New Products to Launch

It took a total of 29 different trials for me to be happy with the formulas, but I finally have new products for the Harvestcare line that I actually made myself. And now, I’ll be launching them next week.

Evidence of product trials
Product trials – tins to be reused in future trials

Just a few weeks ago, I was telling a friend that I didn’t want to be a skincare maker. Instead, I wanted to run a business and have experts make the product. While I still prefer to do this, I have to admit that it’s incredibly satisfying to go through this process – from research to trials to production of some products that I’m very proud of to put on the shelf.

Even more so satisfying is the feedback I’ve had from friends who have tested my products. The real test will be when strangers give me unbiased feedback.

I just ordered the labels that I designed myself too.

New Harvestcare products launching next week
New Harvestcare products launching next week

My timing for finalising these products was quite important too as yesterday the Old Bus Depot Markets finally responded to my application. They had more questions about my products and how they are made. Fortunately, I could finally say that I made some of them myself which has been a stumbling block for other markets.

I have much bigger plans than weekly markets, but I need to start somewhere to get customer feedback and to frankly, just to pay the bills. So hopefully they will say yes.

I applied to be a part of their markets a few years ago with my tea company, but they told me then that they already had enough tea companies. So, hopefully they won’t say that my new skin and body care products are too much like other stallholders they already have.

In the meantime, with these new products and more reasonable margins, I feel that I have something valuable to offer retailers especially with more of them opening back up in Canberra.

Now, I’ll be spending this long weekend getting ready for the launch of these new products!

New Product Samples

Body lotion and beeswax products

This week has been all about finishing products I started last week for my sample testing event on Sunday. I set up a test group I call the “Harvesters” about a month ago – mostly with friends, but I opened it up to anyone living in the ACT.

My hope was not only that this group would give me important feedback prior to going to market with my ideas, but they would also act as future ambassadors for the new products as they had input into them coming alive.

The first six samples I’ll give them to try are our new body lotion with 6 different potential scents and 3 different consistency. Ideally, I would have tweaked the products at least once myself before getting feedback from third-parties, but I just received them on Friday from my soap maker, and so we didn’t have time to make any adjustments.



Of the six, there are three scents that I definitely like, but think the consistency of all of them needed some work.

I’ve also created some samples of a hand butter salve and lip balm for them to try that I made myself using Canberra beeswax. It sounds easy enough, but I made 14 different samples, and still am not completely happy with the texture. It feels like I’m baking a cake and just tweaking the recipe constantly to find that perfect fit.

Hand salve and lip balm test samples
Hand salve and lip balm test samples

It will be interesting to see what my test group says about these samples. I won’t tell them which ones I like as I don’t want to skew the results. Still, I am quietly cheering on my favourites.