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One Thing Leads to Another

Ok, I’m feeling so honored right now.

A loyal client of mine came to pick up a jar of the new Cocoa Butter Almond Body Butter the other day.

She was ranting and raving about how she couldn’t wait to get home to try it so, she applied some to her hands at the first stop light.  Now I’m thinking to myself when she told me that “Good thing its not greasy”…so anyway, she was and is very satisfied with the product.

She called, rather texted me to find out if I was making soaps or scrubs yet and I said no.  She said she loves sugar scrubs and to keep her posted when I start making scrubs.  Well, in an effort to appeal to and keep a client satisfied I began to ask her a series of questions to find out what she looks for in a scrub, and some of her previous experiences with scrubs.  After about 5 minutes of texting back and forth, I kind of had an idea of what to make for her, but I don’t make scrubs right? LOL!

So, I said to her “well, I can pick up a few things and put a scrub together just for you if you like”  I could actually feel the smile on her face as she texted back…oh my God that would be the bomb…she asked if I could make it in the scent that I used in the body butter and of course I said yes.  She went on to say, the body butter smelled so good she wanted to eat it.  I guess that’s a plus, but I don’t recommend it.

So I’ve been doing some research as to what I want to include in her scrub to make it luxurious and pleasing for her.  I guess this means once the word gets out I’ll be doing custom sugar scrubs too. 

One thing can definately lead to another if you keep your options open.

 
 

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Cocoa Butter Almond

It’s Body Butter Folks! and I love it.

I had been wanting to create a body butter with cocoa butter for the longest time. Some of our clients like Shea Butter, but are die hard Cocoa Butter Fans. So, I wanted to offer them something else besides the normal hard Cocoa Butter that they normally buy. Now don’t misunderstand me…I’m from the “old school” and Cocoa Butter is and was a staple in my house at all times, but it can be a turn off when you really don’t wanna smell like chocolate (hard to believe right, LOL) all day.

So I just included the wonderful Raw Cocoa Butter, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil (yummy), Sweet Almond Oil, and a splash of Almond Fragrance to sweeten it up just a touch, some Corn Starch so you slide away with greasiness and VIOLA!

I put some on my skin and it melted right in. Before I could post to our clients and friends that it was ready they were ordering and coming by to pick up their little pots of goodness. I was really inspired by one client who said “I love this butter” and hoping to sell out soon…but of course I’ll just make more.
In my rush to get it out to our clients, I still have yet to take photos….so, maybe I’ll post one later. By the way, the only ingredients in this Body Butter are the ones you’ve already read about…no preservatives added. Thanks for reading.
Do you use Body Butter? What’s your favorite?

 
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Posted by on June 4, 2012 in Perfume Oils and Body Products

 

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Options

Okay so, I haven’t written much of anything in a while. Trust me it is NOT due to lack of things to write about. LOL…there is a ton of things going on that I wish not to be going on, and a ton more of things that I wish were going on, but are NOT.

I have been doing alot of research for some product sources and resources for suppliers of things that I need to create new body butters, ointments, and other products for Fragrance Cafe’. That keeps me so occupied that by the end of the day after marketing as much as possible, research, and note taking I’m too exhausted to write anything but Hello and Good Night.

Anyway, I have come to a small delima. We create our body butters out of some pretty delicate butters and oils. We have clients and friends, out of state, that want to order our products, but I hate, really hate shipping our butters in the warmer summer months. I mean just imagine you order a body butter and by the time it gets to you, it’s body soup, LOL! Yes, our clients are happy to throw it right into the fridge to bring it back to being solid, but I just rather that they wouldn’t have to go through that.
Is there anybody else out there that has these types of products and face the same problem? If so, what are you doing about it? I really need some other options here.

I look forward to your helpful comments.

 

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What’s That Smell?

So, I’m sitting at my desk earlier today just going through some old papers and emails. I got a whiff of a fragrance that caused me to stop and look around for a moment. It was sweet like fruit, but a little spicy and fresh all at the same time.
I smelled my own hands and wrists to see if I had tried something on earlier and maybe it was still lingering, but nothing was there.
I got up and walked around my apartment from the living room, through the kitchen and into the bedroom, but nothing smelled familiar from what I smelled while sitting at my desk.
Ok so, anyway I go back and sit at my desk to finish doing what I was doing and within a few minutes I smelled this fragrance again. This time I’m sure it’s sweet like fruit (sugary fruit), but a little spicy and fresh all at the same time. The fact that I keep smelling this fragrance says to me, “it’s time to blend.” I love when this happens because once I start pulling out the fragrant notes and begin comparing, smelling, taking notes, blending and re-blending, it always ends in something so unique to me that I could hardly believe it. This could take a few days or could lead to months and drag on for a couple years just to get to the perfect fragrance, but the journey to me is one that I love to take and love to take often.

 

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Robyn Peoples

I posted “Naturally Good” about one of our products that we create with all natural ingredients. We created this product to not only moisturize the skin, but to actually have skin renewal capabilities and softening properties.

