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Monthly Archives: June 2016
Here's a little "making of" before I am heading for the factory where more bottles are waiting for me to fill them, label them or pack them.
Usually, I do a bit of everything as I am easily bored and cannot just do one thing all day.
So the making of: Today's picture shows you the first bottle of the body oil, called "rose delight", that I filled yesterday. The scent was pretty intense while doing so. The reason: I got the body oil mixed for me following my recipe by my provider of essential oils and other fragrant goodies. They fill the mixed oil into dispensers, 5 kg each. And this dispenser is tricky to empty into the glass bottle with dispensing pump.
So... yes, Mr. Tauer spilled some of it (on paper that I laid out) and there it sits and smells.
Yesterday, on the balcony, I told the helpful partner: "you know: If this product takes off (you never, never ever know), then I have somebody else filling the bottles. I do not like this oily stuff to fill."
Ethanol has its disadvantages, but so does oil. It won't evaporate when spilling stuff.
Besides that: I am totally happy, having filled 200 and doing some more today. The labels will reach me towards early next week and then we will see. The body oil, 50 ml, will ship without box, to save some $. If I feel like I need a dedicated box, I can always get one but this adds to the product price.
OK: Off to the factory, filling rose delight into bottles.
Yes.... there we go. The last couple of days were busy and the next couple of days will be equally busy.
Busy because I got large orders that need to be packed and get ready. Today's picture shows you a box, with 2x 24 pcs as I pack them for air transport. The fragrances are in a 24 pcs box. Surrounded hermetically by packing paper,in a special sturdy cardboard box, and (you don't see that) sealed by a special tape and then sealed further and labelled and stored in another room for pick-up later.
There, in the other room on the third floor, I still have empty space and right now a pile of 14 of these boxes waits for pick-up, to fly to Saudi Arabia in the end. But wait: Things are more complicated. First, the goods will be collected, go to Germany, then to Dubai, then to Saudi Arabia. In Saudi Arabia, the goods go into a database for cosmetic goods and need to be "released for import", so to say. Lucky me: I do not have to do that but my partner, www.lodore.com, does so.
Every time I got a pile like that finished and have it up there in the third floor I go like "uff!" and move on.
Right now, I am moving on with my body oil story. I got my post special price for NON dangerous goods and on that side: I am ready! I got the first body oil mixed and ready. Got a simple spray bottle, 50 ml, and wait for labels coming from the printing company. Then I will be ready. This is beta.
I showed the first body oil to a friend and she went like " oh my... this is ... amazing!". The scent does not last very long, and this is by intention. But when applying the body oil, you get this amazing naturally rendered rose on a gourmand base, or I get it, and I am loving it. And the oil? Well, it is pure jojoba oil and absorbs perfectly and is actually the best you can get for your skin.
The body oil is 100% free of added preservatives, stabilizers, parabens, phthalates etc. Just the best jojoba oil there is, cold pressed, and fragrance (10%).
I will be able to ship this to most places (except places like Italy, where there is a customs issue and where I have an exclusivity contract). This will be a tauer exclusive. And a couple of business friends told me not to do it. I don't listen. You have to do what you have to do. But to be on the safe side: This is BETA. Which is super exciting.
And with this, I am heading for the factory again: There are other shipments that need my attention.
Today, here in Zurich, we are still in some sort of a hold position with a couple of depression systems that do not seem to move much. The JET stream is still not there where I wish it to be. It feels a bit like in a rain forest, but without the temperatures really.
So, we will see whether today's (afternoon) drawing class will take place outside or not.
Last week, we were outside and did trees. Uiuiui... difficult! The trick is to draw the details without getting lost in details. And the trick is to capture the "gestalt" of the tree. Yesterday, meeting a friend for some sniffings and chattings, we were also talking about "gestalt" in perfumes.
We were smelling a couple of scents, and some perfumes that you can buy on the market. "It misses the Gestalt", I said about a fragrance. "It is just a mix of things" my friend said. So, yes, we were a bit disappointed. But then: Perfumes are so subjective and maybe I am wrong asking for "gestalt" in perfumes. Before heading for this meeting I was working on another perfume formula, in my squeezed in lab space, doing it the usual way: I wrote the formula into Excel, starting with another formula that is nice, vintage like. In the excel I write my formulas in units of 1000. Like 10 units of this and 200 (overdosed!) units of that and 0.5 units of this. These virtual units are then calculated by excel to "real" milligrams. The final amount of a trial is 12500 milligrams. Hence, one unit is 12.5 milligram.
This helps to understand a formula.
The particular formula that I was mixing is like an homage to a general vintage fragrance. Citrus chord, rose, ylang, an iris note on a complex base of woody balsamic notes. Why? Because I like it. Hard to describe: Do not worry about it.
While mixing it all out I took a 15 seconds video of me adding 250 mgr. Bulgarian rose absolute (20 units , thus 2% of the total mix) into the trial vial. I just posted it on instagram, twitter and facebook. And yes, although it is just 2%: It makes a big difference.
Since then ... well: I guess perfume lovers just love roses!