behind Sodashi...Megan Larsen

Megan Larsen was a person who was held in high stead when I first met her at a spa conference in 2002 and still to this day she and her beloved Sodashi are still highly regarded.  Over the years I've seen Sodashi expand to a broader scale of luxury destination spas within Australia and overseas and there's good reason for that. 

If you're not familiar with Megan or Sodashi, I encourage you to read on and discover more, as I did...

Sodashi is a natural skincare, with the Sanskrit meaning of wholeness, purity and radiance.  Megan has been dedicated and focused never to comprise on quality and the holistic approach of embracing the mind, body and spirit within her personal life, in creating Sodashi and the team with whom works with.  

SWT: How did you come about being in the spa industry?
As Founder of Sodashi and a pioneer of high performance natural skincare the spa industry sought me out! Within a year of establishing Sodashi, I was approached by a luxury property in Thailand that wanted to stock Sodashi in their spa. Since then we’ve come to work with the likes of Emirates, Four Seasons, Rosewood, Mandarin Oriental and Aman Resorts and Sodashi is now stocked in luxury spas in over 25 countries. 

SWT: What enticed you to create Sodashi?
Sodashi was born from pure passion and intention to provide exceptional skincare products that really work, be joyous to use and include the amazing goodness of nature.

I was inspired after spending some time in Provence in the south of France, studying advanced aromatherapy and because I had spent so many years (and dollars!) trying to find the perfect products for my sensitive skin – I wanted to create product that would be balancing, nurturing and anti-ageing for the skin.

It all began on my kitchen bench and at the time the natural health store I owned was the perfect platform for me to sell the products and get feedback. Quickly the demand became overwhelming and my home-made skincare products flew off the shelf. My first batch of 50 moisturisers lasted just three-and-a-half days!

SWT: So, you have strong sense for happiness and wellbeing?
Yes, having a great sense of bien-être as the French would say, a beautiful sense of wellbeing.

I am passionate about health and wellness and make a conscious effort to manage and maintain my wellbeing, to give me the energy and mindset to make the absolute most of life.

The most important part of my day is my practice of meditation. This gives me the deep rest that I need to have mental clarity, dynamism in my activity and happiness. Another amazing tool I use is the daily practice of the ancient Tibetan Five Rights - a series of yoga exercises for healing, rejuvenation and longevity.

We must never underestimate the power of our own wellbeing!

SWT: And this is what you've integrated into Sodashi?
At Sodashi we are pioneers of clean beauty.  We create safe transformative skincare for people who want their best skin, whilst making health-centric choices.
It has been shown that around 60% of what you put on your skin is absorbed into your bloodstream. There are thousands of untested synthetic chemicals being used in consumer products with little or no understanding of the consequences to our health. 
Personally I will only use skincare products on my face and body that are going to work in harmony with my overall health and wellbeing, and I want to give this choice to others – many others!  

SWT:  After all these years, what would be the stalwart in the Sodashi product range?
Clay Cleaner With Lime –  the perfect, essential cleanser (and my favourite), to deeply cleanse and remove all the impurities from your skin – a key step to allow other beneficial skincare products to be correctly absorbed into the deeper layers of the skin.  And the zesty lime aroma very uplifting!

SWT: And the newest?
Enzyme Face Polish – Our newest skin transforming product is the Enzyme Face Polish. As we age, the natural exfoliation process slows down which leads to a build-up of dead skin cells. Fine lines, uneven skin tone and sometimes acne are often the results of this build-up. This Polish strengthens the natural exfoliation process and the active enzymes reveal beautiful new glowing skin. 

SWT: When travelling what's your bag?
Samadara Ultimate Age-Defying Crème – It’s my go-to moisturiser and Sodashi’s most powerful anti-ageing formula. I never leave home without it. As soon as I get on a flight I apply Samadara Crème to keep my skin hydrated and nourished whilst I travel – and it ensures my skin is always glowing when I arrive at my destination

SWT: A cheeky question, what’s your little vice?
French Champagne and delicious organic Chocolate – but if I’m indulging it has to be great quality.  I’ve also recently discovered some wonderful preservative free red wine.

As Megan highlights and I agree, there is no comprising on natural skin care and I'm also with her regarding organic chocolate (make mine dark) and preservative free red wine!  enjoy....x
Megan Larsen founder of Sodashi

Receive a complimentary Sodashi Jet Lag Recovery Kit when you book & deposit during August a Spa Wellness Travel package staying at:
Kamalaya Koh Samui, Thailand
Aman Resorts 
Luxury Walk + Spa Getaway, Margaret River region, Australia
Spa Qualia - Hamilton Island, Australia
VOMO Resort Fiji
Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa
Valid for stays before 20 December 2015

Sodashi’s Jet Lag Recovery Travel Kit is a must-have for travellers containing two chemical-free products designed to uplift the mind and body during and following periods of travel: Jet Lag Recovery Gel (30ml) and Jet Lag Recovery Mist (30ml).

Containing Spanish rosemary, peppermint and angelica, both the gel and mist are cooling, refreshing and combat fatigue bringing clarity and awareness. Applying the Jet Lag Recovery Gel to pulse points every three hours and regularly spraying the face with the Jet Lag Recovery Mist will see you arriving at your destination feeling refreshed and revived.

Sodashi products are made using the highest quality plant extracts and essences sourced from around the world. Based on the knowledge and wisdom of ancient philosophies and natural healing traditions, Sodashi products are free from chemicals, mineral oils and synthetic preservatives and fragrances.

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