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NATCH FOCUS: NEIL O'SULLIVAN, NIMBUS CO.

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NATCH FOCUS: NEIL O'SULLIVAN, NIMBUS CO.

My first experience at Nimbus Co left me eager to get Natch Essentials on the shelves. The Bondi space is welcoming, quiet and calm. They offer several infrared saunas in private rooms and the experience can give a wide range of benefits including mental health, muscle recovery, weight loss and many more. I knew our Natch Deo was synonymous with the healthily sweaty experience and we made it happen within weeks of that first encounter. On one of my many visits I was fortunate enough to meet co-founder Neil. Neil is the sort of person you feel as if you've known for years. Personable and warm, you can imagine this Irishman chatting to everyone from the postman to the Queen in the exact same manner. I asked Neil if he wouldn't mind answering a few of our questions because I find their (Su is Neil's wife and Nimbus co-founder) journey fascinating and I adore their business and brand. The blog post is a lengthy one but I couldn't possibly edit it down, the content is of great value to entrepreneurs, expats and those finding their way through the confusing realm of Mental Health.

I usually advise you to make a cuppa but on this occasion, sit down with your lunch and this blog post. 

Enjoy... 

Q) Neil, introduce yourself to the Natch community...

I’m 36 years old, turning 37 in November - yikes. I’ve been around the block too work-wise. I studied Business and Cultural Arts in my native Ireland before doing a postgrad in Public Relations and Events. My first main role was within an experiential agency in Dublin, Pareto3D, as an account executive in my early twenties not to mention part time stints in fashion and retail during my university years. My first permanent gig was with the Special Olympics, which still to this day was one of my most favourite posts. It led me to work with some amazing people and also see two international games in Idaho, USA, and Athens, Greece. After four years I left for Australia on NYE 2011, set for Melbourne. Upon arrival, jobs were actually a little more difficult to get due to visa restrictions than first imagined. I was coaching tennis and soccer initially and even did a brief sojourn in a jewellery store learning the four C’s of diamonds. Fun times.

I soon landed my first big break in Australia with Oxfam, working in their marketing department for the Trailwalker event. What a company to work for, gosh. Such an amazing work culture there. But fast forward to the ‘visa’ word again and I was off once more. I had a short contract role with Special Olympics Australia thereafter, looking to implement some of Ireland’s structure and policies (Ireland is one of the leading forces in Special Olympics globally, after the US), which was a fantastic experience - all in Melbourne. I was then lucky to get a role with the Public Relations Institute of Australia (PRIA), as their marketing and comms exec looking after Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania which gave me the opportunity to see more and more of this fantastic country. I then moved into the national marcomms role with PRIA in Sydney and the rest they say is history. I stayed there for four great years, grabbing my permanent residency along the way, before taking an integrated marketing manager role with CBS Interactive, part of the CBS broadcast network. Here, my role consisted of managing the entire digital product offering for the Asia Pacific region, as well as leading the branded content division, named Studio 61. It flexed my muscles in the advertising industry, working with some of the biggest brands like Dell, Telstra, Apple, Sony, Netflix, Optus etc to produce quality branded content, which at the time of my arrival was still only in its infancy here in Australia. I was proud to say we grew this part of our offering to one of the biggest players in the industry across APAC in just four years.

On the personal side, I hail from Dublin, Ireland. I moved to Australia to Melbourne first but have been in Sydney almost eight years now. I’m a semi-professional soccer player in the NSW National Premier League with Dunbar Rovers, an eastern suburbs club who I have been with for almost six years - having captained the side too on occasions. I’m also a soccer coach in my spare time and lover of all things fashion, travel and am also a mental health advocate. As a sufferer myself, I was part of the inaugural Light Ball Sydney black-tie ball that started in 2014, following the initial launch of the aforementioned event two years prior in Ireland. I spent four years on the committee that raised over $1m globally with events taking place in Ireland, Australia, UAE and the UK. I’ve also sat on the Darkness Into Light committee for two years, a global 5km walk starting at the darkness of dawn until sunrise. I’m the lucky husband to Su, my wife and co-founder, and partner, in Nimbus Co - who I met all those years back in the cold winter of Melbourne. I’m a proud dad to our little furry baby, Chucky, our pet jugg (Jack Russell/Pug). He’s a menace, but we love him and our first major marketing tool at Nimbus when we first opened the doors. Both Su and I started Nimbus Co back in 2016 based on our own health journeys and I myself battle autoimmune, MTHFR and other gut conditions. As well as mental health as mentioned. We’re both entrepreneurial and Su is a constant innovator and herself had several businesses and operations before we landed on Nimbus. It sort of fell on our lap really in terms of wanting to do something to help when it came to their health. We saw a gap in infrared, which was not a new technology per se, but for it to be used in the lifestyle way that we envisioned, was certainly something we felt the community needed.

