Wild Gypsea Collective
I first heard about Wild Gypsea Collective through a lovely comment on one of our Instagram posts on what people do with their cloth bags you often receive ethically made clothing in.
It was here, that someone said their candles come in said cloth bag which they now reuse for travelling - whether its earrings or jewellery, through to kids toys and travel to separate underwear and shoes.
They also noted that the candle smelt divine. I’m definitely one for nice smelling things, so I headed on over to Wild Gypsea Collective to have a look for myself.
What amazed me more than their vast array of scents, was that they are handmade using only the highest quality ingredients.
The candle vessel is a ceramic that’s made locally in the Sunshine Coast, and once it was finished being used as a candle, you can repurpose it into your new favourite mug or bowl.
Their wax is soy, and is completely free of toxins, carcinogens, synthetics, palm oil and any nasities.
Their fragrances are all high quality essential oils and all natural plant based fragrant oils.
& their wicks? Sourced from native sappy fruit trees from certified mills across the US that provide a soft ambient crackling sound as they burn. As a bonus, for every 100 wicks used, a tree is planted which empowers communities in Central America, South America, Africa and Asia to incorporate tree planting into their agricultural activities.
So if you’ve been looking to add some ethically sourced, incredible smelling scents to your home, or a new mug or bowl to reuse - Wild Gypsea Collective may just be the place for you.
Shop WILD GYPSEA COLLECTIVE HERE.
PS. you can use the code EME15 for 15% OFF.
Behind the Brand:
An interview with Hannah Martin, the owner of Wild Gypsea Collective.
What made you start Wild Gypsea Collective?
I actually took over Wild Gypsea Collective, it was a friends business, she just had a baby and was moving back to NZ and was just going to close, but I saw potential and she offered it to me and I’ve shaped it to what it is today. So grateful for the opportunity.
What has been the most challenging thing you have uncovered since the beginning?
The most challenging thing has definitely been time management, I have two young girls, plus another side hustle (@saltyhangs) so trying to organise my time over each part of my life has been most challenging, but I’m learning and growing.
Within the ethical fashion community, there's a big question that we ask which is 'who made my clothes?'. In the scope of Wild Gypsea Collective, who made your candles? Can you tell us a bit about them?
I’m so big on this! ME! I make the candles! All the wax I use is a plant based soy wax, it is completely natural and free from anything yuck, GMOs etc.
All our ceramic vessels are handmade right on the Sunshine Coast by the most beautiful ceramicist.
Why did you pick the materials that you have chosen to work with?
I chose to work with these ingredients because I believe in them, they are safe for the earth, they are biodegradable, and safe for your home, and completely reusable. I don’t believe in order to become more environmentally friendly you need to loose your sense of luxury. I’m all about the luxe life, I just like to live it lighter.
Best piece of advice you have ever received?
Just do you, don’t worry about anyone else’s race, just run your own.
Why was it important to you to make your brand ethical?
With the way the world is going, it seems more important than ever to go down this path.
What is something others wouldn't know about starting an ethical business that you think they should?
That it’s actually not that difficult, sourcing ethical and responsible products within your own country is surprisingly plentiful, it may be a bit more expensive, but for me it’s not about the money, it’s about the choice, I would rather produce a more expensive eco friendly product than a cheap and nasty one.
One tip you'd give to others who are wanting to start their own business?
Research the shit out of it, and if your heart is in it, do it.
Where do you envision Wild Gypsea Collective in the future?
I’d like to eventually have one or two stockists, I’d certainly never mass produce, slow works for me.
What or who inspires you to do what you do on a daily basis?
The ocean and the Australian bush are my absolute biggest inspirations.
Do you have a morning routine? If so what is it you do to set yourself up for the day ahead?
I wish I could say I roll out of bed straight on to my yoga mat and then drink a green smoothie but truthfully I get pulled out of bed onto lego pieces to go make coffee and try and keep everyone alive.
One book everyone should read? Why?
Oh my goodness my absolute favourite book that I tell EVERYONE to read is Nelson Mandela’s autobiography ‘A long walk to freedom’ an intense, beautiful story from beginning to end.
One documentary everyone should watch? Why?
Blue Planet for sure, David Attenborough is so incredibly passionate about the earth and ‘Bunyip Dreaming’ for no other reason than its my favourite surfing film/doco.
Are there any other Movers & Shakers our there in your world that you think people should know about?
YES! The Sunshine Coast has some of the best talent around!
Pam - Reed Ceramics (she makes all the ceramics we use)
Jodie- Creative Bowerbird
Sarah- Five Seedlings
Ash- Garzie and May
Ali- Citizens of the Sun
Telena- Salty sea photos
Stacey- Feather and Oak