That doesn't mean things haven't been chaotic, the early business stress and pains are still here, but much easier to handle! For the curious, I wanted to share some behind-the-scenes on what an herbalist and/or aromatherapist would be doing at any given time.
On top of normal production I accommodate custom orders for any type of herbal/aromatherapeutic natural skin/body/medical/home care you can imagine. This sampler set of my "baby" line above was requested as a gift set for new moms from Mumda and has a nursing mom tea/tincture, baby and mom lotion, baby bath (not pictured), complexion soap and lavender inhalers for calming.
Behold the finished set! I love customizing products for businesses with specialized labels, it satisfies my always hyperactive designer-brain. From product formulation to label creation, it's fun to be in control of the whole process.
At any given time I'm making labels, products, and merchandise. I do outsource the soap creation to my mom (we got certified in herbalism/aromatherapy together) because damn, busy! I help with input on formulation, cut, and wrap it. We're working on more shampoo and soap bars.
Doing outdoor markets is essential right now and I love the face-to-face customer interaction. Above was from a set-up in Orlando. We'll be going to Conscious Festival in Daytona this weekend and as many markets as we can fit in for the next couple of months! We're also set-up in front of the Copper Closet in 5 Points every Saturday, come on by and say "hi!" if you're local.
one above is on Etsy and I have more samplers of all of the lines I have available (men's line, personal care, tooth care, chakra line, the aromatherapy inhaler sets, etc.)
And above is a quick snapshot of the mess we made for our product creation class recently. I'm trying to fit in more holistic body care creation and just general holistic and even craft/creative business classes in. We made deodorant, toothpaste, dry shampoo and mouth wash at the last one. I'm thinking cold care/prevent and natural product christmas gift creation next.
Photos from last night's ReThreaded Event
I love when things are crazy busy like this, it brings the best out of your creatively to be on-the-go and always on a strict timeline. I'm going to use the momentum and keep going with it. Hopefully squeezing in more much-needed off time to read/write/and craft for-fun too, I have some ideas for Christmas ornaments to get started on asap...
How's this busy season treating you lately? It's 2:25 AM and I have two markets lasting all day tomorrow, sleep time!