Tell me about Clean Slate, how did it all start?
It all started from a simple need for something to help treat my severe eczema.
I made soap first, and it really helped. Then I was hooked. I was reading any books, journals and articles I could get my hands on, and started to experiment in my kitchen. I then went on to study aromatherapy and cosmetic chemistry.
The business really kicked off when I was offered retail space in the MANY project in 2013. Since then it’s been a very wild ride, with so much growth personally and professionally.
What is the philosophy behind Clean Slate?
We make honest, straightforward skin care that does what it’s supposed to do.
When I formulate, each ingredient serves a real purpose and we don’t cut corners. The handmade element is also really important to me. Initially, I started hand-making the products as I didn’t have access to commercial equipment, I just had a few kitchen gadgets and my hands.
People say that they can feel the love in our products. At first, I thought it was a really odd thing for people to say, but the Clean Slate journey has given me a greater appreciation for things made by hand and I get it now.
What collaborations have you been working on lately?
I have just poured fresh batches of candles for collaborations with both Winterwares and Beau Est Mein. I am also working on a signature scent for a jewelry brand and heading to Canberra in a few weeks to run workshops at Floriade, Australia’s biggest celebration of spring.
What is your favourite part about doing what you do?
I think that scent is our most amazing sense. I love that I get to work with and create scents all the time. They evoke feelings, emotions, and memories that can be so different from person to person.
I love raw materials - the texture, the way they feel on the skin, the colors and they way the ingredients can change form to become something totally different when combined.
What is your least favourite part?
How did your journey start with Stackwood?
Willow & the Bowerbird were our first ever stockist, so I have a huge amount of love for Sarah [Stackwood founder]. I have also been running workshops from there for a while. Stackwood is filled with incredible artists that inspire me, and the space is beautiful. It was a no brainer.
What is the best thing about your move back to Fremantle?
The vibes. It feels natural. So many people have told us they are stoked to have us back in Freo - it feels like Clean Slate is back home.
What’s next for you?
We have a bunch of new products due for release for our 4th birthday next month, mostly things I have been promising for a long time, so that’s exciting. I am also super pumped to be releasing a whole new range next year, with a pretty different approach to skin care and a big focus on face products.
I am also keen to spend some time travelling next year - finding new ingredients and exploring new methods - as well as building direct relationships with the growers of our ingredients.
What is on your studio playlist?
I have quite an eclectic collection. We are always listening to old school hip hop and pop. I’m currently going through a Prince phase and loving Wafia’s new song, Bodies.
Clean Slate's retail space + studio will be open 9am - 4pm, Thursday - Saturday at 10 Stack St, Fremantle. Their products will also be available to purchase from the Stackwood Concept store during store hours.
Images by The Makers Portrait in a special collaboration with Stackwood.
Interview and introduction by Jasmyn Woodford.