My Friends Lost Their Home in a Fire

Yesterday I wrote about how I am human. How I committed to doing a 30-day (in a row) blog challenge and failed. There was a reason my blogs didn’t get done…I jumped in to help my friends by creating a GoFundMe campaign to help us raise money because their home had been destroyed by a fire.

My friends Patty & Sergio lived in a beautiful apartment in Toluca Lake, CA. The building next door had been vacant for 10 years. I am guessing the builder ran out of money and let it sit there. The building was sold and the workers were beginning the demolition. Patty had called the police because, seemingly in an attempt to save wood etc…the workers were using saws to take apart the structure instead of tearing it down. Sparks kept flying onto Patty’s balcony. She was concerned for their safety and the safety of the building. The police did nothing. The next day, they workers were at it again, and that building and Patty & Sergio’s caught fire and their home was destroyed. They lost everything.

I heard about it just after she posted about it on Facebook. Luckily she had grabbed her phone before jumping out a second story window to escape the flames and was able to let us know. Their beloved dog, Winston, did not make it. 🙁

Here’s a picture of Patty, Sergio & Winston in happier times:

Patty, Sergio & Winston_cropI was drawn to help them so I started a GoFundMe campaign. I am so grateful for all the support that has come from this. If you feel moved to donate, any amount would help, please click here. So far we have raised (at the time of this writing) $10,640. Thank you for reading this and our thoughts and prayers go out to Patty & Sergio.

scentually yours,

Jennifer

Uh Oh…I’m human.

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I am interrupting our last post series in order to let you know something. I am human.

I don’t know about you, but when I fail at things, I don’t give myself much room to be flesh & blood.

Several days ago I decided to join the 30-day blog challenge that my business group is doing. It started off great (except for the fact that I was disqualified from winning because my pictures weren’t posting…a technical difficulty).

Oh well, I thought, I am going to keep blogging for 30-days. I kept going. Then Friday hit. No blog. Saturday. No blog. Sunday. No blog. I decided to pick up my computer this morning and head to the local Starbucks to write this post. Instead of kicking myself, I got right back on that horse. I am human. I forget to do things, I promise things and then forget that I promised them (occasionally), I hurt people (unintentionally) etc…

My ultimate goal in life is to be a good person who does the things she says she will do. But sometimes I fail. And that makes me a little disappointed in myself. But it also makes me realize that I am fallible.

How are you fallible in your life?

Do you allow yourself to be human?

I’d love to know.

See you tomorrow.

The Story of KleanSpa, part 2

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This is Part Two of a five part article about how KleanSpa got started!

We left off here…

And then I got the email…it was from a buyer at Border’s (remember Border’s Books & Music?). He was searching for bath & body companies to add to their stores to try out more gift-y items. He asked that I send samples, which I did.

How could this be possible for such a large company to find me? I mean, I was operating my business by myself out of my apartment. Well, remember that blogging campaign? That’s how! He found a review of us on a blog!

I heard back a few weeks later and he told me that he was getting ready to go to London but that I would see an order in my inbox within a week. What!? Holy Cowbells Batman!

Luckily, I can sometimes be a smart cookie. While I was waiting to hear back, I had coordinated a fulfillment company, called all my vendors and had a $40,000 Line of Credit lined-up in case I needed an order filled. How did I know to do this? Sheer luck. I asked him what the order might look like and he sent it to me….You might want to sit down for this. A $60,732 order! In fact, I am going to post a shot of it here….they are no longer a company so I don’t think it breaks any rules!

Borders Order 2007

A week later, it came. I hired an assistant, rounded-up every component, bottle and jar and sent it to the fulfillment company. It’s was the most stressful 5 weeks of my life. I was on a fast-track to business and fulfillment. Problems came up and I spent a few sleepless night problem-solving. The outcome? It was filled and shipped on-time!

Time for a drink. 🙂 See you tomorrow, with our next chapter!

The Story of KleanSpa (Part one of a 5-part series)

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I want to tell you the story of KleanSpa which begins in a small apartment in North Hollywood, CA.

A long, long time ago, I had the idea that I would start a bath and body company. I truly wanted to have a business where I could create something that customers would want again and again. That’s not the entire reason, but I wouldn’t know my true calling for many years.

At first it was just a thought that floated in and out of my brain for about 6 months. I looked to other’s in the indie beauty world for inspiration. I had never made a natural/DIY bath and body product in my life. But that didn’t seem to hinder me from considering this venture. Then, one day, at the end of December 2004, the name hit me! KLEAN!  I know. Anyone could have thought of that name. Of course I was a huge fan of the “kustom kar kulture”, and had a handmade purse and jewelry business named Klutchez for several years…so KLEAN wasn’t a far cry.

