When I was single, I did a lot of journaling. I guess living alone in a one-bedroom apartment in Miami, listening to Tori Amos and wishing I was in Seattle led to a lot of navel-gazing. Being an only child may have had something to do with it, too.
For whatever reason, if I were to make a chart of my journaling habits since being with Jay, it would look a lot like a patient taking a really long time to die – flat line…. sharp spike…. flat line…. flat line… flat line…. sharp spike…. flat line……………………….
I am glad to have this blog to keep track of the way my thoughts, ideas, and actions change over time regarding this business. My initial concept was a line of strictly unscented soap using only herbal teas coupled with an infusion of white elm mushrooms, and that’s it. I never thought of making bath and body products, or ever using fragrances, even naturally derived ones from essential oils. Like many people, I have very sensitive skin, and can only put perfume on my wrists – if I even put it on my neck, it causes a rash. I never use scented soap and rarely use scented lotion.
However, as a librarian, I learned that a well-rounded collection must take into consideration the needs and wants of the entire community. If it were up to me, a library would be nothing but cookbooks, graphic novels, and YA fiction. But it’s not my job to buy what I want – it’s to provide what the patrons want.
As a soap maker, I’m figuring out that selfish motives are okay to begin with – I want to make soap for myself because I believe I can make something better than the average drugstore bar – but if I want to convince you that it’s the best soap you’ve ever used, I have to make sure it appeals to you.
I’m expanding my options, allowing myself to consider things like scented lotions, flavored lip balms, and maybe, maybe one day, scented soap. I think soap will be the last thing I add scent to. And maybe I’ll go back on all of this. Part of me, the minimalist-oriented part, likes the appeal of limitations, the strictness of staying within the self-prescribed lines of unscented.
But the librarian in me, the part that loves research, is finding that the right scents can be very beneficial, and that I would perhaps be detrimental to limit myself prematurely. I’m still learning, after all.