I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. Spring is coming into full swing here in Austin, TX and I am reminded about how precious these fleeting moments of beauty are, as we welcome a new cycle of growth and life. I’ve lived in Texas all my life. And aside from using “y’all” all the time, you wouldn’t know it, because I
don’t have the Texan accent. I love living here, but there are few “magic days” where the air is clean and crisp, the weather is warm but not hot, everything is green, and wildlife is audibly excited at the prospect of creating new life.
Spring just doesn’t last long enough 'round here, and before we know it we’ll be in triple digit weather. All the more important to be mindful of special moments, and pausing to appreciate them. When was the last time you walked out your door on the way somewhere, and were greeted by a truly gorgeous day - and just stopped? Looking up into the sky, you take a deep breath, smile, then have a look around and observe. You smell the scents of your surroundings (are they woody? floral? fresh?.. or maybe even oriental? gaze
upon the sights, and experience the gratitude of being alive to witness one of these “magic days” you’ve been given - even if only for a few seconds.
Try it, and see if it doesn’t improve your outlook on the day. While reading over everyone’s contributions to the community these past couple of days, I’d like to express my gratitude to all you who’ve been brave enough to come together as strangers over the internet, and start sharing together. We have a diverse group of people here in our community from all over the US, of different ages, backgrounds, skin types, professions - all unique, yet united. It’s a pleasure to have you all here, and we’re grateful for your participation. Please know that we review every comment, and while we can’t respond to every post, every interaction is valued.
Let’s talk about some data
The body wash poll has officially closed, and we wanted to share the results with you. It’s interesting to see how different Skin Types reported different preferences for body cleansers.
Dry skin types prefer Creamy Body Washes (which tend to be more moisturizing) and Oily skin types prefer Bars (which tend to be more drying). We’ll launch with the Creamy Body Wash. It was pretty clear that almost everyone preferred lather, the more the better. Now, detergents in cleansers create lather (and help get you clean) but can be drying, which brings us to an important question: Can a body wash be too moisturizing?
Look for a new forum discussion to open this week regarding the moisturizing properties of body wash.
We’re seeing some great feedback come through for scents! As everyone can attest, the right smell is like a key which unlocks memories. I passed by a honeysuckle bush over the weekend and it instantly brought me back to summers as a kid.
Requests for Fresh, Citrus, Tropical and Coconut are emerging as the dominating scent themes for the body wash, followed by Oriental, Floral, and Vanilla notes. There’s still plenty of feedback to collect so we’ll keep this open for a couple more days and update you once again on the findings. Check out the new poll which opened today for Scent notes and cast your note. We’ll also be launching a Questionnaire this week to hone in on your scent preferences for the body wash.
For now, I hope this exercise has heightened your senses, and awakened your curiosity to observe, identify, and be grateful. Finally, I have to confess… I just don’t have the patience to wash my hands for a 2 full minutes! Have you actually tried timing yourself?