You may or may not have heard of relatively new Australian natural skincare company called CANNABELLA. And if not, let us introduce you to the products taking Australia by storm. And naturally, with any local Gold Coast start-up, we wanted to meet the person behind it. Enter Matthew Stiegler, one of the men behind the company who is fiercely devoted to sharing his products with not just us Gold Coasters but nation-wide. We speak about the love he has for CANNABELLA and the GC.
How long have you been a Gold Coast local?
I’ve been living in Burleigh Heads for over 2 years now. Ever since I was a little kid our family had always holidayed in Burleigh Heads, even my grandparents would bring my mum up here for holidays since the 1950’s, so it’s always been home away from home.
What do you love the most about the Gold Coast?
There is so much to love about the Gold Coast. From the beaches to the hinterland – but the main thing I love and spend the most time at would have to be Burleigh Headland. It’s a magical place that has everything from a mini rainforest to a eucalypt forest where you can spot koalas! Also, the history of the Kombumerri people that lived here for thousands of years is incredible, and if you look close enough you can still see remnants of the past. It’s amazing!
Tell us how CANNABELLA came about.
Back in 2017, I began researching natural skincare alternatives to help alleviate the side effects of chemotherapy, when my Mum was being treated for cancer that year. I researched online the incredible healing properties of hemp, and began experimenting by melting down mum’s skincare products and adding hemp oil and natural botanical extracts to them. The results were astounding. Mum immediately saw dramatic results in her skin, which began to heal, feeling soothed and supple again. Friends and family members with chronic skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis and acne were keen to try our homemade products, and they reported astonishing results. This inspired us to refine and perfect our products, and in 2018, CANNABELLA was born.
What’s your proudest entrepreneurial moment?
Winning product of the year for our Renewal serum at the Australian Cannabis Business Awards in 2020. Since the very beginning of starting CANNABELLA, we wanted to shine a light on the health benefits of Hemp and how it can help people and the environment in so many ways. So to be recognised with so many brands doing positive things in this space was definitely a very proud moment of mine.
What’s the most popular Cannabella product?
It would have to be the Hemp Jelly. It’s the ultimate multi-purpose all-rounder for face and body! This versatile botanical balm works to soothe, nourish, protect and heal a variety of skin conditions and locks in moisture for maximum hydration. You can use it as an overnight mask, lip balm, cleansing balm, or to heal sunburn and skin rashes. It’s your go-to skin saviour!
What’s your personal favourite product from Cannabella?
Hard to pick as I love all the products, but at the moment as I’ve been surfing lots, I have been using our La Tropica Body Serum as it contains aloe vera and watermelon seed. So it’s great for when I get out of the surf, as it makes your skin feel hydrated and fresh, plus it smells amazing. Also, the Renewal Serum on my face at night time before bed makes my skin feel super nourished.
Tell us your favourites on the Coast…
Café for breakfast: Most mornings I’ll grab a green juice or smoothie from James Street’s The Fruit Shop. Love the number 8 juice with a green shot.
Coffee spot: I’m not a coffee drinker but during winter I don’t mind a Chai from Paddock Bakery.
Restaurant for dinner: There are so many amazing vegetarian/vegan restaurants on the Gold Coast so it’s hard to pick! But if I’m looking for healthy options I’d have to pick The Cardamom Pod at Broadbeach.
Bar or pub for a drink: I like Miami Marketta as there’s always something on or Mo’s Desert Clubhouse to see some live music!