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Eight years ago, Sonya Driver was a wife, a mother and a sister. She
had the world at her feet and a great sense of self worth. She had just
bought a beachside block of land with her husband to build their dream
house and left her job as an international flight attendant to be a full
time mother.Sonya’s world was turned upside down when her husband
called and said the marriage was over. She was suddenly abandoned,
unemployed and living in a run- down house. Sonya was left to raise her
girls alone. To add to a dire situation, her gentle- spirited sister was
diagnosed with a melanoma. In an attempt to lift her faith and be a
strong, positive influence over her fragile sister, Sonya began a new
life.She got up from the ground and spent two weeks volunteering in
East Timor, where she fed hungry children and comforted the sick. She
shampooed the hair of women who had never before had their hair washed.
After two weeks living in a desolate village with little food or water,
Sonya was distracted from her grim situation at home. Surrounded by
people who had nothing, she was able to put her situation in
perspective.Sonya returned to the Gold Coast determined to make a
positive change and support her sister, whose cancerous growth had been
cut from her arm, leaving a horrible scar.Still wanting to get a tan
without the risk of harmful UV rays, they sought the next best thing.
Sonya and her sister began getting regular spray tans together but soon
became concerned about the ingredients they were constantly covering
themselves with. Sonya began to research the ingredients used by many
different brands, regardless of their claims. She says it only took her a
few minutes to decide not to use their products anymore. After all, our
skin is our largest organ, and much of what we put on it is absorbed
into our bloodstream.Sonya threw herself into making a true organic
tanning range made from cacao, flower essence, chamomile and all things
natural and organic.In 2011, Eco By Sonya made Australian history by
becoming the first and only tanning manufacturer to be certified
organic by the Organic Food Chain under the Australian government.
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