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Sam, who looks after our product development previously spent 12 years at Boots, most recently managing their range of vitamins, supplements, traditional herbal remedies, homeopathic and naturopathic remedies. She’s passionate about health and nutrition and spends most of her days in the office thinking of new ways to unleash the power of fragrance and aromatherapy in the quest for a natural approach to common health concerns. Many of Sam’s lightbulb moments wake her up in the night.
Loves: Old houses, avocados, unicorns
Hates: Slugs, hypocrisy, Sage accounting software
Favourite smell: That aroma when you step off a plane in a hot, foreign land
Dr Steve is the cleverest person we know. He’s got a PhD in molecular biology and he knows how to use it. He runs our development lab and the production facility and spends lot of his time trying to make Sam’s crazy ideas come to life as well as having a few crazy ideas himself. Before joining the team Steve worked in a big international test lab. He likes it better here as he gets to listen to Absolute 90s all day while playing with test tubes.
Loves: Guitars, Lego, Sausages
Hates: Reality TV (except bear grills), Picking up Lego, Hayfever
Favourite smell: Mud and grass
The multi-talented Kate runs the office and what she doesn’t know about Sage accounting isn’t worth knowing. A qualified auditor with a background in quality assurance, procurement and business administration, frankly we’d be lost without her. She bakes the best cakes and is a bit of a workaholic.
Loves: Purple, Cupcakes, Harry Potter
Hates: Decaf-Coffee, House work, Spiders
Favourite smell: Jam on Toast
Carol, our MD set up the business over 30 years ago and she’s our go-to for all things fragrance and micro-encapsulation related. She manages the money, dirty job but someone needs to make sure we pay our bills on time (which we always do!) and provides general guidance and good counsel to the rest of the team.
Loves: Her dog William, the sea, autumn
Hates: Bigotry, traffic, ice
Favourite smell: Roses
Monty comes to the office a couple of times a week primarily to bark at the DHL driver. He spends most of the day asleep by the window only stirring to steal Kate’s lunch. He’s a cockapoo and doesn’t shed fur which is ideal as he lives with Sam and Theo who are allergic to other types of dog. Occasionally Monty is subjected to animal testing when he is sprayed with doggy-safe sweet smelling fragrance to mask the odour of whatever filth he may have rolled in during his morning walk. He is the only example of animal testing we engage in.
Loves: Cheese, cheese and toast
Hates: Pigeons, baths, cats
Favourite smell: Cheese on toast