It was her son’s ADHD diagnosis that prompted Sheree Molony to rethink both her career and lifestyle. Wanting the flexibility to be there when her children needed her, combined with a decision to move towards a more natural lifestyle, Eco Savon was the ideal fit for her and her family. Having used Marius Fabre products on herself, her babies and around the home, she was passionate about sharing them with others in Australia and New Zealand. These 100% natural plant-based products are palm oil free, hypoallergenic, sustainable, biodegradable, chemical and cruelty free and all packaging is recyclable. The Marius Fabre range includes certified organic skincare, natural home cleaning and personal care products. At Eco Savon, they also like to support small local businesses, providing a range of eco-friendly gifts, reusables, cleaning tools and home fragrances. Here, Sheree talks to The Natural Parent Magazine about their business journey so far.
The passion: What inspired you to set up your business?
My eldest son was diagnosed with ADHD and required a lot of support in the beginning. I left my corporate role and decided to set up my own business so that I didn’t have to feel the “walk of shame” every time I needed to leave the office early to take him to specialist appointments.
With the ADHD diagnosis came the want/need to start moving towards a more natural lifestyle – both in the foods we consume and the products we use around the home. There wasn’t a lot I could do about the products or environmental factors I may have been exposed to as a child, but it was certainly something I wanted to change and educate my children on for their future.
Eco Savon is a great fit as it allows me the flexibility I need with the children, while also bringing together some of my passions – eco-friendly products, animals, nature, sustainability and travel.
The launch: How did you start out in the beginning?
I upskilled myself by doing a Cert IV in Business Administration and completed some online tutorials on how to set up a Shopify store. From there, I created the store, social media pages, marketing and then went live. I initially started off exclusively stocking the Marius Fabre products from France, but then because of the pandemic and seeing the impact it had on other small businesses, I wanted to do my part and support others where I could – so I have since added other items like reusables, cleaning tools, home fragrance and gifts.
The innovation: What was the biggest breakthrough for you with your business?
The biggest breakthrough was the realisation that we are in a really niche market in that we are one of only very few suppliers who provides the eco certified Marius Fabre products to the Australian and New Zealand market. I had such a passion for these natural products after using them on myself, my babies and around the home and once the reviews started coming in, it was positive confirmation that the customers believed in (and loved) the products as much as I did.
Yin and Yang: How do you balance work and family?
By ensuring that I’m present when the children are home and only working during school hours. Being there to ensure they have a good healthy breakfast before school and again in the afternoon when they come home and share my eldest son’s leftovers from his school lunch box – that would have to be the favourite part of my day. I just love seeing them come home, sit down together, sharing snacks, reconnecting and talking about their day. I try not to work in the evenings as this is when I “unplug” myself by watching tacky tv shows and recharging my batteries.