Q) That is one hell of a journey! But how did you and Su come to creating Nimbus Co? How did your path lead to the wellness space? 

I’ve had quite an unorthodox journey really, which I used to struggle with to be honest for many years. My studies in university through to my first job, and my most recent, has been a bit of a zig zag story. I spent over 10 years in the corporate world not really knowing what I wanted to really do. I was in marketing, agency land, then NFP, to communications, PR and then advertising. It’s quite the mish-mash that led me to where I am today with Nimbus Co. However, working across all those industries has given me such a wide breadth of skill sets that I can now appreciate. Furthermore, the bygone years of someone being in the same job for 40+ years has gone. I always wanted to be an ‘expert’ in my field and I used to think that meant staying in the same profession and mastering your art. And, if you didn’t do that, you were a failure. I was scared shitless of being an impostor - I never felt I deserved to be where I was. This, might I add, can and is still very much the case for many people. But, what I didn’t realise throughout this journey at the time was that there was a burning passion to make a change, to do something of my own volition - that old feeling of you wanted to do more, have a purpose. Coupled with the fact that I was lucky to meet one of the most driven and idealistic people on earth in Su, she’s been such a catalyst in my life, not only in business, but in every other way too. We are extremely different in how we work - she’ll laugh at that - but our core values and our vision for what we’re trying to do and the impact we are trying to make is identical.

What I realised more recently in the corporate world is that you can give so much of your life and hard work, effort, time, as well as pouring every bit of stress and anxiety into something that ultimately you are just a number at the end of the day. So the decision to start Nimbus sort of came naturally - well, 10 years of figuring things out before that and not to mention all of the above too. And voila, you’re now an entrepreneur - so simple right? Obviously not. But between Su’s health know-how, being a nutritionist herself and my digital comms, marketing and everything in between background, we felt we had a good mix. But outside of all of that, we also knew we were on to something; infrared saunas. Not a new technology by any means as I noted, first started by the Japanese back in the 70s, but never before done in a way that was about prevention, or a lifestyle place where you could come and go without having to feel like you’re in a clinic, something that was easy, not a burden, a place to feel safe, feel vulnerable, and of course accessible to the community. There simply was nothing like it out there in terms of this type of wellness routine. In the early days, we took inspiration from the transformation the likes of yoga and pilates had done over the past decades, but now it was time for infrared saunas. We wanted it to be about lifestyle, something you could relate to and something you’d fit into your weekly routine.

Q) Being a successful entrepreneur involves building a brand and being business-savvy. We’d love to know of any lessons, mistakes or advice you've learned and would pass on to someone else wanting to get started in business.

Regardless of your background, experience, knowledge etc and whether you come from the field or industry in question or not, nothing will ever truly prepare you for what path you’re about to go down. You don’t have the safety net of a business paying your wages or contributing to your Super. You have to take out loans that are personally guaranteed to get the capital you need. We started Nimbus Co by ourselves, with no outside help or investors. I mean we were completely new to running a business. When you think of it, how scary is that?

I remember in the first year it was just Su working on desk with me coming every odd weeknight to cover some of the shift and then us splitting the weekend between us - whilst trying to hold down a business day job all the while.

It was about six months in the making in terms of initial concept, to finding a name, the fitout, selecting an infrared sauna supplier etc, to opening our doors. We knew that if we were successful, we’d be putting infrared saunas on the map and we’re so happy to see the awareness grow so much since we started. People are really noticing the many benefits that come with regular saunas and we’re so proud to have been there from the start.

I think in so far as lessons on your brand and who you are, I think you have to stay somewhat blinker visioned. If you have a strong belief and purpose for why you started in the first place, you must stay true to that all the way. It’s very easy to be swayed, or pulled a certain way. If you asked us when we started, how'd you think you’d be going a few years in, our answer would have been a lot different to what it is today. At first we thought about franchising and having studios in every city in the world, but that would mean we’d lose some of the authenticity of the brand. One thing I will say is true is that you have to constantly adapt and innovate. I had a look at some old images of year one recently when we had our first birthday and the studio, the style and feel was so different to where we are today. It can sometimes be draining, don’t get me wrong. You finally feel you’re in a good place, you’re happy, content but then - which almost feels like seconds later - you find something else you need to develop, a new area to research, a new treatment, or experience. But it is the only way!

