I have been creating and making my own range of self care products here in Geelong for a number of years and have a small but I believe beautiful range that was sort of set in motion during a very difficult time in my life.
I had been struggling with various hormonal issues after going off the pill to have some babies and things just weren’t right.
I’d always had female hormonal issues but in my early 30’s, well, lets just say it was a “bloody” nightmare!!
That plan I had for babies didn’t go so well and instead I was whacked with a range of ailments that had me feeling pretty ordinary to say the least. These issues steadily got worse as the days and months went by and were made 10 times worse when the dreaded “why me” thoughts started to creep in and I eventually found myself digging deeper and deeper into this hole I’d created that had pain killers, chips and wine stashed at the bottom of it. I was down there for a really long time.
I needed help, I knew that because my symptoms where worsening considerably both physically and mentally so I had to choose a better way to cope, which also meant I had to leave my hole, so I slowly began the climb out.
This took even longer and I fell back in on more than one occasion, but once I was somewhat free I waddled off to my laptop and started to research stuff, any stuff, heaps of stuff, I needed hope.
Some of it was helpful stuff, some of it was not. Some of it was really scary stuff but most of it kept pointing to pharmaceutical stuff, however I wanted to leave that stuff at the bottom of my hole, so I started to research natural stuff in the hope that I could somehow alleviate the horrible symptoms I was experiencing.
Acupuncture and seeing a Naturopath where high on my “to do” list as was eating better, keeping well hydrated and finding more time for meditation, but I’d also found a new hole to dive into, the wonderful rabbit hole of Essential oils, Mother Nature’s gifts.
Inhaling and using topically seemed a fantastic possibility for me, and after a friend showed me some Essential oil roll on blends that her sister had made for her to help bring a sense of calm while she navigated her Crohn’s disease, I was a little hooked and wondered if that would be the best way for me to apply a therapeutic remedy, it would be really easy to use and I could pop the blend in my handbag and take it with me anywhere, simple.
So I purchased a rolly bottle and a few specific Essential oils and I made my very first blend, I then rolled that blend everywhere! I loved it, it calmed me, soothed and centered me and became my first defense before having to take too many of those nasty pain killers.
About a year later after having to eventually have some surgery I was diagnosed with severe Endometriosis and later Adenomyosis and I finally had answers to why I was in pain and for why I couldn’t have those planned babies, but by then my body was pretty spent and more surgery was going to be needed over the course of a few years to remove, correct and separate.
(Unfortunately even after surgery, a lot of my previous symptoms are still with me so I am not pain free, but I have learned to live with them, they are a part of me and we cohabit this body together, I can however say I’m pain killer free for the most part. Of course there are days where I do need more of a helping hand, but with my blends those days seem so much easier. I apply specific ones liberally around my abdomen and lower back, on all of my pulse points and under my nose and I’m a happy girl).
Over a number of years that blend morphed into many many blends, even mingling around in another business for some time, but that original blend was just the beginning of my love affair with creating and making my own self care products, it would also be the stepping stone that would lead me to create Third Secret.
Third Secret handmade artisan products needed to be simple and honest in their makeup, created in small batches with no nasty bits or fragrances and were going to include the use of high grade ingredients such as rich oils, salts, butters and of course those amazing Essential oils.
As time rolled on I was then sprinkling some of my wears with gems, a little magic and faerie dust as I started to evolve more spiritually. I was slowly morphing my range to reflect myself in a more holistic way which is how I try to live my day to day now, a sort of mix of personal hygiene with a spiritual practice thrown in.
During this challenging period in my life I have developed a need to take time for myself when and where I can it is so important. I not only needed to nourish my physical body but my mind as well with the inclusion of modalities that keep me sane, centered, relaxed and spiritually connected, and you know there’s nothing better than a Moon Ritual bath session to allow the mind to manifest while keeping the body clean at the same time. Win Win!!
Anyway, if you’ve managed to read this far thank you and I hope you’ve got a little more time to have a look at what I’ve been up to as I am always finding new and exciting ways to bring my imaginings to life, and I’m always evolving as I do. I’ve put a lot of love and soul balance into my eclectic range of ritualistic self care and you never know, maybe you’ve stumbled upon this page all serendipity like, maybe there’s something here that also speaks to you.