Good day Lads and Lassies!
June was a VERY eventful month! Let’s tuck in and I’ll try to keep it short. Happy Canada Day!
There has been so much going on in the SMD Kitchen it’s like we have been dancing on hot coals moving about so much! We cannot wait to share some of our new creations with you! I have been working hard learning how to keep quiet about all the new creations and products coming out and Sonia has been a great test subject. We’ve had a lot of successes and a couple failures (here’s looking at you green tea extract!), but that is the fun of creation!
We will unveil them soon! Never fear! But, to tell you a quick secret, something that you’ve all been waiting for is in the final phase of testing… It’s exciting! It’s taken about eight months, but we think it is almost ready! One last test to go!
Scrub Me Down- Happy Skin got its own dedicated WeChat account! We are working on getting it registered and officiated and signed, chopped and sealed. But, with none of the information in one place, all the running around to get it done is proving much harder than it should be. So be sure to add ScrubMeDown on WeChat and be in the exclusive know about special sales, give aways and more!
Blog: The blog is coming along nicely, we’ve been adding more DIY content to the blog as that is part of the DIY culture. To share. We have been working on narrowing the content; we want to keep it more skin care and product related, with the odd little bit of China and The Move sprinkled in. We really wanted to have some “Life of an Expat in China” but when you think about it, life here for us is pretty normal as we’ve both been here for so long. We’re not all that shocked when things happen. And, teaching. Do you really want to hear about teaching?
We have begun seriously talking about doing some videos to upload onto YouKu and YouTube and maybe some workshops, so if anyone is interested, please let us know!
Delivery+Packaging: You may have noticed that in the past month we’ve upped our packaging to make them a much more of a luxurious and sensory experience. We are both VERY excited about this and have actually mailed ourselves some Happy Skin Products just to see it from your point of view. Who are we kidding here? I just wanted a swanky present!!!! We’ve also had some nasty issues with some of the various cheaper delivery services of packages not arriving or packages that looked like it was the meatball from the Spaghetti Song. We made the decision to use only SFexpress from now on. And to make it an even awesomer experience for you all? SFexpress even has an English website! So tracking your order is even easier and more reliable than ever before. Our delivery prices begin at 20rmb for the first kilogram and 30 for the second.
AND, and this is so very important, please pay attention: It truly is terrible when your order can’t be delivered on time for something as simple as you didn’t give me your city’s name. If you could fill out this template and send it to our WeChat in one message, in Chinese, NO PICTURES PLEASE.
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We are also looking at expanding Scrub Me Down- Happy Skin over the next few months. And since our only real form of advertising is by word of mouth, we will have an awesome competition! So, between July 1 and September 20, we will hold a competition; “Refer a Friend to Happy Skin”. For each friend of yours who places an order over 150rmb during the competition period, your name will be entered into a Lucky Draw, then we will pick two names. Those winners will receive a Gift Basket from Scrub Me Down- Happy Skin valued at 500rmb. We plan to be in Europe (ingredient shopping YAY!!!!!!) around this time, so we will do a live streaming of the draw so you all can join us as we put all the names into a hat to draw. We originally wanted to do this in China, however; “it’s illegal for foreigners to do any live streaming”. So winners will be announced from Europe and your 500rmb Gift Basket will be mailed once we return in October.
Products: We have begun working on some Autumn and Winter ingredient hunting. Winter is coming! We’ve just started July and already we are thinking of next season. As mentioned, we are also busy planning our trip to Europe for ingredients, workshops and paying for some classes! That’s right! We want Scrub Me Down- Happy Skin to be not only backed by years of hands on work and experimentation, but we want to have the certificates and diplomas from accredited schools. Back to school we go! While in Europe, we will also be getting some of our more popular products tested by laboratories. Europe/UK is the only place that demands anyone and any company who sells skincare/cosmetic items to have every product assessed, certified and registered with the government. And since the EU has the strictest laws to follow regarding cosmetics/skincare/labeling we’ve been following their guidelines for products. We might end up in Europe or North America, but we’ll have a leg up anywhere we go with those product certificates.
Summer Orders: as you all know, both Sonia and I work at training centers and it’s summer time. And that means summer intensive programs. My schedule will give me weekends free to prepare and ship out orders. So if you order on say Tuesday, it won’t go out until the weekend.
Some interesting things we are reading and think you might enjoy them:
To Paraben or Not to Paraben by Dr. Diana Howard
Say YES to preservatives by Rita Lee