I'm finding that the hardest part of developing a product is the packaging. Nova Studio gave a great presentation on the importance of the total package look but all that's done is make me feel inadequate because I don't have a strong creative streak for new and stand-out looks. In fact, I spent the better part of 6 hours yesterday surfing the internet trying to find difference containers for perfumes and facial products. In the end, I'm afraid I ended up with a common jar for the facial stuff and a different (but not really the one I wanted) container for roll-on perfume. The one I really liked would've ended up causing me to price the item too high in order to make any kind of profit. So now I'm turning my sights on custom-made boxes and interesting packaging. Wish me luck.
Think making essential oil bath fizzies is simple? Well, okay right - it should be. But I have a way of complicating things. Although I'd been told to use a silicone mold, I couldn't find one and didn't want to wait to order one. So, in my little pea brain, I figured a teflon mini-muffin pan would work. Nothing is supposed to stick to teflon, right? Well, my first batch turned out beautifully, smelled wonderful and hardended smoothly. However, there wasn't anything I could do to get those things out of the muffin pan. I even tried remelting and repouring once I got the silicone molds I ordered. To no avail. I had to toss the batch. Much as I hate doing that, I guess that's the way you learn and i won't repeat those mistakes.
If you've never invested in a class where you can learn new skills in creating products, I highly recommend The Nova Studio in Point Richmond, California. Check out Lori Nova's great roster, by month, and plan ahead.
I invested in a 4-day bath and body boot camp and it was worth every penny! I learned to make (all from scratch) lotions, creams, salt scrubs and bath fizzies, lip balms, butters, whipped butters, bath salts, herbal facials and masks and got priceless information on good product packaging.
I know what you're thinking. No, you don't see all those great things on my web site just yet ... but give me time. Supplies take money and practicing new skills takes time. Then there's the process of creating that great packaging. Keep checking back because I'll be upgrading products and packaging as I play with all the new stuff I've ordered.
One advantage of working in hospice is that I get to play with all the therapy dogs. This is Asher, a Corgi.