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Introducing a Fresh New Look for Très Spa Skin Care Packaging

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Our New Skin Care Packaging

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“Papa's got a brand new bag!”

We are thrilled to announce our latest innovative change in our skin care packaging, The Rice Paper bag. We fell in love with these chic little gems and after some design experimentation it did not take long for us to discover the profound impact they could have for a minimalist approach to packaging and lowering the overall carbon footprint. .Another benefit is that I can now offer some products in a bulk bag that I could not do before. Passing a huge savings to you.

Change requires adjustments

We do admit, it is an adjustment but we think the planet is worth it for us to adjust our ways of interacting with our skin care packaging. So does the Très Spa tribe that have begun to transition with us. You can still use a jar or a dish of your choice, simply scoop out the product and put it in whatever container works best for you personally. We have tested the bag in the shower and find it stands up just fine. The label may wash away a bit so there is that. We tested pouring and scooping and digging in with our hands. *All of them work but the favorite one for me is to get my hands in it. 

Sometimes you have to weigh the compromise

The bag we now use to package our skin care is a combination of rice paper and a poly sleeve. Plastic in any form is not a perfect solution from an eco-biodegradable position, but it is one that provides a safe clean protection for Très Spa to be able to deliver high quality natural skin care to you. Since it is not susceptible to biological degradation, the product inside can remain safe from micro organisms that would otherwise attack it.

Of course, in a picturesque world you would swing by my place peddling your bicycle and toting your mason jar to fill up from my stainless steel pot. Lovely to think about but not very realistic in a scalable way at the moment. *Yes I have done this very thing as a special request for very select customers. 

Package Face Off

Here is a 10 point side by side comparison of the new bag verses the old jar for skin care packaging. It's some of the things we consider before making a change. While it's not the bicycle and the mason jar, it is a big step forward. Feel free to comment below to let us know what you think.Did we miss any important points? Which do you think is better?

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Rice Bag vs. Plastic Jar

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  1. It is gusseted so it stands up like a jar would.
  2. It seals water tight to protect the product and the zipper allows for resealing once opened.
  3. Bags can be heat sealed after filling so they are more resistant to tampering.
  4. The bags are FDA approved food grade
  5. The bags are fairly transparent allowing you to see the product and how much is left so you can re-order in time
  6. The bags make it very easy to mix the product up just by giving it a little squeeze. *n fact, this is very relaxing and therapeutic. Like one of those Worry stones and stress balls, Try it and you will see what I mean.
  7. The bags do not block UV rays so the shelf life may be shortened if the package is exposed to sun light on a regular basis. Since our products are created in small batches and we practice JIT manufacturing, shelf life has never been an issue. We don't make things to sit in a warehouse on a shelf for years or to sit in a window display..
  8. The bags require less space and are collapsable as the product is used up.
  9. Only two materials used, Rice Paper and a Poly (PET LLDPE) sleeve barrier.
  10. The bag is a single use item and not really recommended for reuse. I suppose you could if you really wanted to but who would do that?
  11. Both are classed as recyclable and the downcycled material can be used for a variety of items from lower grade materials (food grade plastics post recycle could be used for cosmetic packaging, house cleaner bottles, or even poly fill for winter jackets for example). You can learn more about PET HERE

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  1. The jar holds its form and never changes.
  2. The jars seal as well and as long as you had the cap it is very easy to reseal after opening.
  3. Jars can be sealed but the liner does not always work. You can use a heat shrink plastic band to protect from tampering, but then that is more plastic required.
  4. The jars are only cosmetic grade but the plastic is used in food grade packaging as well.
  5. The jars block your view so you have to either open the jar or make a guess as to how much product you have left.
  6. The jars still need to be mixed, but you have to dig in to get to the bottom.
  7. The jars do block some UV rays so the shelf life is extended. Since our products are created in small batches and we practice JIT manufacturing, shelf life has never been an issue. We don't make things to sit in a warehouse on a shelf for years.
  8. The jars never change shape.
  9. The jars are made of thick walled PET (Polyethylene Terephthalate), polypropylene lids with liners which are three-ply and have low-density foam cores between two solid layers of low-density polyethylene,
  10. The Jar can be cleaned out and reused at the consumer end. But how many people do that? For health and safety, I cannot take them back.
  11. Both are classed as recyclable and the downcycled material can be used for a variety of items from lower grade materials (food grade plastics post recycle could be used for cosmetic packaging, house cleaner bottles, or even poly fill for winter jackets for example). You can learn more about PET HERE

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Introducing Très Spa Luxury Skin Care Gift Collections

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Introducing Très Spa Luxury Gift Collections

For those times that you really want to pamper someone with only the best nature has to offer, the Très Spa Luxury Skin Care Collections. Our chic full size skin care collections, or as we call them, Spa in A Box, has everything you need to create those spa inspired experiences in the comfort of your own home. These full sized collections are designed to indulge the receiver with many applications. More than just a taste or a sample, these are banquets for the skin! And just to make sure the recipient is fully pampered, we included some of our favorite accessories to use along the spa journey.

