To keep awareness and hopefully some excitement up for new and improved products we are going to keep you informed on the progress of a few things we have in the pipeline.
Solid Cologne: Today, we have started production for 2 of our Solid Cologne fragrances. They are on target to launch week 1 of September. We plan to start the next to scents this Thursday to meet our goal of 4 scents at launch. We cannot be more exited about these colognes. Officially we have decided to name them JÖL Fragrance – Solid Cologne. This leaves it open to produce other colognes in other forms.
Candles: We finally have received all needed materials to begin production of the Wax Melts. Looking into what scents will work best and what has been selling best in the way of candle scents will determine our options. Still sorting through the data but we do have a couple key options to start with. Production is likely to begin as early as tomorrow.
The next group seasonal scents has been announced. Work will begin very shortly on the Autumn fragrances, followed by Winter & Holiday. The goal is to have all scents available by November 1st.
UPDATE: With the late announcement of the Andersonville Homecoming festival, we pushed to get as many of these items made as we could. The first 2 JÖL Fragrance scents are already in our store. The new Autumn/Winter & Holiday Candle scents have all had a batch produced as well as Wax Melts and Scented Room Sprays of select scents.
Renewed or Refreshed
Addressing issues with liquid soaps: To be bluntly honest, our liquid soaps have become a huge headache for us. Our supplier for the base we use had changed their formulation without any notice. We sourced a large quantity of the base just before the pandemic as part of our preparedness for summer events. It wasn’t until we produced our first batches of our unscented pre-mix that we discovered there was a change. Normally the base had been able to support all our added ingredients without affecting the consistency of the end product. We were not aware that the thickener that had been used within the base had been removed. Every attempt to follow their suggestions on how to thicken the soap resulted in more problems. With our completed base produced, there was little we could do to turn this around. The attempts that lead to an adequate but not ideal product were sold at a reduced price to help recoup some of the losses this caused. By the time we were able to resolve this, we had thrown away dozens of shampoo, shower gel and beard shampoo units. Not only was this an expensive loss of ingredients, but bottles, packaging and labor as well.
Results included a thickener added not fully bonding with the rest of the ingredients. Over time, this thickener would bond with some of the soap and settle to the bottom – leaving a super thick sudsy soap that looked more like gelatin dessert. Other issues led to too thin of a soap or additives not blending fully. There is still a small supply of Beard Shampoo and Shower Gel that did not pass our quality control and are being sold at reduced prices for affected units.
Resolution is at hand. We have sourced the original formula as it is still being sold under a different name. We will be renewing all products that used this base over the coming weeks. To replace the tarnished Shower Gel, and to meet a desired attribute of a body wash, we are introducing HEAD 2 TOE Liquid Soap. This will be a universal “utility soap” that will include the right balance of ingredients to be effectively used as a body wash, hand soap and even a light weight shampoo good for most hair and scalp types. This new soap will start to trickle into our store around the end of September.
Bar Soaps are getting bigger! Not only are all our bar soaps moving to a single Shea Butter formula, they are also getting bigger. We are moving back to a molded loaf hand cut bar for soaps. This is permitting us to make a bar that is roughly 6.5 ounces each by weight. The best part is, there is little to no change in price. ACTIVATED CHARCOAL and SCOURING PUMICE bars are already in the store!
Shampoo Bar make over: When we first launched our Shampoo Bars they were pretty novel. We went with a hemp oil glycerin soap to be great for hair and scalp. Our bars were not like the others out there and despite the quality and performance, being different was not well received. With the expectation that a shampoo bar MUST be a pressed bar, we violated expectations. So, we are going to fall in line with everybody else and make a pressed bar for shampoo.
This change over will take place this fall in hopes to have our first bars out by the end of the year. We hope to keep the same branding and targeted formulations we had previously when we make this change. This will lead to acquiring all new ingredients for the base as well as the press before we can make this happen.
Going colorless! We are going to reduce or outright banish the use of colorants for our soap and shampoo bars. As much as we love color, it isn’t always welcomed and carries numerous safety questions. With many colorants being truly not natural and the natural ones not always being safe, we think this is a smart move even if it does set an impression that we are not like everyone else. We believe our customers are less impressed by flashy colors and simply want performance to matter most. After all, our mission is to performance through simplicity. You may find that where we use color is to clearly define a difference between similar items. When we do use color, it will be more subdued.