Stacey Burt, Founder of Little Company
— Founder, Little Company
As we delve into 2019 with intentions of a more optimised, conscious and enlightened existence in all aspects of life, we spoke with a number of thought leaders in the natural skincare and functional health space to lead us in the right direction. Stacey Burt, founder of Little Company - a place for slowing down, nourishment, rest and a thoughtful approach to skincare – generously shared her sound advice and knowledge around daily routines, meditative practices and what constitutes a truly good product. Take a moment to pour over Stacey’s words of wisdom and be inspired for your best year yet…
Hailing from: Whakatane, Bay of Plenty, NZ.
Calls home: For now I call Byron Bay home, although our actual home is in Warrandyte, Victoria.
Please tell us what you do and how this came to be?
I have developed our own living skin methodology utilising products that I trust and understand every product that goes into them.
How do you personally feel towards the social and environmental state of the world?
Current state OK and on the decline however I trust the millennials, we have the information now for real change. The internet came at the right time, things were not looking good. I think we are going to make it just in time. We have plenty of work to do and good things are happening, we are shifting however most of the world still needs to shift with the progressives and sooner rather than later. Love is the answer the faster this spreads the quicker we will arrive.
With Little Company based in both Melbourne and Byron Bay, how do you these locations compare to the rest of Australia / the world in terms of their receptivity to sustainability and social change?
Byron Bay is very progressive and community focused with a strong collective mentality; it really puts emphasis on an individual’s impact and responsibility which people here embrace in their daily lives, especially because the connection to nature is so closely held. I have noticed that in the urban areas of Melbourne there has been some real progress in the last 3-4 years, some cafes not accepting takeaway coffee cups now, this is a very hard commercial decision to make, I don't think this is a PR stunt, I think this is genuine intent by some vendors to standby their values. It is a focus for us to keep a close consideration of the steps forward and adapting our spaces to align.
You encourage resting, nourishing and slowing down on a personal level. Do you think an individual's’ embrace of self-care and meditative practice can propel a collective change within society?
I think so, we are just touching the edges. I think the hippies have most things right, even lower socio demographic areas have an extensive organic section in their supermarkets now, there are yoga studios popping up everywhere, architects are specifying more areas for the wellness and self care protocols in urban areas. We need this to continue into rural areas and suburbs where more acceptance is required. One day I would love to see Little Company in some capacity spreading this important practice and message out to the greater audience.
What are your greatest learnings since founding Little Company and how have these changed your perspective on work, people and life in general?
My greatest learning is a simple one; Do not assume what others want.
Through asking questions to many at once and intimately, directly I have discovered what my team and visitors want. It's easy to create a brand that serves yourself, developing a brand that works for those you wish to serve is the challenge.
Little Company endeavours to soften their impact on their environment, one example of which is your selection of organic products from trusted sources. What is your criteria in selecting products for Little Company? What do you consider to be ‘good’?
Well first, can I identify and confirm the source of the ingredients. Then the efficacy of the product. A good product for us needs to meet a few factors;
Scent: We don't like strong scented products, also we will not accept added fragrances that we know have anecdotal or scientifically reviewed substances that can be attributed to any adverse health effects.
Embodied cost to the environment: We ensure that any of the botanicals or actives in the product come from sustainably and ethically sourced places. Ideally local, however if we cannot fill a gap in our range that meet our minimum requirement we will source overseas, purchase in bulk to avoid unnecessary environmental freight cost on the environment.
Efficacy: Each product must have a high rate of success, we review and collate feedback from our visitors and staff to regularly review our range. Most of our products are chosen with the long term benefits in mind, although we do carry some targeted products for faster solutions to serious skin problems for us it's about healthy skin, long term.
Producers: We will only support producers that display similar values to Little Company. We know our suppliers well and we trust them.
Working with an especially small team what is the sense of community at Little Company?
The treatment rooms are quiet an intimate space for our team to connect with our visitors, and with the creation of Little Company we wanted to create a space that customers and team members act as one, so I consider everyone that comes in little company as our community and our team. We regularly have clients come in to say hi even when they are not booked into treatment. There are some pretty personal things shared with each other and I think this openness and transparency breaks down this rigid professional barrier between therapist and client to a mutual relationship of trust and community.
How can we foster a sense of community and human connection within the workplace, at home or amongst the broader community?
One thing I love about Byron Bay is how so many people (and so many walks of life) hitchhike to travel around. I read about how meeting strangers in now such an unconventional manor in most places in the world is so good for building new neural plasticity pathways and hedge social connection habits that cultivate better communities and more mindful connection. So my one advice is not necessarily to hitchhike or more often but at every opportunity forge a conversation with someone. When you have time and someone is accessible to you for a chat, engage conversation. This I think is the key to creating connection, better societies and acceptance.
Can you recommend any tried-and-tested components within your daily routine for those seeking to enhance productivity or balance in work and life?
Medicinal mushrooms have been exceptionally effective in helping my brain function and balance. Nootropics and brain supplements I think are the future, it's a new emerging area of wellness .
Stemming from your own health and wellness philosophies, what do you believe we should all be doing a little more of everyday?
Closing our eyes, whether that be for sleep, for meditation, to listen to the birds or to receive a massage, facial or other treatment. Personally I notice this has the biggest impact for me and is fundamental to our practice at little company. Most of our visitors come for what happens when their eyes are shut, more so than the effects on their skin. Our LED light room with guided meditation is something all of our team try to do every week and it is one of the most important parts of my week.
Could you recommend a publication, learning platform, class or the like which has been highly influential to your life?
Any of the ‘School of Life’s’ programmes and/or A-Space meditation workshops. They are all carefully curated and put together. Their respective communities are so warm and supportive.
What mindfulness practices have you integrated into your life that may be effective for others pursuing an all-encompassing sense of wellbeing?
Walks in nature is a winner for me. Has a 100% strike rate in elevating my mood. Also Infrared Saunas at Nimbus have become a staple in my regime. Both of these paired with a podcast or audiobook send you shining back into the world.
Little Company Cremorne
79 Stephenson St, Cremorne VIC 3121
(03) 9421 1293
Little Company Byron Bay
1/26 Brigantine St, Byron Bay NSW 2481
(02) 5629 7056
Co-Design Your Activated Essentials —
Here at Noéma, we’re busy researching the best ingredients - so that we can make the best activated essentials for you, with you. We’re taking a radically new direction in skincare; we use you as the key ingredient.
By collaborating with industry experts such as naturopaths, biochemists, product specialists and formulators, our aim is to create an Activated Essentials product range with the best ingredients, formula and design.
We’re taking applications from our diverse community to contribute to co-designing an essential micro-range of products right for them. Get involved in upcoming events and workshops covering wellness, self-care and design.
Have you visited Little Company at either their Cremorne or Byron Bay locations?
How are you evoking a sense of complete wellness in 2019?
Have your say and join the Noema community by leaving a comment below or sending us a message!
✎ Sophie Van der Drift
Contributing writer, marketing & strategy