Scent Stones

I keep hearing from customers and friends that they wish they could just leave my soaps out to scent the rooms in their house.  Since I’d rather they continue to use and buy the soap, I’ve come up with an alternative product: Scent Stones.  These hard little stones have all the same essential oils as my soaps, but they are much more versatile.

Part of that versatility is the storage.  I’m putting a bunch of the little pebbles into 4 oz. ball jars and then using fabric lids to help release the scent without releasing the stones.  When they’re up for sale, the lids will be closed, displaying the label information, but once they’re purchased, the customer takes off the flat part of the lid, opening up the smell. They can leave them on their desk at work or put them in a dresser to scent their lingerie.  The possibilities are really endless!

At this point, the best prices I’ve found for Ball Quilted Jelly Canning Jar 4 Oz., Case of 12 are on Amazon.  I think the quilting gives them a prettier touch than the regular Ball jars, but those little quilted ones are hard to find! Besides, I want people to focus on my logo, not the jar’s logo.

To make the fabric circles perfect, I’ve been using the OLFA 1057028 CMP-3 Rotary Circle Cutter.  I am horrible at cutting circles on my own and they never look quite right.  At first, I thought I wanted to use pinking shears to make the edges, but I like the look of the perfect circle more than the imperfect circle with pretty edges.

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I’ve got one in my own lingerie dresser right now.  I want to test to see how long to scent lasts before I put them on the market, but so far, so good!  It’s been in there for almost a month and the smell is still going strong.  Getting dressed is a lot sexier now (which is funny because normally getting undressed is the sexy part)!

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Synthetic and Sustainable and Vegan … and Natural?

In conversations with people at the craft fair and with fellow health nuts, I’ve become less and less comfortable selling products with synthetic fragrance oils.  There’s really nothing wrong with them; they’re perfectly skin safe.  I just feel uncomfortable saying that my goal is to make the most natural, most sustainable skin products and then using FOs.  From now on, I plan to limit my use of fragrance oils to only those products that absolutely require it.

This won’t be as drastic a change as it initially seemed.  A few of my current recipes do include Honey FO because I wanted them to be vegan.  However, the more I think about it, I am less invested in the goal of veganism than I am in the goal of all-natural.  I’ll simply take out the Honey FO and replace it with real honey at trace.  They won’t be vegan anymore, but they will be less synthetic.  At the end of the day, I’m more comfortable with that I think.

The only recipe I plan to make with synthetic fragrance oils from now on is the Sensual Sandalwood.  I’ve been working on this one for awhile now.  Honestly, the idea of spending $400 on a bottle of Sandalwood makes my blood run cold because I know that no sane person would buy soap made from it.  And on a more sustainable note, Sandalwood is pretty endangered right now.  There aren’t a lot of places that harvest it ethically AND sell it at an affordable price.  So rather than participate in the destruction of a sacred species, I’ll use the synthetic.

The synthetics really are safe; in fact, some people react better to them than to essential oils.  Essential oils provide therapeutic benefits, but in doing so, they can also have unexpected physiological reactions.  I do plenty of research to make sure that the essential oil blends I make are safe, but even the safest batch can’t be used by pregnant women and people with certain medical conditions.  And I know that I have a lot of customers who want a sandalwood soap.  Settled then!  I feel good about this compromise.