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Pause – breathe – clarity. Elyse and Me, gives us a much-needed moment of reflection in this fast-paced modern world.

This is so important not just for our brain to function properly but also our health. With 100% purity, our oils can transform your life just as they have mine. Elyse & Me is a beautiful line of perfume oils that offer support during moments of stress. Allow your senses to breath in “an essential experience” and let the healing essence of plants bring you a sense of peace, relaxation and calm. Take a journey on an emotional escape, for some precious “me time” and return rejuvenated!

How did it all begin?

I have worked in a few different sectors during my working life, but the corporate world was where I experienced some of my darkest times. I was emotionally overwhelmed, dealing with high anxiety and stress that impacted my mental health.

I found the feelings of overwhelm were what drove me to search for a solution. During the search I stumbled upon essential oils, and I felt like I had come home. I found something that for the first time in so long, gave me some relief. I experienced the magic and transformation these oils can bring.

These discoveries furthered my curiosity, and I decided to create a range of perfume oils, not only as a beautiful scent, but to offer support during moments of stress, big or small for everyone who needs it.

What sets your business apart?

My personal story is a important element of my brand. I know how debilitating stress, anxiety and depression is, and I came out the other side with the help of botanicals. Additionally, my oils are functional, not just a perfume, not just a mood support. No chemicals – everything is completely natural.

What is the concept behind your business or the problem you’re solving?

Support emotionally – stress – anxiety even depression – the blends are carefully crafted to use the best essential oils element for a certain aliment.

Where to next/What is your brand vision?

Grow my reach – Grow! Grow! I am one woman brand and I started it with £3,000 and have managed to create something lovely, that works. My struggle is exposure.

Carol Mead

Founder of

Elyse and Me

What do you feel passionate about/what drives you?

Helping people who are going through stress and anxiety and feel lost. I am passionate about the power of flower therapy – how the plant world offers us so many wonderful benefits.

Share an example of early life that has shaped you?

My childhood was a game of two halves – from knowing what it was like to feel abundance financially to the other extreme of no electricity – no winter coat and parents divorced, and my dad went to prison – this was during my early teens. I am so grateful though as my mum was epic and still is a strong powerhouse – who is always glass half-full. It’s taught me a lot.

Highlights of your business journey so far?

Personal life is having my daughter – I had her when I was 43 and never thought I would become a mummy – she is everything. Business level, I have been shortlisted for a few awards which was amazing at such an early start.

Key lessons you have learned along the way?

Don’t wait until the product is perfect.

Best piece of advice you have received?

Look at all the NO’S as becoming closer to the YES!

Advice to an aspiring entrepreneur or woman just starting her career?

Don’t think about the end result as you get to lost in the HOW – just start and go work bit by bit to the end destination! You do get there, it’s magical how it all unfolds.

What funding route have you chosen for your business and why?

I haven’t gone done that route yet – fear maybe!

Some of the challenges you have faced and how you overcame them?

Creating a brand / product from a need that I couldn’t find – to actually have a product in my hand was so wonderful.

Why is it important to support women-led business?

Not just women but women who are older – I am in my 50’s and I want to break the age barrier that once you reach a certain age you are past it!!

60

Seconds

with

Carol Mead

My inspiration is...

My daughter.

My greatest fear is...

Not living to my full potential.

The most courageous thing I’ve ever done is...

Found my long-lost grandmother when I was 11 years old. I still look back at this and think wow! My parents had no idea and I kept it secret for months.

Guilty pleasure?

The Real Housewives.

Mantra you live by?

Tomorrow is another day! If today didn’t go right, we get another chance tomorrow!

Female role model?

There are lots! Women who are inspiring me, but my favorite is Gracie from Squirrel Sisters – she is amazing.

Women-led brand you love?

Squirrel Sisters.

Top productivity tool?

I’m all about lists! Writing a list is a good way for me to organize myself – love to tick things off. I do this on my phone.

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