wellness Mama, Sarah Wilson, Weston Price Podcasts and of late I've been tuning into a lot of the meditations on Insight timer. I'm also a Nia teacher, so I do draw a fair bit of inspiration from online Nia resources like Niatv.fit. It feels a bit embarrassing admitting that i'm not a huge online follower, especially being as I have an online presence. But the thing is it can lead to overwhelm and also I am a bigger fan of person-to-person relationships so tend to invest my energies there.
What's helping you through at the moment?
I'm loving the time and space to just be, so actually the lock-down has been mostly positive for me. Orders are pretty consistent and my customers have been engaging with me so that feels good, a win-win I'd say. I've also been working on organising my social media a bit better and attempting to rebuild my website so I have an online shop.
What are you most looking forward to?
Hugging my pals. But in relation to my business I'm looking forward to bringing an online shop to life! Geeky but true. I'll be so damn proud of myself once it's live.
// Thank you so much for your photographs and insight, Bronwyn! You can find a selection of shampoo bars over on our website
, which are as sunny as their maker!