Building a strong foundation takes time. I know a lot of people hear about and want the overnight success but there are many brands that have grown super fast initially to then have issues down the track. My advice is that every business is different. Yeah sure, everyone would love to have success as soon as they can, but this depends on so many factors. You can’t predict this. Listen to your gut, listen to your business and deep down you’ll know what is the best way to move forward and how soon. Don’t force it.

Some other tips I’d pass on is get some outside advice. Use family, friends, loved ones, work colleagues to test your model out. But remember, one caveat, you’re likely starting this idea because you’ve seen something that others haven’t so don’t be too literal when it comes to listening to advice either. It’s great to get perspective from as many people as you can, but ultimately, it’s your decision, your vision.

I’ve heard of advice where people will say how you should try and keep your day job until a point where your side hustle is big enough etc. In fact, that’s my case in a nutshell. I only stepped away from my day job with CBS, after five years, at Christmas last year. But, there is a but, I was only able to do so because I had the luxury of having Su working in the business day-to-day. There’s absolutely no way I could have done it without her. And to be honest, As things wore on and got busier, it was too much to handle. It’s impossible to have both a day job and run a business at the same time, if you really want to give it a proper go. I am sure there are cases and people reading this that disagree, but I truly don’t think you can do it that way. Sure, having a salary helped out hugely initially but the knock-on stress and anxiety of trying to do much takes its toll. 100%. It’s also the fear of failure that drives you, when there is no safety net, it means this is it. This in turn speeds your train of thought, and is a playground for growth and innovation. It’s only been three months since I’ve been full-time and boy, I can’t even remember ‘corporate Neil’ anymore. I can’t believe it took me this long. That just reminded me, I have so many slacks and shirts to donate to charity!

Q) You've just given so many amazing nuggets of business advise, I got goosebumps digesting them. Maybe you should consider a career in motivational speaking next!
Let's get a little more specific, Nimbus Co offers multiple infrared saunas across multiple venues with some of their main benefits include detoxifying, being great for muscle recovery and deeply therapeutic. Can you tell us why you use infrared saunas and how often. Do you have any top tips on things you like to do?


For sure. As mentioned, both Su and my journeys’ were health based and that’s what led us to infrared saunas in the first place. I’m pushing 37 years of age but still playing elite sports. That means that recovery is paramount to my sustainability. I’ve been really ramping up my sauna intake over the past year or so. At a minimum, I am in twice, if not three times a week. Or, sometimes I might even be passing by and have a quick 15 minutes on me and I’ll duck in quickly.

For me it’s my zen place. Outside of the physical benefits, one of the biggest benefits myself and a lot of our clients feel about coming in, is invisible. It’s the private time that you get, your ‘you’ time. How many hours a day do you get in your own private room, with a locked door where no one can disturb you? None I imagine. That alone is priceless and whether it’s coming home from a hectic day at work, or a quick sojourn away from the kids, or a chance to catch up with a friend, partner or loved one, this element of sauna-ing really is special. AND, sorry but the caps are needed here, what’s even better is that each time you come in you can essentially choose a different experience.

I always remind clients when they come in that this is your time, you chose what way you want today to go. Sometimes I turn off all the lights, no music, nothing, just the red hum of the infrared and I’m alone, in my safe place. Other times, I might want to catch up on my latest Netflix show (currently Snowpiercer; it’s actually quite good, don’t judge me until you watch it), or another time you might have a health goal for the day. For example, any time I have a tight muscle or am in injury recovery mode, I tend to go with the red LED chromotherapy - which is great at targeting anti-inflammatory issues. No one visit is ever the same and that’s what I love the most about Nimbus Co, that’s before you even consider visiting any of our other locations in Byron or Melbourne, which each have their own unique vibe and identity.

Some other quickfire hot tips for sauna'ing are make sure you’re hydrated before, during and after. Don’t come on a full stomach. Always wear loose clothes as we tend to expand when we’re heated. We do have filtered water on site but we also have some hydrating drinks like coconut water, watermelon water and elixirs that are a must. Bring a friend any time as it’s a fun time to catch up with mum or your partner. Sunday evening is a real favourite for me as it’s a good cleanse for the weekend’s close and a fresh start to the week - it always helps me to sleep too. Going for a massage just before is a great complementary modality. Massaging brings toxins to the surface of the skin, coupled with an infrared sauna, this flushes those toxins right out of your body. Regular sauna visits are like any health and wellness practice; if you add them to your routine and consistently practice them, you’ll get long term results as well as short term.