That was it. All I needed to push me into obsession mode.

Buy the domain: ☑

Learn and experiment with product development ☑

Buy a sh*tload of fragrances ☑

Test the market ☑

Hire someone to design a business card and website ☑.

It all fell into place. Ideas were popping up left and right and I was moving a mile a minute. Then, buy July 2005, I had my first website. Phew. That was done. But I wanted more and more and kept moving. If you build it they will come, right? Nope. Not so right.

Luckily, I had so much drive and passion towards the business, nothing was impossible if I did it one thing at a time.

I booked events, hired a PR company to do a blogging campaign, kept fine-tuning the products, filed logo for a trademark, joined several women’s business groups, got insurance…there was never not something to do. And I did it all from the inside of my 1-bedroom apartment.

And then I got the email…which I’ll tell you about tomorrow! 🙂

Does Christ Have an Aroma?

Aroma-of-Christ_2It’s not often that I would discuss Christ on my business blog, or any blog, for that matter. I have no affiliation with any church or with a specific religion, but this came across my path today and I had to snap a picture.

It struck me as funny for two reasons:

1. That I would see it and that I do scent for a living, and

2. That a Church would make the statement that Christ has an aroma.

What could this mean? I asked my Facebook family what they thought the aroma of Christ would be and people came up with great answers. Many ranging from funny, totally inappropriate funny and serious. Several said, ‘Patchouli, leather, wine, soap, and sandalwood,” or “frankincense & myrrh.” Others said, “cake,” “chocolate chip cookies, and “vanilla” …that’s my kind of Jesus! I love cake & cookies!

The very inappropriate comment (that I found hilarious) can’t be posted here for fear of insulting someone…:-). And a few said “heavenly.” Totally…appropriate.

But this got me thinking. Why would the church post this? What message about Jesus is the church trying to give? Perhaps that, like a scent, Christ is everywhere. He permeates a room, a life and soul. He’s with you everywhere you go…like a strong fragrance. Or, maybe it’s protective in some way. Scent was used (in past history) to communicate with and as an offering to God through the burning of incense.

I like to think that scent is spiritual at it’s very core. It’s brings us back to our most basic and oldest part of our system; the lymbic system…which is most connected to memories. Scent can take us to another place. A relaxed space and, for some, so can Christ. It’s possible that scent does for one what the son of God does for others. Brings them back to themselves and makes them feel whole. At least that’s what I’d like to think.

Now bring me the milk and cookies!

30-Day Blog Challenge…Wanna come along?

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Today, Sunday June14th, is the first day of a 30-day blog challenge.

I belong to an fantastic business group called the Indie Business Network and have been  given the task to blog for 30 days, if we so choose. Well. I have decided to do it, reluctant though I may be.

Many of you might not know that blogging is great for business! Google and other search engines love the new content and it can bring people to your site. The other great thing is that it connects us with our customers. So you ask, “why haven’t you blogged since January, don’t you love us”? Well, the truth is that I am not sure I have anything to blog about (awwww, booooooo, hissssss). That’s why I am taking this opportunity to practice my writing skills and to see if I can keep this commitment to myself and to you guys!

I hope that you will bear with me as I stumble through this and comment when you like something. If I haven’t told you recently, I love you. We wouldn’t be here unless it was for you.

I’ve got to get going and think of more things to write about! See you tomorrow!

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.

 

Hello again!

Hi there. Remember me? It’s been awhile. You look great today!

My name is Jennifer and I am the owner of KleanSpa. If you belong to our newsletter or Facebook fan page, you have probably heard of me. I am glad you are here. Trying to catch you up on what’s been going on in the last few years could be a good idea, but I feel that would be a huge post so I’ll just start from today, this post, this moment.

We celebrated the end of our KleanSpa year, 2014, with the best December ever! We could not have done it without you…so throwing kisses to you all! Muah!

Our website is being upgraded slightly for easy usability and hopefully will make shopping with us even easier.

Coming Februray 8th, I set sail for my annual Indie Business Cruise. It’s a trip I look forward to all year long. A place to percolate ideas with other Indie Biz owners so we can thrive and grow! This year our travels take us to the Eastern Caribbean (St. Thomas, CocoCay, St. Marteen, The Bahamas). Dubbed as a “Business Cruise” (ha ha) we are able to learn, do business and have fun! You’ll get a lovely update upon my return.

