Loving lavender and being local

With Wymah olive oil, Tallangatta lavender and Rutherglen cherries, By Celeste handmade beauty products are as local it gets.

And for the fifth year, they will be available at a pop up store at Myer Centrepoint in Albury this month in time for Christmas.

Owner Jane Watson bought the Wodonga-based business a year ago off a friend.

She said all ingredients were sourced where possible from southern NSW and North East Victoria farmers and suppliers and most were organic and sustainable products.

“People are surprised when I say I’m not from Melbourne or Sydney,” she said.

“They are very impressed when I say I’m local.”

Ms Watson said all the products were without harsh chemicals, such as parabens and harsh sulfates.

“All my customers say ‘I’m so glad you’re back for Christmas — we’ve been waiting all year’,” she said.

The By Celeste product range has 25 soaps and 25 skin care products, including face, body, hand and feet creams.

Ms Watson said her most popular products were Moroccan spiced body silk, geranium and ginger soap and brown sugar body scrub.

She said she wanted her loyal customers who visited her each year to know they could also purchase the products by appointment or from her website.

To make an appointment call 0403 823 357 or visit www. byceleste.com.au.

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