Ar’home Interview: Meet the Founder
An interview with Sandra Dupont, the founder of Ar’home
Q: What part of running Ar’home are you most passionate about?
A: The inspiration behind launching Ar’home [pronounced “Arr-owm” due to its French roots] was my increased awareness of safeguarding health and wellbeing, and my discovery of organic skincare. These together led me to being very passionate about the formulation and blending of essential oils as well as the research and development essential to personalising skincare regimes and products for my clients.
Q: Does your brand have a value/focus and if so what is it?
A: Our unique selling point is that we are creating products made from organic ingredients which come from sustainable and traceable suppliers. We understand that consumers want to know that they can trust our products and also what and who they are choosing to support with their buying decisions.
Q: What is your favourite essential oil?
A: When I started studying aromatherapy and Essential Oils, my favorite was Ylang Ylang (Cananga Odorata), even before knowing its properties. Ylang Ylang Essential Oil is known to promote relaxation, kill bacteria, lower high blood pressure, and increase sexual desire.
Nowadays, with more experience, if I have to choose one, (which is very difficult), I will pick up Blood Orange Essential Oil (Citrus sinensis). It is sweet and fruity, and invites relaxation. Blood Orange is valued by aromatherapists for its invigorating and yet calming aroma. This fascinating duality make it an ideal aroma during stressful days. The essential oil of Blood Orange exhilarates the senses and inspires a positive outlook. Optimizing, the essential oil of blood Orange is useful in cases of anxiety and nervousness and I love it when I use it for atmospheric diffusion, blended with Patchouli Essential Oil, Sandalwood & vanilla extract which is our Signature Blend for fragrance diffuser & our Signature candle.
Q: How do you use aromatherapy in your day?
A: Every morning, I spray my face with a rose facial toner and spray german chamomile hydrosol or organic cornflower hydrolat on 2 cotton pads and let them sit for 1 minute on my eyelids…
I diffuse some Essential Oils also during the day, depending on the purpose. My favorite is our Signature blend.
Q: What Ar’home product are you most proud of and why?
A: The Ultra Slim Body Milk. I worked for more than 5 months on this formula. I submitted the product last January and received an award for the formula and joined the Formula Botanica Hall of Fame!
Q: Eco home cleaning products seem very different from skincare, why did you launch an Ar’home Eco Cleaning range in 2018?A: I know, it’s a completely different range! I created and launched this Eco-friendly cleaning products, – also known as “green products” – firstly for my family because I want the best for them. When looking into products for the home, it is important to consider all of the effects of the products used. Products shouldn’t harm the environment or people, whether in their production, use, or even disposal. The Ar’home Eco Cleaning range helps conserve energy, minimizes carbon or the emission of greenhouse gases and doesn't lead to a lot of toxicity and pollution and they have had a great reception from clients both here in Hong Kong and abroad.