February's Behind the Scenes UpdateI don’t know about you, but the last thirty days have seemed like a huge game of hurry up and do this and then hurry up and wait. Because I am a huge planner, when it comes to essential oils and hydrosols, I will literally sit at my desk and plan out what samples I want, find out approximate costs for importing, shipping, and analysis, and of course order those samples. This of course is where the game starts!
This last month I sampled four different Patchoulis (Pogostemon cablin), a Ho Wood (Cinnamomum camphora ct linalool), and today I have completely fallen in love with a Eucalyptus Mint (Eucalyptus dives) from South Africa! With the Patchoulis I have two that I am over the moon happy with although one is a little more expensive than the other. Ultimately, the more expensive one will have to wait until I have enough demand for it as much as I do love it.
Want versus DemandMost of you know how careful I am when it comes to sourcing and analysis my essential oils but as mentioned above there is another element that weighs heavily into every choice I make. The demand for a specific essential oil - no matter how much I love it.
I have watched over the last several years as more and more plants become less sustainable due to the demand or popularity of it. Frankincense, Atlas Cedarwood, Spikenard, and Indian Sandalwood are great examples of that. Our plants are precious so I make sure when I am sourcing and selecting current and new essential oils that I am checking CITES and the RED list to make sure my little business is not adding to the problems of sustainability. It is a very hard line to take, but this is my way of showing kindness and respect to plants that offer us so much more than just a potent aromatic product.
On the flip side of that, there is the need for an essential oil. While I have every intention of growing my line and having several different essential oils to choose from, I also have to consider whether an essential oil will be able to be sold before the end of its shelf life. As mentioned above, I absolutely adored the more expensive Patchouli, but I also know that having two different Patchoulis is not necessary and only serves my “want.” I would be absolutely distraught if I had wasted the plants that were harvested to obtain the essential oil when at the end of its shelf life it was not moving… Granted Patchouli does age well and is one of the few essential oils that does not have a definitive shelf life.
Another side of want versus demand that comes into play since Patchouli has no definitive shelf life, is if I spend the money to import, ship, and analyze a second Patchouli, that means I have that much less money to spend on a new essential oil like Ho Wood or Eucalyptus Mint.
Current ArrivalsA few weeks ago I received a stunning Corsican Helichrysum (Helichrysum italicum) and Copaiba (Copaifera officinalis or Copaifera langsdorfii). I have been dying to release them but I don’t release anything without an analysis verifying purity. I actually sent them off Monday to the lab and am hoping they will arrive today or tomorrow. If you are hoping to get your hands on the Helichrysum, I will likely have the report back next week. I am expecting a fresh batch of Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus) today and will be sending it off promptly for analysis tomorrow. I am also anticipating the arrival of Pink Grapefruit (Citrus paradisi) from South Africa and Spearmint (Mentha spicata) from India late next week. As soon as those arrive they will be sent for analysis as well. I also have four different essential oils being bottled in Italy this week - organic Lemon (Citrus limonum), organic Bergamot (Citrus bergamia), organic Red Mandarin (Citrus reticulata), and Mandarin Petitgrain (Citrus reticulata)
Other TidbitsLabels… where to begin with this topic? After over a month of waiting, I finally received the new labels! There were lots of ups and downs through the entire process - more than I have ever had with labeling so I was a bit stressed over it at times. Now, I am just relieved! With the new labels my favorite blend that I use makes its debut: BBS (Bye Bye Squirrels). I use this blend to support mental focus and clarity when I have an extremely large to do list (like today!).
I also finished reformulating two blends Anxiety Aid and Tummy Rub. I am just in LOVE with Anxiety Aid! It is a beautiful blend of Petitgrain Bigarade (Citrus aurantium var amara), Orange (Citrus sinensis), Australian Sandalwood (Santalum spicatum), and Ylang Ylang Complete (Cananga odorata). You can read the description and details on it here.
The Tummy Rub blend was reformulated to make it more “kid & mommy friendly.” The previous formulation utilized Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare dulce) which is not recommended for pregnant or nursing women due to the trans anethole content. It also has cautions for use in children under five. That being said, I know as a Mom who has survived mild morning sickness and clinically diagnosed hyperemesis gravidarum, being able to utilize essential oils is important. Did I mention my youngest used to have really bad car sickness every. Single. Day??? So I get it and I am happy to report, both of my children love this reformulated blend just as much as I do!
Other essential oil labels that were designed and printed include Ho Wood, Mandarin Petitgrain, Eucalyptus Dives, and a few I am holding onto secretly for the private Be Kind Botanical Group members. They participated in a “Guess what new essential oils will be added” at the beginning of January so I can’t reveal too much since I want to surprise the winners with their samples once I have brought them on. ;)
I also had several new hydrosol labels printed! Rose, Frankincense, Cucumber, and others were included. Depending on how much I am able to support your needs will depend on how quickly I am able to bring all of these on. Awwwww budgeting!