Friday, 19 October 2012

Interview with Kasey Grover from Saucy Sweethearts

I met the delightful Kasey through my old business AmbeRocks as a customer and right from the start we hit it off and have been friends ever since. Today Kasey popped over for a spontaneous visit while she was passing through the area so over a cup of tea and some biscuits we talk about her business Saucy Sweethearts. 

Hiya Kasey lovely to have you here !!  Let's get down to business, I want to know a few things about you and why you choose to sell what you do and how you juggle family life and business life....

So Kasey, What was it about your products that made you say YES I want to sell that? 

When I first started the cost of international shipping was huge, I ordered some products from Lush online in the UK and I found the cost of it was way too high, it simply didn't justify the purchase. While I love to use so many different products from a variety of different companies, there is nothing "fun and different" in Australia that wasn't at an extortionate price. The products at Lush and The Body Shop whilst fantastic you find you pay through the nose and receive so little in return. What I wanted to be able to do was to bring fun and originality to Australian shores without the crazy international shipping price. I keep my prices as low as I can so that my products are affordable and combined with local shipping you can enjoy gorgeous international products from reputable, fantastic home run businesses right here in Australia. I was looking for products I was familiar with in terms of fragrance and product quality and what I found was so much more than that. I currently work with Cleanse Your Soul which is a home run business based in New Haven Missouri and the lady behind the business is amazing and helps me to feel confident and happy within my business and the products I sell. 

You have such a beautiful range of products, how do you choose which ones you want? 

I look for the types of products that are already familiar to us and then looked for them same items but with a different, fun and fresh edge in terms of fragrance and style but staying with companies that are well known and have a strong following in different places. I also wanted to sell a product that is unique to the Australian market. You will not find these products in another business inside of Australia. 

You have a beautiful little girl, I see how active she is. How do you balance caring for a feisty toddler and home life with your business? Do you have any tips for other work at home mums?

"Do what you can with the time that you have" I have made great personal sacrifices to stay on top of my business. I have a wonderfully supportive partner who accepts that sometimes, I have no choice but to dedicate some of our precious family time to the business. Even now, after a year - finding the right balance is difficult but with perseverance I am finding it possible. Sometimes them difficulties are truly highlighted especially when you have a teething toddler who demands comforting or she is sick and needs your comfort but you have a pile of orders on the website and a ton of emails in your inbox. You just pack in as much work as you can in the time you find available. 

Do you use your own products?

I use everything I sell on myself and my family. From the shower gels to the perfumes I have each one for our own use. The only outside products I buy are for my partner Nathan because I do not stock a large selection of male products. 

Lets talk about a few of your products that I have already used and loved for myself

I LOVE These products as you know, I am NOT allowed to run out !! Ps: thank you for the new ones today !! hehe I love how my skin feels so smooth and polished after a shower with these. Tell me something about them. 

They are essentially a foaming and exfoliating body scrub. As the sugar dissolves they turn into a general body wash with a long lasting fragrance. All of our sugar scrubs are Vegan. I use them on my face also to control oil and dry skin. I have never used an exfoliator that works like these do, and with my sensitive skin these are amazing. 

I've recently noticed your new Cleanse Your Soul range. I very quickly bought some Black Raspberry Vanilla 3-in-1 Body Bubbles that you can use as a body wash, bubble bath and shampoo which I adore. I love it on the boys hair because it leaves it so shiny and smells delightful all the next day. Kasey... What one is YOUR favourite?

Yuzu Coconut Hair Protein Mist is my absolute favourite. It is so easy, I have it on my bathroom bench and if I don't have time to go through my usual beauty regime I can just wash my hair and spray some mist in my hair I know my hair will smell and feel fresh all day. I only need to use a little bit because it goes such a long way, and the smell is so gorgeous and long lasting. Using this on them days where you don't have the usual time to pamper yourself and put on your normal products makes you feel so good and gives you a great boost of self confidence knowing that you smell fantastic can really go a long way in improving your mood. 

I recently bought some of your Spectrum Cosmetics eye shadows and I adore their vibrancy and staying power. Is there anything you would like to say about them?

Our Australian collection is exclusive to Saucy Sweethearts. The colours Ice Queen, Desire and Witching Hour have been designed by us to remain exclusive to our customers, You cannot buy them anywhere else. Each colour in the Australian collection are named after places that the colours represent. They were named by a competition winner of ours that received the entire selection for her contribution. By buying the set instead of singularly you save a huge $25. 

It was awesome to sit with you Kasey and thank you for telling us a bit about your company.

If you want to check our Saucy Sweethearts, check out her website HERE and her facebook page HERE.

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