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Did you know our aromatherapy fragrances correspond to your chakras?
Sachi - 1st chakra - community/family/DNA
Passion - 2nd chakra - money/sexuality/creativity
Joyful - 3rd chakra - self esteem/will/ego
Softening - 4th chakra - forgiveness, loosening resentment & anger
HWY 101 - 4th chakra - balance, grounding, calm heart, masculine love
Fairy Godmother - 4th chakra - safety, protection, home, feminine love
(\\three different scents for your heart chakra! The heart wants what it wants...)
Comfort - 5th chakra - speaking your truth
We didn't have a fragrance for the 6th or 7th chakras.
After meeting and working together on our Bearded Men video, Madison and I realized we have similar smell values and he suggested we co-create some scents for beard oils.
Formulating fragrances is a unique creative process I learned in the trenches of Urbaca, co-creating signature fragrances for the stylists, even for their dogs!
But when it comes to the Farm, I've been a one woman show and product development has been one of my closely held favorite things.
As much as I hate ever admitting I need help, I knew I was in stasis & needed to work with someone else to create these specific chakra fragrances. Little did I know so many people would be of assistance!
First Madison & I agreed on which oils to use, then we sniffed and mixed a lot. Once we created something we both liked, we tried the oil in a bunch of products, some failed--the smell didn't translate, products separated. Using natural materials is not an exact science!
Then we took our creations to the Portland International Rose Test Garden, bringing together two Portland beard clubs, Bridgetown Beard Club and Portland Beadsmen, for focus group testing. Like midwives, these bearded mid-husbands helped shape the fragrances with their feedback! Thank you gents!
Don't even ask how long it took to do the labels. We needed a design midwife for that one too. Thank you Kate!
Patience has not always been my strong point. What would have taken me less than a month rolling solo has taken 6 months with a partner.
I must admit, is has been more fun.
And sometimes, o sometimes, working together you make something wonderful...
Sherry weighs in as the "Empathic Skin Care Pro" in an article by Allison Jones for Portland Monthly Magazine! Read all about it here.
A great story in Salon Today Magazine about the creation of Okamura Farmacopia and partnership with Urbaca Salon! View story here!
Talking beards, beard oils and philanthropy at Urbaca Salon on What's Your Holistic Lifestyle Radio Broadcast (if you're short on time her segment starts at 31:00). http://www.holisticchamberofcommerce.com/radio