Hi, I'm Ellie Jackson. Welcome to my Range! My Range not only refers to my products but also to where I live—on an organic beef cattle property called ‘Maintop’, north of Injune at the top of the Great Dividing Range. At ‘Maintop’ my husband Russell and I have developed a passion for high quality, natural and organic produce. We aim to produce only the very best merchandise that is not only good for you, but good for the Earth too. Ever since I was a little girl I have been drawn to the natural environment and I have learnt to respect its strength and fragility. I am conscious that what I do impacts on the world around me. One way I became more sensitive to nature and also came to appreciate its bounty was through gardening. When I first came to ‘Maintop’, I discovered the joy of gardening and I spent a good deal of my waking hours in our ever expanding garden. As well as planting trees and shrubs, I grew all the vegetables and herbs I used in the kitchen; some I knew very well and others I learnt about through growing them and researching their uses. I began studying naturopathy and a whole new world opened for me. Learning about the properties of herbs and the how and why of using them really sparked my interest. I still find it amazing just how many uses herbs have - Mother Nature’s medicine kit! My studies in naturopathy lead me to experimenting with my own recipes for Goat’s Milk Soap in a tiny workshop under our home. As the demand for my products increased, so too did the requirements for space. And when Russell glimpsed the warning on a recipe about the extremely volcanic consequence of incorrectly mixing the ingredients, he became quite nervous about my workshop being directly under our bedroom. In no time at all, a new shed was built for the cars, and I moved into the old one. I transformed the shed into my own laboratory/factory - and the real fun began!! Living in a remote rural area, however, I initially found it challenging to source ingredients that were fresh as well as chemical and preservative free. Fortunately, I discovered some wonderful local producers who were as passionate about the purity of their produce as I am about my products. Because they are local, I have first-hand knowledge of the processes they use and can ensure they meet my high standards as a certified organic farmer. My soap making expanded into what is now Ellie’s Range - natural body products created from sustainable, chemical-free plant based ingredients. These face, body and hair care products are designed for specific skin and hair types; and my line of soaps and moisturisers for skin conditions such as dermatitis, psoriasis, and eczema have been particularly popular. It gives me a warm glow of satisfaction to hear back from clients who have found relief from long-standing skin problems. There are also beautiful shampoos and conditioners, clay masks, salt scrubs, hair and feet treatments, luxurious bath butters and many, many more 100% natural and chemical-free products. I hope you get as much pleasure out of indulging in my Range, as I do in making it for you.