A while back I came across Be Genki, an all natural holistic skincare brand that was born out of the desire to help ease anxiety, naturally.
Each product in their two ranges; Be Serene and Be Radiant is formulated with 100% natural and organic ingredients to nourish the skin. It is safe to say that I have fallen in love with their products and will continue purchasing
I was lucky enough to get the opportunity to interview Samantha Sargent, the founder of Be Genki to get a grasp on how the brand came to be, what inspires her, a favourite product she sells and more.
With this being said, why not grab a cuppa and continue reading, it sure is a goodie!
What are your main aims of Be Genki?
The main target with Be genki is to help ease anxiety and stress in people’s lives, naturally. So that people can enjoying being imperfectly perfect. And not trying to pretend to be something that they’re not.
Who or what inspired you to create Be Genki?
The short answer: To help encourage and inspire holistic happiness by providing products with lifestyle tips that help to bring about a positive change – specifically anxiety and stress relief – in people’s lives.
The long answer: At age 21 I reached a point where I was desperately lost. From the outside view everything looked perfect, but internally I was crying out for help as I honestly didn’t know how I was going to get through this thing called “life”. A world filled with abuse, judgment, anger, tragedy, lies, prejudice and pretension. I wasn’t willing to conform to this reality and just accept that this is the way things are. I pretty much had a breakdown and decided that I could either keep on going as I was going or make a change. So I made the change and sought out people and disciplines to learn from so as to open my mind to as many different points of view about holistic living and this very much started my deep dive into exploring my spirituality. I spoke to counsellors, psychologists, psychiatrists and hypnotherapists. I engaged in work experience at leading health retreats. I practised yoga, Vipassana meditation, Access Consciousness. Whatever I came across in day-to-day life (whether it be naturopathy, homeopathy, reflexology, herbs, massage or energy work for example) I researched, experienced and tried my best to understand and gain an understanding of its principles and practices. Essentially I threw myself wholeheartedly at exposing myself to as many different points of view out there that I could find, in the hope of finding what it takes to live an inspired life complete with holistic health and happiness: to be loving nurturing and healing energy to anyone that requires it from me; to be vulnerable so as to see things as they truly are; to be in total allowance; to trust that the universe will look after me; and to trust thy will, not my will. It’s been a challenging and confronting journey … but oh so much more rewarding than surrendering to the drama, trauma, fear, cravings, aversions, envy and anti-consciousness that the mainstream reality conditions us to function from. I have an unquenchable thirst to educate myself and grow, to become more awake, more conscious, more aware and more synchronised with nature. So, for as long as I can remember I have always had a strong interest in health and wellbeing, I guess I was just looking for the inspiration to base a business around. That inspiration turned out to be a girlfriend of mine, who used to suffer from anxiety and depression and was taking anti-depression medication on a daily basis. So I made her a blend with premium organic essential oils for use in the bath, and suggested that she dedicate some time at the end of each day which was just for her … shut the door of the bathroom, run a bath, pour a couple of drops oil blend into the bath, and then sit back and relax for twenty minutes. After about six weeks she came back to me and was so thankful. She felt that she was confident enough to go off her medication. She didn’t know whether it was the ritual of running the bath each night, watching the water flow into the bathtub or the oils that she was inhaling but something sparked confidence in her. She then worked towards exercising more and taking a look at her diet to make healthier choices. She even went off her medication, and to this day has not popped those pills again. You can only imagine how happy this made me feel. Whatever it was that gave her the confidence to take control of her anxiety and depression and ultimately her life, was enough to inspire me to help more people. And so Be Genki was born. Too often, I hear stories about people who run to the chemist to pop a pill for a symptom that they’re suffering from when they could be utilising alternative medicine and/or making lifestyle changes to target the cause. Whether it’s reaching for that 3rd cup of coffee during the day to get a burst of energy; tossing and turning in bed at night or relying on sleeping tablets to get to sleep; suffering from anxiety and depression, freaking out at the “little things” or losing your temper at those that you love most because you haven’t dealt with the issue appropriately; or simply “beating yourself up” and criticising yourself over something that really isn’t that big a deal in the scheme of things. That is not what life is all about! Life today is fast-paced. Most of us are faced with anxiety and stress on a day-to-day basis whether it be physically, emotionally or spiritually. In order to achieve optimum wellness and inner harmony, we need to learn how to deal with that stress and nurture ourselves on all levels, inside and out.
What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?
A decade ago I received the most valuable advice from a lovely woman in her late 60’s who I was confiding in about a potential life change I was about to make. She said to me “when you get to my age sweetie, it’s not the things you did, that you’ll ever regret; it’s the things you didn’t do, that you’ll regret not having taken that leap of faith.” A number of years on, I wholeheartedly agree.
How do you relax after a day of work and what are some little things that make your day better?
I love to end my day with a walk and swim at the beach with my husband. We then get home and take a walk in our garden, and watch the birds in the banksia trees, the Wallabies in the paddock, and most recently the koala in our tallowwood trees. There’s nothing better than getting out into nature to bring about a deep sense of peace and relaxation.
When I’m working I love to diffuse our Be Serene blend throughout the house to make my day a little better. The scent infuses in to the air we breathe and helps to keep me in a calm and balanced state of mind.
Where do you see Be Genki in the future, let’s say 4-5 years?
I’d love to see Be Genki as the leading everyday go-to range to help ease anxiety and stress, naturally.
What is behind the name Be Genki?
‘Genki’ is a Japanese word to describe the holistic feeling of being well. Happy, healthy and harmonious in body, mind and spirit. It perfectly encompasses what Be Genki products are lifestyle tips help to bring about.
If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?
Attend to our garden, veggie beds and paddock.
What is your favourite product you sell and why?
Gosh, that is a tough one. I don’t think I could possibly have a favourite as each and every product we make has a specific purpose. But, if push came to shove and I had to choose just one product only, then it would be our Be Serene Body Oil. It’s so much more than a body oil due to the base of organic cold-pressed virgin oils of jojoba, hemp, avocado and rosehip with the scent of neroli, rose geranium, rose otto, palmarosa and patchouli. It’s incredibly nourishing and softening for the skin. The scent is divine, whilst also having a calming therapeutic effect. And it can also be used as a face oil or hair oil. It’s the ultimate multi-tasker.
Be sure to check out Be Genki’s range of products via their website!
*In collaboration with Be Genki