13 Oct 2017

WIN 1 of 2 Scented Offerings prize packs!


To celebrate the launch of our new collection Scented Offerings, we've teamed up with our friends at Urban Road to give you the chance to WIN 1 of 2 fabulous prize packs!

 

Each valued at $360 rrp, two lucky winners will each receive a stunning artwork from Urban Road, along with a gorgeous selection of home fragrance & hand cream from our new Scented Offerings collection.

 

It’s easy to WIN, simply visit us on Instagram to enter now: www.instagram.com/urbanrituelle

1. Simply follow @urbanrituelle and @urbanroad_au on Instagram
2. Repost the giveaway pic & tag @urbanrituelle and @urbanroad_au & better still, tag a friend (or 5!) who you know would love this prize! 

 

Terms & Conditions:
Enter via www.instagram.com/urbanrituelle or www.instagram.com/urbanroad_au. Entrants must ‘follow’ the Urban Rituelle & Urban Road Instagram pages & share competition post with the tags @urbanrituelle and @urbanroad_au. Entrants profiles must be set to public. Competition is open Friday 13.10.2017 to 12pm AEST Monday 30.10.2017. Two winners will be selected & announced on the Urban Rituelle and Urban Road Instagram pages. Applicants may enter as many times as they like. It is the responsibility of the chosen winner to contact Urban Rituelle and Urban Road to claim their prize. Competition open to Australian residents only. This is a retail consumer promotion. This competition is in no way associated with Instagram.

 


20 Sep 2017

Seeking a Star Marketing Coordinator!

 


Urban Rituelle is a leading brand of Australian made bath, body & home fragrance products with established national & international distribution. We are looking to recruit a highly organised, strategic Marketing Coordinator to join our successful, friendly company located in Caringbah (South Sydney) on a permanent full time basis.

 

Competitive Salary + Bonus + Generous Staff discounts

Dynamic and fun-loving team environment

Flexible, varied & interesting role


This position is responsible for assisting with the development & implementation of a marketing strategy that spans wholesale, online & retail channels, with a particular focus on digital marketing. Key responsibilities include designing & executing marketing campaigns, managing the online store platform, coordinating brand social media activities, monitoring & reporting, coordination of Public Relations & brand communications, charity & sponsorship management and event administration. As such, we require someone with prior marketing experience, ideally with a keen focus on online/ digital & social media marketing. Your success in the position will depend on exceptional communication skills (both written & oral), high-level coordination & organisational ability and a love of numbers & analysis. You will be a collaborative team player who thrives working within a close-knit team.

This dynamic & varied role is critical to the continued growth of the Urban Rituelle brand and will see you:

  • Working closely with the Creative Director & Graphic Designer to develop & implement marketing strategies
  • Managing our online boutique & website platform
  • Creating & coordinating social media/online marketing campaigns
  • Collaborating with web developers & overseeing website projects
  • Proactively monitoring, reviewing & reporting on all marketing activity
  • Trade & retail event management
  • Coordinating all public relations activities & company award nominations
  • Providing general PA/ administrative support for the Creative Director

 

Urban Rituelle is looking to recruit a Marketing Coordinator who has existing all round marketing knowledge with the following skills and attributes:

  • Firsthand experience & knowledge of digital & social media marketing practices and management
  • Previous experience in organising marketing related activities in particular online marketing, monitoring marketing activities & public relations is highly desirable
  • Creativity with the ability to collaborate and bring new ideas and concepts to the role
  • Ability to use Microsoft Office at an intermediate to advanced level
  • Excellent level of written and oral communication skills
  • Strong analytical ability
  • Exceptional planning & time management skills with the ability to coordinate multiple tasks and prioritise workload
  • Confident self-starter who has the ability to work both autonomously and as part of a close team
  • Tertiary qualified in Marketing, Communications, Public Relations, or a related discipline is highly desirable.

 

In return for your hard work and enthusiasm, Urban Rituelle will offer you a great working environment & a flexible, dynamic role that will allow you to utilise your skill set to positively contribute to company success. This position is a full time, permanent contract based on a 40 hour week, in exchange for a competitive salary dependent on experience.

Sound like your dream role? We’d love to hear from you! Please forward your application letter and resume via email to info@urbanrituelle.com.au

Please note that due to an anticipated high volume of response, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. You must be an Australian resident to apply for this role.
Applications close on Thursday 5th October.