I’m doing this post because I myself had a moment where I needed something to help with a special little rash that I developed on top of both my hands. I had my hands in some water with a few cleaning products for a couple days straight and paid the price with the skin on my hands becoming irritated.
When it first started I just dealt with it by putting some really good lotion on it, but that just wasn’t working for me. So, one day I sat down to the computer and began doing some research on some natural ways to heal the rash and make my skin smooth again.
I think I…

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Summer…Smells so refreshing!

This fragrance was inspired by an old Avon fragrance that I really use to love. I wanted it to be more fresh than sweet, but one can pick up on both the fresh and the sweet. With notes of coconut, bergamot, french vanilla, woodtones, and a slight hint of amber it is one that can be enjoyed everyday.

I called it “Summer” because when I smell it that’s what it reminds me of so, I figured…why deviate from that? LOL.

This is just one of our many blends. One of my favorites to wear in the summer, not too heavy, but not so light that it disappears with the first wind.

You can get this fragrance and others at Fragrance Cafe’ on Facebook.

 
 

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Going With The Flow

I just posted about our newest fragrance “Cool Jasmine.” I woke up this morning and as I was coming out of prayer time I began to smell a fragrance. What is that? I thought to myself. Then I realized that it is something trying to manifest through the creative process of my mind and olfactory senses.
So I go and get my box of premium fragrance oils and essential oils and begin to pull things out. I pulled out some fruits, citrus, spices, florals, etc…Bay Rum hmmm. Well, lately I’ve been adorning myself with “No Other Rose” and “Amber Unique” and a few other favorites from our own line of fragrance oils, but I want something with even more depth and sweetness to it. I’m trying to find that one note that when it all comes together you’ll be able to smell it, but it would make one say “what is that one thing in there?” Something that we captivate both men and women like “No Other Rose” with the same type of staying power. Something special like “Amber Unique” with more powdery notes, and maybe a little bite of black pepper, pink peppercorn, or maybe even leather.

Well, it looks like I’ll probably be working with this one for a while. I’ve had my eye on some new essentials that I absolutely must have so, maybe once I gather those up I’ll be able to dive in a little more. Until then I’m just going with the flow.

 
 

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Cool Jasmine

ImageOk I’ve blended another Jasmine fragrance and I call it Cool Jasmine because this one isn’t as heavy as our Jasmine Fusion, as far as weather related fragrances go, and to me that’s what makes it Cool.

It’s pure perfume oils of Jasmine, with some woody and citrus notes, and vanilla absolute to make it a little creamy.  I like it enough to wear myself….I normally don’t wear Jasmine fragrances and my creations of them are for my clients, but I would actually wear this one too.  So, I guess you could say I now have two Jasmine Fragrances that I wear, but the thing is…..I created them :-).

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No Other Rose

A fragrance we created that is truly earthy, sweet, and strong all at the same time, it is truly No Other Rose.

For those that love the Patchouli perfume this is one to love. Those that indulge in earthy fragrances, this is one to love.

Earthy, Sweet, and strong is the best way for me to describe it to you. Earthy catches you immediately due to the lovely Patchouli fragrance, and then there is something that you at first can’t put your finger on…is it vanilla? is it caramel? what is that sweetness? LOL…the sweetness of this fragrance comes from the inclusion of both vanilla and caramel, but just a splash. Somali Rose is why it is called by its name, because I’ve never smelled another rose fragrance such as this one…It lingers for a very long time, but be careful too much will drive you batty…LOL…you only need a little. This is a favorite of mine for sure. We hand crafted this one, as is the case with all of our blends, with all pure perfume oils. It ages for about 90 days. The longer you have it, the better it gets.
You can get No Other Rose at Fragrance Cafe’ on Facebook.

 
 

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Pondering

Sitting here just really going over some things about business and this particular fragrance comes to mind.  It’s called Maya.

This fragrance was originally named for my sweet little second cousin Maya.  Maya has sickle cell and I wanted to do something special to represent her. 

We created this one with pure perfume oils; fruits like banana, kiwi, grape, and papaya with a hint of musk, sandalwood, and a hint of spice.  It’s a fruity fragrance but not child like.  I must say though, that it is one that when you experience it you either love it or hate it.  Most that have experienced it loved it and that keeps me going with it.

My intention is to set up a fund in Maya’s name to help with the expenses of families with children with sickle cell.  I have been up quite a few nights praying for Maya to come home from the hospital with good news, and she has every time, but  I can’t get out of my mind that there are children and families that suffer from this disease that aren’t as blessed every time.  I know that there are other funds set up for sickle cell, but I guess I just want to do my part.

I’ve been considering recreating this fragrance and doing a little more marketing with it, but just haven’t made up my mind.  I’ve even created body butter with it and it goes over quite well when I do.   It even goes over well as a spray.  I guess I’m just at a place where I’m really desiring to do something more with this fragrance so that I can begin to do with it what I set out to do which is to honor my sweet little cousin and help others that suffer her plight as well.

Our business is Fragrance Café and you can find us on Face Book.

 
 

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