October 6, 2009

Interview & Giveaway with ShopRedLeaf

This week's interview and giveaway is sponsored by Chris from ShopRedLeaf! A bath and body shop based in Seattle, Washington that has clean, refreshing packaging and stunning product photography. Shop Red Leaf was originally inspired by a homemade moisturizer during a long cold winter. Eventually after much trial and error it lead to a product line of linen sprays, soaps and lotions made with everyday ingredients that are found around your home and everyday life. I can personally say that I love Chris' products and the bubble bath dough is just genius! So much fun to have!

1. How did you get started in the soap biz?
I've always liked quality bath and body products that I could get at various shops
around town, but often they seemed kind of over priced. I couldn't help but notice
as I started to do some research that many of these shops enjoyed a loyal following,
and I also liked the way the shops always smelled and how the products were packaged.
I began to wonder if I could possibly make any of the products that I liked the most
and what hurdles I would need to over come to do that. This was all several years
ago, and that gave me plenty of time to continue researching, experimenting, and of
coarse to save up money so I could really get started. So, the attraction really was
that I wanted to create a line of products that smelled great, used quality
ingredients, had attractive environmentally friendly packaging and at an affordable
price point. I didn't see that combination in any of the shops I really liked so I
set out on my own. That's how I got started!

2. Your packaging looks fantastic. Did you hire someone or do it yourself?
Thank you! Actually it was a combination of both. I designed the labels, chose the
font and the coloring, figured out how to get them printed inexpensively, and chose
a label stock size that would work on every single product. But I did hire a designer
to help me with making my design easily printable. Anyone can come up with a label
design, but getting it formatted so you can walk into a printer and have them
run off sheets easily and quickly can be extremely challenging and thats where my
designer came in. It was worth the cost because he knows how to speak a language
that the printer understood so that the two of them could work together to fix
various problems. That was absolutely critical. I could not have done that myself!

3. What is your most popular item in the shop and why?
My most popular item is the bubble bath dough. That really thrills me because I
worked a long time to get it perfected, so I'm very happy about that! I guess there's
a few reasons why it sells so well. It's interesting to customers that a bubble bath
product is called 'dough' and that it feels soft like cookie dough. I think customers
instantly grasp that you can travel with it, and that they arent paying for mostly
water. Its an excellent exfoliant so even people who dont take baths buy it! A lot
of my customers give this as a gift because it's unique, and luxurious, but doesnt
cost a fortune. Maybe most importantly, it makes mountains of bubbles and leaves your
skin soft without any residue feel. Most customers who get the dough, are repeat
customers and many of those buy several at a time. Oh, and people love that the
container is re-usable!

4. We know you want to learn our favorite fragrances but what's yours?
My very favorite fragrance is fresh Sage. I grew up in an area that was close to
miles of mountain trails where big shrubs of Sage grew and the hot sun would heat up
the plants and you could smell it as you hiked along trails occasionally reaching
down to rub some of the leaves between your fingers just for the scent. It's wild
sage and it's amazing. That scent in the Summer is my all time favorite!

5. Anything you want to add?
I have my shop on Etsy and I wanted to mention that because Etsy is an amazing venue.
If you create handmade items and your thinking of opening an e-commerce business than
Etsy should definitely be on your radar. And a huge thank you to my customers for
their continued support and to Connie for posting this interview. Thank you all very

Chris is giving our awesome readers a chance at winning a bottle of his linen spray and a woman's soap and shave cube valued at $21.

How to Enter:
Sign up for the ShopRedLeaf newsletter below. The mailing list has a double opt-in feature so be sure to confirm your subscription by clicking the link in your email. For a bonus entry you can leave a comment on this post letting Chris know what your favorite fragrance is. You must sign up for the newsletter in order for your bonus entry to count.

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Giveaway ends Oct 11th, 11:59pm PST. This giveaway is open to participants worldwide. Good luck!


Spotted Sparrow said...

I love ShopRedLeaf! My favorite product is the shave cube in Black Tea, which I ordered for my husband last year. We both love the smell. :)

Sihui said...

I signed up for the mailing list. I haven't had the opportunity to try Red Leaf's bath and body products. But my personal favorite scent would be something with Jasmine or Green Tea:) Thanks for the chance!
origamibysisi at gmail dot com

april said...

I signed up for the newsletter.
Beautiful branding!
I would choose orange sherbet.

But I am curius about fresh clover, beach, english coast & basil lime!

Hope I win!

Nina said...