 


14 Sep 2017

Celebrating 18 years…


 

We started Urban Rituelle in 1999 from our home, selling handmade soaps at a local Sydney market. Fast-forward to 18 years later and we are proud to be a successful, award-winning international business that is 100% Australian-made. It’s a great feeling knowing that we’ve created some truly wonderful products over the years that make our customers feel amazing!

Here we take a trip down memory lane, sharing some highlights from over the last 18 years…

 

The early days... humble beginnings at Glebe markets, Sydney

 

See the world, fall in love & start a business!

After initially meeting in southern Turkey and exploring the fragrant filled bazaars of the East, Leanne and Scott returned to Sydney in 1995 filled with inspiration to produce and sell a unique range of vegetable soaps, candles and body care products. Their travelling experiences throughout the Middle East, India and South East Asia restored an appreciation of life's simpler pleasures and this experience was translated into a desire to create a range of products that enhance and celebrate everyday rituals.

What was born was a little brand called Urban Rituelle, emerging from the creative pool of
an inner city Sydney designers market. At the time, Leanne was studying a Bachelor of Visual Arts in Ceramics under Japanese ceramicist Mitsuo Shoji. Leanne has always drawn visual inspiration for Urban Rituelle collections from her love of art, travel, fashion, textile design and graphic imagery.

The success of the product launch led Scott to take the plunge and leave his employment within the film industry, to pursue with Leanne, their common goal of establishing a company with international brand status.

 

It all started with soap!

 

It all started with soap!

The first product released was our popular Vegetable Soap range, which was first sold at Glebe markets in Sydney, in 1996. It wasn’t long before the demand for the product outgrew the facilities in the family home, where each soap was hand wrapped and packaged, and the timber display units lovingly assembled. This range remains one of our most popular products today, with 12 beautifully-scented fragrances currently available.

From the simple soap bar, over the years our luxurious collections have grown to include premium soy candles, fragrance diffuser sets, lip balms, hand & body care, body washes, organic products, personal fragrances, organic cocoa butter soaps and men’s aromatherapy skincare.

Originally, simple and minimal packaging was designed for each product, but now, as much time is devoted to researching and developing packaging concepts, as new fragrances and formulations.

 

Celebrating Life’s Simple Pleasures

 

Celebrating Life’s Simple Pleasures

 

Each and every collection released over the years has truly embodied the Urban Rituelle philosophy of celebrating the very simplest of life’s pleasures to heal the heart, nourish the skin and recharge the body. To this day, our collections of indulgent bathing and home fragrance products have always offered a welcome escape from the everyday.


 

Trade Fairs... so many Trade Fairs!

 

Trade Fairs... so many Trade Fairs!

Exciting new products, fresh packaging and fabulous fragrances have always been launched twice annually, to coincide with buying seasons. That means countless hours of planning, set up and of course, lots of caffeine! It’s always a great feeling to launch a collection after months of planning, and even better when the collections are loved by our customers!

All product and packaging is designed in-house, headed by Leanne as Creative Director. The designs are unique, original and innovative, with a modern Australian influence. The products are carefully formulated in Australia using the highest-quality ingredients available, ensuring a premium standard that exceeds our customers’ expectations. The rigorous testing procedures and stringent quality controls we have implemented are the reason Urban Rituelle is synonymous with Australian-made, exceptional quality.

 

Establishing international brand status: Australian made with global appeal...

 

Establishing international brand status: Australian made with global appeal...

Urban Rituelle products are currently distributed to over 1000 homewares and lifestyle boutiques Australia wide. Today we have established distribution in international markets including New Zealand, Japan, Korea, Hong Kong and Taiwan.

Leanne and Scott regularly travel overseas to ensure they are aware of overseas trends and forecasts. Significant time was spent in Asia as well as the U.S., where they visited the best retailers in the world, researching new design concepts. Their travels also include visits to their overseas stockists and distributors. The result of this exposure is an Australian Made product with global appeal.

The growth over 18 years, Leanne accredits to listening to customers and researching the market.
“We have listened to our retail customers needs and watched the local Australian gift industry grow and develop into the sophisticated market it is today. It is because of this that we have grown from our humble beginnings, developing a business out of our own home, to a company that supplies our products worldwide.”

 

Greatest highlights and challenges...

 

Greatest highlights and challenges...

Anthropologie, one of Leanne’s favourite retailers in the USA, placed an enormous order for their 200 stores nationally, which confirmed that we were manufacturing an Australian made product with global appeal. Winning Best Product in 2014, 2015, 2017 & Best Stand 2016 at the Reed Gift Fairs has also been a massive highlight!

