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Green and Orange Health and Wellness Blo

The Future is local.

As a former small business owner myself, I'm acquainted with the hardships faced by entrepreneurs with a limited budget in Mauritius. Ever since, I have found it crucial to help educate others about the challenges faced by SB owners, local products, sustainability and more.  I, initially started this project on Instagram. I have since then, been observing a steady growth of following. This platform will hopefully serve as a mediator between aspiring entrepreneurs and SB owners in Mauritius and anywhere else! One of the goals of this blog is to increase the visibility of local businesses and their products.  Curious to learn more? Check out our SB stories of some budding entrepreneurs.

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Size matters.....this is what came to our minds when we saw the giant scrunchie launched by Oopsie Daisy a few weeks ago! We all wear scrunchies at home, however most of us are rather reluctant to use them in public. For long, they have been associated with the childlike, wide-eyed teens in school. Just look at the cool kids in Mean Girls, scrunchies seemed to have been banned from the hip kids' zone, but not for long. Let’s be realistic, we all need scrunchies, whether it's at the gym, when skipping wash day or simply when we're chilling at home and watching netflix. Scrunchies have been associated with lazy bun days and Sundays for decades and honestly speaking, they are an essential part of a woman’s life. And cute hair accessories such as hairbands and hairbows are just the cherry on top. Though we all seem to be turning towards a more minimalistic lifestyle, a giant scrunchie can do no harm, particularly when it makes you look extra pretty and adds a Lolita kind of vibe to your outfit.

In 1986, Romy Revson who performed as a singer and musician at nightclubs thought of inventing something that would her keep her hair pulled back during her performances. She sought out an invention that would not require the use of plastic or metal, an alternative that would be gentle to her mane whilst keeping everything in place.

More on the history of Scrunchies here:

Since then, fabric scrunchies have been a thing! From Madonna to Janet Jackson, almost every star would be seen sporting scrunchies over their already extravagant hairstyles. Bold and colourful, the 80s fashion never regarded any accessory as being too much. "The more, the better" seemed to be the greed decade's motto. The trend peaked throughout the years but eventually started fading out and women switched to something simpler, something almost invisible such as bobbles. It might also be due to the fact that men find women more attractive when wearing loose hair than when having it in a bun.Blame it on social media for glamourising the daily life! But we didn’t conduct any research on that topic, so we are in no position to tell!

Now that women seem to be more aware of their own comfort and needs, the scrunchie is more present than ever. It has become a symbol of comfort and assertiveness.

The revival of the fabric scrunchie can without any doubt, be associated with the prioritising of women's comfort over looks! What about the Giant Scrunchie? It might seem too much to some and maybe only the bold ones might wear it, but we would definitely encourage everyone to get one even if it’s just for chilling in your PJs- they will instantly uplift your mood and you'll be contributing to an entrepreneur's dream by supporting their business. While they are sold at around 20 USD in the US, Oopsie Daisy offers the same at a much cheaper price.

The choice of satin and sheer fabric emphasize on the elegance of the scrunchie. Wear it on a low bun and it instantly makes you look like you stepped out of B&W movie. It’s the perfect accessory for attending a wedding and it will make you stand out of the crowd. Let's be honest who doesn't like a big bun? ;)

Wear it with a sleek ponytail, embellished earrings and a bare shoulder dress for that oomph effect. If you are more of a jeans/tee kind of girl and wish to add a pop of colour to your outfit, get a red one or any other bright coloured one, they will take your outfit from a 5 to a 10. Or simply wear it as a bracelet when you feel like letting your hair down.

The scrunchie is no longer just a mere convenient accessory, it is now part of our everyday life, it reminds of us of our childhood, of merry, worry-free days. Wearing the vibrant ones is a way of saying "my comfort matters and I’m not ashamed of showing it off"!

Our next guest in our Small Business Stories is an individual who doesn’t shy away from the limelight! She loves her scrunchies bold, bright and big and why shouldn’t she? Aurelie, is the first one to come up with something out of the ordinary. Who would have thought that the scrunchie could be the only accessory that one could possibly need to look put together? To find out more about her Giant Scrunchies, visit her page.

