At the end of each season, limited edition and seasonal themed products everywhere get their prices slashed, sometimes to a fraction of what their original prices were. This is standard practice for retailers, so why don't we do that at Wunder Budder?
Halloween 2013 was the first year we released seasonal lip balms. We didn't know how many would sell, so we took a guess at how many to make. The first batch sold so fast we were afraid we'd sell out early, so we made a second full batch mid-season. That was a rookie choice on our part, and it left us with too many lip balms and not enough time to sell them all. At the end of the season we had one of those price-slashing sales, but a couple weeks later we still had lip balms left and we were ready to move on.
We had so many extra lip balms on our hands that we could no longer sell, what could we do with them all? We can only use so many. Who else could use them? It finally hit us, and we started looking into wish lists at local shelters. The first one we contacted directly was happy to take them off our hands, and we found our solution.
We are now better at estimating how many lip balms to make each season, and we still have the occasional sale to let you all know that we appreciate you, but after that first time, donating extra lip balms at the end of each season has become part of our standard business practices.
I love coffeehouses.
Love is not even a strong enough description for how I feel about coffeehouses.
I've loved them since I was a teenager in the 90s, years before Starbucks took over the east coast. Back when independent coffeehouses could be found in nearly every town. Back when coffeehouses were a place to meet people, not to sit in front of laptops, earphones in, oblivious to our surroundings.
Opening a coffeehouse was my dream. I came close once, with location prepared, equipment ready, and business plan in place. Last-minute complications with the realtor and business partners brought that project to a halt (thankfully, or I wouldn't be where I am today).
I spent 10 years as a barista, in four different coffeehouses, in two different countries, and two different US states.
Whenever I travel, I seek out the coolest indie coffeehouses to meet locals. Every town I've ever moved to, I've met the majority of my friends at the coffeehouse. I even met my husband at a coffeehouse, the last one I worked at, my home away from home.
Maybe "obsessed with" would be a better description than "love".
Cleansing grains are powdered blends of clays and botanical ingredients such as herbs, nuts, and seeds. Sometimes called "buffing grains", they are used on their own or in addition to your favorite facial wash to gently cleanse and exfoliate your skin. Depending on the formula, cleansing grains may also be used as a facial mask, making them an ideal solution for anyone who loves the ease of 2-in-1 products.
Wunder Budder cleansing grains are a blend of fine mineral clays, freshly ground flowers, ground seeds, and specially blended essential oils. Handmade, they are shipped and stored dry, and can be used as both a face scrub for refreshing dull skin and as a purifying facial mask.
I love grapeseed oil for two main reasons:
The first is that it's an amazing, versatile oil for skincare. It's lightweight but emollient, easy to spread, and is easily absorbed. It softens and conditions skin without clogging pores or causing breakouts. It benefits all skin types, and is a good introductory oil for anyone new to oil cleansing or oil as a moisturizer.
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