This wonderful shop takes me back to my childhood. The very sight of all those naturally scented soaps and body products reminds my of my aunt's thatched cottage, which was full of drying flowers, pot pourri, and the perfumes of essential oils, lavender, rose, and filled with wonderful colour. So although Melissa, the owner of Penori, lives and works in Wisconsin, there is something quintessentially English in the feel of her shop. Let's find out a little more about Melissa.
1. Tell us a little about yourself and your work
I love to create, especially environmental and body-friendly products. My work started out when my
What inspires your work?
I get inspiration from everything! A colour, a flower, a smell, a shape and feel. If I feel it, it will come (the design or product that is).
What are your favourite colours?
Grey is my favourite colour, I just absolutely love this colour! It goes with any other colour and is just stunning by itself.
What is your favourite medium/material?
Sweet almond oil. It’s absolutely amazing and I have to pick on more, Lavender essential oil. I use it for everything from household cleaning, helping me sleep, on my face and body. There are just so many uses for it.
What is your favourite holiday destination?
My living room surrounded by my family.
What other artists work to you admire and aspire to?
I admire knitters. For the life of me I can’t knit even though my grandmother relentlessly tried to teach me as a child.
What are you most proud of?
In relation to my business the fact that I had the courage to start it, even though it sounded ridiculous coming from my mouth when I first started the process. I overcame my own ‘what-ifs’ and just went for it because even if it doesn’t succeed I will have soap to clean my family for life and will give the gift of how to create awesome handmade bath, body and cleaning products to my children so they can continue to live a non-toxic life (although they have asked to send me monthly care packages when they move out because they said they don’t have time when they are in college.)
Mmmmm doesn't it make you just want to pick up a bar of that beautiful soap and dive into the bath right now? Thank you Melissa for this little insight into you and your business. To view this shop, just click here