“Captain James Cook, when discovering Australia, was greeted by one of the worlds’ most beautiful bays in 1770. His impatience to keep moving and discover new lands was halted by his extremely passionate Botanist – Joseph Banks. Unsurprisingly, Banks had been overwhelmed with the variety of flora and fauna he saw and persuaded Cook to delay his voyage just so he could catalogue the 100’s of rich Botanicals of the area. It was because of Banks’ persistence that the first landfall in Australia was aptly named - Botany Bay.
Ecoya was born and nurtured on these very same Botany Bay shores. And today, from our home on Joseph Banks Drive, we craft products to send from here all over the world. I have to admit that there is no hardship in this as much of Botany Bay is protected and still continues to flourish as it did 240 years ago. We like this about where we live, which is why so many natural waxes and sustainable materials feature in what we do - a lot of which come from Botany Bay itself. And while we realize there is a bit of a ‘green boom’ on the go at present, we are doing this more because we just can’t get our head around why you would want to do things any other way. My great grandfather Mathias Schweighoffer, who escaped to Botany Bay from Hungary during the Second World War, bought with him a knowledge and love for perfume and candle making. A love many of us have since been lucky enough to share. As others have said, we’re ‘drawn to the flame’. We’ve always tried to take a little of our family traditions and mix it with the freshness of the New World we ended up in. If we can do this in a way that adds to peoples appreciation of the environment – then Ecoya is being true to the environment we are part of in Botany Bay”.