20.02.2017

Wellington’s Ali Johnson + her artisan soap brand, Sphaera


Ali makes her own Kawakawa oil to include in one of the soaps

Here’s some I prepared earlier (no, really – days earlier)
Bevelling the edges – it’s the little details…
After cutting and moulding, the individual bars
need to cure for around 6 weeks before they can be packaged

one by one, the job gets done

Modern minimalist packaging (love that soft sage colour)

 

Ready to head out to stores

Activated Bamboo Charcoal soap – designed to be a deep facial cleanser

You can see just by looking at a Sphaera soap that maker Ali Johnson is an artist at heart. She trained as a sculptor, and began a career in visual arts before putting work to one side for life and love and family. But a few years ago, in pursuing her personal goal of only using natural products in her home, she made her first batch of soap. As she experimented with formulations and ingredients, she began to see soap as something that could be beautiful as well as functional, a ‘domestic art form’, as she says. Sphaera is now stocked in some of the best design and lifestyle stores throughout New Zealand. It’s become a full-time gig for Ali – she’s very carefully composed each recipe, and she takes care of every step of the process herself. It’s become a very busy life – people are loving the fact that Sphaera soaps are made using only natural ingredients and pure essential oils, loving the modern minimalist packaging, loving the formulations designed especially for face and body, or for kitchen and handbasin.

Ali has plans to grow Sphaera with new product ranges… I for one can’t wait to see what she lends her artist’s eye and clean, contemporary aesthetic to next.

 
 
 

Images thanks to Wellington photographer Meg Wyper
for The New.
 (You can follow Meg on Insta @megandlou)

 

27.07.2016

Hello, Studio – Wellington’s Of Noble Nature:



ONN candles – these are white sage and sea salt – with a embossed leather band

Tools of the trade alongside one of ONN’s test-tube flower hangers with leather strap (on right)

‘Gram Level: Expert

Katie heads off to deliver weekly goodness to Wellington’s Sweet Bakery

Of Noble Nature is 27 year old Katie Rosati and 33 year old Lizzie Watson. They have an awesome friendship and professional partnership, that’s recently included setting up their first dedicated studio. This dreamy little space you see here is actually a stand-alone building on Lizzie’s 1/2 acre property, and the pair did all the work on it themselves, making benchtops from the original beams from the ceiling, painting, sanding and generally being kick-ass ladybosses. Katie and Lizzie felt a new, more permanent studio was the next step in levelling-up their floristry brand, as well as allowing their business to be moulded around work-life balance (Lizzie is a mum of three, and Katie’s keen to start a family soon).

ONN offers a bunch (see what I did there? #notsorry) of pretty things – including wedding and event floral styling – but their main focus is affordable flower delivery within Wellington, and a monthly floral subscription service. ONN also has a few of its own homeware items for sale, including the hand-poured candles and hanging test tube vase that I pointed out in the pics above. And I know you’re going to ask me who did the girls’ awesome navy oilskin and leather aprons… it’s Katie’s leather-working partner Carl Rosati.

Of Noble Nature   online store and floral orders   /   Instagram

Images thanks to Wellington photographer Meg Wyper
for Fancy NZ Design Blog


(Meg is a lifestyle blogger at Meg & Lou, or follow her on Insta @megandlou)


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