I introduce you to our top seller at our recent wholesale trade show in Chicago. Lux Aromatica is a complete, handmade bath & body product line. This comprehensive line presents beautifully with labeling art hand drawn by the business owner / creator herself. This military wife is an example of a classic success story. She took her 18 years of experience in candle-making from a craft fair hobby to a successful small business with product in nearly 50 retail shops and boutiques across the country…all the while remaining the sole candle maker in her business.
Her soy candles have a 50 hour burn time, and come in an amazing assortment of aromas. All fragrances are designed in-house from essential oils. Her cold process soap bars are handmade using exfoliants, emollients or other luxury ingredients such as clays, chocolate, wine, sea salt, fruits and more.
All products are available for wholesale purchase as singles for testing before placing an opening order. Candle and lotion testers are recommended. An offering of matching soaps and candles always creates more fluidity in product turnover, and it is recommended to have products grouped together in a display (making it easier to compare scents), and to display products in groups of 3. This could be candles in 3 different scents; or 1 candle, 1 lotion, and 1 bar soap in the same scent, etc.
Kerensa designs the packaging in-house and her labels are professionally printed. Her recycled-fiber kraft tubes for candles and glassine bags for soaps are compostable and biodegradable.
The Lux Aromatica product line includes bar soaps, soy candles, hand/body lotions, and lip balms. My personal favorite product is the “Natural Indulgence” lotion. It is silky, smooth, non-greasy, with a beautiful and pleasant aroma that is not over-powering.
Sensitive skin? Problem areas? Anti-chemical? Organic? Holistic? Earth-conscious? Green? These are just some of the words describing consumers who opt for handcrafted bath & body products. Go ahead, read the ingredient list on the bar soap currently in your shower. Do you know what all those scary sounding ingredients are? Can you pronounce them? Do you know they leach into your skin and what havoc they may wreak from there?
Dieshawn’s passion for hand-crafting bar soaps is evident in the quality of her products. They smell amazing. They feel succulent. Dieshawn’s dedication is evident as she stays abreast of new techniques by attending annual conferences. She continuously seeks out new raw materials that may further enhance her product line.
Ingredients used may include African Shea Butter, Palm Oil, Rice Bran Oil, Coconut Oil and scents from healthy, nutritious foods.
Plus, the Citrus Basil soap is ideal for men!
Bar soaps wholesale at $2.50 each, making for a very attractive and competitive retail price for a handcrafted soap.
What is cuter that Fido strutting his stuff with flair, with personality? All dogs are not created equal, so why have your pooch conform to all the other pups out there? Let him be his unique self with these handmade dog collars, leads, bow ties and flower adornments. Sarah offers a wide variety of fabrics from bold patterns to conservative styles. Collars come in a wide variety of sizes, from XS to XL, and are priced accordingly. Her product line can be seen in a handful of boutiques, including veterinary clinics and billion dollar retail giant Ace Hardware.
March 19, 2014
We are looking for services to include in our new resource guide! We would like to provide each new handmade artisan a resource guide to help him / her grow or improve his / her business (continuous improvement, always!). We are looking for web designers, logo and marketing makers, packaging suppliers, social media managers, copy writers, sales reps, etc, etc. If you are a small or micro business that provides a beneficial service to the same, please contact us at info (at) sourcinghandmade (dot) com. This is a prime opportunity to advertise your services to your target market! Since inception, we have represented over 50 handmade artisans in the US and overseas. We continually have about 30 active artisans working with us. We’d love to hear from you and see if we are a good match!
(This guide would initially be provided to all of our active artisans, and may be extended to our registered wholesale buyers as well if appropriate).
February 27, 2014
vin·tage: of old, recognized, and enduring interest, importance, or quality (Merriam-Webster)
Vintage items evoke feelings of nostalgia…they are reminiscent of the past. However, they appeal to people of all ages. They don’t just have a look about them, they have a feel about them. This is precisely what Julie of Our Vintage Flair achieves in her line of vintage greeting cards. Her intricate designs are carefully handcrafted with appropriate and relevant adornments. The attention to detail is outstanding. These are cards that will be cherished and saved in a keepsake box not only for the sentimental message inscribed by a loved one, but for the card itself!
Greeting cards are wholesaled as sampler packs that include “special occasion” and “holiday”. These vintage greeting cards make an eye-catching display. Buyers will pick them up, read them, and appreciate them for their beauty. Buyers will be prompted to purchase a card and send it in the mail, the old-fashioned way, instead of sending the standard unemotional email or text that is becoming a constant today. Help your clientele re-connect with family and friends in a thoughtful, considerate way!
January 23, 2014
If you haven’t checked it out on our Facebook page, here is the photo gallery from our booth at the Chicago Gift Market, which concluded this week. The show was a success for us, as the majority of our participating artisans received orders. A big thank you to the awesome boutiques who bought from us, who specialize in: clothing & accessories, gifts, vintage items, pet items, plus a mini-department store and an Ace Hardware. You can see them on our new “locations” page. Not only did our select vendors gain orders, they quite possibly have gained a life-long wholesale relationship with their buyers, that could benefit and help grow their business indefinitely. Way to go everyone! Click image to open gallery.
January 15, 2014
Here’s a our flyer for the Chicago Gift Market, Beckman’s Handcrafted, at which we’ll be exhibiting this weekend, Jan. 18-21, at the Merchandise Mart in downtown Chicago. Booth 8-7084. Our 6 participating artisans are showcased.
Some sales happen at the show, some occur after. This takeaway is a great advertising tool for those participating.
Did you miss the boat this time? Well…we just may be exhibiting again in July 2014! Imagine the money (and time!) you’d save by sharing a booth with us and other talented artisans, as opposed to going it alone…
January 12, 2014
We re-vamped our Wholesale Buyer & Retailer Services page to include logos for the *vast majority of our clients. Whether you’re a client, an interested artisan, a shop owner, a wholesale buyer registered with us, or a curious bystander, click here to check it out.
A logo is the face of a business. It says a lot. Is it playful and colorful? Is it serious and subdued? Has the business registered a ™, is it ©’d, is it ®’d? Is it an LLC or an Inc? These symbols also tell us a lot about whom we’re conducting business.
Take a look at our Wholesale Buyer & Retailers Services page to see a sampling of the successful handmade vendors we represent. They are in as few as 1 and as many as 50 retail locations throughout the US and the world. They have worked long and hard for their success to date, and we are proud to show them off.
If you are a wholesale buyer and are not registered with us yet, do so quickly and freely by submitting our Wholesale Buyer Registration Form. You will receive access to our artisans’ wholesale line sheets within 24 hours if you are approved.
If you are a handmade artisan and would like to learn how we can help you sell your handmade product wholesale, review our artisans services by clicking here.
Lastly, if you are local to Chicago, SHOP OUR BOOTH at The Chicago Gift Market wholesale trade show Jan. 18-21 at the iconic Merchandise Mart in downtown Chicago. We’ll be in booth 8-7084, representing products from 6 of our amazing artisans.
* The list is not all inclusive, more clients will be added pending receipt of high res digital files.