The best part is that you can choose your own colours and have it personalized.

Updated: Jun 21, 2020

Meet Elodie Adone, the gutsy woman behind Créloa Crafts!

Let’s talk hygiene! Period and vaginal discharge, there’s no hiding, we all have them! So, this is why, we have tested the panty-liners by Créloa Crafts for you and we would without any doubt give it a green light! They are breathable, keep foul smells at bay and are super comfy! We’ve also noticed that these ones never cause any irritation down therrrre! Colourful and practical, they keep your panties safe from any nasties and if you have any plans for the night *wink*wink* you can just fold it and keep it away without getting caught! They are a must-have if you’re looking for an option to save some cash! While you may not ponder upon it as it’s now part of our monthly consumption, you will use an average of 16,000 tampons/ pads during your lifetime. And that is a lot of waste! Think about adding up the number of disposable panty liners that you use on a daily basis!

Have you ever wondered if there are any alternatives to disposable sanitary pads, menstrual cups and tampons? Or panty liners?

Established in 2018, Créloa Crafts, has come up with a great way for women to opt for an eco-friendlier option for those of us who might be conscious about the damage caused to the environment by throwing away dozens of pads or tampons every month or those who cannot afford buying pads every month.

We personally think that instead of donating only clothes to the less fortunate, we might also think about offering something more valuable to women and girls living in precarious conditions. Periods can be a barrier to a girl’s education, so maybe next time we should add reusable pads to our donation bags for someone, somewhere, will need them.

If you wish to understand the impact the role that period can play in underpinning poverty, read this qualitative study about the effects of reusable sanitary pads:

Discover this local brand with us in a short but insightful interview, with Elodie, the face behind Créloa Crafts.

1. It takes guts to come up with such an idea. Most women are ashamed of talking about period or sex in Mauritius. How did you break the taboo surrounding menses and discharges, when you started selling reusable pads and pantyliners?

I believe I am partially contributing to breaking the taboo and I am working on raising awareness on a deeper level because unfortunately in 2020 there are still a lot of women who do not possess enough knowledge and info regarding periods and their own bodies. When using reusable pads, women become more connected with bodies, they might notice changes in the colour of the period or discharge, when they wash them, they get in direct contact with these fluids, yes it might sound yucky but it is actually a means to learn more about your own body and accept the fact these are part of being a woman. It also reminds you will bleed but not break, and acknowledge your strength as woman.

2. Many women love using disposable pads as they are easy to use and stay in place thus reducing any possibilities of leakage. What are things you had to keep in mind while manufacturing these reusable pads? (comfort, convenience, fabric, absorption ect)

During the making of the pads, my focus was on the comfort as it will be in direct contact with the vulva, which is a thin and delicate skin, so you need a soft fabric like cotton with this type of skin. Of course, to avoid period overflow there is a waterproof fabric inside the pad. To adapt to the flow there are different layers of absorbent fabric like for the panty liner you will have just one layer but in the heavy and overnight you will have 4 layers of absorbent fabric which really absorb the blood that will keep the pad dry and clean. The last part which sticks to your underwear is a flannel fabric which is non-slip that helps to make the pad stay in place. Of course, you must avoid wearing Lycra or even in nylon panties because synthetic fabric is quite slippery. It is better to favour a fabric such as cotton as it is more comfortable and will help the pads to stay in place and be comfier during your period.

3. Your pads are bright and colourful, nothing like one would expect to be wearing on their bloody days. Was the choice of colour an important element while creating the reusable pads? Do you think it might be a means to encourage women to purchase them and not be ashamed of using them?

It’s less boring to see a beautiful and colourful fabric in your undies than seeing the blood on a white dull front. It’s kind of fun when you go to the toilet and you see your period on a floral fabric. It's a change! I personally think that it's a better way to feel confident on your period. It kind of helps as they are more willing to try them when they see the design fabrics. They are less scared to try them and they kind of forget about the fact that they have to be washed after.

4. What do your customers usually expect when they decide to opt for reusable pads as an alternative to disposable ones?

They seek to have a certain peace of mind since they no longer have to be stressed about looking for pads in stores or to plan a budget every month because in the long run it still requires investment. They mostly expect comfort in Créloa pads plus it helps them to contribute to a more sustainable environment while being on their period. They really love that it is handmade and a local product. These little bits contribute immensely to the success of our pads.

