A New Zealand native, what drew you to starting a business in L.A.?
We won Green Cards in the diversity lottery and decided we should give it a go! We’ve lived in quite a few places and to be honest we didn’t want to start again, but we also knew we were lucky to have this opportunity. I really believe we have to make the most of every day and I want to experience as much as I can. Starting a business in a new country with no contacts has definitely been the hardest of all our moves, but we’ve been lucky to meet lots of amazing supportive people and I’m so glad we did it!
What local creatives are you most inspired by?
Being surrounded by so many passionate creatives is one of my favourite things about L.A. - Saskia Wilson-Brown, founder of the Institute for Art & Olfaction - Masa & Jon Kleinhample, owners of Klein architecture and furniture studio - Ally Walsh & Casey Wojtalewicz, founders of Canyon Coffee.
We’re inspired by California’s commitment to eating well. When cooking at home, what is your signature dish?
Making dinner is my evening ritual. Once I start cooking I try to not check email or do any work stuff. A constant go to dish is by Alice Waters, founder of the farm to table movement in America and the owner of Chez Panisse restaurant. It’s a simple spiced fish dish that’s perfect with some crusty sourdough and a green salad. Whenever someone has it they ask for the recipe!
What are your favourite scents?
My favourite raw perfume material is Haitian vetiver for its depth and mysteriousness. And my favourite perfume (at the moment) is Bigarade Concentree by Jean-Claude Ellena. Jean- Claude works with a super simple palette but manages to create such interesting refined scents that I always want to smell more.
What’s next for Bodha and do you have any exciting projects on the horizon?
We’re currently working on a new Vibration collection of therapeutic perfumes. I’ve got the scents mapped out in my mind in terms of the shape, texture and how they’ll make you feel but I’ve got a lot more work to do to bring them into reality.