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Teisha Lowry – Indah Organics

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Teisha Lowry is a beautiful young lady – both inside and out… (so annoying!)

I have worked with Teish a few times over the years – predominantly in her capacity as a model.

Teisha launched an organic skincare range 5 years ago now which is doing great guns and has also gone on to develop her interest in all things health and beauty in writing a book.

She is also in the middle of producing content for a new online portal covering all things diet and well being.

I just love it when people like Teish are out there just giving it a crack and following their passions and dreams.

There is nothing better when you can turn your dreams into career realties and make a difference at the same time.

Read some of Teisha’s story below and go visit her site at indah.com.au

Q & A:

1) You’ve had a great life so far working as a model and more recently launching your own skincare range of organic products… Can you give us a bit of background on how you got to where you are today? Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?

INDAH was launched as a business about five years ago, it has been through many changes, I always try and evolve the brand and keep it modern and fresh. It’s certainly a different brand to what it use to be when I first founded it, but I have never given up, even though people will come along and try and pull you down, I’ve always believed in myself, and because INDAH is a reflection of me, I believe it can be successful. I can see myself in five years living abroad somewhere, most probably the USA as INDAH is finding its way there.

2) Did you always want to start your own skincare line? / where did the idea come from?

No not really, it kind of just happened. At the time I thought my whole world had fallen apart, but I look back and realised all those events leading up to finding INDAH was meant to be. I remember the split second it happened though, I was in Bali searching for a Medicine Man and I crossed paths with a healer instead, and she taught me so much more about using plant oils to heal my broken heart.

3) As an entrepreneurial person – who and what inspires you? / what are you creatively (or ethically) passionate about?

Sounds really cheesy, but Mother Nature inspires me, I feel so blessed to be doing what I’m doing. Right now it’s been a warmish winter day in Melbourne, and my bunch of Jonquils are casting out some amazing aromas in my office, this kind of thing gets me inspired. That’s when its time to pull out my notebook, once I’m on a roll I’ll keep writing or playing with oils, graphics, designing – whatever I can get my hands on.

4) As a young business person, what are some of the challenges that you have, or continue to face? What lessons have you learned on your journey to date, and would you do things differently if you had your time over?

There are many challenges with growing a business, especially from scratch. Unfortunately there are people out there who will do anything in their power to see you fail, even people you thought you could trust! People have always said to me that I take my business too personally, but you kind of do when you’ve put your whole life savings, family money and your actual blood, sweat and tears into it. But it’s so ironic, the people that always say that to me are the ones that take things too far and they will try and hurt you. But I will never give up, I know what my customers want from my brand and I will work three jobs if I have to get my products into as many hands as I can.

5) What motivates and drives you to do better?

My mistakes drive me, when I make them I learn from them and I usually learn from them in a big way.

6) I know that you are an advocate of practicing what you preach and are right into your personal health, fitness and eating well …. How do you keep yourself fit and healthy and what are some secret tips to looking and feeling great? / do you ever have lazy days where you eat chocolate, or grab a burger occasionally?

I believe you are what you eat, so I make sure I put the right nutrients into my body. I treat my body like a temple, it’s a sacred place where my cells go to work every day to make new healthy cells, so I can prevent degenerative disease and live a more enjoyable fulfilling life. My biggest diet secrets are: I try and eat organic, free-range, grass-fed, gluten-free, sugar-free and I try and stay clear of processed foods, I take supplements, super foods particularly my coconut oil. I do admit it is sometimes hard to keep this up, especially when I go out for dinner. I embraced Metabolic Typing about five years ago, when I met my fiancé Darren of Total Reformation and he keeps my diet and fitness regime inline. You won’t see me eating a burger but I do love cacao.

7) You manufacture many of your products out of Bali – how did your relationship with manufacturing in Bali come about?

I use to manufacture my body care range in Bali, I did this for four years. It was really hard to manage production in Bali every month and I couldn’t be there all the time as I was here selling the products. I brought production here to Australia at the end of 2012. However, my coconut oil is still made there as the family and community I’m a part of are amazing, they really understand how to run a farm and business – I’m very lucky to have the best of both worlds.

8) Having spent a lot of time in Bali – what are some of your favorite hangouts in Bali for great food / Spa Treatments or Retreat / yoga / staying? For holiday makers to Bali that are looking for something a bit different and willing to get off the beaten track, is there a hidden gem or secret spot that you’ve stumbled across that you can divulge?

This is a great question! I love Bali, it’s like my home away from home. I do like to stay away from the busy areas. I absolutely love Ubud and the little villages around Mt Agung, there’s something so spiritual about Bali, and this is where I founded INDAH many moons ago. Most restaurants and cafes in Ubud serve raw and organic food and endless virgin coconuts, Sari Organik is one of the most inspiring cafes to visit, it sits in the middle of the rice fields behind Main St Ubud. I see my Avurvedic detox clinic AmrtaSiddhi for some Panchakarma when I’m there too.

9) What do you think are the secrets to being a good business operator or creating a brand (whether it be yourself or your Indah product range)?

Listen, learn and absorb. If you can’t do it on your own seek help, whether that’s a business coach or mentor, you cannot be every hat in the business, so its good to get people in to help you through it. In saying that, find people you can trust, there’s some real sharks out there and trust me! I’ve met a few of them.

10) What’s next for you? Any other interesting projects on the horizon/future goals you are yet to achieve?

Well its funny you’ve mentioned that, over the years I have learnt a lot about eating the right foods for me, detoxing has been paramount as I spent most of 20’s doing the wrong things for my body. I get asked a lot about how I keep fit and healthy, so I’ve teamed up with my fiancé Darren. It’s a translation of my passion for living a healthy lifestyle and we’ve encapsulated this into an online portal called Queen Coco, based on the foundation of Metabolic Typing, organic living and vibrant detox programs which are ideal for correcting all types of digestive problems and therefore can assist with weight loss, increase vitality and energy, a more youthful appearance and natural glow. My first book is in editing stage and I’m planning to launch INDAH and expanding the product categories overseas and online which is a huge milestone for INDAH. I’ve enrolled into a Paul Chek health coaching coarse starting in October. Part of my duties as ambassador for the Borneo Orangutan Survival Australia, Darren and I are off to Borneo to film a mini documentary and somewhere around Asia we’ll hunt around for a place to get married! Finally.

11) What is your favorite Indah product, or the ‘must have’ beauty product that you can’t live without?

My favorite product is my Virgin Coconut Oil. I know there’s so many coconut oils out there, but seriously (I may be a little biased) the best tasting coconut oil out on the market, because its hand pressed and organic! I use it for everything, I put it in my hair as an overnight hair treatment, I take it internally for pure energy and the best thing about it it’s the base of all of my products – it’s the best fifteen bucks you’ll ever spend.

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