Please tell us a bit about yourself and one interesting fact.

I am a down to earth person. Nature, is one of the most meaningful things to me. When I connect to nature, I am alive and inspired.

Where did your business idea come from?

I started 9Senses in 2015 to share my passion for products that comfort the body and mind.

I’m a mother of two beautiful girls who inspire me everyday. One of my daughters as it so happens is on the Autism spectrum and is a sensory seeker, meaning she is very sensitive to stimulation from her environment.

To help her, I spent countless hours learning to make natural, soothing products that she would find comforting. I started with handmade soaps, and then branched out into other bath and body products.

Like many other entrepreneurs, 9Senses started as a part-time passion project. However, I’ve found that many other people in my community of Maple, Ontario (and beyond!) enjoy my products and I’m now fortunate enough to make 9Senses my full-time life’s work.

Family is very important to me. That’s why it’s such a joy that my two daughters and husband work alongside me to build 9Senses into a values-driven business that touches the lives of more and more people every year.

How does your work reflect your personality and overall approach to life?

I am a people person. Love to meet new people, hear about their stories.

I do connect with parents about their everyday difficulties. I get such a good sense of accomplishment when parents share how much help their kids get from my weighted items.

If I contribute to make a positive difference on these kids life’s my day is great. Working always to make a smile at the time.

What would you say has been your biggest learning curve since beginning your business?

Learning about the best markets to go to. Reaching people who appreciates handmade and natural products. Making a lot of items for inventory on the slow down time. There is always room for improvement. Test and retest all items.

Where do you get inspiration for developing new products?

In addition to providing quality bath and body products, 9Senses sells products that strive to improve the quality of life of young people on the Autistic spectrum. These include weighted sensory therapy products such as blankets and lap pads.

My goal is to make these available to children who need them and to make a positive difference in their lives. From every sale of sensory therapy products, I will donate 5% of the proceeds to Autism York Region Chapter.

Describe your work-space and your top tools are.

My work space is a bit tight now. As I am growing I decided that is time to renew my basement and make it 9Senses studio only.

From an industrial and regular sewing to 2 big assembling tables lots of shelf’s for supplies I do need more room to fully use my time.

What is your bestselling item? Why do you think it is the most popular?

My charcoal soap has been my best seller for the past year. Charcoal is very popular these days and people loves the results of the soap bar.

9Senses Flaxseed & Lavender heat-able neck pillows are always a good seller as well. Nowadays everybody has the need to relax and support for that neck and shoulder tension.

Also my weighted items are starting to be very popular. More and more people are coming to buy or just get my information to share with their families or friends. Sadly but more and more families are affected by autism everyday.

A vacation relaxing on the beach, or exploring the local culture?

At the moment I would love a relaxing vacation on a white sand beach with my family.

Nothing relaxing me better than the sound of the sea the turquoise of the water, the sun. All of that is a great source of inspiration as well.

You can find Mila’s calming creations at our Made in Canada Market on September 23 or visit her social channels!

Etsy: www.etsy.com/ca/shop/9senses

Facebook: www.facebook.com/9senses.ca

Instagram: www.instagram.com/9senses

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