Interestingly, the greatest challenge we have faced was exporting our products to the USA, which meant coordinating 80 USA sales reps, managing different time zones, and exhibiting at 8 USA trade fairs annually, all while running our Australian operations with a 6 month old & 2 year old. AND then the GFC hit! This sure taught us how to get back up, once you've been knocked down!

 

Environmental & Corporate Responsibility

 

Environmental & Corporate Responsibility

At Urban Rituelle, we have always been firmly against animal testing. All of our products are proudly 100% cruelty free and are never tested on animals. Our products contain sustainable, natural ingredients that are ethically sourced and harvested.

Urban Rituelle is an environmentally aware company. Taking care over our ingredients and packaging is always fundamental in the development process. Products are manufactured using packaging that can be recycled, including PET plastic bottles, glass bottles and cardboard box packaging.

We are continuously researching new methods for manufacturing and we are committed to adapting environmentally friendly techniques even though they are often more costly. We have also begun the process of reformulating our existing products as new ingredients become available in our manufacturing process.

 

Here’s to all the memories, and creating many more!
Thank you for being part of this amazing journey so far – we can’t wait to see what the next 18 years have in store!

Scott & Leanne xx

 




31 Aug 2017

Spring cleansing - a simple way to get squeaky clean


Spring is definitely in the air! Now is traditionally a time for renewal. For a lot of people the start of spring signals a time to clean & declutter our homes, but what about cleansing our bodies and treating our senses?

We have recently relaunched our Organic Cocoa Butter Vegetable Soaps with updated softer colours and a slightly refined shape. Available in 12 delicious fragrances, our premium triple-milled long lasting soap bars are blended with a nourishing formula of vegetable oils & natural plant extracts.

 

Organic Cocoa Butter Vegetable Soaps

 

Each Soap Bar contains the added benefit of moisturising certified organic cocoa butter for a super-rich & creamy layer of bubbles and is also enriched with glycerin & vitamin E to promote soft & supple skin. These divine bars will not only leave you clean they will leave your skin feeling softer & you’ll smell delicious all day!! Urban Rituelle products are made in Australia & never tested on animals.

We also have an extensive collection of beautifully fragranced spring cleansing products to treat your hands and body...

 

Body Scrubs

 

View our skin softening Body Scrubs to gently buff away dead skin cells promoting smooth glowing skin.

 

Soap Bars

 

Explore our Soap Bars for clean nourished & gently scented skin.

 

Hand & Body Washes

 

Discover our Hand & Body Washes featuring luxurious fragranced formulas to leave skin fresh soft & supple.

 

Hand & Body Lotions

 

See our rich & soothing Hand & Body Lotions to leave your skin soft supple and sensationally scented after cleansing.

Now is the time to renew and revive winter skin and prepare for the warmer months. After all, summer is around the corner!




17 Aug 2017

Take us to Melbourne. Snippets from our Travel Diary.

Saying Goodbye to Sydney and hello to Melbourne

 

We spent an action-packed week in Melbourne for the recent Reed Gift Fair. Here we share some snippets from our travel diary.

 

Saying Goodbye to Sydney and hello to Melbourne

 

Setting up takes a team effort. We love the end result. It is very satisfying watching it come to life and the end result is well worth all the hard work.

 

Saying Goodbye to Sydney and hello to Melbourne

 

Next step is making sure all our agents are up to date with our beautiful new releases. It is great to have everybody together as we get excited about introducing our latest creations to our wonderful customers old & new.

 

Saying Goodbye to Sydney and hello to Melbourne

 

The best part of the gift fair is interacting with our customers. It is always exciting to finally unveil our new releases and having them well received is always very exciting for us.

 

Saying Goodbye to Sydney and hello to Melbourne

 

We didn't plan it this way we promise! We live and breathe our brand and products, subconsciously coordinating on every level.

 

Saying Goodbye to Sydney and hello to Melbourne

 

Of course no trip to Melbourne is complete without some nightlife fun. The gourmets among us definitely enjoyed this part of the trip.

 

Saying Goodbye to Sydney and hello to Melbourne

 

It is great to spend time with our long-term distributors. A ten year relationship is a fantastic milestone and another thing to celebrate at the gift fair.

 

Saying Goodbye to Sydney and hello to Melbourne

 

Another successful and enjoyable Trade Fair is done. Now all that's left is to pack up and get back to HQ and work on our next exciting new releases!

 

Saying Goodbye to Sydney and hello to Melbourne

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