Poll Results & Plan- Update 2/24
Stars and feathers, you all totally exceeded my expectations! I had over 100 people take the poll and a bunch also leave comments. The good news is that I’m still taking more poll data and comments if you still want to have your opinions heard–feel free to keep adding to the conversation in the comments below!
This is something I adore about my customers–that we’re doing a melding of the minds so I can develop what you really want. I had totally blanked on unscented versions and hadn’t considered a travel case (both things now on the docket!). Your feedback is so helpful and I’m grateful that you take the time to give it to me.
The better news is that the results were clear enough that I have a good place to start for my first shampoo and solid conditioner bar set.
Selkie Solid Shampoo & Conditioner Bar Set
The results were really close between Selkie and Eryn Euthil for what scent came out on top. I decided to do Selkie first because I have a really clear vision for how to bring you some of the amazing detangling ingredients in Selkie Herbal Detangler in a shampoo and conditioner bar.
Lovelies, I am REALLY FREAKING EXCITED because I had some successful experiments this weekend and I think I’m doing something literally nobody else is with solid shampoo and conditioner bars. I have a little more testing to do, but I think I’ll be ready to offer samples to Patrons at the Akarinu Guildmaster Tier and get their opinions in the (somewhat near) future.
Just be patient with me 🙂 I’m not launching a shampoo and conditioner bar company. I work full time, I’m editing Mourning’s Dawn, drafting the third book in The Iyarri Chronicles, AND I work full time. With any new product there’s testing, refining, ordering supplies for a batch for initial launch, packaging to order, labels to create, pictures to shoot, and listings to build. Every new product is very labor intensive, but I promise the wait will be worth it!
Solid Shampoo & Conditioner Bars 2/19
These aren’t official NightBlooming products, at least not yet. I’ve had customers asking me for literally years to do a ‘real’ shampoo (vs Moondust Dry Shampoo). Some of the things people have asked for included a liquid shampoo, a whipped soap shampoo, soap-as-shampoo bar, but the first two are heavy to ship and require single use plastics (because dropping glass in the shower is dangerous) and I didn’t want to do a soap-as-shampoo bar because pH balancing is super-important (I tried some soap-as-shampoo bars and after three uses my scalp was on fire.)
So why a shampoo bar and solid conditioner?
In the end I decided to work on formulating a shampoo bar and matching solid conditioner bar that was pH balanced, not going to kill my customers on shipping weight/cost, didn’t require plastic packaging, and was still of the quality and uniqueness that being a NightBlooming product demands. I have a lot to sort out before these become official products, but I imagine Patrons will get a chance at them before anyone else 🙂 They’ll likely join the Nymphéas Facial Toning Mister and the Green Clay & Kelp Mermaid Face Mask on the Akarinu Gildmaster tier for awhile and if initial testers are enjoying them there, I’ll release them to NightBlooming at large.
Sorting out some Final Details
I’ve been using them for awhile now, and I’m super-excited by how well they work–the base recipe is solid, but I’m at the stage where I have to start making some final-phase decisions. To that end, I’ve made a few poll questions so that the people who will actually be using these have their input heard.
There’s only 5 questions, but be sure to leave any extra thoughts or comments at the end. 🙂