Born from a love of nature, Seilich (pronounced ‘Shay-lich’) was founded by botanist Dr Sally Gouldstone in 2018. Their floral waters are distilled in small batches from wild-flowers grown in the Seilich meadow and used to create natural cosmetic products. Their wildlife-friendly farming methods and the company’s nature centric ethos led Seilich to become the first company in the UK to gain Wildlife Friendly Certification from the Wildlife Friendly Enterprise Network.

I WAKE UP…

I have a two-year-old who wakes me up around 6am shouting “It’s a lovely day!” After that it’s impossible to stay in bed, and from that moment on it’s all go; making breakfast and preparing for the day ahead. Zebedee, our whippet, on the other hand likes to use this time to take advantage of an empty human bed, from which he won’t emerge until summoned for a walk!

WORK STARTS…

It always surprises me how many people order things on the internet overnight, so I always check my emails for new orders first thing. I then set about planning the day ahead, I’m a great lover of lists! 

A TYPICAL DAY…

As I grow the plants that I use in my products, my work is really seasonal. The summer time is the busiest when I harvest the flowers that I have been growing all year, distil them to make essential oils and floral waters, and begin the soaking, infusing and mixing to make up our products. Winter is a much quieter season so I use it to plot and plan for the year ahead.

BEST PART OF THE JOB IS…

Spending time in the wild-flower meadow just makes me so happy!  In it’s former life it was an arable field, and it’s been wonderful to see it ‘coming to life’ over the past couple of years. I love wandering about in it, checking the plants and noting down any invertebrate visitors – which is a legitimately important part of my day!

AND THE WORST…

As I only started my company three years ago, I’m still basking in the glorious feeling of being my own boss. There are bits of the business I’m less keen on, admin in particular, but because it’s my own self-inflicted admin I don’t mind it all that much.

CAREER HIGHLIGHT…

Before I began Seilich I worked at Edinburgh’s Royal Botanic Garden  as a research scientist, and would spend weeks on end in remote parts of Scotland collecting data. It was just me, the woods, my tent and the whippet for months at a time – absolute bliss! Spending time in the wild gave me a real love of Scottish habitats, and inspired me to continue working with wild plants and nature conservation today.

AFTER HOURS…

I’d love to say I do lots of reading, yoga, artwork and other worthwhile pursuits in my downtime, but to be quite honest I’m usually completely pooped after getting our toddler to bed. A glass of wine in front of the fire and a good box-set is about my level at the moment. At the weekend I usually get out for a walk somewhere a bit wild if I can, and that restores me for the week ahead.

IN TEN YEAR’S TIME…

I have so many plans for my business! I hope to use the next few years to formulate some new products and scale up production which would see me growing more plants in a larger meadow. Once a larger meadow is established, my dream is to use it as a place that people could come and learn about wild-flower meadows and their associated wildlife – a place where I could share my knowledge of and passion for nature. 


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