All our products are hand-blended in small batches using only the highest of quality essential oils, resins, wild-crafted wildflower essences + botanicals harvested from our property and garden.
"The earth laughs in flowers" Ralph Waldo Emerson
Botanical Trader was born from this quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson. When I first heard that quote many years ago it deeply resonated, and it stuck with me.
Welcome I'm Claire, the founder of Botanical Trader [and all the Wildspace Collective sites]. I am a yoga teacher, gardener, writer, animal lover + whole living seeker who thrives on conversations and connecting with like-minded people who have a desire to lean into a more kinder, healthier, joyful + sustainable lifestyle.
Ever since I can remember I have had an affinity with plants whether it was picking mandarins, mangos or mulberries from my backyard tree as a child or spending my youth travelling the world seeking spots of natural beauty that I could hike into or spend a few days camping in.
Plants and nature have healed me in more ways than I can express. I was very sick in 2012-2013 and my first moment of healing actually came when I was watering my rosemary and lavender planter boxes on my small inner-city apartment balcony.
It was a normal day, like any other, I went about my daily duties mindlessly, hurried and a little overwhelmed. I was pouring the water from my watering can quickly onto my plants with the intention of getting that job "over and done". Then out of nowhere I was struck with something I can only explain as one of the most beautiful experiences of my life.
As I was literally flooding my poor plants; I felt the warmth of the sun on my skin as I heard the sound of the birds in the tree above me. It was in this same moment I became overwhelmed with the beauty of the intricate and delicate purple flowers as I caught a smell of the rosemary and lavender aroma; and for the first time in a long time I felt complete peace, stillness, gratitude and hope for a happy and healthy future. It was in this moment that my journey to health and wellness began.
Since that day I have used nature to completely heal and rebuild my mind, body and soul. I garden, I make products from nature, I eat plant-based, I drink lots of kale, celery + wheatgrass, I exercise in nature, I do my best to only ever buy consumer products derived from nature and I spend every moment I can connecting and re-energising myself with nature.
It was an organic journey to making natural products from plants, but one I was called to do. Plants are my life- they are my passion- they hold a powerful energy that heals and brings balance to the mind, body + soul. The true purpose behind creating botanical trader was to bring more plant products into the marketplace in hope that one day we might get rid of the synthetic, unethical and toxic.
Whilst natural products are expensive in comparison to their more synthetic counterparts - there is nothing more grounding, healing and inspiring than surrounding yourself with materials that come direct from mother nature.
I believe the energy held in plants is both healing and restorative. From the uplifting aromas that come from the oils extracted from plants, to the intricate design and vibrant colours of flowers, the earthy scents from the wood + bark of trees, and the healing properties of leaves, moss, herbs + roots, When I infuse myself with plants my energetic vibration increases dramatically, and those who purchase our products also find that their energy vibrates higher when they wear one of our natural products steeped in botanicals.
Making natural, vegan, cruelty-free and sustainable products and then giving away profits to charity is the platform I use to promote sustainable, ethical and kind living. It is a gentle yet peaceful form of activism and it is the rent i pay to inhabit this beautiful mother earth.
I believe through ethical consumerism we can all create big change in this lifetime and put an end to global poverty, human rights violations, animal cruelty and the destruction of our planet.
Personally I am a gentle yet active advocate for the plant-based, simple and sustainable lifestyle. If your values align with mine then I would love to connect with you.
Our continual growth and expansion is a testament to what we have achieved together on this path we have chosen.
Thank you for walking with us