Maker Spotlight Series - MYTHYN
One of the perks of Little Local Box is the opportunity to work with so many amazing small businesses. It's knowing that there is a face, a person and a story behind each and every product, as 'handmade' really does mean just that!
I love to dive in a little deeper and learn more on what led the maker to create their beautiful products and to start their brands. I want to share their stories with you so that you can appreciate the brands we work with.
We are starting the series with MYTHYN... the first indie maker we partnered up with!
MYTHYN botanical skincare and home fragrances are designed to nurture, improve wellbeing and bring joy. They are vegan-friendly, cruelty-free and handmade by Mathilde in her Bedfordshire atelier, in small batches using the highest quality natural nourishing oils and butters, minerals, botanicals and essential oils.
Mathilde’s fascination with the potency of natural ingredients has fed her desire to create truly natural plant-based bath, skincare and relaxation products.
She began blending her knowledge of chemistry, herbal remedies and aromatherapy with her holistic understanding of how to reconnect with our bodies and nature. After a few years of successfully experimenting, she founded MYTHYN in 2016.
Lets start with 3 interesting facts about you?
I'm French, and in September 2021 I'll have lived in England for 16 years - my entire adult life so far. I first came here to study Classical & Medieval history: from 3000BC at the start of the Early Bronze Age, all the way to 1500AD, the end of the Middle Ages. Talk about a broad scope! I eventually narrowed down my studies for a Masters in Medieval History.
I had lived in French Polynesia for a total of 3 years previously. I feel so incredibly lucky to have lived there. It was beautiful, and what I keep most from the experience is the deep-seated and invaluable knowledge that your life can be entirely different from what you know now.
I’m actually also a website designer and developer – I started web design at 15 because I wanted to go to Hogwarts, and so I created and ran a Harry Potter online school and fan site! I did this from 15 to 18 years old, and it had houses, classes, activities, the whole lot. It was amazing, and I managed such a brilliant team of volunteers for it, I really cherish the memories!
What is your ethos and brand all about?
Everything we do is always 𝙖𝙡𝙬𝙖𝙮𝙨 natural, cruelty-free and generally should not cause harm.
We create products for sensitive skin that are and feel luxurious as well as a joy to use. They are never any less effective than synthetic products. In fact, we formulate every product based on the raw ingredients’ natural, potent properties so that they are better in every single way.
I believe with all my heart that every skin should be treated with the utmost care so it does not become sensitised. Everything I create is designed to nurture and help the skin perform its natural functions at its best.
From the start, my dream for Mythyn has been to create skincare and wellbeing products that help create a sense of greater wellbeing and everyday moments of joy.
What led you to start up MYTHYN?
I had first-hand experience of skin-sensitisation and the more I learned about the ingredients in the products I had previously been using, the more I knew there had to be a better way forward. Switching to natural scents and skin care was a revelation for me. I started making soap bars, fell in love with formulating products with potent, natural ingredients, and have been adding to our range ever since.
What do you enjoy most about your day?
Formulating and making our products is my absolute favourite part, though I admit wrapping up lovely gifts with heart-warming gift messages is also a wonderful part of it.
Do you have anything exciting coming up this year for you and MYTHYN?
I’m looking forward to launching more skincare products! I’ve been working on a few things and the ones that are next in line include a beautiful balm, soothing skin oils and a solid shampoo bar. There are so many possibilities, and formulating products is such a perfect mix of creative and science-based that I completely love it.
What's your favourite product from your range and why?
This is a tough question! My personal favourite is the PURE soap bar because it has saved me many times when I’ve had a skin flare up and it is honestly the most wonderful soap bar I’ve ever used.
Thank you to Mathilde for a little insight in to MYTHYN. I'm sure you agree her story is inspiring and the passion and knowledge she combines to create her range is wonderful. You can browse her gorgeous collection at here.
Join us again soon for the next Spotlight in May.