Award Success for GAIA

GAIA Skin Naturals were honoured to walk away with not only the 2012 Small Business Award but high praise from Oscar winner Adam Elliot.

Michelle and Simon Vogrinec

The acclaimed Aussie animator was key speaker at the Premier Regional Business Awards where GAIA had been nominated Small Business of the Year and was also a finalist for the Corporate and Social Responsibility Award.

Mr Elliot proudly told the dinner’s large audience that he used GAIA Made For Men products for his sensitive skin and, particularly, to shave his head.

Mr Elliott, creator of ‘Harvie Krumpet’ – the 22-minute clay animation film that won the 2003 Academy Award for Animated Short Film, told of his inspiring journey to the top of his field.

GAIA owners Michelle and Simon Vogrinec, and their team, spent time after the official proceedings chatting with Mr Elliot and posing for photos together – a key highlight of the evening.

“I felt deeply honoured when we won the award, and was absolutely floored when Adam burst out with his personal testimonial – it was all quite surreal,” said Michelle.

GAIA Skin Naturals began when Melbourne mum, Michelle, searched for a product to soothe and nourish her first child’s sensitive skin afflicted with acute eczema. They lived on an organic produce farm and she soon turned to concocting herbal ointments in her own kitchen.

In the 10 years since GAIA Natural Baby range was born, the company’s brand portfolio has expanded to GAIA Made for Men, GAIA Pure Pregnancy and GAIA Skin and Body Care for women.

The business currently exports to 32 countries, and the team had met with representatives from China just hours before the awards ceremony to tap into the country’s lucrative market.

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