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We do a lot of gift baskets around here chock full of Okamura Farm goodies but dollars to doughnuts, what is the product everyone freaks out about? These organically preserved hand-poured vegan lip balms.
My hand poured vegan lip balm has evolved through many incarnations since 2006: starting as humble soy candles, they became massage candles, then samurai sticks (coming back soon!), to their current incarnation, then to awareness raising For- and Not-For-Profit Organization marketing and retail tools! What?
Before I turned to a life of skin care, I worked in live theater. I can not repay my former boss at triangle productions!, Don Horn, enough. He taught me everything I know about marketing + computers, but most importantly, how to express love constantly.
OF has partnered with triangle! to create special triangle productions! branded lip balms that they use for several purposes. They generate more "likes" for their Facebook page by incentivizing people with lip balms + I just made a special batch of Gay Pride 2014 balms for promotion during Portland's Pride week last June.
We use custom branded lip balms at Urbaca Salon in a similar fashion. Considering each Facebook "like" is worth anywhere from $15.42 (according to learningtoblog.com) to $174 (Syncapse) it's quite a good return for us! They are handed out at bridal shows + go into promotional packages through our vendor partner, award winning bridal shop Charlotte's Weddings and More. Whether or not brides choose to use our services, hopefully we are keeping their lips gorgeous and moisturized for that big wedding day kiss! : )
Lip balms are great promotional tools because everyone needs it and they generally last a long time. The best thing about our lip balms? They're made in fresh (like cookies!) batches right here in Portland + have NO petroleum or animal products!
The *NEWEST* use for these amazing little balms? Scar reduction/healing support! I recently had some surgery to remove atypical cells from my left breast and as soon as the bandages came off, I used this lip balm to keep my wound moisturized. Just a week out and my incision spot is healing beautifully + leaving a pretty cool scar!
Who new a .15 oz. tube could do so much? Balm comes in a great 1 oz. glass travel size too--excellent for the car, staying moisturized in airplanes, camping, you name it!
Are you or someone you know getting married near Portland, OR this summer? Check out Urbaca's Bridal Services, including energy work by Sherry! : )
A trip down memory lane, the original Okamura Magic blog.
A lot has changed in two years, how 'bout you?
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There was no wedding, just a signing of papers, Chris' brother, and a slobbery overgrown boxer dog for witness. Then we went home and ate king crab in front of the T.V.
Weddings are like horses, pretty and I do not want one of my own. I enjoyed my sisters' weddings but my favorite wedding was when my theater mentor, triangle productions! founder Don Horn, and his partner, Jeff, got married.
It was back in 2004, the day they legalized marriage in Oregon. When they found out the State of Oregon was issuing marriage licenses, they raced right out and secured one that morning. Don's business partner, Myra, and I ran across the street from the theater to buy pretty little bouquets from one of my favorite florists, Jill at Starflower.
We waited giddily together in a long line, Don and Jeff gave their bouquets to a lesbian couple we stood next to who didn't have flowers. What a beautiful, generous act on your own wedding day! : )
Urbaca will have a table at our first wedding show, Committed: Supporting Mr. + Mr., Mrs. + Mrs., and Mr. + Mrs.! There will be samples of Okamura Farmacopia a-plenty, our awesome Make Up Artist, Gretchen, will do demos of Being True Skin Tint firming foundation and Blinc waterproof mascara--in my book, the only two must-have things for your wedding day. Well, besides pretty flowers, crab, and Reggie the slobbery dog.
I will be there with my Oracle Belline fortune telling cards.
We have a guest list for free tickets for Committed if you're interested, just call Urbaca 503.241.5030 or email me firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll put you on the list!
In 2009 I trained in the American Cancer Society's Look Good Feel Better program.
In the summer of 2011 I launched Okamura Farmacopia: paraben, sulfate and cruelty free skin care for all.