I signed up for the newsletter.
I think I'll love their Orange Sherbet scent, I just love the smell of citrus!

irina.sagarbarria at gmail dot com

janil said...

I think I'd love basil lime! Thansk for the chance and for your fantastic links!

cal_rubies at yahoo dot es

Lilly said...

The PLUMERIA FLOWER is my favorite. Thanks a lot.

jsc123 said...

I have signed up for the Mailing List as jweezie43[at]aol[dot]com.
I am a Oatmeal Milk and Honey lover but I would also love the try the Beach Scent.
Thank you so much for the chance to win.

lanky said...

My favorite has to be the Plumeria flower. Super items, will be back to purchase a shaving set for my husband!

Shrimp Salad Circus said...

I love the scent of fresh basil. I have managed to keep a basil plant alive for the first time ever, and it's actually doubled in size, so I'm a little obsessed with the herb at the moment! It's just so fresh and reminds of good things - spring, cooking, the fact that I've nurtured a plant without annihilating it...

Signed up for the newsletter, and thanks for sharing such a fantastic shop!!!

- Lindsay

jeri said...

Sage sounds good, Red! Jasmine also sounds great...

cdziuba said...

I LOVE the scent of Lavender. cdziuba@aol.com

nikid said...

Thank You for the giveaway! I love Redleaf products! I signed up for hos newsletter!

I would love to try the Wasabi scent! I always order unscented becuase of allergies, but that sounds awesome!


Mattos said...

Nice article, I love Reds products and plus he is just one nice guy.
wish you tons of success

Juli said...

Great article! Just signed up for the newsletter. RedLeaf is definitely on my holiday shopping list...
I am a huge Lavender addict...so calming!

Danielle said...

I would love to try the Basil and Lime. My personal favorite scent is apple.

ldsmom2201 at yahoo dot com
The Happy Wife
Homeschool Unit Studies

Lee P said...

I signed up for the newsletter. My favorite fragrance from this collection is English Coast. Thank you for this nice giveaway.


CBLandCO. Jewelry And Gifts said...

I have the Orange Sherbet Bubble Bath Dough and just LOVE it! Chris your products rock!
Anything with an orange or citrus fragrance is my favorite :)

Nelsby said...

Such a tough decision! I believe my favorite is the Plumeria Flower. Also, I have subscribed to the newsletter.
sierranelsby (at) gmail (dot) com

pish said...

I'm most interested in trying the Black Tea scent, though Orange Sherbet and Basil and Lime are intriguing, too!

Janette said...

I signed up for the newsletter

Hard to decide, but I think Beach would be something I'd love.

shalamaryta said...

I signed up. My favorite is lavender.

annabell_lee_dk (at) yahoo.com

Laura said...

My favorite fragrance is definitely lilac. It brings back some beautiful memories of my childhood.

Arizona said...

I would love to try english coast but must say that black tea sounds really intrigue :)

Jaime said...

copperllama at yahoo dot com

JuliaA said...
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juliaas said...

i love tea scents. red clover tea is one i love, and green tea always smells fresh.

Cmath said...

I think the BASIL LIME sounds wonderful!

SeahorseLady said...

I love the smell of lavender as well as the ocean.

Cynthya said...

I think the Black Tea scent would be my favorite, although Fresh Clover and Orange Sherbet sound very good, too.

annemarie562000 said...

The Beach scent sounds lovely!!


Sandra Diana said...

I love lavender! It's the only thing that gets me to sleep :)

beautywelz at yahoo dot com

Ľubaša said...

I signed up. I would try Fresh Clover fragrance. Thanks.
lubaska at hotmail dot com

The Stylist Diva said...

I would love to try the orange sherbet! What a great giveaway! thanks! xo

Mandy said...

I think 'English Coast' sounds wonderful!

angie said...

My fave scent is definitely ORANGE SHERBET. YUM!


kngmckellar said...

I signed up for newsletter and my favorite scent is clean linen.


brownhairgirl7 said...

I think my favourite fragrance would be the Oatmeal, Milk, and Honey.


SweetLaura286 said...

I would love to try the Beach scent! As weird as this sounds.. I like the idea of it smelling a little like sunscreen!


wantsandwishes said...

Oatmeal, milk and honey sounds nice. I subscribed to the email newsletter.

Tylerpants said...

I signed up for the newsletter!
English Coast sounds lovely! I personally also love the scent of Lemon Verbena!


Gianna said...

I just subscribed..
I'd love to try Oatmeal, Milk, and Honey :)

lilyk said...

The orange sherbet scent sounds very nice!

Donna said...

I like lavender and rose.