Some ‘in-sauna dining and entertainment’ as I call it that I’ve been obsessed with lately is Snowpiercer as mentioned - if I’m in the mood for Netflix, my podcast pick at the moment is ‘How I built this,,,’ on NPR, where you can learn about how other businesses and entrepreneurs got to where they are today. An absolute must. Or, if I’m in more of a meditative mindframe, I tend to tune into our Nimbus Co Spotify playlists. Su, Camilla and the team regularly release inspired playlists to ease you through your visit. We recently published one around International Women’s Day, which is a fabulous listen. But my favourite one we have is entitled ‘Love’, which features an all-time choice of mine from the amazing Joni Mitchell, Both Sides Now. - gets me everytime.

Although it’s tempting to shower during your session, we tend to advise against this as it stops the detoxification process. It kind of resets the clock, so to speak.

An added bit of magic to your in-studio experience is our staff. All 20+ of our team come to Nimbus with their own health and wellness background and expertise. You’re not just meeting a friendly face when you enter, you’re likely meeting Lyndsay who is a dietician, Elle who also moonlights as a pilates instructor, or Laura who is a yogi and stretch teacher or Maddie who is a nutritionist and business owner herself. We have a hugely talented group of women in our business, it’s only myself and Alex’s partner (our Byron studio owner), Monty, representing the males (and about time there is a sway that way too in my opinion). I’m constantly blown away by the strong women we have leading Nimbus across all three locations. They are all entrepreneurs, business owners, bosses and highly skilled experts in their own right. And for me, it’s a real indicator of the female spirit around duty of care to help others, which for us, goes far beyond just health and wellness or the four walls of our studios.

Q) Wow, some amazing tips that even I haven't put into practice yet and I've been visiting for several months now. You've touched on Mental Health several times, we're huge advocates of creating an open discussion around it so how is your Mental Health doing at the moment?

Gosh, where do I start? I really don’t want to go on too much here, not because the issue is not important but that there is a lot to talk about. Plus I would guess that those reading this would also have their own lengthy journey that we could all write books about.

What I will say is that as a sufferer of depression, anxiety and panic attacks - no fun at all - it’s important for you to recognise your feelings and to talk about them. It can take years to get the courage to do so, and I totally understand that, but once you start talking about it, trust me it gets better. No one person’s journey is the same; you’ll have good days, bad days, a good day again and then 10 more bad days. And you’ll think, ‘fuck’, this is all too much, when will it change. But every day you push through whilst battling mental health is another day you’ve warrior'ed through what you faced before. You’re stronger each day than the one that preceded. You’re a credit to yourself, those around you and always remember that.

It can ebb and flow. “I don’t want people to know about me”. “I don’t think I need to see anyone”. Common feelings a lot of people go through. Then even sometimes you find the courage and you go see someone but that person perhaps wasn’t right for you and you get disheartened. But remember, mental health is like anything else, there are good practitioners, there are bad ones. There are multiple things you can do to help yourself, but there are some that won’t stick. For some, meditation helps; for others it’s a career change, a move in your environment, and sometimes medication might be the answer. That’s only a snippet of the things you can do, and believe or not, the good news is that there are a plethora of amazing things you can do that can help you. So please believe, continue that fight and you will come out the other end. I’m always here if anyone wants to chat - us Irish love an auld natter.

Some things that definitely have worked for me personally are HIIT classes, yoga once a week, meditation where I can (and I am in no way a regular at this. But even if you’re not regular, don’t beat yourself up about that, doing so can affect you even more) and of course my beloved soccer. Just remember there’s only one you and you're the best person to truly understand your own self. Have that burger if you feel like it and do you know what? Fucking enjoy it, you deserve it. Focus on the yang as well as the ying. Are you like me where if I get an hour spare it’s usually at the gym, or a run, or smashing a HIIT class? Balance is key so make sure you’re mixing it up with the yoga, meditation and walks etc too. I know that seems so simple a change, but trust me I’m learning that lesson of slowing down recently, 36 years later.

