Thursday, May 17, 2007

Spring Distractions

I don't know if anyone else has this problem, but for me, spring is ripe with distractions. In the past few weeks here in Maine the leaves have popped out on the trees, the grass is suddenly emerald velvet in the front yard, and my neighbor's apple tree is blossoming. This has left me feeling restless; I'll be answering an email and thoughts will stray to the garden, the yard work I could be doing, the seedlings sprouting on the deck. "Hey look--something shiny!" and I'm off.

I think this may be the reason that I have these spring fragrances; lilac and lily of the valley are not especially "trendy" but they transport me to the brief weeks of spring in my memory. The lilac thicket near my childhood home, with the carpet of vinca underfoot, was absolutely magical. It must have grown for decades to be so tall and broad and dense. There was a well-worn path through the middle, and the fragrance inside was incredible. A whiff of lilac fragrance and I'm seven again, on an adventure in the thicket.

Then there was the lily of the valley growing at my best friend's house. Her mom would bring in doll-sized bouquets of the blossoms to enjoy while they bloomed, and she loved the fragrance so much that she had a perfume that smelled just like it. I think of her every time I make lily of the valley hand cream or lotion. Fragrances have that ability--did you know that the part of your brain that receives information about smells from your nose is connected directly to the parts that experience emotion and create memories? How many times have you smelled something and suddenly had a rush of emotion and a memory of a time and place long gone?

I think my next spring fragrance should be apple blossom! What are some of your favorite spring fragrances?

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Lace tags

This is one of the latest design ideas I've been working on. I don't have these on the site yet, but I have an assortment of colors for these lace-edged vellum tags. I'll probably add them later this week.

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Flavor of the Month

Just over a year ago, I added a Flavor of the Month to the site, and a "club" for people who want to get a balm every month. Each month has a new flavor, and they're totally new, nothing I've ever offered before. Some of them are very "seasonal"--like the Blarney Balm for St. Patrick's Day, or Mexican Hot Chocolate for Cinco de Mayo. Some of them stick around as permanent additions (like Blarney Balm, and the Red Hot balm which has become popular for girls' night parties!), while others just come and go.

April was carrot cake...May is butterscotch...and in June, I'm doing a citrus rose flavor (I know, maybe that sounds weird, but it's going to be really cool!). I'm still finalizing flavors for summer, and who knows about fall?!

Some of my favorites (watermelon last summer, for example) were suggestions from friends, and I've kept some balms around permanently based on feedback from customers and friends. So tell me: what's your favorite flavor? Have you gotten the Flavor of the Month? What did you think?


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