As I entered the soaping area of Kia's lovely home, there was a delicious, lemony, sweet aroma wafting through the air. I was later informed that it was the scent for a new batch of foaming butter scoops! Kia went on to demonstrate how she creates these amazing scoops that her customers are raving about. Oh, the scent was lemon squares and when they become available, during her winter launch on December 3rd THIS THURSDAY at 8:30 pm EST, you need to RUN and grab them immediately!
After her demonstration we sat down to talk about the direction Kia wanted to take Petals Bath Boutique in 2016.
|We have so much fun!|
Also, "Petals is ready for another facelift", she said. From my last visit with Kia, you know that the thing that she likes least about owning Petals Bath Boutique is the labels. Kia wants to make some changes to the packaging to make it look more professional as well as reduce the amount of man hours it takes to wrap and label soap using the current process and materials. This move to a more professional appearance will also help facilitate shopping her products to larger retail outlets. But Kia is a perfectionist and she's not going to make that move until she has all of her ducks in a row with coordinating bow ties, LOL.
Going into 2016 Kia is exploring some new soaping processes and products, as well she will expand the offering of the foaming butter scoops. "We've been having so much fun with the Butter Scoops, so look for a larger variety of flavors", Kia says with a wink and a smile.
What does Kia love best about Petals Bath Boutique? Moonwater and her customers. Kia exclaims her love of moonwater soap - it's fresh, aquatic slightly salty scent is her absolute favorite and the added dead sea clay leaves her skin smooth and silky.
When asked what she loves best about her customers, Kia smiles and says "Their encouragement". You would not believe how touched Kia is by the awesome message, cards, letters of appreciation and gifts she receives from her customers. It really keeps her motivated. *HINT* Let's keep sending her positive vibes and warm wishes because that equals more Petals products for us to enjoy. Its the circle of soappppppp!
Lastly I asked Kia what did she like least about dealing with her customers. Her response was thoughtful and introspective. Kia's biggest concern with her customers is the level of their expectations. She is truly a one woman shop and does her best to make each customer feel special and provide each with personal attention. However, with small companies customers can sometimes expect things that are illogical for a small business to handle or worse, expect to be apart of the personal life of the owner. Maintaining a business life/personal life balance is extremely challenging, especially for the reclusive, Kia.
|Winter Release soaps curing|
We talked on and on for a few hours, but some things have to be kept between us soapy sisters. Not to leave out Susan! Kia really appreciates all of Susan's hard work in helping to spread the word about Petals. Even though I get to visit with Kia every once in awhile and grab my favorite goodies, Susan always gets the 411 on what's going on in the Petals universe - and usually before I do. We love you Susan! :)
OOOOOOO....Giveaway time! So a new release, a new giveaway. We're going to go into 2016 with a giveaway of 6 items in twos. I'll have 2 soaps, 2 lip balms and 2 of the coveted butter scoops to giveaway this month! The soaps will be my favorite fragrances for winter - Wonderland and Sultana. The other item fragrances will be a surprise with a few extras thrown in as well. How can you enter for a chance to win this prize package? Check below.
Until Next Time Love Buds,
Peace, Love & Lots of Buttery Bubbles!