Other hot tips include the app, ‘Calm’, a great one I use for meditation. Get sleep, min 7 or 8 hours. Hug and cuddle as much as you possibly can, be it to a human or furry friend - they all count. Don’t forget to embrace people when you see them, don’t let COVID take that away from us - I’m finding a lot of people are losing that feel of connection since the world changed as we know it. Let go of grudges. Get off Instagram. Scare yourself once as a day and do something you wouldn’t normally do. Speak to that shopkeeper you always go to, ask them how their day is, you’ll be pleasantly surprised what may come from it. Learn a new hobby (it’s Spanish lessons for me currently). Finally, you can’t go wrong with the old - well new - adage, YOLO - naf but oh so true, YOLO! Seriously. You’ll be dead one day and to quote the amazing Tori Clapham from Peaches Pilates, “No one is going to stand up at your funeral and say… She had a flat tummy and a thigh gap”. Remember, eat that burger!

Q) Neil, I didn't think you could get any more endearing but you've outdone yourself with that answer.
Share with us your morning routine - what sets you up for the day?

This has changed post-leaving-the-corporate-world. I was tied religiously to a morning routine before but now, being in a flexible environment, which came to be when COVID arrived, my mornings look something like this:
6.30/7am rise on average, earlier sometimes in summer or if I have an early morning PT
We’re on Gould St and are blessed to have one of the two best coffee shops in all of Bondi (Fika, the other being Bru on Brighton Blvd - love ya Sondie). The Fika team rock. It’s a Swedish inspired cafe that does the best coffee and the atmosphere is just fantastic. Full of life and laughter every morning. If you do want to snack there, try their bacon and egg roll which comes with their in-house relish, on a tasty bread bun. Think of a yummy but healthy treat! They also have the best snacks; chocolates, sauces and treats from their native Sweden, not to mention their Semla bun - game changer. Matilda, Morgan, Kyle and the crew there are just the best
I kind of skipped a step though. Before I get to any of the above, I forgot about Chucky, our pet Jugg. The little rascal. He wakes us, without fail, EVERY morning around six. His morning ‘whine’ takes place where we have to let him into the bed for a snuggle. But once we have coffee in hand it’s walkie times for him or else he’ll leave several surprises on the kitchen floor. Chucky, no!
My weekly workout must-have, outside of training soccer three times a week plus a game on weekends, is a dose of AGOGA. Run by the fab John and Belinda, it’s directly across from the Nimbus Bondi studio, which is super handy. They have HIIT inspired group workouts that are broken into learner, faster and stronger. It’s a really good shake up going there and the trainers are all amazing. I always leave there on a high.
This usually gets me to about 10am and then it’s onto the laptop, if I am not in the studio that day. That’s a far cry from my days working in the city where I’d be leaving the house by 7.30am always in a rush. It’s such a paradigm shift to have my time back and to be able to pick and choose how I want to work, and live.
P.s. I feel I have to discuss my normal eats in the morning too. Su will laugh when she reads this but she’ll say I eat the same breakfasts every day. It usually involves an egg; either poached on some toast with spinach, tomatoes or mushrooms, or an all-time favourite is Nonna Nez’s (that’s my Mrs Doubtfire-esque Italian nonna cooking alter ego) soldiers. Again, egg based but always a winner. If I’m feeling adventurous or fancy something sweet, a go-to is buckwheat pancakes or french toastie with sauteed banana, peanut butter, granola, goji berries, and either honey or maple syrup. Yum. This is making me hungry writing this. But being serious, I used to be far more regimented in having breakfast before I did anything in the day. I would not leave the house unless I had it. But the backbone of most of what I’m saying today is that this shift and change in my lifestyle has really brought down a lot of the routine or barriers, whatever you’d like to call them. It’s been a pleasant and warranted evolution for me.

Q) Now all I can think about it pancakes. Do you have any favourite personal care rituals that you physically or mentally benefit from?

Personal care has always been important for me, ever since I was young. My old friends back in Ireland will attest to this. I used to take about three hours to get ready for any kind of event or night out. I used to dab all kinds of products and eau de toilettes (EDT) on my person. I remember my father always saying, “You’ll scare them off with the amount of that you put on”. Lol.

