We are back from our vacation and feeling recharged to drive through the rest of this year. We spent some time camping on a tiny farm in central Michigan. It rained a little, was overcast most of the weekend but found that to only make the experience more serene. It was possibly the most relaxing vacation we have ever had.
Testing New Item for 2023
While on this trip, we tested a new item that we hope to introduce next summer. A candle with our special blend of organic essential oils that work to keep a large array of pest away. Being in the ideal setting for such a candle allowed us to measure how it well it burned, scent throw and effectiveness. From what we learned, the throw was substantial and was able to be detected from yards away. The bugs stayed clear, even wasps, for a necessary zone of protection – enough that you could burn this candle set upon a surface and give substantial protection to those sitting within a 18 foot perimeter. Not a huge area, but greater distances from our point of view were harder to definitively say that there were no bugs as most pests are tiny at close range. We feel this is reasonable for a small group to sit around a table and be comfortable.
Yes, it kept away wasps! Where we were camping, wasps are quite prevalent as there is an old barn nearby with a hive. We saw a few come close by immediately flew away. We breathed a sigh of relief when we saw them keep their distance.
To aid in the fight, we use JÖL CAMPER’S BUG SPRAY to keep the ground dwelling pests off our feet. We also gave the outside perimeter of our tent and inside or dining canopy a good spraying.
We have to say are very happy with the results! Still working on a few details to have this ready for next summer. Due to the expense of using our organic oil blend, these candles will likely be more costly than our other scented soy candles.
Back to work!
After a day of catching up with mail and getting all the orders we received over the weekend shipped, we will get to work on making more products. Taking a tiny break from candle making we will be boosting inventory on our foaming soap items – FOAMING FACE WASH and BATH BUTTERS. After then will be our body mists, moisturizing creams and lotions.
Some other tidbits:
Autumn scents are ready for our SEPTEMBER 1st launch. Until then, stock up on our remaining inventory of SPRING & SUMMER scents: SUBURBAN SATURDAY, RED SANGRIA, CITRUS GREEN TEA and out hugely popular NIGHT SWIMMING. On September 1st they will be placed in our vault until next Spring!
As we reported in our last newsletter, our candle prices will increase by $1.00. This is caused by price increases by our suppliers that we can no longer absorb into our overall costs. Along with that, we have raised the VALUE FREE SHIPPING threshold to $79. This will apply to the subtotal of items in cart after any other discounts are applied. This is to help offset the expenses associated with the shipping rates we pay. With the addition of some heavier items to our offerings, and the ease of those items increases cart totals we felt this was necessary to help keep our overall prices down.
We are still awaiting news of events for this fall. We have applied for one and awaiting for details on another to be posted. If another medium to large event option appears for October or November, we may consider it if they are close out our base. “Table” events are not possible for us as we could not adequately present offerings on a 6 foot table.