Gift Products & More began in October 2019.
I make a range of handmade candles, soaps, bath, body cleaning products and more.
I started this business started in 2019 as I really wanted to be my own boss, I have been working in the food industry for over 15 years doing everything from office work, working on the production line and working in the warehouse, I was kind of a “jack of all trades”. Unfortunately at the end of 2017 the company I was working for closed down, so I took a year off and did some volunteer work at a local charity, then decided I really wanted to be my own boss, so I brought some ingredients and begun testing. I started off making Scrabble Frames whilst I was going through the testing phase, then in May 2020, I registered the brand NAROKU so I could start selling our range of candles, bath, body and cleaning products. Come January 2021 NAROKU now has over 30 products in it’s inventory as well as over 20 products in the pipe line ready to be launched in the coming months.
In October 2020 we launched our new website, which also included our new logo and we are currently in the process of changing over all of our product labels, to better suit the packaging and new logo as well as working on some new photo’s for our website to help bring our products to life!
Where did the name NAROKU come from?
This question has been asked a number of times and it’s kind of a funny story.
I was trying to come up with a name of the new range, making use of the first letters of my nieces and nephews (Olivia, Tyson, Keith, Alex, Charlie & Ciara), one night I was in the shower and the name NAROKU came into my head, I quickly finished my shower and saw the window was all fogged up so wrote the name on the window, I dried myself and got in my pj’s and ran over to my note book and wrote down the name, the next day I did some research to see what I could find out about it, thinking it may have some sort of aboriginal heritage, all I found was it was a character from a well-known cartoon (that I had never heard of). I straight away went and registered the name and it all went on from there.
The Hand Made by Alice range is made by my mum Alice, she is a wiz on the sewing machine and makes everything in the range herself, please feel free to contact us if you would like any other products as she will do the best she can to accommodate your request.
Korwingy Home Made is the name behind our range of Bath Bombs and Bath Crumble, these are made by my sister Amanda. Amanda is a mum of 3 and prides herself in making a great range of Bath Bombs and Crumbles.
Whats in store for the future?
Well that’s a great question, we are always looking for ways to extend our product range and expand the business and we have some HUGE plans in place to help make this happen.
We are currently in the testing stage with over 20 new products that we hope to have launched by May 2021, then heading into the second half of 2021 our aim is to branch out into wholesaling our products.
Towards the end of 2021 our plan is to add some fundraising products into works, whilst this will start off only being offered in Melbourne we don’t plan on waiting too long before having this offered to other states.
NEW PRODUCT SUGGESTIONS
We are always looking for new products to add to the range and would love to hear your suggestion, so if you have a product in mind that you would like us to stock please let us know.
It doesn’t matter what the product is, if we are able to make it and effectively add it to our range it’s something we can definitely look at. We may add it as a limited edition product or see about locking it in as a permanent fixture
We are based in Melbourne. We don’t have an shop front, but we do deliver Australia Wide for a flat fee of $9.95 (excluding heavy & bulky items – where stated).