Meet the Maker: Jigna Chhatbar Owner & Director of Culté Skincare

Meet the Maker: Jigna Chhatbar Owner & Director of Culté Skincare

The Culté Skincare philosophy is respect body respect nature - No more hiding your skin! They believe in the power of natural skincare. Their products are made with naturally derived ingredients and no nasty chemicals like Parabens, SLS/SLES, PEGs, Silicones, Mineral Oil and Artificial colours or synthetic fragrances.

You deserve to feel confident in your own skin and what you put on your skin because it’s a reflection of who you are inside. That’s why all Culté products are vegan and cruelty-free with no animal testing involved at any stage of production. Their mission is to provide you with high-quality products that work for all skin types - from sensitive to acne prone and everything in between. From face wash to moisturiser and everything in between - they've got you covered!

How did you start your homegrown business?

I gradually started developing interest in making natural skincare products and I started by making some products for friends and family which they loved. I then studied Diploma of Cosmetic Science and now I am a qualified cosmetic chemist.

What inspires you?

Nature is my biggest inspiration. I love how natural ingredients smell and function for the mind and body.

What are the benefits of manufacturing locally? 

Manufacturing locally keeps the jobs in the community which is beneficial for the overall growth of our community and eventually our country.

What makes the Australian consumer unique?

Aussie consumers value the hard work of small businesses and are always looking for something unique that a boutique small home grown business has to offer.

What is the best business advice you have ever received?

It is never too late to start.

What are some of the biggest challenges you have had to overcome in business?

COVID was one of my biggest challenges which forced me to have a stronger online presence.

What has been your positive take away from the COVID-19 pandemic?

Due to COVID-19 my brand has a stronger online presence with over 15 online retailers listing my products.

What was your first job?

My first job in Australia was in a call centre selling telephone connections to people.

Do you keep your vegemite in the fridge or pantry?
 

Pantry of course!

Which classic Aussie song would you perform at karaoke?  

Land down under.

What is your favourite or most used Aussie saying/slang?

... and Bob's your uncle.

Time for a road trip! Which famous Aussie destination are you visiting?

Ulluru.

Who is your ultimate Aussie dinner party guest?

Chris Hemsworth!

Check out Culté Skincare on Buy Aussie Now!

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Meet the Maker: Jigna Chhatbar Owner & Director of Culté Skincare
The Culté Skincare philosophy is respect body respect nature - No more hiding your skin! They believe in the power of natural skincare. Their products are made with naturally derived ingredients and no nasty chemicals like Parabens, SLS/SLES, PEGs, Silicones, Mineral Oil and Artificial colours or synthetic fragrances. You deserve to feel confident in your own skin and what you put on your skin because it’s a reflection of who you are inside. That’s why all Culté products are vegan and cruelty-free with no animal testing involved at any stage of production. Their mission is to provide you with high-quality products that work for all skin types - from sensitive to acne prone and everything in between. From face wash to moisturiser and everything in between - they've got you covered! How did you start your homegrown business? I gradually started developing interest in making natural skincare products and I started by making some products for friends and family which they loved. I then studied Diploma of Cosmetic Science and now I am a qualified cosmetic chemist. What inspires you? Nature is my biggest inspiration. I love how natural ingredients smell and function for the mind and body. What are the benefits of manufacturing locally?  Manufacturing locally keeps the jobs in the community which is beneficial for the overall growth of our community and eventually our country. What makes the Australian consumer unique? Aussie consumers value the hard work of small businesses and are always looking for something unique that a boutique small home grown business has to offer. What is the best business advice you have ever received? It is never too late to start. What are some of the biggest challenges you have had to overcome in business? COVID was one of my biggest challenges which forced me to have a stronger online presence. What has been your positive take away from the COVID-19 pandemic? Due to COVID-19 my brand has a stronger online presence with over 15 online retailers listing my products. What was your first job? My first job in Australia was in a call centre selling telephone connections to people. Do you keep your vegemite in the fridge or pantry?   Pantry of course! Which classic Aussie song would you perform at karaoke?   Land down under. What is your favourite or most used Aussie saying/slang? ... and Bob's your uncle. Time for a road trip! Which famous Aussie destination are you visiting? Ulluru. Who is your ultimate Aussie dinner party guest? Chris Hemsworth!Check out Culté Skincare on Buy Aussie Now!
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