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After years of struggling with sensitive skin and eczema, Margaret channelled her creative energies into formulating her own plant-based skincare and wellbeing products without the harsh chemicals and Spa Delights was born.

03 June 2022

Designer Spotlight: Spa Delights

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’Sensitive-skinned purveyor of natural face and body therapies, Margaret: ‘I believe that nature provides everything our body needs to look, feel and smell beautiful’

My name is Margaret and I am the founder of Spa Delights. I live in the leafy southeastern suburbs of Melbourne, Victoria. Throughout my life, I have always enjoyed creating things to express my ideas, by sketching, painting, knitting, sewing, adventurous cooking, photography and creating quirky digital artworks.

The Spa Delights range of handmade plant-based shampoo powders in five naturally luxurious scents

In mid 2020, during the pandemic, I was given a fantastic opportunity to work from home full-time. I wanted to use the extra time saved from commuting to further explore another creative field. I had a strong interest in natural healing and remedies because of my own struggles with having sensitive skin and eczema, triggered by skincare products that contain harsh chemical ingredients and most synthetic fragrances.

Spa Delights creator, Margaret with a bottle of her ‘citrus explosion’ powdered shampoo and a table of orange wedges

For close to 20 years I have been using skincare products that are either natural or derived from plants which are gentle and healthier options. I remember when I first fell in love with the genuine fragrances of plants and flowers in plant-based skincare products. It made me feel more connected to nature.

’Acne Champion’ essential oil blend by Spa Delights

During my research and development, one of my earliest - and still my favourite - creations was a personal hand wash that I call "magic soap" because this hand wash had restored and healed many years of deep scars on my fingertips that no other commercial soap, soap alternative, nor the richest body butter was able to achieve. Since that discovery, I wanted to continue inventing products with a focus on plant-based solutions to common problems and making people feel good.

The Spa Delights range of therapeutic essential oil blends; ‘I am inspired to make products that can improve my mental and physical well-being; natural solutions’

Spa Delights started in Nov 2020 with a few of my creations. Spa Delights sells a range of spa products and wellbeing products with plant-based formulas that empower people to look after their skin and body.

After years of struggling with sensitive skin and eczema, Margaret channelled her creative energies into formulating her own plant-based skincare and wellbeing products without the harsh chemicals and Spa Delights was born.

I am inspired to make products that can improve my mental and physical well-being; natural solutions for a better sleep, less stress, better focus and productivity and for relaxation after a busy day. I also wanted plant-based moisturisers and hair products for sensitive skin. Many people also want these things, so I decided to share my work on Madeit.

Spa Delights ‘Smelly Feet Powder’ to battle foot odour naturally

I love the Madeit platform because it is only for Australian makers and artists. It is easy to use and support Australian handmade businesses when looking for unique gifts and shopping for myself. There is an amazing amount of talent and creativity in this space.

Margaret at work blending top, mid, and base notes to fragrance her spa and wellbeing product range

I love handmade because of the heart and soul an artist puts into making their products. The passion they put into their work brings out a high quality product. Handmade products are also unique as no two products are ever the same. I will always buy from Australian artists and makers.

Spa Delights ‘Stress Release’ essential oil blend

When I want to create a brand new product, I put much thought into how to fragrance it because I believe it is important for the product to be effective and smell nice during use to give a good experience every time.

The fragrance blends in Spa Delights products take me a long time to create, as this process involves a deep knowledge about each essential oil I use, and the skilful blending of top, medium and base notes. That means lots of smelling tests, and lots of samples thrown into the bin until I am satisfied with the end result.

Coffee soap in production, chopping and weighing ingredients

I am a night owl where my energy levels and alertness naturally peak in the evenings, which is why I like working on most of my creative inspirations in the evenings. I work from a clean spare room at home, free from smoke and animals.

Margaret’s home product photography setup with some of her powdered shampoo range in the spotlight

Bottles and containers always get sanitised and dried before any products go into them. When labelling, I find that putting bottles on a small grill preventing rolling makes it easier to stick the labels on properly. One part of the lounge room with 3 tall windows always has a mini photography studio setup as I love using natural light for my photos.

A gloved hand applying a label sticker to a bottle of ‘Citrus Explosion’ shampoo powder

I like to make Spa Delights products in small batches or fresh at the time of order to maintain quality and freshness.

Packaging and presentation are all part of this one-woman show: some tools, ribbons and tiny fabric flowers being used to style Margaret’s product images

I am also passionate about green living, and I care about the environment and recycling and bring these values to Spa Delights. I like to use green materials wherever possible to ship products. This can include paper tape, cardboard boxes and inserts, compostable satchels, and biodegradable peanut filling made from corn and potato starch that dissolves in water or paper filling. Good quality boxes and boards of various sizes are also collected and reused as shipping boxes or turned into packaging inserts.

Spa Delights Rose Pamper Pack including rose scented body scrub, dry shampoo, and body moisturiser

I believe that nature provides everything our body needs to look, feel and smell beautiful. Spa Delights products reflect this belief by using plant-based formulas that smell nice, and I do what I can to reduce, reuse and recycle every day, in order to protect the environment that gives us so much.

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