As they say, when life gives you lemons, make lemonade!
Well, this is my story.
I am Dviti Bhalla, Born and brought in a conservative Gujarati family,I finished my schooling in Ghatkopar Mumbai…Due to business interests of my father and his family.. We moved to Nasik in 1993..In 1995 I was married off at young age of 19 years.Marriage brought many restrictions in my life.. Birth of my two children showed me a ray of hope and I worked hard to get an university degree between the births of my son and daughter.
Though an accomplished Bharatnatyam dancer and artist, I was not ‘allowed’ to venture out of home after I got married nor was I able to keep in touch with my parents. Since I was financially dependent on my then abusive and unfaithful husband, my options were limited. I suffered in his hands daily with hope that some day destiny will shine on me.. In India of the 1990s, this was an accepted norm.
And one day in 2005, I found myself on the streets without my children, with just 2000 rupees in my pocket and whole life ahead. There was no choice but pick myself up and start afresh. I came down to Mumbai, lived with friends who were kind enough to open their homes to me. After a few odd jobs and some learnings later, I finally found myself managing celebrities at UTV. Two years after being thrown out, I had saved enough money to file for divorce in 2007 and let go of the toxicity and negativity in my life and breathe in some fresh air.
In 2015, I enrolled for an Aromatherapy course and there has been no turning back since. My aunt taught me soap-making and I applied my aromatherapy experience to create a chemical free, 100% natural range of soaps in May 2018. My soaps range uses pure & natural ingredients taking care of skin types etc.
In the beginning, I used friends and family to test my soaps, the feedback was very encouraging. I learnt advanced soap making and started retailing under my brand ‘Eunoia’ in 2018. Today, I can boast of a list of satisfied and regular clients from across India and abroad (US, UK, Belgium, Vietnam, Singapore, Philippines and Thailand).
‘Eunoia Handcrafted Bath Luxury’ now offers natural soaps, face-packs, herbal hair oils, scrubs, bath salts, shampoos and even shower gels. We plan soon to launch natural & herbal lotions, acne creams, sunscreen etc.
Client feedback has been most encouraging and has given me the confidence to push my boundaries every day. In a short span of 10 months of starting this venture I have come this far with unstinted support of my husband & children. I am thankful to all my friends & family members who stood by me through this journey.