We’re almost done with the major website update and I hope it will debut next week. We’ve been working on it for a few months so I’m very excited to be nearing completion. It’s looking great! Maybe I’ll share a screenshot soon.
The formula for Amber Incense is done and I just need to make enough to get it on the site. I don’t even have sample sizes in stock yet, but I hope to have those in a week or two, with bottles shortly after.
Once the new site goes live and Amber Incense is released, we’ll have to have a little celebration. :)
We’re off to a nice start on the website update and hope to be done in about a month. We have the new Home page finished and I love how it looks. It won’t go live until the whole site is done, but I’m looking forward to its debut in a month or so.
A San Francisco magazine, the Nob Hill Gazette, published an article this month about the rising popularity of indie fragrance in northern CA, and I was among several indies mentioned and quoted. They also featured a bottle shot of Tabac Aurea and included it in the What’s Hot sidebar for Valentine’s Day gift suggestions.
I’m still working on Amber Incense. It’s interesting how people’s expectations vary when they see the word “amber.” For some, it means something quite sweet and vanillic with a brown sugar/carmel note, while for others it means a labdanum-rich base accord. The traditional starting point for an amber accord is labdanum, vanilla, and benzoin, so both views are accurate with quite a range of sweetness levels possible. Synthetic ambers are so ubiquitous these days that they are often what comes to mind for people when amber is mentioned. Since this is an all-natural scent, I’m building the amber accord from labdanum, vanilla, benzoin, coumarin (tonka), natural heliotropin, and spices, without synthetic amber ingredients. Other notes include incense, sandalwood, cedar, jasmine, rose, fruity notes, patchouli, beeswax, and oakmoss.
My Mom was leafing through the Jan/Feb issue of Sonoma Magazine that just came in the mail, and she spotted Tabac Aurea in their shopping guide called “The Mix,” which had a Valentine’s theme for this issue. It was a fun surprise to see it there. I had been contacted several months ago for a bottle photo, but I didn’t know if they were going to use it and had forgotten about the possibility. It’s fun to be in some local press.
I’ve been working on the end-of-year paperwork that small business owners tackle this time of year — sales taxes, 1099’s, inventory, etc. Also working on Amber Incense whenever I can, and keeping up with orders.
Wishing everyone all the best in 2015! Many thanks for your support of small artisan brands. I’m so glad to be a part of the online fragrance community. We have a great group of people, and seeing all the kindness that is shared helps to sustain my faith in the world.
I’m excited for some things that are coming early in 2015 for SSS. I will be finishing the new all-natural Amber Incense, and for the first time in my ten years I am getting some professional help with the website. I’ve always done all the coding myself, but it’s time to update the code to be responsive to varying screen sizes. That task gets beyond my coding skills, so I’ve hired help. I have some ideas for sprucing up the design while we are at it, and it will be a treat to have help with it.
Many thanks for sharing the journey with me in 2014, and heartfelt best wishes to you for the coming year!
I’m going to take a few days without orders Dec 30 until Jan 3 so that I can spend some time with family during their visit (my brother and his family will be here Dec 31 through Jan 3). I shipped a lot of orders today and will get the rest of the current orders out tomorrow. Ambre Noir will be back Jan 7 (the batch is done and just needs to be filtered).
I’ll be back with a New Year’s post soon, but I just wanted to explain my scheduling. :)
I wanted to wish everyone a happy holiday! Hope you have good times with friends and family. I usually have a quiet Christmas eve with my parents, and then my brother and his family come up to visit for several days around the New Year.
I’m planning to put Ambre Noir back on the site January 7th, and I hope to have Amber Incense finished early in the new year (though I don’t know an exact date yet).
Merry Christmas and Happy Chanukah!
Northern California is having a major storm right now. We’ve had a ton of rain in the last 24 hours, about 7 inches in our rain gauge here already and it’s still coming down. The road to my house has some flooding and we might not have mail service for a few days. We can probably get out tomorrow to mail packages, but not today. I will keep your orders safe here until we can get them out. Please allow an extra day or two, and possibly more if you live in an area that is also experiencing difficult weather. We do need rain, so this is probably good, but it’s a bit much of a good thing in a short timespan.
I just updated the shopping cart to a new version that is mobile friendly. Let me know if you notice any problems, but it seems to be working fine. I hope to make the whole site more mobile friendly next year.
I’ve had a high order volume the last few weeks with lots of packages going out. I’ve not had time to work on Amber Incense, but I hope to get back to that between Christmas and New Year’s.