Collaborating to make Indian Summer with Melody and Mala was an effortless experience. Not only is the scent amazing, but the process was a lot of fun to choose the different elements that truly represent the feel of an Indian Summer.
Melody knows everything you need to know about sourcing and making eco-friendly candles that smell divine. It has been so wonderful to follow along her growth with Mala the Brand. She has accomplished so much, in a short amount of time and we cannot wait to see where her success takes her next.
We had the opportunity to chat with her and get to know her more. Melody opened up about the realities of being an entrepreneur and making time for self-care.
What inspired you to start Mala?
My initial inspiration behind starting Mala came from a local candle maker that I met in Milos, Greece when I studied abroad back in 2016. I learned and fell in love with the process of candle making! I’ve always been a big Pinterest DIY-er, so I found a few recipes online after I came home and started making them for friends and family. I’ve always had this innate desire to start my own business, so my love for candles, sustainability, and background in marketing kind of just all fused together with what you see here with Mala.
As a young entrepreneur and POC, you have worked so hard to get to where you are with Mala, and we imagine it has been extremely time consuming. We would love to hear about how you balance your work-life with “me” time?
Great question!! Still trying to figure that out myself. I’ll admit I don’t have a great work-life balance at times, but I’ve definitely gotten better with it. In the first few months I started Mala, I felt stressed everyday, and pressure to make it into something, especially as I’d left my full time marketing job to pursue this. I’ve learned now to give myself most weekends off, to “stop” working in evenings when I’m able to, and to make sure I schedule in at least 30 min of exercise daily, whether that be a walk to the post office, or doing a YT workout vid!
Do you have any productivity tips you would like to share with those involved in, or wanting to pursue a start-up company?
Find your passion and do your research before diving in. I think having passion and remembering your why for what it is you're doing is the most important when it comes to persevering through difficulties. There have been too many times when it's been stressful and I’ve asked myself if this is really what I want to be doing, and it's then that I remind myself of my why. My why and love for what I do, along with seeing how much customers love Mala is what motivates me to keep going!
What is your self-care routine like?
Exercise, face masks, and a clean, plant based diet! I’ve been plant based for I think 5 years now, and I honestly just feel less groggy from eating clean foods and trying not to binge on junk food too much. Doing at least 30 min of exercise, walking, biking, videos, etc helps a ton and keeps my mind and body energized especially when i'm sitting in front of a screen for hours at a time.
Do you have any morning or evening rituals to start-or end your day off?
Mornings: drink a glass of water, do my skincare routine, have breakfast without checking my phone!
Evening: Exercise and skincare routine and mask!!
What is a self-care tool you cannot live without?
Currently obsessed with my clay face mask from @niu.body
You’ve partnered with Tree Era and Plant the peace, and your commitment to sustainability and eco-friendly methods of business have not gone unnoticed. How do you feel companies (no matter the size) can begin to join the wave of adding the personal into the business realm?
I don’t think you have to be a huge company to have eco-friendly methods at all! Just keeping your core values intact is important and not sacrificing on them when a situation arises. For example, if something can be manufactured cheaper but is not done in a sustainable way, still choosing the more sustainable option. Doing your research and really looking into your supply chain to see where and how they manufacture your supplies is key!
Change is important no matter the size of impact, are there any words of encouragement you could offer to local business in pursuit of making change?
I know starting a sustainable business can be tough and more expensive to do and there were times where I wondered if people even cared that much about the sustainability aspect of things; but they actually do. The right customers will notice and appreciate it, so keeping those values at the core of your business will pay off in the long run, even if it takes a little longer. Consistency is key!