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,


Uh Oh…I’m human.

Oops...I'm human.

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











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)


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!