8 MAR - 2021
Side hustles, small businesses, passion projects, you name it! Keeping things local, and avoiding international courier delays can have its benefits!
2020 sadly saw the struggle and closure of many businesses, but it also has been the starting point for many creatives to follow their passions and launch small businesses and side hustles.
Supporting small businesses isn’t a new thing, but I know from time to time I need a reminder to look local. One of my goals for 2021 is to purchase more from Kiwi businesses where possible. If you’re looking to make more of a change, I’ve compiled a list of a few small New Zealand businesses to support this year, but remember, if you can’t afford to support with your dollars right now, a like, follow and share can go a long way too!
Health & Beauty
Beauty Engine - Not only is the brand aesthetic, but Beauty Engine’s hand cream aligns with Chatty Chums’ love for clean products. Using minimal ingredients, the Nourishing Hand Cream is enriched with powerhouse ingredients; lanolin and honey; both softening and repairing for the skin.
Our Pick: Nourishing Hand Cream, $30
Indigo & Iris - Vegan, ethical and no nasties, Indigo & Iris is a beauty brand that gives a damn! Launching with one product, their epic Levitate Mascara, the brand has now expanded into lipsticks. Better yet, the brand donates 50% of their profits to different impact projects.
Our Pick: Levitate Mascara, $39
Your local beauty salon - Don’t forget about your local beauty therapist, they were there for you when your skin wasn’t. Treat yourself to that treatment you’ve always wanted to try. Go on I know you want to. As we love Dermaviduals, we love any stockist spa!
Naaytu - Candle addict - is that a thing? Although I’m not a huge fan of bright colours, it’s so easy to add a pop here and there with Naaytu’s range of lovingly hand poured candles, made in Auckland.
Our Pick: Michelangelo, $80
Husk Home Store - From candles, planters, art and bedding, Husk has it all. Founders, mother-daughter duo, Linda and Lysandra have curated a hand-selected homewares range from big brands to handmade ceramics and glassware.
Our Pick: Luna Dusk Cushion Cover, $79
Artemis Ceramics - Booby mugs galore! The talented founder of Artemis, Georgia, handmakes her sought after boob ceramics from Auckland, and man are they hard to get a hold of! Make sure to follow @artemisceramics on instagram, turn notifications on and get ready for the next drop!
Our Pick: Mug, $65
Penney and Bennett - Considering we spend so much of our lives in bed, I think it’s only fair to have luxury bedding. Dress in Penney & Bennetts 100% cotton pyjamas and slip into bed with the brand's linen duvets for the ultimate dream sleep.
Our Pick: Zinc Pocket Pants, $109
"You’d buy Kylie’s Lipsticks, Rihanna’s skincare or Kanye’s sneakers, so why not support your friends and families local businesses."
Smith & Dillon - Inspired to create unique forever pieces, the mother-daughter duo founded Smith and Dillon. Offering jewellery with humor and grace that are ethically, thoughtfully and artfully created.
Our Pick: Riley Ring, $97
Mars Official - All jewellery is handmade to order by founder, Holly Marbeck, in her Auckland based studio. Each piece is cast in recycled metal leaving little room for waste and ensures that each piece has its own unique personality. Mars also has a line of vintage inspired sunglasses.
Our Pick: Retta Studs, from $127
Sophie Store - With a dream to create easy to wear accessories, SOPHIE has now become a staple amongst minimal stockists. The brand’s signature sunhats and letter jewellery are well known to those who shop at Father Rabbit and other independent boutiques.
Our Pick: Big Bag in Natural, $92
Fruney Chocolate - Anyone who knows me, knows I have the biggest sweet tooth. Chocolate is my vice, so what better way to consume my body weight in cocoa than by supporting a local business? Fruit and nuts are scattered through their handmade made bars.
Our Pick : White Caramel Chocolate, Pecan and Nectarine Bar, $12
Slow Muse Store - Founders Danni and Alex have created an online space to celebrate creatives this side of the pacific. Focused on making the world a more sustainable and beautiful place, the couple have curated a selection of well-made and thoughtful products that don’t harm the planet or people.
Our Pick: Flavedo & Albedo Bright Stripe Eyeliner, $29
Soia Vintage - A curated range of sourced vintage and retro trinkets. From sought after crystal champagne glasses to glass trays, Soia’s collection is a range of eclectic one offs.
Our Pick: Vintage Crystal Champagne Flutes, $60