The Birth of our All-purpose Massage Oil

THE all-purpose massage oil

For massage, moisture and much, much more…

The best massage oil ever!

A long time ago, far, far away I took my products to a gift show. I was just starting out and wanted to get the products into the world and make a splash. While our splashing at that event was more of a meet & greet with other vendors, I realized that inspiration comes in many forms and new products come to fruition.

The word barter is popular among indie makers. I love trying other companies’ products and sharing mine. One of the trades that changed my life was a body oil from a fellow B&B company. Once I tried it I was immediately transported. I don’t even remember her company name, otherwise I would thank her for the inspiration.

This oil became my reason for bathing. I was moved to develop my own oil that could be used as a bath oil, body oil, hair tamer, shaving oil and (of course) massage oil. With a little experimentation, I came up with our Essential Treatment Oil blend. This elixir contains coconut, almond, avocado, sesame, castor oils with Vitamin E. We blend it with any of our kick-ass fragrances. Try using it after the shower when you are slightly damp and you’ll  exude your favorite KleanSpa scent the entire day. We highly recommend layering all of our other products, too.

Thanks to bartering and inspiration, our ETO has become a best-seller and must have!

We encourage you to try it and see for yourself. Take this massage oil to your next appointment and see what we’re talking about.

 

I’ll be “brief”…

Mixtress Kit 600Have you found your perfect scent?

I consider myself a student of perfumery. I never imagined it when I was younger, but as I followed my gut and my heart, I realized that my entire existence has been leading me here. I worked in retail, coffee houses, restaurants, selling coffee & tea and catering. Ever since I could remember, I have been sniffing random objects, hoping for an inspiration.

My first perfume oil was Rain. I was twelve. It was perfect.

As my life evolved, and after collecting many jobs and experiences, my intuition guided me to a life of fragrance. Since 2005, I have been creating and working with oils and components to design my products-based spa line, KleanSpa.

Two years ago, I began delving even further into perfumery. As I have been blending perfumes for our clients, I felt is was necessary to gain as much information and experience as possible. I hopped on the fragrance education train with my acquaintance (and now friend) Sarah Horowitz. We have had 6 classes over the course of two years. Full-day study of the art pf perfumery. It has been magical for me and I hope that my new-found experience can translate to help you find your perfect scent.

One of the things that we learned about was “briefs.” A fragrance brief is something that perfume houses request from their clients to help them get a picture of what they want their potential, imagined scent to be. When scent is described, we use the words of our other senses to describe it. “Sweet,” “sharp,” “airy,” etc…

From the very first class, Sarah had us writing our own briefs. We would base them on the theme of that class. In our last meeting, Sarah turned our class over to fellow perfumer, Jeanne. She is such a lovely person and everything she speaks sounds like poetry. Her focus for this class was the Greek Gods & Goddesses.

Here’s an example of a brief that I wrote based on Jeanne’s teachings of Hermes:

Spring’s Message

Follow me into the grace
I’ll guide your singing souls
With notes of spring & lyre
A fragrant earth awash with light
Young nymph blooming
Blossoms looming
Spring has sprung
I carry the message
I carry the song of earth & air.

 

This is just an example of what a brief can be. Some people are VERY specific and some use just a few words that describe the feeling of a place or color. In any case, there is no doing it wrong. Since I have been a songwriter (my former life) all my briefs come out as lyrics or poems. I try to tap into my creativity and instinct and just write what comes out.

Picking the notes for this small ditty, was fun. And based on interpretation.

What notes could you see in this scent?

Have you found your perfect scent? Start with writing a brief. And see what happens. This may be a key to unlock what your heart, nose and soul are looking for!

I would love to see how you interpret this brief! Please include your ideas in the comments!

Scentually yours!

Jennifer

 

 

 

Fragrance Trends for 2015 Why should we care?

It was recommended to me to write about the fragrance trends for Spring/Summer 2015. I responded with “why?” I am not usually one to care about trends because I go with my heart and my gut as far as what we choose to add to our fragrance catalog. But I, begrudgingly, did a little research and was pleasantly surprised.

Here’s where 2015 is taking us. According to a recent edition of Seven Scent and their bi-annual Fragrance Trends Alert, the Spring/Summer seasons bring us fresh, fruity, natural-type notes with a modern twist. This caught my eye, because KleanSpa is driven to create scents that are bursting with amazing, fresh fragrance notes that smell like the things that they are meant to smell like…especially in Spring and Summer!

Here’s what Seven Scent reports:

  • Rhubarb – Bringing a fresh, green, lightly tart and red berry note. Rhubarb blends with fruity and floral aromas to create a subtle sharpness.
  • Mint – Adding a cool, green note and a hint of spice. The addition of mint gives scents a natural lift. 
  • Tea – Offers a variety of delicate aromas. A renewed focus on tea delivers a fresh and romantic character.

These “trending” notes sound mouth watering-ly great! I have never worked with a Rhubarb scent, but intend to search for one. We have a few teas on our blending bar. A black tea which includes an almost rose-y/floral note and a white tea scent that is tart, like fruit.

I see, now, that I can take a direction and inspiration from fragrance trends and make them my own trend. It’s like anything in life. Be inspired. Don’t copy. Be yourself. And even though I don’t feel drawn to make what I think people want or what is popular…as far as our KleanSpa scents go…I am intrigued and inspired to take these notes and see what I can come up with. I hope that you (and I) like it in the end…:-)

The trend report listed some fall notes, but I will save a post for that later in the year.

Thanks for reading.