She used to buy a lot of candles from a store when she was a teenager and told herself that one day she will own her brand. With no idea of how to get started, yet relentlessly she kept saying it and working towards it.
Fast forward to today, she now owns one of the fast growing luxury home fragrance brands in Nigeria.
She is the founder of Olivs Botanical. Let’s meet her
Please introduce yourself and your background
My name is Olivia Edwards and I am the founder of Olivs Botanicals
Tell us about your work. How did your company start?
Olivs Botanical is a self-love and selfless brand, which was birth out of the need to raise funds to touch the lives of the motherless home babies, the old people’s home, the widows, the girl child and the mental health care. 10% of our proceeds goes into this project.
It gives us joy and fulfillment to be to give back to the society by putting smile, laughter in the faces of people and by showing love /kindness. With this passion in our hearts, we started our company, by setting our intentions and focusing on our visions, values and mission. As a Natural Botanical Ayurveda Brand, we pride ourselves in bringing the best internationally made products to our clients.
How did you come about the brand name and what does it mean?
The brand Oliv Botanical was birth out of my Intuition. Olivs means peace and friendship, botanical had to do with natural conscious clean skincare
What is your niche and how did you know it was a market to get into?
We have our niche in the Home and Living category. We focus on making diffusers and scent candles. Our brand touches all categories in our collections. Most clients will fine something to buy from our collections. We made it in such a way, to create something for everyone in our brand collections
Where do you get the inspiration for your products
I use to buy a lot of candles from a store when I was a teenager and I told myself that one day I will own my brand. I didn’t really know how it was going to happen , but I kept saying it and working towards it.
Can you remember one of the first products you made? What makes it memorable?
Yes, i made a candle and some natural bar soaps What made it memorable, it was a gift for my mum
What are some of the challenges you face in your business?
The major challenge is lack of funding. More so, sourcing from middle men and the high cost of machines used for production are reoccurring setbacks.
Another one is getting the right companies for printing and packing.
Do you have any regrets venturing into this line of business?
Not at all, am passionate about our brand and how far we have come, truly grateful
What is your most popular product?
Honestly I really can’t pick one, but from the top of head diffusers, candles and our natural bar soaps
To what extent do you draw upon your Nigerian (African) heritage for your work?
I could say that there is about 50% reflection of my African heritage on my brands and product.
What are some of your short term goals and long term goals, both in your business and life in general
My short term goal is to complete the branding collections for Olivs botanical. Our long term goal is to touch as many lives as we can possibly touch, as we continue to give back to the society. We also desire to build a brand that is suitable and eco friendly, that will stand the taste of time.
What would people be surprised to learn about you?
I am a very shy person
What profession would you be in if you weren’t in this Industry?
I will still choose this profession any time any may be a care giver.