Meet the Maker – Introducing Anca Grigoras
We admit it, we have a Girl Crush on this beauty – Anca Grigoras of brand Metta Skincare!
Anca is the founder of the natural beauty range ‘lovingly handmade in Melbourne’. Although we’ll admit to a little Instagram stalking, it was actually our lovely friends at TOM Organic that suggested we connect with Anca and MettaSkincare.
Her beautiful range of products have been carefully formulated with the intent to care for you, the environment and with social consciousness at the heart. From her farming family origins in Romania, Anca is no stranger to what it means to value your craft and produce high quality products. The mindful approach of her family is at the heart of every decision for the brand made by Anca.
In speaking with Anca, what stood out for A Conscious Beauty was that she shared our desire to use the power of education to change society’s perspective.
Ruby’s thought on Anca:
I was blessed to get to know a little more about Anca through a recent Skype date in which we chatted about her journey with Metta Skincare. She is intelligent and exudes compassion. I am excited to see how Metta Skincare will become a catalyst for change for the greater good of both humanity and the environment.
Katherine’s thought on Anca:
I had the pleasure of being introduced to both Metta Skincare & Anca via Ruby, who discovered the products. I personally love the look and feel of the website as well as the branding of the products. Anca has been really lovely to connect with – her passion and authenticity shines through in each dealing we have had with her either through her emails or phone conversations.
And now, from the Metta Skincare maker herself:
Tell us about your brand’s vision:
I believe that business has a powerful role to play in shaping the world we live in and that conscious business is as important as conscious living.
At Metta Skincare, our vision is to live in a world free of extreme poverty.
There are currently over 1 billion people living on less than $1.25 a day and we believe that this can be changed during our lifetime. Extreme poverty is a very complex issue which encompasses many aspects, from food and shelter, to electricity, education and health care. But in my opinion one of the saddest things about poverty is that it robs people of the opportunity to pursue and achieve the potential for greatness that exists in every human being.
By using 50% of profits to support organisations working to end poverty, we are hoping to encourage people to see that even through small actions we can all play a part in helping others.
To quote one of my favourite authors:
“We don’t set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people’s hearts”
What makes your brand unique and what are ‘must-haves’ for your brand?
We have very stringent selection criteria for the ingredients we use because they ultimately determine the quality of the finished product – in much the same way as you need excellent produce to turn a great recipe into a delicious meal.
Our ingredients are sourced directly from the producers who grow them, which ensures that our products are made with only the freshest and purest food-grade quality ingredients. Many of our suppliers are family owned and operated farms and hearing stories about how the farms were first established or learning about the current harvest and seasonal challenges makes me feel more grounded and connected to nature. It also makes me really appreciate the amazing amount of hard work, skill and passion that goes into producing these ingredients.
In what ways does Metta Skincare give back to the world?
Going back to one of the earlier questions I think the most important way we can support others is to help them achieve their dreams. This can happen in many ways, from physically helping someone to just being there to listen when they need a sounding board. If I am mindful and open enough in every interaction I have with other people I will usually find a way to be of help.
What has been your greatest ah-ha moment in your life to date?
One day back in 2010 a friend recommended that I watch the video of Randy Pausch delivering his Last Lecture: Achieving Childhood Dreams.
It’s an amazing display of human strength, dignity and courage in the face of extremely trying circumstances and a powerful reminder that, given its unpredictable briefness, life is to be savoured in all its beauty and lived in the most conscious and authentic way. There are many pearls of real-life wisdom included in the lecture, but the one that resonated with me most was that
“enabling the dreams of others is even more fun than achieving your own dreams”.
What is your favourite way to nourish your soul?
Spending time with people who inspire me and spending time in nature
What are you most grateful for in your life?
This is such a hard question because there is really so much to be grateful for: the people in my life, my pet parrot, sunshine, trees, flowers, smiles, music, books, Yoga, life in general!
I keep a gratitude journal where I write about at least three different things I feel grateful for every day.
How do you live consciously?
I think the most important part of living consciously is to live in the moment – and that can be hard and it takes a lot of practice!
Life can get quite hectic sometimes so it’s easy to fall into a pattern of constantly thinking of the next thing on my to do list, but whenever I become aware of it I take a deep breath and return to the present moment.
The next important aspect of conscious living for me is being aware that everything I do will have an impact on someone else as well. Quick decision-making is obviously important in some circumstances but thinking about how others are affected by our actions can often lead to more mindful choices.
What does it mean to be authentically you?
There is a quote I use whenever I need guidance on this matter:
“Stay close to anything that makes you glad you are alive”
What emerges isn’t always the easiest or the most comfortable option, but I think that staying true to yourself is always the best option.
Photo of Anca care of Prue Anha Steedman