5. Do reusable pads require more hard work in terms of cleaning than disposable ones? Do you think that might be a reason why people go for the latter when purchasing?

In one way or another, yes, they are quite reluctant at the beginning because the reusable pads are made of fabric and they have to be washed. The maintenance requires more time investment and care but the fact of turning to a much greener product takes precedence over the fact of having to wash them after every use.

6. According to what we have read, the reusable pads should be changed regularly and kept in a wet bag so as not to stain something else and it should be washed after every used and left to air-dry. Can you thoroughly explain to us how the sanitary pads should be used and cared for to our readers? (How often should the pad be changed? And how is it stored once it’s soiled? )

The pads should be changed every 4 to 6 hours depending on your flow. If you ever think, it should be changed more frequently, you can do it. It is a bit like the disposable ones, except that there are no chemicals involved and it is made from cotton fabric, that is, breathable, thus avoiding any bad smell. The pad must be washed in a soapy cold water only to remove stains and let them dry in raw exposure to sunlight and air dry.

Whenever you are at work or somewhere else and you need to change your pad you just have to fold the pad and put it in the individual wet bag so when you go back home you can wash it. I would encourage you to favour hand washing rather than washing machine, for better maintenance and to keep your pad in better condition as they are quite delicate.

7. What will be the benefits of using Créloa reusable sanitary pads in the long run, for us and for the planet?

Creloa pads are better for your health as they help in reducing your menstrual cramps and do not cause rashes or infections, as they do not contain any chemicals. Opting for these will allow you to save a lot of money in the long-term, due to their reusability.

You contribute in reducing pollution as disposable pads are not biodegradable and are made of plastic components compared to the reusable one, which is made of fabric.

In addition, you help and support a small and local business, thus helping your own local economy.

8. Can you talk us through the process of creating the pads?

At first, I made some pads for myself as I wanted to have some for my own use because I was going through health issues and I could no longer use the disposable ones as they were of no help. With time, I realised that other women might be going through the same dilemma as myself and then decided to start a small scale production.

This is how it all started. It was a long and difficult journey to come this far but I am glad to be the first in Mauritius to manufacture them. I hope that reusable pads will become more acceptable in the days to come, so I can further help women change the way they experience their menses, to a healthier and Eco-period one.

9. What does the brand name Créloa mean and what are your future plans for Créloa?

CRÉLOA means “Création Elodie Adone” so it’s really personal.

The future plans for Créloa is to grow bigger and help more women across the country and hopefully adding more useful and creative products to our line in the future.

Creativity block is a problem that affects all of us but mostly entrepreneurs. It can last a long time and make us feel like we're not trying hard enough. However, there are several ways to defeat this enemy. Some of them are:

1. Writing down your ideas whenever you have new ones.

2. Recognising all the elements that will lead to the finish product.

3. Taking breaks when needed, try indulging in something completely different.Your subconscious still works while you are taking a break which further enhances your creativity.

4. Sharing ideas with people who think differently, they might actually help you find innovative solutions.

We' ve asked some entrepreneurs about their tips and tricks of coping with creativity block and here's their advice.

Annabelle, jewelry designer, suislelapinblanc

"I think it's important to know where the blockage come from. For me, it is all the pressure i put on myself, working long hours and trying to be in many places at the same time. The recent events and the lockdown taught me to be patient, mainly with myself. And that relaxing and taking care of myself was also productive. The rest will follow. Creativity comes when you're not under stress, when you're feeling your best. But above all, my best ideas come when i have fun. "

Swedhan, co-founder, Aaura. essentials

"Creativity doesn't always mean you have to invent the wheel, you can always find inspiration somewhere else and add your own twist to make it better.   The key is to keep moving. Don't feed your insecurities, fears and procrastination." Swedhan, Aaura.essentials

Teshane, founder and artist, by_mr_t

"Take a step back..Creative people need time to just relax and do nothing to recharge and open the doors of their minds to be inspired. "

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