Just tea for two is all about supporting local talent and small businesses. It is not often one gets a peek at the person behind the brands. In our Chat with Creatives series we aim to throw the spotlight on creative entrepreneurs behind small businesses .
Meet Amy Morrison, founder of Bath by Amy, a business making and selling luxurious, natural bath bombs and salts in Christchurch.
Tell us about yourself?
I am Amy, 16 years old and in my second to last year at high school.
I am the second of six children and I enjoy spending time with friends, family, music and travel.
How did you start and when?
Last year I was given the exciting opportunity of travelling to Switzerland on a French language exchange for two months in the 2017 summer holidays. This was something I had been thinking about for a while, but hesitated because of the expense. I decided to apply for the exchange and began saving up and thinking of a fundraising idea. For my fundraising I wanted to sell something that I was passionate about and proud of, thus Bath by Amy was born. I make and sell bath bombs and bath salts along with help from my very supportive mum.
Earlier in 2016 when I was in year 11, I had made and sold bath bombs for a school business enterprise project which went very well. Although it was on a much smaller scale at school it gave me some great experience and taught me a lot.
What has been your proudest moment?
Last year was very big for me and my business. At Christmas time Bath by Amy did around 12 markets which took a huge amount of time and effort from me, my mum, and the rest of my family. It was a steep learning curve sourcing ingredients, trying out different types of packaging, learning how to set up for markets, keeping track of finances and fitting all of this around my studies and exams! We managed to earn around half what I need for the exchange trip in the few months before Christmas.
Selling at a markets
Tell us about your products?
I aim to make my products as natural as possible. They have no SLS or polysorbate and instead of bright colours and glitter which stick to your skin or the side of the bath, I prefer to use water soluble soap dyes which gently colour the bath water and dried flower petals for that. The main components in my bath bombs are baking soda and citric acid, and together with a little cornflour, Epsom salts, coconut oil, either pure essential oil or fragrance oil and soap dye it becomes a magical, fizzing bomb.
Where did you draw inspiration from?
My main inspiration comes from the bath and shower products at Lush. I’ve been a big fan of Lush for quite a few years, and have spent a lot more money on bath bombs than I should have. I’m always impressed by the beautiful products created at lush, and push myself to make equally as beautiful products.
Tell us about your creative process?
When I have a lot of free time, generally in the school holidays, I try to get a lot of bath bombs made. I turn on my Happy playlist, belt out my favourite tunes, and make batch after batch. They aren’t the easiest to make, and it can be quite disheartening when a batch doesn’t turn out, so I try to keep the making process as light and fun as possible.
What do you love most about your business?
One of my favourite things about Bath by Amy is that I get to try out all the products myself and the house always smells amazing. Everyone in my family can appreciate that even when my bath bombs take up a lot of space on the bench!
Making Pink Grapefruit bath bombs
Sherbet Fizz bath bombs, candy scented and a favourite with children especially. Each bomb is lovingly handmade and uniquely created with pink and blue swirls.
What would you say is your absolute favourite product from Bath by Amy?
While the most popular bath bomb I sell is the pink and blue swirled, candy scented Sherbet Fizz Bomb, my absolute favourite is the milk and honey bath bomb. It isn’t coloured, but it’s made with Manuka honey, coconut oil, shea butter and has a luxurious vanilla scent. It’s super moisturizing and relaxing, and I love to pop one into the bath while reading a good book.
Pink Grapefruit bath bombs have a wonderful fresh fragrance. They are scented with Pink Grapefruit pure essential oil and each one is unique with light purple and peach swirls.
Rose bath bombs with their beautiful classic fragrance are one of our top sellers. They are scented using Rose Geranium pure essential oil. Choose dried rose petal bombs or bombs without petals added.
Green Apple bath bombs drying on the kitchen table. Beautifully simple bath bombs with a delicate colour and fresh green apple scent are new this season and already a favourite.
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