Founder and Managing Director of Sensatia Botanicals
Sensatia Botanicals has been a profit-sharing company from the very beginning, whereby 20% of all sales is shared amongst our crew.
Tell us your story – how did you get here?
By spending a lot of time learning what NOT to do! And by taking what would be a normal patience level threshold and doubling it. That will get you far in Indonesia and most likely everywhere. But in all honesty, lots of love, dedication, passion, motivation and a strong belief in what we are doing. It’s always been less about the money but more about creating a healthy product and work environment based on a fine balance of work and play. Years ago we may have taken this balance a bit too far when we actually used to stop production when the surf came up, then back to work when the waves faded away. Now we’re a bit more structured, but it’s a pretty good place to be.
What accomplishment are you most proud of?
I would say becoming the first GMP Certified Cosmetic Manufacturer under the ASEAN Cosmetic Directive in Bali.
What impact have you made in Bali?
I think we are continually making an impact for the 180 families of our team and surrounding communities. Sensatia Botanicals has been a profit-sharing company from the very beginning whereby 20% of all sales is shared amongst our crew. We have been able to hold steady throughout Covid and in fact, have actually added staff. We expect to add more team members well into the future as we continue to grow.
What does 2022 look like for you?
Exciting as ever. It finally seems that after a two year hibernation, Bali (and the world) is coming back onto the international radar after travel restrictions have been lifted. I am looking forward to getting back on track as if Covid never happened! In short, a few new exciting shop locations, a few new exciting products and a huge new warehouse… finally!
What do you love most about Bali?
There are so many things, but for me, it is definitely the Balinese people. They are just an incredible, light-hearted, genuinely happy, fun-loving, forever-joking group of people. I have had so many incredibly amazing, albeit, often touching experiences in the 24 years I have been here. I knew from the beginning that Bali was the place for me, and that thought has never wavered.
What’s the one daily ritual you can’t live without?
Coffee and at least touching, hearing, seeing or smelling the ocean.
Who is your Local Legend and why?
Well I could name a few inspirational people and companies, but most of which are only possible through the great leadership of Pak President Jokowi. President Jokowi has truly done more for the people and the growth of this country than anyone else before him. Truly an inspiration creating transparency, efficiency and accountability across the board at many levels of government. Most of us business owners had a much more difficult time adhering to the rules and regulations in the years before Jokowi. Let’s hope our next president can carry the torch forward.