Friday, June 26, 2009

Lip Balm Display Boxes
How awesome is this!!
I have just found these cute little unlabelled lip balm display boxes that will enable people to display lip balms at their market stalls or in shops without the massive costs of the larger ones, or susbstantial sized orders. At this stage I have only ordered the white ones (as this colour seems to be more popular) but in time I may yet be convinced to carry both.
I am so stoked!!!

Sunday, June 21, 2009

True to their word

I have received samples of two vanilla fragrances to try, and to pick holes in. I have had it suggested that I use the fragrances at 2% of the weight of oils. Huh!! Not happening!! If I want a fragrance to work for my customers it has to withstand discounting and fragrance overload as a minimum. What is the point of it working at 2% if the standard usage is 3% with some people preferring to take it higher? I just nod my head sagely, and agree. It has to work in soap, and I will test it as I see fit. We will see what comes of it all.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Fragrance Woes.
You have to love Australian fragrance manufacturers. They are very enthusiastic when it comes to wanting your business and all, but when it comes to making a product that suits your application the story changes. Take soap fragrances for example. If I want a fragrance for use in creams, extruded soaps and melt and pour they will fall over themselves trying to get my business. Tell them I want it for cold process and the reaction is not the same.
Cold process soap making changes the fragrances and makes them a different creature all together. They need a different base composition and the filler used needs a little work and manipulation before it will become friendly with that alkaline base we are using. They shy away from it as there is "little market for such a fragrance". How many soap makers out there think our number is not sufficient to justify them making a product just for us?