Where Eco – Conscious meets Eco – Chic

If it is one thing we love here at Très Spa studio's it's a challenge. Not your ordinary challenge, we relish the design challenges for skin care. From the individual isolated ingredients, the way they are combined, the container they are held in, to the package they arrive to your door.End to end, our focus is on uniqueness and excellence in purely natural Luxury Skin Care.

We put attentive thought into each and every step. No decision is made lightly and all of them are made with our core guiding beliefs and practices at heart.

Historically we have pretty much been an “al la carte company”. With the exception of some of our petite sets, we have been a “you pick and we'll box” company for all of the full size products. Then a special request came in from one of our long term clients. They wanted to offer their customers something unique and definitely missing from their shelves.  A high quality personal care line that was unadulterated, pure and natural, in pre-assembled gift sets.Thus the Très Spa Luxury Skin Care Spa in a Box was created.

Solution: A Spa in a Box

Tres Spa Luxury Spa Face Care CollectionWe're pretty pleased with the results of these luxury gifts! Rather than use over sized packaging with custom molded inserts and single use boxes like most companies do, we used a transparent minimalist approach.

No frills or fillers

Instead of using over sized single purposed packaging, we used transparent food grade boxes. These boxes can be used for many storage purposes and they fold nice and flat for easy storage. Like I said  the packaging is food grade recyclable and reusable. Since our custom inserts are not glued in, you can easily remove them making the box completely transparent again. This allows the box to have a life way beyond a single use. Heck, you could even re-use it as a gift box for a whole new gift!

.Bigger is Better.Better for you and the planet

Rather than use the customary half sized products, we used full size products to fill the box in.  This means we don't need to use other fillers to keep the products secure. As you can see, the boxes are stuffed with full size Très Spa skin care and other very useful accessories. The gift collections literaly have everything you need, just add water and you are set to go!

Tres Spa Luxury Trio Gift Set Invigorate

It's a Wrap!

That brings us back to the last part of the gift box. These are all custom printed on demand by us on 100% recycled paper.  The Spa in a Box gift sets all have the step by step  instructions on how to have a spa like experience at home or anywhere you may be. The Trio gift box is lined with a picture of some of my favorite places along the California Coast and can be either framed or pinned up on a wall.

That picture is from a November hike I took with friends along the coast just south of Carmel, California.

 

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Introducing Coal & Kelp Organic Face Cleanser

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Introducing our newest Organic Face Cleanser Coal & Kelp featuring Activated Charcoal and Sea Kelp.

At Très Spa we strive to create unique products that nourish you Mind, Body, and Spirit while maintaining our commitment to design products in harmony with nature. We have had several requests for a black soap also known as charcoal soap. We heard you.

We choose your face. Why? Because of all your body parts, this is the one that faces the highest level of environmental assaults. The instant you open your front door and step out into the world, you are exposed to pollutants. The farther you go, the more you pollution you are exposed to. Hop into your car or the bus or the train and now you have exhaust particles to add to the mix.

We didn't even get to mention the products we pack on before we leave the house!

All this being said, it's important for you to have a natural cleanser that is in harmony with nature. Gentle yet effective enough to cleanse without irritation. Activated Charcoal to help detoxify and life supporting Sea Kelp with power house mineral nutrients.  You can read more about how Activated Charcoal works in our blog. Activated Charcoal

Fair warning, while we did use our very popular Lemon Ginger snap essential oil blend, the scent of Sea Kelp can be very pronounced, but we didn't make this to smell pretty, we made it to help you look pretty.  Très Spa Coal & Kelp Organic Face Cleansing Soap

 

Coal & Kelp Organic Face Cleanser is now available on line

 

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….and then IT happened!

IT Happened In Unpredictable Ways

IT Happened Change is inevitableIT Happened and IT was not expected.

Have you ever set out to accomplish one thing and end up on a completely different path?

“IT” happened to me recently and I can say the twist and turns aren't a bad thing. In fact, I believe our very survival is dependent on our ability to bend and flex. You just need to stay open and aware and read the signs along your journey.

I set out on a course of action to solve a challenge, and then “IT” happened.  The inevITable! I don't know why i should be surprised, after all it is inevITable that while on a journey, detours come up. Side adventures that take us to unexpected places as long as you are aware and open to the unexpected.

Life Lessons Are Learned While You Are Living Them

I had built, managed, and maintained the eCommerce site for almost eight years. I did it on my own and I learned as I went. There were countless hours invested, but the cost of human capital was well worth it.  Until recently it seems the things I need to do were competing with the limited knowledge and limited bandwidth I had.  So, in order to grow Très Spa and help it to reach its full potential, I needed to make some simple edits. Well, simple in theory but inevITably proving to be complicated.

Along the way to solving this one simple little thing, I ended up rebuilding  the entire store on a new platform. Had you asked me this just over a week ago, I would have said no way. Having just completed the project (well websites are never fully finished) I must say I am over the moon!

Better Than I Could Have Imagined

Not only did I find the solution I had been in search of, I found solutions I hadn't dreamed of solving in a million hours. I now have the responsive website I had always dreamed of and you can find me where ever you prefer!

I hope you like the changes and feel free to drop me a note if something is missing or just to tell me what you think. But you still need to sign up for the newsletter for special deals and announcements. 🙂

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