For now, thanks for allowing me to dust off the cobwebs of this blog and look forward to seeing you more this year!

Stay smelling good!

Jennifer

 

 

KleanSpa Essentials

Essentially KleanSpa

A little background about me and essential oils…I have not been a huge fan of them….THERE…I said it! I am admitting it in front of all of you.
Every time I would come across an essential oil scented line, I never got excited about the way they smelled. Maybe it was because they were so basic or just uninteresting to me. My love affair with perfume oils has been long and passionate. They are what inspired me when I started KleanSpa. I have always envisioned and created my perfume blends with the notion that they smell like the things that they are. In other words, my library of aromatic oils need to smell natural…and or good enuf to eat! I think I have accomplished this. I have had lots of experience blending fragrance, but turned my nose up (no pun intended) at essential oils.
Last month we did a show called Unique SF and I created a line of essential oil scents that made me have the same feeling that I do with fragrance. That was the missing link!  I was not smelling scents from other companies that gave me the “Oh My God” response I was used to. So, we added some lovely essential oil blends to our Klean Green line…not only did we add scents we changed the name to KleanSpa Essentials,.

KleanSpa Essentials Scents

Almond Biscotti: Ceamy notes of almond!

Clemenlime: Clementine and Lime essential oils create a tart, fruity melange of scent!

DillMint: Fresh dill, spearmint and peppermint essential oils mingle and send you on a spirited trip!

Grounds: Dark coffee and almond nectar, swirl together creating an aroma almost good enough to drink!

Lime Crush: Truly refreshing! Smells like a Lime popsicle.

PepperGrass: Energizing gingergrass blended with cedar and pink peppercorn will add a zing to your step.

Relaxing Lavender: Traditional lavender scent. Calm those nerves.

White Basil: The tart essence of white grapefruit touched with herbaceous basil will make your mouth water.

All the Essentials come in Scrubs, Lotion, Syrup, Pearlized Body Wash, Butter etc…
You may peruse our Essentials line, HERE!

Love your Neighbor!

Do you love your neighbor?
We want to help you start! Here’s how!

Last night (at four in the morning) when I was in between sleeping and waking, I thought of an idea. I don’t always have ideas like this and I am usually not awake at 4am!
But this one felt really good! Here’s the story…

Recently, I have been helping my dad who is 84. He has fallen quite a bit over the last few years, and no longer drives. I have jumped-in to help him out in any way I can. One of the things he wanted me to do was bring KleanSpa products to his house so that I could give them as a gift to his new neighbors. They have lived in the house at least 6-months and he really wanted to welcome them to the neighborhood. I kept forgetting to bring the items and he kept reminding me. (There’s a lot to remember when you run a business and take care of an aging parent.) Anyway, I finally brought one of our diffusers and walked it over to their house and knocked. The gal who lives there opened the door and was so thrilled to receive an unexpected gift. She asked me to come in and told me that they were home most of the time (as they worked from home) and that if my dad needed anything, that he could call. She then gave me her contact info.

This act of kindness not only made her feel good, it made me feel great! I am not sure about you, but I have neighbors that I have had for over 10 years. I am friendly with many of them and occasionally we have given gifts to each other. Completely randomly and for fun and for free…meaning with no expectation of something in return. But I want to feel that sense of community again.

Here comes my idea! I want to offer this to you. This weekend, starting today, since it is a long weekend for many of you, I am giving you the opportunity to “love your neighbor.” I encourage you to spread the good will and the KleanSpa love to others near you. When you purchase a small lotion or polish, you will receive an identical item to pass along to your neighbor. On OUR dime! (Limit 2 items to give). AND, after you take part in this, we will credit you 12 points (worth $10.00) to your KleanSpa Punchcard. That means, the next time your order, you will save $10.00 on your order! (This will be added by hand, after you place your order. Not to mention you will receive the points you gain just by placing the order).

Right now, you may be saying, why would I want to love my neighbor? They leave their trash cans out all week or they let their dog do its business on my lawn and don’t take care of it! Or, I live in a tiny town and my closest neighbor is a half-mile away. I get it. If you simply can’t bare the thought of talking to your neighbor, pick someone you think needs a little love (maybe that guy who flicks his cigarette butts on the street needs some manSCRUB). A little good energy is what we want to spread. It’s a win-win for everyone.

So what do you think? It’s Easter weekend and whether you follow that path or not, it’s Spring. Time to celebrate something new and spread joy!

Start Spreading the KleanSpa Love!
Ends 4/8/12
xoxo
Jennifer

*This offer may not be used with any coupons or Plum District vouchers.