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Seller in the Spotlight : Vice & Velvet

Every few weeks we will put one of our gorgeous sellers in the spotlight and share with you a little about them and their business.


Today, we introduce you to the lovely Mei from Vice & Velvet.

How did you start your business? 
I started V&V in late 2011. After making soaps and body creams for myself and family members for years, I decided to start selling on a small scale to continue to fund my hobby. It didn’t take long for me to realise how much I loved running my own business and doing what I love everyday. Within a few months I was operating V&V on a full time basis and to this day I still do pretty much everything myself (formulating, packaging, photography, product design, web design, book keeping, etc).

What inspires you?
I mainly get inspiration for my products from nature and in contrast, the urban influence from living in Melbourne city. I’m also continually creating new limited edition scent blends based on the moods, sights and smells of different seasons and festivities. On a day to day basis I really enjoy sharing and exploring on Instagram, where I can indulge my other interests such as fashion, food photography, home decor and interior design.

What is your favourite piece in your collection?
I don’t have a favourite scent (as I adore them all equally) but one of the products I’m most proud of is the Body Mousse. It is a rich body cream that is whipped for lightness and when you scoop it out the jar, you can feel the tiny air bubbles as though it were chocolate mousse. I spent the most time experimenting and perfecting the formula and I’m always told by customers that it is one of the best body moisturisers they’ve ever used.

What has been your favourite recent purchase?
I collect air plants and just bought a few new ones recently. One of them had just flowered (which they only do once in a lifetime) and little pups were starting to grow out of its side. I like to display air plants all over my home and other than succulents, they’re the only type of plant I seem to be capable of keeping alive.

What is your indulgence?
I have a sweet tooth and love desserts and baked goods, especially ones made with cocoa/chocolate or cream cheese. Red velvet cupcakes are a standard in my kitchen because they combine the two flavours. I do bake occasionally but it’s also very easy to get good desserts and pastries in Melbourne.

What music are you loving right now? 
I always listen (and sing along) to songs from Glee while going about my day. I enjoy the mix of different genres and I’ve been a fan of Glee since it started so it’s a nice way to relive past episodes while getting work done.

Vice & Velvet is a one-woman show. Made in Melbourne city, Australia, they combine the urban influence with our love for natural, sustainably sourced ingredients.
Their soaps and natural bath and body products are handmade from scratch. They never use pre-manufactured “bases” and their recipes have been formulated with lots of skin loving oils and butters. The packaging is minimal and practical - they feel that it's kinder to the environment but also lets the products speak for themselves.
All Vice & Velvet products are suitable for vegetarians and most are also vegan-friendly. They love to experiment with new ingredients and their product range is constantly changing.
{Vice & Velvet don't use Sodium Lauryl/Laureth Sulphate (SLS), mineral oils, parabens or synthetic dyes in any of our products. Tested on friends and family only.}
You can view their divine range here

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