I’m sure this is not going to come as any big surprise, but I’ve decided to put Birdie’s Apothecary on hold for now. I had planned on having a monthly pop-up shoppe to sell soaps, candles, and other homemade goodies, but then the virus hit. Obviously now is not a good time to be launching a small business. I’m going to continue making the apothecary items because I love doing it, but I’ll put off selling them for now. I’ll re-evaluate the situation in a few months and let you know if I plan on opening.
I did have a fun discovery yesterday that is unconsciously related to my apothecary business, though. I’ve always been strongly affected by scent. I associate particular scents with people, experiences, and memories. Some scents really stand out to me–which is why I’m so drawn to making apothecary items. Smell is one of my strongest senses.
About ten years ago, I was in Banff, Canada staying at the Fairmont Banff Springs. I fell in love with a particular brand of lotions and soaps they were using so I took home as many samples as I could from that trip. They lasted for quite a few years because I used them sparingly. I was sad to learn that one of my girls accidentally used the last bar of soap (not knowing I had been saving it).
Yesterday, Andy and I decided to get out our Emergency Bags that we packed five years ago and update them. It’s always a good idea to be prepared (especially since we live in the mountains). As I was pulling everything out to see what I had in the bag, I found three sample bars of that soap from Fairmont Banff Springs. I had forgotten that I packed them, and was so happy to smell that scent again! It immediately transported me back to that Scottish-inspired castle up high in the Rocky Mountains.
I guess that’s why I was so eager to start an apothecary business. I know how much scent means to me, and I love the idea of providing delicious smelling products that will have the same effect on others as it does for me. That dream will have to wait a little longer, though, but that’s okay. This time will pass, and the important thing is that we’re all safe, healthy, and appreciating all the little joys of life (like finding those bars of soap for me).
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