Q&A with Daily Peach
Last week, we met for an @espressolab coffee at the old biscuit mill with Courtney, the owner of @dailypeach.co.za , who make bamboo and cotton reusable pads for toning and make up removal 💁♀️
Hi Courtney! So great to see you again. Let’s start with how Daily Peach came to be?
“Although we only launched last year, the journey started as far back as 2012, when I learned to crochet. I originally made accessories for horses, for fun, and then more recently started making reusable make up wipes. They weren’t in the prettiest colours - I had a horrible yellow and a brown. But my friend borrowed one and loved it. After that she kept asking me why I wasn’t selling them - so I took a leap of faith and decided to start Daily Peach in November!”
Such a familiar story! And where did the name come from?
“I knew I wanted the name to be a bit fun. I love superhero movies and in superman, they call Metropolis the Big Peach, so that’s where “Peach” came from. I later realised the newspaper in superman is also called the Daily Planet...”
So what has been your biggest high since starting?
“My first online sale to someone I didn’t know. It’s a strange but amazing feeling that someone out there just found your website and liked the product enough to order it”
And biggest challenge?
“Finding locally made packaging - It ended up being a lot more complicated than I expected. I'd explain what I wanted to the supplier, and think it was clear, and instead they’d come back with something completely different! But I ended up going with the first supplier I met - it worked out in the end...”
Tell us a bit about how the products are made?
“All our products are handmade by ladies in Cape Town. I was doing everything myself at first, and fairly slowly! One day I spoke to our gardener about it and he mentioned that all the women he knew who could crochet. So I decided to meet them in Hout Bay – I brought yarn and we all started making the pads together – and I quickly realised they were really good.
So I now have a team of 9 ladies making Daily Peach pads – some juggle other jobs, whereas for others this is their only income. Some have small children, so this is a way for them to make money while working from home”
Moving on to sustainability – what does it mean in your day to day life?
“I started with my kitchen and bathroom – refilling soaps & shampoos, avoiding cling film and tinfoil wrap. And reducing plastic packaging in general. I’ve also started trying shampoo bars! And I’m that strange person at the supermarket who puts the label sticker straight onto the garlic…”🧄.
Me too! I feel like shops are getting used to seeing people do that though… 😅 So have you got any new products coming out this year?
“I don’t – we only launched in November so I think it’s important to focus on the pads for now. I do have lots of ideas for the future though...”
Of course! And finally, what are your hopes & dreams for 2020 and beyond?
“I want to keep growing as a person and a brand – spreading awareness about waste, reducing plastic in my life, and just living more simply – cutting out all the excess I don’t need”
Courtney is such a fun, vibrant young lady (literally – both times we have met she was dressed in bright pink) 💃
Her products are absolutely adorable and send an important message about reusing, not throwing away 🌍 You can find all 5 @dailypeach.co.za products on our website!