So...here's a thing: Every human on Earth has at least one thing in common.
"What?! EVERY HUMAN? What could this possibly be?" you ask.
Here it is: All humans have skin.
Shocker. I know. And as a bath products company, we happen to love your skin. And we want you to love your skin. And we don't care what kind of skin it is.
Here in the great state of Indiana, we've noticed some things about...business.
Indiana is a state known for "Hoosier Hospitality." I (M. Elizabeth) have lived in Indiana for 95% of my life and have found this sentiment, for the most part, to be true.
Except...for a huge group of people.
The LGBTQ community is constantly faced with all sorts of (in my opinion) ridiculous things:
Legislative action against the ENTIRE LGBTQ community.
Transgender folks dealing with bathroom "rules."
Businesses feeling that their religious freedoms are "violated" because a gay couple wants a pretty wedding cake.
I could go on.
I mean. It's kinda crazy. Clearly, my opinion is humble (har-de-har-har).
This post is putting it on record that we truly, honestly want to help EVERYONE have awesome baths, relaxing showers, soft skin and (if they'd like) be covered in glitter.
That really awesome mocha colored skin.
Cross dressing skin.
Senior Citizen skin.
Middle aged skin.
Seriously, all skin. We serve it all.
Ok, I admit it. I get pretty geeked out over packaging. It's one of those things that I can't really get my mind to NOT focus on. Whenever I'm out shopping or considering a purchase of any kind I generally think about and check the packaging. One of the goals Megan Elizabeth and I have is to make the packaging of our products as simple as possible. We expect it might take a minute for us to find all the best methods but I know I don't mind the hunt, especially when the end result is exactly what we've been thinking of.
We started out the lip balms in the run of the mill lip balm tubes. They are tiny and tricky to fill. And made out of plastic. I admit, the order of the tubes happened when I was just starting to make lip balms and I was more focused on the product than what it was packaged in. Then we tried the little slidey tins. They seem ok but they also have their drawbacks, like some people don't like using their finger to put on lip balm, especially if it's tinted in any way, and again, where do these tin containers come from and how easy are they to either dispose of or re-use? So, it was time to start a hunt.
The search ended with these amazing little paperboard tubes. Squeal! Paperboard is recyclable, biodegradable and renewable. Best of all, NOT plastic! Hooray! The company we ordered them through offers several sizes and we certainly plan to take advantage of the varieties available. For now, we will be starting with lip balms. We've got a fantastic recipe we'll be releasing for Valenetines Day in the new tubes and we are so looking forward to launching our new packaging choice!
Along with the paperboard tubes for lip balm we have put together a recipe for a beard balm and lip scrub. We will be putting these in sweet little glass jars that can also be recycled or reused.
There are lots of choices facing us as we continue to grow and develop our brand. We want people to be able to purchase our products without worrying about what happens after they are done with it. If you can think of more ways for us to be able to fight our eco friendly battle, let us know! We are always looking to do the best we can.
Wow. We've been busy. If you've kept up with our Facebook page, you'll note that we are doing all kinds of things!
But the coolest thing...is our name IN PRINT! That's right. We are in the news!
The last week of December we were featured in Fort Wayne Business Weekly with the most perfect headline ever: Business bubbles up from personal need.
*sigh* I love that.
And Doug LeDuc was an excellent interviewer. I am SO thrilled I was able to talk to him.
You can try to read it here:
However, it will probably tell you you need a subscription. So you can do that...or you can visit a local store and look for an old copy there!
Our second "in the news" moment was with Start Fort Wayne, a project through Living Fort Wayne where they feature new businesses in the area. Hooray for new businesses!
Brittany King interviewed Traci (and I chimed in via email). And...get this...she said (direct quote), "these ladies are hilarious." Best. Compliment. Ever.
You can read that whole article here:
I can't express how awesome it is that the Narwhal and the Manatee is getting noticed and creating an awesome customer base. It's the drive of our supporters that we look for to make this happen! And it's exciting!
We love creating new products, responding to your requests, planning for parties and researching everything so you don't have to!
Next up: a video. You'll love it. Stay tuned...
<3 M. Elizabeth