My etsy shop has steadily been increasing in views and sales over the last two weeks. This is super amazing happy fantastic! I started selling July 6 and have hit 31 sales, I’m told this is good for a new shop so yay me! Today started out normal enough with an IM conversation with my husband. We basically only hang out together and when he’s at work we talk all day online. We need to set more boundaries.
A typical scene my husband comes home to includes me hunched over a coffee table I’ve re-appropriated as a lap desk sniffing roughly ten open bottles of essential oils in different formations. Frasier, or the like, is usually playing in the background.
Husband: What are you doing?
Husband: How does one create by huffing?
Me: [leaning down to take another huff of four isolated bottles] One creates by huffing because it is through huffing that one knows what combinations of oil smell good together without wasting pipettes and bottles. It’s all very environmental. [gets up to greet him] Woa, I’m dizzy.
That’s right. Step one of my perfume making process includes huffing until I find the right combination. Actually, I should back up. Huffing is actually step 1.5. Before I begin anything I think about what kind of perfume I want to create. Is this more of an Anne Boleyn or Kathrine Parr? These are important questions. Knowing what scent I want to achieve narrows down the pool of oils I will test together. From there I grab all the EOs (essential oils) I think would work in such a scent and sniff the combinations until I find one that works. And that my friends, is when I stop being cheap with the pipettes and tester vials.
Me: [Facebook messaging my little brother who is not so little. He’s 8 inches taller than me and an adult] Yo, I’m trying to expand to men’s colognes. Will you be my tester??
Brother: I guess.
Me: More enthusiasm please.
Brother: Ok, I’ll try them out on girls!!
One week later…
Brother: Hey, I like #27 and #33. But #32 smells like a taxi cab air freshener.
Me: … Ok thanks!!