Deerieo’s story began in 2016 when Karolina, who had recently made Scotland her home, couldn’t find good natural off-the-shelf products to help with her complex sensitive skin concerns. After years of meticulous work and Deerieo’s story began in 2016 when Karolina, who had recently made Scotland her home, couldn’t find good natural off-the-shelf products to help with her complex sensitive skin concerns. After years of meticulous work and scientific research, supported by the holistic healing expertise passed down through generations in Karolina’s family, she created a perfect blend of nature and science which gently delivers visible results – and Deerieo was born. Inspired by the Scottish landscape, Deerieo is a premium natural skincare range combining precious botanical extracts and naturally occurring actives for maximum efficacy. Handmade in East Lothian all products are vegan-friendly, cruelty-free, sustainable and recyclable.

I WAKE UP…

early. My cat Fingal is the alarm clock – he knows his feeding time all too well! Then it’s time to have a strong black coffee (an absolute must for a coffee addict like me), a small breakfast, check the weather forecast and go through important emails.

WORK STARTS…

before the day begins. I like to
stay organised or at least try, so I tend to plan my work a week ahead. This helps keep a work-life balance and I know what needs to be done on any given day. Otherwise things can get stressful and I want to put as much positive energy into my work as I can. Sometimes life has its own plans but I’ve learnt to accept that too!

A TYPICAL DAY…

doesn’t exist! Because I run Deerieo single-handedly, my days always vary. I might be working on a new exciting product idea, making fresh products, taking photos for the website, designing product labels, or simply packing the orders and doing admin tasks. Every day is different and I love that!

BEST PART OF THE JOB IS…

The two aspects of my work which make me very happy are product creation and my customers. Making professional skincare which addresses the concerns of my clients is both art and science. I always feel excited when researching and trialling products to ensure they deliver what they promise. It’s so rewarding to hear from my customers that my products helped them – it makes all the effort worthwhile.

AND THE WORST…

I’m a bit of an introvert, so social media is a challenge. My happy place is in my workshop or outdoors surrounded by nature. Having said that, I’m very grateful for my online community and their support, so it can be fun too!

CAREER HIGHLIGHT…

Retraining to become a professional cosmetic chemist which enabled me to start Deerieo. It took four years of hard work and some risk to become self-employed at the start of the pandemic. However, it was an empowering experience and I’ve learnt so much about running a business.

AFTER HOURS…

Definitely spending time outdoors, especially by the sea. But I also can’t wait to go to a live gig, discover new places or grab a coffee with some friends. It’s great to see some restrictions easing!

IN TEN YEAR’S TIME…

I would like Deerieo to have a positive social and environmental impact. I hope to build a team of passionate people who have good energy and enjoy learning. To be able to support environmental and social causes close to my heart, would make me truly fulfilled.


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