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Meet the Founder

My whole life’s journey has led to me finding my truth. At 43, I am getting closer!


“It is my wish that Melis becomes part of your daily life and supports you to discover and connect with your inner beauty and infinite wisdom. May it nurture and inspire you to live consciously with intent.”

Melissa Italiano

My Story

Long-term illness, death, divorce and complete alienation from my inner world resulted in a conditioned, detached, stressed and materially based young adult life. I relied on external drivers for validation and love.

During my pregnancy with my first born, I experienced severe anxiety, couldn’t sleep and was having major panic attacks. I became in awe of mother nature and how she forced me get my act together. Yoga was no longer a casual class but instead became a dedicated daily mysore practice and I discovered the power of essential oils and natural remedies. Cognisant that I didn’t want to put any chemicals on my body or take synthetic medication due to the wellbeing of my unborn baby, I turned to the beautiful and restorative aromas of nature and ancient practices to help realign my world.

Ten years later and I am in a completely different place. I’m remarried with two beautiful children and have recently manifested a sea change to the stunning Margaret River region of Western Australia. My husband and children motivate me daily to be a role model and live a conscious and joyous life. I’m a dedicated Mysore Yogi and ‘Learn to Meditate Facilitator’ with the Melaney Ryan Institute of Applied Consciousness. I am an Integrated Therapeutic Alignment student and practitioner of energy medicine, hold a level 1 Reike and level 4 Mahat Meditation Certificate and am training as an Aromatherapy Kinesiologist. 

Melis is a celebration of this journey and the ritual I discovered as a young child in front of my mother’s ornate Italian made dresser when I hid in her room to play with her beautiful perfumes. 

Recognising that energy follows intent and putting intention into my every day rituals has made such a difference to my life. The incredible ingredients gifted to us by nature and featuring in the Melis perfumes have been a regular part of my life for the past ten years. I’m so excited to share them in the form of natural perfume which is one of the most ancient and sacred of rituals.

The Melis Sensuali and Amandi perfumes are blends I experimented with for many years and to see Perfumer Kat Snowden transform them into such complex and enduring scents for natural perfume lovers is incredibly rewarding.

It is my wish that Melis becomes part of your daily life and supports you to discover and connect with your inner beauty and infinite wisdom. May it nurture and inspire you to journey naturally with conscious intent.

With Love,

With Gratitude...

Thank you to the beautiful community of people that have helped me bring Melis to life. I’m blessed to work with people that share similar values. These people seem to flow into my life at just the right time.

Kat Snowden of Clean Slate is one of these special people. Her senses are phenomenal and can be appreciated by way of her generous spirit and clever formulation of the Melis’ debut collection.

Genevieve & Steve Binnie from Firstnature Design for their impeccable attention to detail in developing the Melis brand concept and packaging.

Tarsh Galbally photographer and stylist for her beautiful photography, styling and friendship.

Morgan Wolpers as the gorgeous face of Melis’ debut collection.

Rae Fallon creator of the epic and stunningly beautiful footage housed on this web site.

Krystal Wilkie for her inspired quotes and perfume descriptors featured on the Melis packaging and web site. Krystal embodies Melis and is perfection inside and out.

Discerning friends that sampled and helped me shape, benchmark and select the final scents – Milena Maro, Tracey Jervis, Tina Foreman, Sally Langer, Melissa Mailey, Kath Ogilvie. Thank you.

Melaney Ryan is a 5th generation energy worker and founder of the Melaney Ryan Institute of Applied Consciousness. Her contribution to humanity with ITA Energy Medicine and Mahat Meditation, her support, mentoring and endless love inspires and impacts communities across the globe. Mahat meditation is the meditation energy that Melis perfumes are programmed with and Melaney Ryan’s non-denominational ITA philosophy underpins Melis’ values.

My dear friend Olivia who’s recent passing inspired me to live my greatness. The Melis debut collection is named after Olivia who is forever in my heart.

To my sister Donna, who is a mirror of my mother’s generosity and a constant support. And my beautiful mother Mary who gave me life. Forever in my heart and my guiding angel.


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