But I have gotten better. In fact, I am way more serious about what I put in or on my body in later years. All my deodorants, such as the amazing Natch (as shown by the picture below and how I’ve worn the label off I use it so much, it comes everywhere with me), and my latest EDTs (also shown from left to right below) are carefully curated. I don’t use as much perfume as I did before. One quick spray is about as much as I do and it doesn’t get applied on my skin any more, nor everyday. I actually noticed once I held back from using it often that when I actually did use it, I got headaches. It just shows you how much that’s affecting you without even noticing it.

natch essentials natural deodorant

Mihan Aromatics - ‘Sienna Brume’
19-69 - ‘Capri’
Aesop - ‘Hwyl’
Eight & Bob - ‘JFK’

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In my bathroom you’ll always find the following products and brands:

Deodorant - Natch essentials as mentioned
Moisturiser - Baxter (US) or Sodashi Rejuvenate
Cleanser - Medikat8
Exfoliator - Sukin
Oil - Foile, Marula Oil
Muslin face cloth - Nimbus Co
Eye lifting gel - Sodashi
Toothpaste - Red Seal
Toilet paper - Who Gives a Crap (who we use for Nimbus Co too)
Bamboo toothbrush - I have a whole other idea around a sustainable, reusable subscription model for toothbrushes but that’s for another day
Essential oils - too many different ones to name but we have a whole collection for when needed

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Q) We're huge advocates of what you put onto your body is as important as what you put into your body with about 80% of products you use being absorbed into your bloodstream. What are your thoughts on natural products?

We’ve very conscious about natural products. EDTs are probably the only non-natural ones I would have in the bathroom. I think it’s really important that we work with natural products as much as we can. It’s better for us, the planet, average farmer or small business etc. We already have enough toxins in our lives, modest estimates say we come across 700,000 a day, why add more. That’s why infrared saunas have been so beneficial for me as a form of detoxification.

For example, we have our own Nimbus Co face oil ‘Face the Day’, which is a really interesting concept for men. When I was in my 20s if you had said to use a natural oil on my face I probably would have said no. But I’ve learned that oils are hugely beneficial for your skin health. Their regenerative powers are as fantastic as their ability in retaining water loss from your skin, as a way to make sure it stays hydrated. They also help as a form of anti-aging and they can also help you heal quicker and also have antibacterial qualities. Whereas before, I would have thought adding it would make my skin more oily, so I always used to go for the more intense creams or applications like say Nivea face rolls - which certainly awaken your skin in terms of that feeling, but are full of chemicals that simply aren’t needed.

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There’s also a future proofing element to natural products. Whether it’s beauty products or even the food we eat, we need to get away from pumping huge amounts of chemicals, or phthalates, pesticides etc into things we’re using on our bodies or things we’re eating. I always use the ‘wrap example’, Su told me a very simple lesson years ago when we first met, “Always read the back of the label first”. So just think about it, if you were at home and wanted to make a wrap for dinner for example, what ingredients would you need? Only a few; flour, water, and salt. That’s about it. Test this out, the next time you’re in the supermarket check how many brands have as little as those few ingredients in them. Very few! It’s actually so easy to be tricked into thinking something is healthy. It might say things on the front package like ‘healthy’, ‘lite,’ ‘packed with energy’, ‘40% more fibre’ and so on. If you’re curious, my brand of choice here for a wrap is Mountain Bread. Their ingredients consist of, yep you guessed it - only those same three. Now imagine this for beauty products. The problem is actually a lot harder to get your head around. It’s far easier to read what’s healthy or not when it comes to food, it’s not so easy when you’re looking at beauty products. So it pays to know your way around phthalates and all his/her tricky little mates.

Q) More great tips Neil, thank you. Finally, we'd love to know your plans for 2021!

It’s a big year for Su & I, Nimbus Co. It’s been so full-on already, I’ve left my day job which was years overdue and am now fully focused on our business. I feel like I am living the dream. I can’t believe how long I took to make that plunge, these past few months have been magical.

We’re also expecting our first child this October, it’s not really public knowledge yet as I write this (we’re 12 weeks in) but it might be by the time you publish, hehe. Well, I hope it will be public by then or I will be in trouble ha. We are so excited It’s certainly going to mix things up. It could be my last year at soccer too, I’m pushing on and the body ain’t what it used to be. I’m on fish oils, magnesium and anti-inflammatories just to get through training and games.

I think 2021 will be a year of change. A big milestone for so many reasons. It’s the next chapter I feel for our lives personally and professionally.Things are going to get even busier.

Without giving away too much about what we’re planning for Nimbus Co this year but you might see the Nimbus experience expanding beyond our studios, be matched to adapt to this modern digital world. We also will launch a new element to the brand that will give people the opportunity to tangibly consume the ‘Nimbus experience’ as well. Plus, we’re also looking at some exciting new collaborations in the short term, further ‘expansions’ are afoot and you might notice a few new face(s) and some additional initiatives launched throughout the year. Let’s go!

 

Thank you Neil, for your honesty, your time and your openness and a huge congratulations to you and Su!

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