Who are you/what do you do?
Leanna - Mama, Wax addict, Lover of Tea.
Is there a story behind the name (if it's not your own?)
Gorse + Still - I wanted something that combined my love of rural nature and our local Speyside heritage. Hence the wild Gorse found on my local walks and the still from the copper stills used to make the Whisky that made our area famous the world over.
How old is the business and how did you get started?
We turned 1 in November. It's been a whirlwind of a year. Safe to say our feet haven't touched the ground much!
Do you have a style? What are you known for?
Handcrafted. Authentic. Nature-inspired. Luxury Soy Wax Candles.
Who/what/where inspires you?
Freedom in the wilderness, mystery of the harr and the nip of the salt air. Hillside adventures and losing hours on walks, endless adventure, discoveries and possibilities, Ben Rinnes, woodland and the natural wildlife found within it. Endless heritage around Moray and Speyside, the home of the world’s best whisky, the world’s finest cashmere and the local craftsmanship with hundreds of years in the making and perfecting. History through the generations in an area famous the world over for its beauty and history.
I have crafted and captured the aromas of the seasons, landscape and weather, and been inspired by nature to share these very surroundings with you, in your home.
What did you want to be when you grew up?
What advice would you give your younger self?
What other people think of you is none of your business. Buckle up sister.
How did you learn your craft?
Courses, relentless testing, waves of self-doubt, determination and creative freedom. Never be scared to make mistakes - it's all part of the creative process.
What do you do on your days off?
What's one of those?? Netflix, Earl Grey, calligraphy, candlelight and illegal amounts of chocolate.
Biggest highlight or achievement to date?
Personally: My 2 beautiful kids who amaze me every day.
Professionally: Getting my brand to London Fashion Week.
I urgently require an additional 7 hours in the day. Jury is out on resolving that one!
What sparks joy in what you do?
When customers get in touch to say their blends have reminded them of someone special. Recently a customer got in touch to say our new bothy blend reminded her husband of his late uncle and their special bothy adventures. That meant so much.
Creativity is at the heart of what I do; being inspired by the wilderness and warm hearts of the local people we meet along the way. This local connection to memories of adventures gone by really resonates with our followers. I try and capture a moment in time through scent, I want to take them back.
Dream stockists/brand to collaborate with?
Liberty Of London.
Any lessons you'd pass on?
It's not easy but it is mostly fun.
What's next for you and your business?
Keep growing - keep reaching!