“My passion for oils has taken me from rose festivals in Grasse in France, where the streets have rose oil being pumped out of air vents, to Southern India, where fields of lemongrass and cardamom scent the air.
My enthusiasm for orang-utans has seen me journey through different forests and valleys in South East Asia. My first encounter with orang-utans was at Singapore zoo, where we had breakfast with them, way back in 1992. I learnt of illegal logging in forests and had a photo taken holding an orang-utan…. I came home and joined the Australian Conservation Foundation, as I felt the need to act somehow. Several years later, a trip to Sabah in Borneo, inspired the adoption of an orang-utan and from there it's been ongoing support over the years ever since"
Jody has been working in the spa and beauty industries since she was 20 years old. In her work as a spa product trainer for LI’TYA, she travelled extensively working with day spas around the world. In early 2000 she was at the forefront of the rise of the day spa industry in Australia, at that time managing Mizu Spa, which would later become the iconic Peninsula Hot Springs on the Mornington Peninsula. After a number of management positions, Jody opened her own Spa, which she co-owned and operated for some years.
Originally training in Beauty Therapy, Jody soon learnt she also had another great love– her amazing sense for scents.
“I began my career in beauty therapy with the desire to help others with their skin, and from here I continued my studies in various styles of massage and aromatherapy and even floristry. I can remember as a little girl, being walked through gardens, stopping and smelling everything along the way. Watching butterflies and talking to animals…nothing has changed, I still do it”.
As a spa product trainer, Jody had previously begun studying Cosmetic Chemistry to understand how the products were made. Combining her love of scents with her interest in chemistry and the environment today, Jody has created a range of products based on what nature provides- beautiful essential oils, and most importantly, creating products with a consciousness that’s allowing orang-utans to remain in their natural habitat too.